Monday, 27 September 2010

Full Internet Scheduled Outage - Date changed to 16th October 6am - 2pm

Please note: the original notice gave the date as October 2nd. There will be no outage on October 2, it has been postponed until the sixteenth.

On October 16 2010 the fibre link from AARNET to JCU Townsville will be taken out of service from 6am to 2pm to allow for splicing of the cable. This will also affect our backup link. As a result there will be no connectivity to AARNET or the Internet during this time.

IT&R Apologise for any inconvenience caused by this interruption to service.

Friday, 24 September 2010

Volunteer to Test the JCU Library Website

The JCU Library is seeking JCU students attending the Townsville and Cairns campuses to help us to improve the JCU Library & Computing website.

Give us an hour of your time and we'll offer you a $25.00 JCU Bookshop voucher in appreciation.

What is involved?

For an hour, we sit you in front of a computer , ask you a few questions and get you to do a series of tasks on the web, while you talk about what you are thinking and doing giving us your general impressions. We record the computer screen and your voice.

Do I need any special knowledge?

No. You need to able to use the web at a basic level and that's it.

Do I need to be an experienced library user?

No. Prior experience using the Library website is not required. We are testing the site, not you!

When and Where?

Testing will take place on the Townsville and Cairns campuses in the coming months.


Please email your name, phone number, and campus location to to be placed in our testing pool.

We will randomly select from the pool when a round of testing approaches and confirm your availability – if you can't make it we'll put you back in the pool. You only participate once and are then removed from the pool.

Taking part in this testing is completely voluntary and your responses and contact details will be confidential and only used as outlined above.

More information about the project...

Ten new online reference works purchased by Library

JCU staff and students now have online access to the following major reference works covering a wide range of topics. Their titles are a reasonable indication of content and relevance to your fields of study and research.
Available to JCU staff and students from on-campus and off-campus from link on each title above or via links in Tropicat (the library catalogue) or the Library Databases web page.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Earth Alerts 2010.2.4

Looking out for an earthquake? Concerned about a tsunami? All of these natural disasters and their ilk can be effectively monitored with this application. Earth Alerts draws on a variety of online resources to effectively track specific natural hazards around the globe, and users just need to pick the hazards and locations that are of prime interest. It's a rather interesting application, and it is compatible with computers running Windows XP and newer.

Friday, 17 September 2010

One Search Enhancements

Latest Improvements to Click to go to One Search now

  • Citation counts for articles in journals tracked by ISI Web of Knowledge, see instantly how often an article has been cited.
  • More sophisticated handling of punctuation in search queries. Often caused when users are doing named item searches or cut and paste of an excerpt of text into the search box.
  • Significant improvements in smart-deduping where records from multiple sources are merged together. Users will now get the benefits of DOI's from CrossRef, full text from publishers, and enhanced metadata from aggregators - all in a single item on a results list.
  • Normalization of diacritics so that they are indexed as one. This resolves the issue when searching for Zauberflote and wanting to find results for Zauberflöte.
  • Bug fixes regarding the display of the AutoComplete feature for a more polished user experience
  • Improvements to advanced search - including the ability to search by ISBN
Try it now:

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Trials of three new online services.

1. Colloquium Digital Library of Life Sciences. A collection of electronic books in series covering Cell Biology of Medicine, Developmental Biology and Integrated Systems Physiology, with further series under development.

The Colloquium Digital Library
is available to 15 October 2010 at this URL:

2.Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science. A collection of electronic books that aim to synthesise important research or development topics in the engineering and computer sciences.

The Synthesis Digital Library trial is available to 15 October 2010 at this URL:

3. Pier Professional Health & Social Care Journal Collection A Collection of 23 journals on Ageing, Crime & Forensics, Learning Disability,Mental Health and Learning Disability.

The Pier Professional Journals trial is available to 8 November 2010 at this URL:

These trials are available both on campus or off campus (with a JCU user name and password).
The trial links are also to be found on the library Trials web page

If you have any feedback either positive or negative please let us know.

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

100 Years of Tropical Medicine in Australia: Photo Exhibit

Part of the wonderful exhibit in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville this month - celebrating one hundred years of tropical medicine in the north are photographs on loan from the Townsville CityLibraries historical photograph collection: Picture Townsville.

The images and photographs on display as well as others in the collection may be accessed and utilised within current copyright restrictions through the CityLibraries library catalogue and the Picture Australia site.

Thankyou CityLibraries for sharing these wonderful pictures.

Celebrating Papua New Guinea

Nicolas Garnier speaking at the launch of the exhibition.
Once again the Cairns Library is hosting an exhibition to commemorate Papua New Guinea Independence. The exhibition is a collection of posters explaining many cultural aspects of the people in the Chambri Lakes district of Sepik River. Also on display are artifacts from the JCU cultural materials collection - rare masks, pottery and jewelry. Some items have been kindly loaned to us by academics from the Cairns Institute.

The creator of the posters, Nicolas Garnier spoke about his experiences in the Chambri Lakes area of Papua New Guinea at the exhibition launch. The exhibition will be available for viewing until late September.

Friday, 10 September 2010

100 Years of Tropical Medicine in Australia: Art Exhibition

Venue: Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, James Cook University, Townsville
Dates: 9 – 26 September 2010
Official Opening & Awards Presentation: Tuesday 14 Sept 10:00am

This exhibition celebrates the centenary of tropical medicine in Australia. On 1 January 1910 Dr Anton Breinl arrived in Townsville to take up his post as the Inaugural Director of the Australian Institute of Tropical Medicine, the first medical research institute in Australia. Dr Breinl was the former Director of the Runcorn Research Laboratory at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

The Anton Breinl Centre for Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University (JCU) in association with the Australasian College of Tropical Medicine, and the School of Creative Arts Student Association, JCU sponsored an art competition to coincide with the 100 Years of Tropical Medicine conference held in Townsville in June. An international panel of judges awarded prizes. The submitted and winning works are included in this exhibition. The winning artists were all local.They received their awards at the Official Exhibition Opening from Dr John Breinl.

The 100 Years of Tropical Medicine in Australia Art Competition winners are:
  • 1st Prize Gai Copeman
  • 2nd Prize Donna Maloney
  • 3rd Prize Susan Peters Nanpitjin
  • Highly Commended Michael Weldon

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

Research Month

September is Research Month and we are celebrating! Come and see the Mabo library first floor display of books and articles written by your very own JCU staff and read some research tips. There are also various events you can attend on every campus.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Assignment Coaching Sessions

The Librarians and Learning Advisors in Townsville have joined forces to provide Assignment Coaching Sessions for students every Tuesday between the hours of 12pm and 1pm.

Grab an assignment, grab a classmate (or two) and get some guidance from the people who know about writing and researching assignments.

We believe you get a lot of benefit out of attending these sessions in a small group - say, three or four students doing the same assignment - but we're also happy to take individuals and pairs.

No need to make an appointment - just drop in. The sessions are held in the Learning Advisors' Area on the ground floor of the Mabo Library (the Mentor's Area). There will be a librarian and a learning advisor on hand to give you personal coaching relevant to your particular assignment.

EndNote Training Sessions

Townsville students/staff/scholars:

Remember, there is a training session for the full version of EndNote this Tuesday (7th September) at 3pm in the InfoHelp training room (the room with two doors on the top floor of the library building).

EndNote is a software programme that helps you to collect and organise your references so that you can generate in-Text references and reference lists in the correct style. It can also be used for coordinating your research for tasks like literature reviews and annotated bibliographies.

The full version of EndNote is the version we recommend to staff and post-gradraduate students and those who are likely to their own laptops and desk-top computers rather than our GATCF computers in the labs and libraries. It has a few useful functions that aren't yet available through EndNote Web, but cannot be used with our GATCF machines at present.

Come to the session and we will show you how to access it and how to use it. It can save hours of time when it comes to referencing your assignment - and can be a very powerful tool for research.

You don't need to book, just turn up.

Westlaw database problems

The Westlaw database has been having technical difficulties at JCU. If you are on campus you can remove from the URL in the address bar and access the database. Unfortunately there is nothing that off-campus users can do to fix the problem.

We will notify you as soon as the problem is resolved.

If you are off-campus and need help locating information in Westlaw urgently please get in touch with your law librarians, you can see our contact details on the bottom right of this page.