Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Farewell X Search, Hello One Search

The X Search service will no longer be available from the Library home page as of this Thursday evening, 29th April. The ability to search across multiple databases is now provided by One Search.

Perfect for New Researchers
We know how daunting it can be to start searching for academic literature - even choosing which link to follow from the Library & Computing web site is a challenge if you are not familiar with the array of resources we provide for you. One Search allows you to do one search across them all. And it's as simple as Google.

And Great for Experienced Ones
Studies show that students and faculty prefer the quality information found in libraries, but find searching on the Web simpler and more straightforward. One Search is designed to mimic open Web search methods, delivering the quality content that only the library holds. Now, you can simply enter a search term in the search box and the service will return - nearly instantaneously - a list of the physical and digital materials from the library's many collections that are relevant to that search. Users click-through to articles or find the book on the shelf in the library.

Try it:

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One Search's technical advantages over X Search
One Search is a web scale discovery tool, like Google it creates it's own index (in our case from Tropicat, ResearchOnline@JCU and our ejournal subscriptions) from published content. And it's fast.

X Search on the other hand is a 'federated search engine' which means it takes your query and translates it into a query for each of the databases (which each index publish content their own way) you are searching, waits for the results from all those databases, which have variable ranking alogorithms, response times and availability, merges and deduplicates them before presenting them to you - which can take an inordinate amount of time. It does not search Tropicat or ResearchOnline@JCU

One Search ingests structured metada into its purpose built index so complex searching can be performed across items from many different sources and it has a sophisticated ranking algorithm.

X Search takes the top 10 ranked records from each database in it's initial display of records which can lead to irrelevant records being listed in the top of the results. Because of the different capabilities of database interfaces there is a loss of more complex search capabilities because X Search has to fit the lowest common denominator.

X Search's search translators need constant updating as database interfaces change which can and has taken months of correspondence between X Search engineers and individual database providers.

One Search removes the vagaries of individual databases and providers from the process and is unaffected by changes and downtime from those sources.

When you use One Search to search the Library's collections you are only presented with items that are in the Library or available online fulltext. With X Search you are often presented with items that are only available via inter library loan. In One Search you can expand your search to include those items by ticking the 'Add results beyond your library's collection', as well as those open content items identified by other universities as worthwhile.

One Search is built on a rapid development model and comes with an API, which opens doors for us to develop new services as you as researchers express a need. For example we can build a tool that will search all the articles in a selected journal, even though that our holdings may be spread over several different platforms, or we could import Reserve Online items into One Search and then have a one click link from your LearnJCU course site to a listing of that course's readings.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Citation Analysis - FAQ's for JCU Researchers

Citation analysis, along with peer judgment and assessments of publication counts, is one of the most widely used methods in evaluating the research performance of academics and institutions. To learn more about citation analysis and journal impact factors, the following library guides can help you:

How many times have my publications been cited?
How can I track when each of my papers is cited?
How do I find out if a journal has an impact factor?
How do I find out the relative ranking of my journal within a particular field?
Is the journal in which I am publishing a quality journal?
How do I find out who are the leading researchers in my field?

Read more about Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Resources at JCU here.

Library Opening Hours - Labour Day

The Cairns and Townsville libraries will be open from 1-5pm on Monday 3rd May 2010. Standard opening hours apply for Saturday and Sunday the 1st and 2nd May, 2010.

Friday, 23 April 2010

One Search now contains ResearchOnline@JCU Records

The Library's new collection-wide search tool now contains records from JCU's research repository ResearchOnline@JCU.

One Search now searches everything in Tropicat and ResearchOnline@JCU, and about 90% of our ejournals - with direct links to full text, or to Tropicat so you can check the availability and location of a book.

We encourage you to try One Search and use the feedback link to let us know what you thought of the experience.

One Search to rule them all!

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Happy Birthday and RIP Shakespeare

Did you know that Algernon is a bit of a Shakespeare buff? He just told us that Shakespeare's birthday date and memorial date (23rd April) are thought to be exactly the same! If you don't believe him come and have a look at the mini Shakespeare display opposite Infohelp in the Mabo library. We have lots of wonderful resources and although Algernon is very busy learning his lines for a part in Julius Caesar he would love to take a break to discuss his favourite works with you.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Caught on Camera: a photographic history of JCU celebrating 50 years in north Queensland

As part of JCU's 40th birthday celebrations, the Mabo Library in Townsville is hosting a "Caught on Camera" photographic exhibition.

The exhibition includes photographs, texts and other memorabilia from the last 50 years of University life at the University College of Townsville, The Townsville Teacher’s College and James Cook University of North Queensland.

The exhibition will be officially opened on Wednesday, 21 April at 10.30am (preceded by morning tea at 10.00am).

The Exhibition will be available for viewing in the Mabo Library from Wednesday, 21 April – to Wednesday, 12 May, 2010.

(Photo source: Alex Trotter Photo, JCU Library NQ Photographic Collection)

Monday, 19 April 2010

Library Opening Hours - Anzac Day weekend

The Cairns and Townsville libraries will be open from 1-5pm only on Sunday 25 April and Monday 26 April 2010. Standard library opening hours apply for Saturday 24 April 2010.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

GeoGarden Development (rear of Mabo Library)

For the next 10-11 weeks, a construction site will be set up across the rear of the Mabo Library (southern side) to construct the new Geology Education Garden. This will relocate and re-develop the presentation of rock and fossil specimens currently located just on the eastern side of the Library, which was a Bicentenary Project.

The plan of the new GeoGarden shows a new entrance to the Library on the southern side, an enlargement of the existing narrow footpath across the area, a new path running more obliquely across the area (the ‘ant trail’), new planted beds, trees, grassed mounds etc.

The new path will be lit to security levels with LED lights (very low energy consumption) and in the future, both rock specimens and trees will be up-lit for special occasions such as JCU Birthday and other important occasions.

Also in the future, the car-park currently to the western side of this area will be relocated to meet the new entrance path, which will then be enhanced with welcome totems and a water feature. New rock specimens will be added as they are acquired and a special feature will be the inclusion of plant varieties which are significant to the traditional owners of this wonderful area.

So during the construction period just starting, please ensure that you do not enter this restricted area and we apologise for any inconvenience caused by the need to walk around, rather than across it.

Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ Digitised and Now Available from National Library of Australia

In 2009, the National Library of Australia acquired a copy of the first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. The digitisation of the entire copy has recently been completed, and is available online.

Believed to be one of the earliest surviving copies of Darwin’s work to have arrived in Australia, the copy bears the inscription and annotations of its first owner, Dr William Woolls of Parramatta, NSW, dated 17 March 1860.
Source: National Library of Australia

Monday, 12 April 2010

Database of the Month: Credo Reference

This online, full text, reference library includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as subject specific titles from art, to literature, to law.

Try out the concept map feature to expand results on your topic.

Check out the Database of the Month display in the Mabo Library and try Credo soon.

Do you have a few minutes spare?

Try out the latest Friday brainteaser from Credo: Topic Television Comedy
  1. Who shot to fame in 2001 with his role as David Brent in the BBC television show "The Office"?
  2. In which series was Kelsey Grammer's character, Dr Frasier Crane, first seen on television?
  3. Which character did Tony Robinson play in the TV series "Black Adder"?
  4. "High Society", broadcast in 1995, was a US version of which British sitcom?
  5. "Terry" is the first name of two members of the comedy team which made "Monty Python's Flying Circus". What were their surnames?
  6. Which American television comedy series popularised such catchphrases as "Sock it to me" and "Look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls"?
  7. Which English comedian's real name was Alfred Hawthorne Hill?
  8. Which American actress was Dick Van Dyke's costar in the TV comedy series "The Dick Van Dyke Show"?
  9. After appearing in the US television show "Friends", Matt LeBlanc went on to star in which sitcom in 2004?
  10. Name the three fictitious characters who are featured alongside Jerry Seinfeld in the American television sitcom "Seinfeld".
Questions set by Tony Augarde, author of "The Oxford Guide to Word Games"

How did you do? (see answers)

0 - 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 - 5 A reasonable stab.
6 - 8 A good showing. But there's still room for improvement!
9 - 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

New web-based form for requesting fast-track cataloguing

Have you ever found a book in our catalogue that was listed as "In Process" and wondered how you could get your hands on it?

A Fast Track Cataloguing Request Form is now available for JCU staff and students to request fast-track cataloguing of an item identified in Tropicat as "In Process". In Process means that the Library has received the item but that it is yet to be catalogued.

If you have checked Tropicat and there is no other copy available for loan and you have an urgent need for the item, you may request fast-track cataloguing. It will normally be ready in 1 or 2 working days for pick up from either the Townsville or Cairns Campus Library.

If you live further than 50 kilometres from either campus you may be able to request the item using the Off Campus Library Service

Monday, 5 April 2010

Endnote Web Training - Cairns and Townsville

Endnote Web hands-on 1 hour trouble shooting sessions held every Friday during semester at 1pm in B1.104.