Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Tropicat feeling better?

We think Tropicat might be okay now (that was quick, wasn't it?), but don't forget you can still use OneSearch and the Lending Services if it starts playing up again (or any time you want, really).

Tropicat having a Bad Day

Some of you may have noticed Tropicat (our library catalogue) has been behaving a little strangely yesterday afternoon and this morning.

We think it's a problem with the stability of user sessions (which basically means it forgets what it's doing partway through doing it).

We're going to try to restart it today, which means it may not be available for a time. Hopefully that will fix the problem and we won't have to take it off line for too long.

In the meantime, you can try using OneSearch to find material in our collection. OneSearch is a new service we have to replace XSearch. We primarily have it to search our databases, but it also searches our catalogue. You can use the "Refine your search" options to control what material OneSearch looks for.

It is still in Beta mode, and we are still working out some of the kinks, but feel free to ask us for help. Also, feel free to tell us what you think - we use your feedback to make improvements.

Oh, and if you need to check on your "My Library" information or renew your books, you can phone Lending Services. The number for Townsville is 4781 6870 and for Cairns it's 4042 1020.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Using references correctly

Is referencing the most tedious thing ever? Well, maybe it is, maybe it isn't but it is important to get it right so you don't look a duffer. Seriously, if you don't correctly acknowledge the work of other people in your assignment work you could be accused of plagiarising, and the consequences for that can seriously impinge on your academic career. So come along to a session and find out how to do it correctly.

Townsville sessions held in 18.229 (top floor eastern end of library):

Using references and quotations effectively in your assignment

Tuesday 30 March 4 pm

Library Opening Hours: Easter

Townsville: The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library will be closed from 10.30pm Thursday 1st April and will reopen from 1-5pm on Monday 5th April.

Cairns: The Library will be closed from 9pm Thursday 1st April and will reopen from 1pm-5pm Monday 5th April.

Computer Labs: All general access computer labs will be open 24x7 over the Easter break.

Friday, March 26, 2010

X Search Temporarily Unavailable

We apologise on behalf of X Search's provider for the removal without warning of X Search, we've been assured that it will be reinstated overnight (26/03/2010). Apparently it was an administrative error which they've addressed to prevent it happening again.

Users should try One Search as it provides a much simpler, more powerful and faster search of Tropicat and most of our ejournals simultaneously (with plans to search ResearchOnline@JCU soon too).

The X Search service will be phased out later this semester when One Search is moves from Beta to Production.

Get newspaper articles in full text


Newsbank - it's like having a bank full of newspapers. Some people would rather have access to a more traditional bank i.e. full of money- but when you need to find reporting of important events throughout history Newsbank comes into its own.

Australian and international papers are included in this new library database subscription for JCU.

Available to JCU staff and students from on-campus and off-campus at: http://elibrary.jcu.edu.au/login?url=http://infoweb.newsbank.com/ or via links in Tropicat (the library catalogue) or library databases list.

NewsBank is a web-based TEXT service providing national, international, regional, and local newspapers from across Australia and New Zealand as well as Asia, the UK, Europe and the United States. Includes The Cairns Post and Townsville Bulletin along with other North Queensland news papers.

For each newspaper, the full-text of all staff-written news stories is included, and complemented by additional sections, such as obituaries, literary criticism, people, editorial pieces, book/film/art reviews, and more. Notices, classifieds, pictures, and paid advertisements are excluded.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

70 years of popular music


"I refuse to introduce this display as '70 Years of Popular Music'," said Algernon, being rather petulant, it must be said.

"Why not?" we asked. "It's the name of the series. Look, it's written at the top of all the books."

"I don't care," replied our usually-quite-professional gorilla. "The music on display starts from 1900-1920 and runs right through to The Nineties - which is ninety years. Ninety, not seventy. The series might be called '70 Years of Popular Music', but that's a positively silly name for a collection of sheet music spanning ninety years."

Given that Algernon is usually okay with a bit of silliness, we thought it was a bit odd for him to complain. After all, his last display was dedicated to learning a language in the 1980s.

"What are you really after, Algy?" we asked, knowing there must be something else on the gorilla's mind.

"Well, if you must know, I was hoping we could do this display on operatic scores. We have dozens of them, you know? Down in the Scores section. We've got Aida, The Magic Flute, Madama Butterfly... Why don't we do a display on those?"

"Maybe we will. Next time. Right now, we'd like to you introduce this display on Twentieth Century pop music."

"Fine, but I'm not going to call it '70 Years of Popular Music'. And that's final."

And we simply couldn't talk him around. So, if you come into the Mabo Library within the next couple of weeks, you'll find a stubborn gorilla sitting in front of a display concerning the series '70 Years of Popular Music', but not mentioning the name of the series even once.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Referencing your work and finding more on the web

Is referencing the most tedious thing ever? Well, maybe it is, maybe it isn't but it is important to get it right so you don't look a duffer. Seriously, if you don't correctly acknowledge the work of other people in your assignment work you could be accused of plagiarising, and the consequences for that can seriously impinge on your academic career. So come along to a session and find out how to do it correctly.

You might not think you need to find more information on the web than you already do, but the range of things you can find using Google is amazing and constantly expanding. If you come to a session you will pick up some tips on how to refine your searching and get better results.


Townsville sessions held in 18.229 (top floor eastern end of library):

Using references and quotations effectively in your assignment

Monday 22 March 3 pm and Thursday 25 March 11 am

Finding more on the web

Tuesday 23 March 10 am and Wednesday 24 March 11 am

Monday, March 15, 2010

Exam scanning for schools

Scanning of multiple choice exam papers is the responsibility of Document Services, part of Library and Information Services in the Eddie Koiko Mabo Library building (Townsville).

The scanning equipment has recently being upgraded and the service is now free to schools.

Normally all documents are scanned and results returned by email within 24 hours of receipt, depending on volume and other work requirements.

For further information visit: http://cms.jcu.edu.au/libcomp/az/JCUPRD_017622

Researching for your assignment

Townsville (sessions held in 18.229 - top floor eastern end of Mabo library)

This week we have more session to help with researching your assignment! Awesomely, we have sessions running for each faculty because budding scientists do different assignments to future business managers. Get along to the session running for your faculty:
  • Monday 15/3 Science & Engineering 11am and Social Sciences 2pm
  • Tuesday 16/3 Business & Tourism 2pm and Health 10am
  • Wednesday 17/3 Science & Engineering 3pm and Social Sciences 12 noon
  • Thursday 18/3 Health 3pm and Business/Tourism 10am

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Database Outage Sunday 14 March

LexisNexis will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 7 hours during the period from 3:00pm - 10.00 p.m AEST on Sunday 14th March.

Database Outage Sunday 14 March

ScienceDirect and Scopus will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance for approximately 8.5 hours during the period from 1.30pm to 10:00pm (AEST) on Sunday 14, March.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Research Skills Workshops

Townsville (sessions held in 18.229 - top floor eastern end of Mabo library)

This week is all about researching your assignment! Awesomely, we have sessions running for each faculty because budding scientists do different assignments to future business managers. Get along to the session running for your faculty:

Monday 8/3 Business/Tourism 10am Health 2pm

Tuesday 9/3 Social Sciences 10am Science & Engineering 2pm

Wednesday 10/3 Health 12pm Business/Tourism 3pm

Thursday 11/3 Science & Engineering 10am Social Sciences 3pm

Cairns (sessions held in B1.104)

Wednesday 10/3
  • Finding journal articles 11am
Thursday 11/3
  • Finding journal articles 1pm

Friday, March 5, 2010

One Search : New Discovery Service for JCU Library goes Beta

JCU Library is pleased to announce that we are now beta-testing our new web scale discovery tool One Search.


One Search provides a Google-like search experience for almost all JCU resources including full-text journals, the library catalogue and ResearchOnline@JCU. One Search is quick and easy to use and will save you time and effort discovering digital and print resources for your learning and research.

Features

  • Easily navigate and narrow search result sets using multiple methods, such as filtering, faceting and sorting by date, format and subject.
  • Quickly cut and paste citations in your preferred style.
  • Easily export citations to EndNote
  • Limit results to "scholarly" publications including peer- reviewed material.
  • "Did you mean?" suggestions
  • Turn a search into an RSS feed
  • Mark records and send them as an email
Sample One Search results screen


One Search
is a great tool for both new and more experienced researchers. Try it out now and let us know what you think.

Speaking of Winners...

We have actually drawn the Townsville winners for the O-Week Tour Quiz, in case you were wondering. We're just waiting for some of the prizes to get to our office before notifying the winners that they can come in and collect them.

We're going to notify the winners by email within the next week, so if you put an entry into the competition, keep an eye on your inbox.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Secure Websites in Plain English

This video focuses on what makes websites secure and how to recognize a secure one. The folk at Commoncraft do a very good job of explaining web 2.0 technology. Have a look at all their videos at: http://www.commoncraft.com

Secure Websites in Plain English

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

And, we have a winner!


For those of you who have been waiting patiently to find out if you correctly guessed the Big Curlew's name, the competition is finally closed and the winning entry has been drawn.

We had a lot of interesting and fun guesses. Several people thought it might be "Curly", a few went for "Jack" or "Bill" (my personal favourite was "Digby", although it didn't fit in with a single clue we gave out either in the posts or in person).

But a number of people did correctly guess the name our curlew was born with:


Wayne


So, since we had more than one correct entry, we put those entries in a hat (well, a box) and made one of our newest librarians go fishing for pieces of paper (which was amusing to watch, since she's shorter than the person who was holding the box...)

And the winner is...


Sam Bateson


Congratulations, Sam, we'll be in touch to tell you when to pick up your prize.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Laminating and Binding Services

Do you need your course readings, subject outlines or important documents bound or laminated?

These services are conveniently available at Lending Services on the ground floor of the Cains and Mabo (Townsville) libraries.

A range of heat, velo, comb and wire binding options are available as well as laminating options from ID card to A2 size.

Check out our competitive pricing and other campus specific services from our website.

Library Workshops Week 2

Whoosh! That was the sound of O Week and Week 1 hurtling into the past. Make Week 2 count by attending a library workshop and learn how to find journal articles, find more on the web and our top ten tips on doing assignments.


Townsville sessions held in 18.229 (top floor eastern end of library):

Monday 1 March
  • Finding journal articles 11am
Tuesday 2 March
  • Finding more on the web 2pm
Wednesday 3 March
  • Top ten assignment research tips 12pm
Thursday 4 March
  • Finding more on the web 10am

Cairns sessions held in B1.104

Tuesday 2 March
  • Finding more on the web 10am
  • Library tour 11am
  • Finding journal articles 3pm
Wednesday 3 March
  • Getting connected 2pm
Thursday 4 March
  • Top ten assignment research tips 1pm
  • Library tour 2pm
Friday 5 March
  • Finding journal articles 2pm