Friday, 30 September 2011

IgNobel research @JCU

Entomologists Dr Darryl Gwynne from the University of Toronto Mississauga, and Prof. David Rentz, Research Fellow with the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University, have been awarded the 2011 IgNobel Biology Prize for their 1983 study that showed male jewel beetles copulate with empty, discarded beer stubbies.

Check out this important work in the JCU Library ejournal collection.

Indigenous Research Protocols Workshop

The next round of

Indigenous Research Protocols Workshop

School of Indigenous Australian Studies

The School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) is offering an Indigenous Research Protocols Workshop with designed for researchers and/or those wishing to engage effectively Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
This is a half-day workshop for those who are involved in conducting research with and/or for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and/or those who have a role in signing off on research proposals and ethics applications:
  • Researchers
  • Research Monitors
  • Supervisors
  • Post Graduate Students

Program Aim

To provide participants with the knowledge to be able to apply relevant research protocols and/or ensure that relevant research protocols are applied to promote positive research outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, researchers and JCU.

Registration and details

October 7, 2011
8.45AM till 1.00PM. Program will commence at 9.00am
$50 per person
School of Indigenous Australian Studies Conference room, Townsville campus

Cairns campus outage

Cairns campus will experience a connection outage between 8am and 5pm on Sunday 2nd of October. During this time, Cairns campus will not have access to any communications infrastructure (telephone, internet and copyprint).

JCU Library Cairns will be open for business on Sunday.  However, the library will not be able to offer access to the internet, JCU websites, email, or printing/photocopying.

Off campus access to JCU Library collections and services should not be affected by this outage.

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Featured eBooks: Psychology

In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits to incorporating animal assisted therapy into their practice, how to design and implement animal assisted interventions, and the efficacy of animal assisted therapy with different disorders and patient populations. Coverage includes the use of AAT with children, families, and the elderly, in counseling and psychotherapy settings, and for treating a variety of specific disorders.

This is a comprehensive reference book on forensic mental health. It is concerned with both theory and practice, including issues and approaches to assessment, management and treatment. The book focuses on the key topics and issues underpinning the developing body of knowledge in forensic mental health and its place in contemporary society.

Most emotional maltreatment takes place within the family home, involves the primary care-giver and reflects ongoing patterns of damaging parent-child interaction rather than isolated incidents. The authors explore the available treatments, identifying which approaches work, who they work with and the limitations of each. Conclusions and recommendations based on the key findings are presented, including implications for practice and over-arching issues to be addressed.

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Ethnographic Video Online @JCU Library

The Alexander Street Press Ethnographic Video Online provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more.

Videos in the collection include:

Monday, 26 September 2011

Open access and research

Have you heard the phrase Open Access? Do you know what the benefits are for your research?

Open Access is . . .
  • A worldwide movement which is enabling wide dissemination and access to research.
  • An alternative to the closed subscription-based publishing models.
Benefits of Open Access are:
  • Free, unrestricted, online access to scholarly publications.
  • Increased chance of citation and impact through wide dissemination and access.
There are two options you can follow to make your research Open Access.

One option is to Self-Archive the Accepted Version of your publication in ResearchOnline@JCU:
  • The Accepted Version is the author-created version that incorporates the referee comments and is accepted for publication.
  • Publisher policies for around 70% of journals allow the Accepted Version of articles to be self-archived in your Institutional Repository i.e. ResearchOnline@JCU. Check the Sherpa website to see which journals allow self-archiving of accepted versions.
  • Accepted Versions are eligible as research outputs of journal articles for ERA Peer Review (section 5.4.7 of the ERA 2012 Submission Guidelines).
A second option is to Publish in Open Access journals:
For more information, contact Jackie Wolstenholme, the Research Services Librarian.

Book Display: Teach Mathematics?

So, what's a good topic for a book display to follow "pirates"?

Maths, obviously.

Here at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library we've put together a small display on Mathematics in Education (teaching maths at a primary, middle and high school level). We've got a few of our print journals on display, as well as some of our prettier books.

Yes, we chose the items based on how pretty they were, but you can find plenty of good information and useful tips, tools and exercises in the not-so-pretty books and journals that are still on the shelves.

You'll find them at 372.7 and 510.7 (keep following the numbers, they start at .7 and keep going to .8).

We'd also like to direct your attention towards some of our eJournals on the topic, like:

Educational Studies in Mathematics,

Mathematics Teacher Education and Development (MTED),


Numeracy: Advancing Education in Quantitative Literacy

We've got more. You should head over to our catalogue and look for Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- Periodicals

While you're at it, you could try dropping the "periodicals" part of that search to find books as well, or switching it for "australia" to find works specific to maths teaching in the Australian context.

Oh, and there are also some resources for use in the classroom over in the Curriculum Collection.

Happy hunting.

Filmakers Library Online @JCU Library

The Alexander Street Press Filmakers Library Online collection provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide.

Videos in the collection include:

Thursday, 22 September 2011

ebrary eBooks @JCU

ebrary is JCU Library's largest provider of academic and scholarly eBooks. ebrary offers titles in subject areas as diverse as anthropology, business, education, fine arts, law, medicine, psychology, and technology. ebrary also offers users the ability to:
  1. Highlight text and take notes – Create a bookshelf (if needed) to save and organise your research.
  2. Use InfoTools – Link out to other online resources to expand your research.
  3. Print pages, and copy and paste text – ebrary provides automatic citations with a URL hyperlink back to the source.
  4. Manage, archive and share research – Organise your bookshelf and email folders to peers.
Example JCU Library subscribed ebrary eBooks include:

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

JCU research data management information

An outline pf current and future directions for storage and management of research data at JCU.
The JCU eResearch Centre and Research Services have prepared a guiding document designed to make researchers and their Head of Schools aware of their obligations and the obligations of the university relating to research data management. This short summary also draws researchers attention to current and future options for the storage and management of data at JCU.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Creative Commons: Enhance access to your teaching and research documents

Copyright protection is automatically applied to any work you create, even if you have not included a © symbol. This is a fundamental principle of Australian Copyright Law. This means that the work cannot be reused without your permission, except for narrow and specific exceptions such as ‘for the purposes of research or study’.

BUT . . .

You may wish your work to be used more broadly, without you needing to give permission for each use. Examples of works could be a website, music, film, photograph, written document or presentation. Adding a Creative Commons (CC) licence to your work provides an explicit statement of how you agree that your work may be used. Licences you can assign (including combinations of these options) are:

Attribution: applies to every CC work; the original creator(s) must be credited and the source linked using a citation that you specify.

Non-commercial Use: allows others to copy, distribute, display or perform the work, but only for non-commercial purposes.

No Derivatives: lets others distribute, display or perform only verbatim copies of the work, they may not adapt or change the work in any way.

Share Alike: allows others to remix, adapt and build on the work, but only if they distribute the derivative works under the same the licence terms that govern the original work.

Creating a CC Licence is easy – just complete this form.

The following are examples of symbols indicating that a work has a Creative Commons licence.

Attribution Creative Commons Licence      NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons Licence

To search for works with a CC licence go to Creative Commons Search, or do a Google Advanced search and select one of the Usage Rights options.

For more information go to the Creative Commons Australia website, or contact Jackie Wolstenholme, the Research Services Librarian.

Constitutional reform

Currently consultation is going on to make changes to the Australian Constitution. The first question that comes to my mind is, why? I know the consultation is in regards to Indigenous Australians which just from personal family history has either been positive or negative in extremes and sometimes both or neither for my Murdi (Aboriginal) ancestors.

Luckily for me someone sent me this link, You Me Unity.

It provides interesting and informative information from a variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and some examples of what the consultation is trying to discuss.

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Piratical pop-quiz

Pirate Flag by spaceninja
Quickly, what do the following things have in common:
  • Sailing vessels
  • Parrots
  • Swords
  • Gunpowder
  • Amputations
  • Alcohol
  • Swearing
  • The 19th of September
  • The book display on the first floor of the Mabo library building
  • "Yaaarrr!"

Friday, 16 September 2011

Education in Video @JCU Library

Alexander Street Press is a publisher of award-winning, online video collections for scholarly research, teaching, and learning. The Education in Video collection allows students to watch real-world examples of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. The collection's in-depth and special-topic videos also help viewers to link abstract theories to practical, real-world examples.

Videos in the collection include:

Thursday, 15 September 2011


Today is RUOK day. This is a national day of action to decrease suicide in Australia. Feeling isolated and hopeless can lead to depression and sometimes suicide. Take the time to ask friends, family and colleagues "Are you okay?" Staying connected helps to stay healthy.

If you're not sure what comes after "Are you okay?" look at this page on the site; it gives some tips on how to have this conversation.

Here are some other places that can help if you or someone close to you is depressed, anxious or suicidal.

Beyond blue: the national depression initiative

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people aged 12 to 25

Helps kids and young adults from age 5 to 25. Call on 1800 55 1800

Crisis support, suicide prevention, mental health support. Call on 13 11 14

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

eBooks @JCU Library

JCU subscribes to over 86,000 full text electronic books, with many more coming. JCU Library eBooks are academic or scholarly publications, and when utilised in assignments should be referenced as electronic books. Scroll to the bottom these web pages for referencing instructions - APA, Harvard or Vancouver. JCU Library eBook titles cover diverse subject areas including science, health science, social science, education, computing, humanities, management, and tourism.

Limiting to eBooks in One Search
Limiting to eBooks in Tropicat

  • One Search: To just find eBooks, you need to limit your search results by selecting eBook for your result Content Type.
  • Tropicat: To just find eBooks do a Power Search, and select Subject Keyword search. Type in the phrase "electronic books". From there you can search for your subject area using another of the available fields.
  • When you find an eBook title that suits your needs, click on the eBook record and then click on the link to access the full text eBook.
Most eBooks have limitations on copying and pasting text due to copyright restrictions. Limitations also apply to the number of pages you can print at a time.

Closing E-books
Where possible click Close Item when done rather than closing the browser or clicking the browser back button. This closes the eBook and makes it accessible to other students without a delay of 15 minutes.

Other Features
Some eBooks allow you to create an account which may provide functionality for creating notes or a favourites list.

Please see the staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need any assistance.

Monday, 12 September 2011

ResearchOnline@JCU: The JCU institutional repository

ResearchOnline@JCU provides online access to publications and other research outputs by JCU researchers. There are also many other benefits e.g.:
  • Wide and rapid dissemination 
  • Perpetual access to publications, even if online journals or conference websites are inaccessible or no longer available 
  • Single links to publications by an author or School 
  • Citation advantage – many articles claim Open Access publications have a citation advantage because they are more likely to be read and therefore more likely to be cited. 
What can be loaded to ResearchOnline@JCU? Any publications by JCU authors, either during or prior to their appointment to JCU.

How do I deposit to ResearchOnline@JCU? Use the step-by-step ResearchOnline@JCU deposit guide.


Black-footed ferret by USFWS Mountain Prairie

The latest issue of the Journal of Mammalogy is all about ferrets!

Well, it isn't all about ferrets, but does have a special feature on the reintroduction of black-footed ferrets into the wild.

This is "the wild" in America, of course. In Australia and New Zealand most people are trying to get ferrets out of the wild, but if you were looking at the eradication of ferrets as an invasive species, it might be interesting to see what scientists have to say in environments where people are trying to conserve them.

The Journal of Mammalogy is a journal of the American Society of Mammalogists, which "promotes interest in mammals throughout the world by the publication of original and timely research on all aspects of the biology of mammals; e.g., ecology, genetics, conservation, behavior, and physiology."

We subscribe to this journal in print, as well as online, although the print copy is only available in Townsville. The latest, ferrety issue has just come off display and should be back 'home' at 599 P1.

Five things you might not know about ferrets (but could find out really quickly if you looked them up):
  • The female ferret is a "jill", the male is a "hob" and the young are "kittens".1 A group of ferrets is called a "business".2
  • Female ferrets need to be spayed if you don't intend to have them mated, as the build up of oestrus can lead to health problems.3
  • Ferrets are illegal in Queensland as they are considered a Class 1 pest. Permits for keeping ferrets are highly restricted, and the fine for keeping a ferret without a permit can be as high as $80,000.4
  • Black-footed ferrets and Siberian polecats are considered to be ecological equivalents, and scientists have used Siberian polecats (which are not endangered) as surrogate subjects for studies to learn more about black-footed ferrets - but this might not be as effective as researchers had previously thought.5
Something I learnt while researching this blog post:
  • The word "fesnying" (or "fesnyng") is often cited by colloquial sources as a collective noun for ferrets, but doesn't appear in any of the major dictionaries. It does, however, appear in the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue,6 where it is listed as a variant spelling for "fessining" and is defined as "fastening". When you consider the fact that a ferret's bite can penetrate a human finger to the bone,3 perhaps a "fastening of ferrets" is not completely inappropriate.

  • 1. Ferret. (2007). In Saunders comprehensive veterinary dictionary. Retrieved from
    2. Nouns. (2009). In Brewer's dictionary of phrase and fable. Retrieved from
    3. Ferret. (2005). In Black's veterinary dictionary. Retrieved from
    4. Primary Industries and Fisheries. (2010). Ferrets. Retrieved from
    5. Biggins, D. E., Hanebury, L. R., Miller, B. J., Powell, R. A. (2011). Black-footed ferrets and siberian polecats as ecological surrogates and ecological equivalents. Journal of Mammalogy, 92(4), 710. doi: 10.1644/10-mamm-s-110.1
    6. Craigie, W. A., Sir. (1937). A dictionary of the older Scottish tongue, from the twelfth century to the end of the seventeenth. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Flinders Street - Beating Heart

Before ‘suburban sprawl’ threatened to choke its existence, Flinders Street was the focus of social, political and economic growth in Townsville for over a century. Join Trish Fielding as she explores how people once lived, worked, shopped, socialised, celebrated and protested in Townsville’s main street, sharing the photographs and community memories that illustrate a story of struggle, strife and spirit.

Trisha is currently studying a Masters in History with the University of New England. Her thesis will focus on maternal and infant welfare in early 20th Century North Queensland. Trisha works for CityLibraries Townsville and her first book Flinders Street, Townsville: A Pictorial History was awarded a High Commendation at the National Trust of Queensland Awards in 2010.

An audio download is available of her recent lecture presented at the State Library of Queensland.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Research services @JCU Library

JCU Library now offers enhanced research support for higher degree research students and staff with the appointment of Jackie Wolstenholme to the newly created position of Research Services Librarian. Preparation for academic promotion applications and ERA2012 have already prompted requests for assistance from Jackie in regards to ResearchOnline@JCU deposits, tracking citations and finding Impact Factors for journals.

The Library also provides advice regarding:
  • ERA, HERDC and maximising the impact of your research 
  • Copyright and Open Access 
  • Understanding publisher agreements 
  • Deciding where to submit your manuscript 
 Please contact us if you think Jackie or the Library can assist with your research.

ScienceDirect database outage

Elsevier will have a scheduled outage on September 10 which will affect the following products:
  • ScienceDirect 
  • MDConsult (possibly)
The products and services mentioned above are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 11 hours on Saturday, September 10.
  • Singapore Time: 7:30pm SGT Saturday, September 10 to 6:30am SGT Sunday, September 11 
  • Townsville Time: 9.30pm EST Saturday, September 10 to 8.30am EST Sunday, September 11 
In relation to the planned work, ScienceDirect alerts will be suspended for two weeks, September 9-23. Subscribers will receive their outstanding alerts after this time. Please see the staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need any assistance.

ResearchOnline@JCU – Time extension to update FoR Codes

Due to problems with ORGU code validation in ResearchOnline@JCU since the upgrade that occurred on the 19th August, the window to add publications for ERA 2012 and amend Field of Research (FoR) codes has been extended by a month to the 3rd of October. As a result, for an extra month, ResearchOnline@JCU will allow authors to ensure their publications are associated with the correct FoR codes. This is part of the preparation for the ERA2012 - the 2nd edition of the national research quality assessment.

By logging into ResearchOnline@JCU, authors can edit the FoR codes for their Live Publications. Authors are able to remove and/or add codes, and re-apportion contributions, as long as the result of the edits lists no more than 3 FoR codes and their contribution percentages add up to 100%. By logging in to the My Publications portal, you will see an overview of all your publications already entered in ResearchOnline@JCU ie all those associated with your loginID. Clicking the '+' icon in front of your publications opens a detailed listing of the metadata associated with this publication. Scroll down to the FoR Codes section, and you’ll notice a ‘FoR Code Editor’ button. If you believe that the listed FoR codes do not adequately describe the content, you can use the FoR Code Editor to modify them.

For authors who have been a member of staff for more than 7 years, and who deposited their own publications, this should simply be a matter of a quick check. If, however, you have only been here a couple of years (since 2005), you’ll need to ensure that ALL of your publications between 2005-2010 are stored in ResearchOnline@JCU - no matter at which institution, or in which capacity, you contributed to the output - as long as your name is listed as an author in the by-line of the publication. For more information, go to ResearchOnline@JCU and on the right hand side you’ll find a set of ‘Deposit Guides’, and on the left a link to ‘Deposit Login’.

For any issues relating to the functionality of ResearchOnline@JCU contact: Tove Lemberget Research Repository Officer, Information Resources, Eddie Koiki Mabo Library E: or P: +61 7 4781 4616

For information about ERA contact: Floris van der Leest, Manager, Research Information Research Services E: or P: +61 7 4781 4568

Floris van der Leest, Manager Research Information, Research Services and Ray Pearson, Computing Systems Officer, Corporate Applications Services 

Celebrating PNG links

The 2011 Celebrating Research focus for Cairns is the relationship of JCU researchers to Papua New Guinea and in particular the research that is being conducted. JCU has many researchers working with and across PNG and has in this way contributed to social and economic development of our close neighbours over many years.

The photographic exhibition and film fest will present leading researchers work across a broad spectrum of issues in PNG. It shows the power of images to communicate central issues of cultural diversity, social change and the environment.

Join us for your first viewing of the new ‘Framing the issues’ exhibition and a chance to view unique footage from PNG. ‘Framing the Issues’ will remain on display for two weeks in the foyer of the library.

Date: Thursday, 8 September 2011

Time: 4:30 pm till 6:30 pm (nibbles will be served)

Location: Cairns JCU Library – foyer (launch and photographic exhibition), B1.031 (film fest)

Registration is essential, and free.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Volunteer researchers needed

Do you have access to the internet and an hour spare? Would you like to earn a $50 book voucher and contribute to the support of Australia's researchers?

ANDS is building the Australian Research Data Commons: a cohesive collection of research resources from all research institutions, to make better use of Australia's research outputs.

Our research portal, Research Data Australia is about to get a makeover, and we want to know what you think about it before it goes live. We need an hour of your time to look at the site and complete a survey, anytime that it suits you between 13 and 16 September 2011.

You can complete the survey from any PC with internet access. All responses are kept anonymous.

Please email if you can help, or you'd like more information before signing up.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Student personal online storage space

In addition to Email and Calendar services available via Live@EDU, JCU students also have access to Microsoft SkyDrive and Office Web Apps with support from Microsoft.

SkyDrive is your personal online storage space, with 25GB of anywhere access. Keep your files private and secure, share them with contacts, or make them public.

Office Web Apps is a web-based version of Microsoft Office productivity suite. It includes the web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote. The Web Apps allow users to access their documents directly from anywhere within a web browser as well as share files and collaborate with other users online.


Thursday, 1 September 2011

World History in Video - Trial

World History in Video is an online collection of streaming video of documentaries from filmmakers worldwide. Upon completion the collection will include more than 1,750 documentaries that offer a rich survey of human history from the earliest civilizations to the fall of the Berlin Wall.

The documentaries incorporate a wide variety of primary sources, including archival images, artifacts, documents and in the modern era also interviews with key participants. Scope is global, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.

This trial is available until 30 September 2011.

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.

Observations or comments (positive and negative) on the trials and value of the services are always appreciated and may be directed to the Faculty and School Librarians or to Neil Renison, Information Resources. Alternatively, you can complete our online Database Trial Feedback form.