Friday, 28 October 2011

Filming in the Mabo Library - Sunday 30 October

Blackfella Films and ABCTV are making a telemovie about Eddie Koiki Mabo and will be filming in the Mabo Library on Sunday 30 October.

The Library will be open for business as usual but select areas may not be available for use as a result of the filming.

See the ABC media release for more information about Mabo, the telemovie.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

ResearchOnline@JCU Outage, Friday 4 November

ResearchOnline@JCU will be unavailable from 8am, Friday November 4th 2011.

This outage is to enable a physical to virtual migration of the servers. The service will be offline for the full day and is expected to be restored by COB Friday.

This change is required as a lead-up to end of life of the physical hosts of ResearchOnline@JCU.

Further notice will be sent when the service has been restored.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Featured eBooks: Entomology

Cockroaches: Ecology, Behaviour and Natural History. This definitive volume provides a complete overview of suborder Blattaria, highlighting the diversity of these amazing insects in their natural environments. The book explores the fascinating natural history and behavior of cockroaches, describing their various colors, sizes, and shapes, as well as how they move on land, in water, and through the air. In addition to habitat use, diet, reproduction, and behavior, Cockroaches covers aspects of cockroach biology, such as the relationship between cockroaches and microbes, termites as social cockroaches, and the ecological impact of the suborder.

The Complete Field Guide to Butterflies of Australia. This is the first complete field guide to all butterfly species on Australia’s mainland and its remote islands. Written by one of Australia's leading lepidopterists, it is stunningly illustrated with colour photographs of each of the 416 currently identified species. There is also a distribution map for each species on the Australian mainland. It covers the five major family groups: Hesperiidae, Paplionidae, Pieridae, Nymphalidae and Lycaenidae, as well as the family Riodinidae, which has but a single species in Australia.

Sterile Insect Technique: Principles and Practice in Area-Wide Integrated Pest Management. The sterile insect technique (SIT) is an environment-friendly method of pest control that integrates well into area-wide integrated pest management (AW-IPM) programmes. A first of its kind, this book takes a generic, comprehensive, and global approach in describing the principles and practice of the SIT. The strengths and weaknesses, and successes and failures, of the SIT are evaluated openly and fairly from a scientific perspective. The SIT is applicable to some major pests of plant, animal and human health importance, and criteria are provided to guide in the selection of pests appropriate for the SIT.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Julian Barnes wins at "posh bingo"

Julian Barnes is the winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his book The Sense of an Ending. He has been nominated three times previously, but this is his first win. He has in the past labelled the prize "posh bingo", and he still agrees with this definition of the competition.

The Man Booker Prize for fiction is awarded to the best full length novel in English published in the Commonwealth (Australian Peter Carey has won it twice). Have a look at this year's shortlist and winner, and see if you can find something to read after the semester winds down:

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
Jamrach's Menagerie by Carol Birch Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt Snowdrops by AD Miller.

Happy reading.

Journal of Rural and Tropical Public Health

Did you know that the Journal of Rural and Tropical Public Health is a scholarly open access journal published at James Cook University? It is a free peer-reviewed online publication featuring review, investigation, management and research articles in the broad area of public health with a focus on rural, tropical and disaster situations.

Issues go back to 2001, so there is a wealth of knowledge here waiting to be discovered by YOU!  Check it out as a part of Open Access Week.

New title by JCU author

Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation
by Associate Professor Russell McGregor
Dicipline Co-ordinator (History), JCU

Russell McGregor's new book offers a holistic interpretation of the complex relationship between Indigenous and settler Australians during the middle four decades of the 20th century. He combines perspectives of political, social and cultural history in a coherent narrative, providing a cogent analysis of how the relationship changed and the impediments to change.

This book looks like an interesting read, as it explores a period that hasn't been examined in-depth in light of current societal understandings.

Indifferent Inclusion: Aboriginal People and the Australian Nation will shortly be available for loan from both the Cairns and Townsville campus libraries.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Open Access Week - 24 to 30 October

Open Access week is a global event, now in its 5th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research.

“Open Access” to information – the free, immediate, online access to the results of scholarly research, and the right to use and re-use those results as you need them – has the power to transform the way research and scientific inquiry are conducted. It has direct and widespread implications for academia, medicine, science, industry, and for society as a whole.

To celebrate Open Access Week, the Library has developed an Open Access Publishing LibGuide to explain more about Open Access within the JCU context. 

For more information, contact Jackie Wolstenholme, the Research Services Librarian.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Featured eBooks: Tourism

Island Tourism: Sustainable Perspectives. Islands are the most vulnerable and fragile of tourism destinations and will experience even more pressure as the combined impacts of economic, social and environmental change accelerate in the future. In order to understand the process of island tourism development, response to change and challenges, and islands' journeys to sustainability, this book provides insights and instruction on topics including social, cultural, environmental and economic aspects of island tourism.

Adventure Tourism Management. Adventure tourism is the largest and fastest growing sector of the trillion-dollar global outdoor tourism industry. No tourism professional, current or future, can afford to ignore this economically significant sector. A very wide range of high-adrenalin recreational activities is now available as commercial adventure tourism products: rafting and kayaking, surfing and kiteboarding, helisking and snowboarding, diving and submarines, mountain biking and off-road driving, horseriding and rockclimbing, ballooning and parachuting, and many more.

Industrial Tourism: Opportunities for City and Enterprise. Industrial tourism presents opportunities, both in terms of income and as a tool of management, for individual firms who open their doors - and consequently their local regions - to the public. But how can these opportunities be organised in a way that enables both the city and the enterprise to take advantage? This book analyzes the conditions for successful industrial tourism development using case studies of Wolfsburg, Cologne, Pays de la Loire, Turin, Shanghai and Rotterdam, and makes astute recommendations for cities and companies with ambitions in this field.

Lights, Camera - Action!

Did you know that JCU Library holds materials to support the Bachelor of Arts (Screen Studies)? This collection is currently featured in a display on the first floor of Townsville library. Come in and have a look. Interesting items include:

Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut
Loving and Hating Hollywood: Reframing Global and Local Cinema
Licence to Thrill : a Cultural History of the James Bond Films
Pixar: 20 Years of Animation
The Hitchcock Murders.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

What does a Native Kapok tree and a Brolga have in common...?

M Seyfort © Australian Museum

© EM Jacles
They are both Townsville's flora and fauna emblems, and feature in a small display on the first floor of JCU Library, Townsville.

The Native Kapok tree (Cochlospermum gillivraei) is native to the Townsville region, and features vibrant yellow flowers. It can be seen on JCU Townsville campus.

The Brolga (Grus rubicunda) is also Queensland's bird emblem, and is found across tropical northern Australia.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Library exam opening hours

Are you planning your study schedule for the exam period?  Library exam opening hours have been published to help you organise your time.

Good luck!

Indigenous story time for children at Townsville City Council

To do a little cross promotion of us mob in libraries, Townsville City Libraries' Janeese Henaway, Indigenous Library Resources Officer, will read Indigenous stories at a Story time session. Come along and listen to an Indigenous story and join in the free craft session.
  • When: Wednesday, 19th October, 10 am
  • Audience: Preschool aged children
  • Venue: CityLibraries, Thuringowa Central in Townsville
  • Cost: Free
You can contact Janeese via 07 47278317 and book online at

World History in Video

Alexander Street Press World History in Video is a wide-ranging collection of critically acclaimed documentaries that allow students and researchers to explore human history from the earliest civilizations to the late twentieth century. The video content offered here is global in scope, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania.

Videos in the collection include:

Friday, 14 October 2011

Zines display in the Cairns Library

Creative Arts students have produced some wonderful zines as part of their studies. All are on display on the ground floor of the library. The image to the left is just one of the many on display and is created by Karen Argus.

Well done to all the students who contributed.

To find out more about Zines go the Creative Arts Libguide Zine page.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Eddie KoikI Mabo Lectures 2011

A reminder that the annual Eddie Koiki Mabo Lecture is occuring on Monday the 24th of October 2011 at 6.00pm with lecture to start at 6.15pm.

This year's lecturer is Mr Mick Gooda the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner for the Australian Human Rights Commision. His lecture is called "Strengthening our relationships over lands, territories and resources: the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples".

The lecture will be held at Cairns and be transmitted live to James Cook University associated sites at Mackay, Mt Isa, Thursday Island and Townsville.

Featured eBooks: Dentistry

Mosby's Dental Dictionary is designed for use by the entire dental team, and includes more than 10,000 terms and 300 full-color illustrations. Definitions include all areas of dentistry, basic, clinical and behavioral sciences, terms related to office management, and commonly used medical terms.

Local Anaesthesia in Dentistry is a practical guide for both students and general practitioners to this essential area of clinical practice. The book introduces the reader to the concept of nerve conduction and pain as well as providing an explanation of the anatomy of the trigeminal nerve. Further chapters cover such key areas of practice as regional anaesthesia, local anaesthesia in children, pharmacology, local and systemic complications, general practical aspects, the prevention of side effects and legal aspects.

Adhesian Aspects in Dentistry.  Modern adhesive dentistry has numerous applications in cariology, as well as in aesthetic and pediatric dentistry, prosthodontics, implantology, and orthodontics-in essence, in comprehensive dental care. The current developments in adhesive techniques for soft tissues and also some slow-releasing agents have expanded applications to endodontics, periodontology and maxillo-facial surgery as well. It is quite manifest that the concept “adhesive dentistry” with novel materials is profoundly changing the practice of dentistry.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

The Alexander Street Press Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works is a searchable collection containing real transcripts of therapy and counseling sessions and first-person narratives illuminating the experience of mental illness and its treatment, as well as reference works to contextualise the primary material.

Resources from the collection include:

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Featured eBooks: Economics

Econopower will provide you with a firm understanding of the influence of modern economics and how it can be used to improve the world we live in. It offers practical advice on numerous personal financial matters - earning, saving, investing, and retiring - based on the breakthrough contributions of behavioral economists. And it looks at how economists are working successfully on issues such as public education, crime, and global warming. EconoPower also examines how a new economic philosophy may dominate the new millennium.

The Economics of Football presents the first detailed economic analysis of professional football at club level, using a combination of economic reasoning and statistical and econometric analysis. Most of the original empirical research reported in the book is based on English club football. A wide range of international comparisons help emphasise both the broader relevance as well as the unique characteristics of the English experience.

The Economics of Animal Health and Production presents information on the most important economic tools applied to livestock, covering both theory and practical applications. Topics covered include gross margin analysis, partial budgeting, investment and financial appraisal and cost-benefit analysis. There are also sections on decision tree analysis, optimisation methods, value chain analysis, new institutional economics, DALYs and a range of policy analysis tools.

APA referencing: "Where" element clarified

The last generic element in an APA reference is where a reader should go to locate the reference you used.

For journals, newsletters, and magazines, the primary locator element is the volume number. It goes after the periodical’s title, in italics, and the article’s page range follows:

Elk, A. (1972a). My theory on brontosauruses. Journal of the All-England Summarize Proust Competition, 31, 12–27.

If the journal is one that restarts the page numbering at 1 for each issue, include the issue number in parentheses after the volume number. Note that if the issue number is used, it is in roman (i.e., not italic) type, as is the comma following it.

Elk, A. (1972b). The other theory on brontosauruses. Journal of the All-England Summarize Proust Competition, 31(4), 47–50.

Books, Reports, and So Forth
Give the name and location of the publisher (city and state or, outside the United States - city and country) for books, reports, brochures, and other nonperiodical publications.

Gumby, T. F. (1972). The brain specialist. Cambridge, England: Python.

Note that the name of the publisher is given in as brief a form as possible. Eliminate words such as Publishers, Co., and Inc., and use only the surname for publishing houses that are named after persons (e.g., Erlbaum, not Lawrence Erlbaum; Wiley, not John Wiley). The names of universities, associations, and so forth are given in full.

The “well-known city rule” is no longer in effect, so the state (or country, for non-U.S. publishers) is included for all publishers. However, there is one exception to this rule: If the publisher is a university whose name includes the name of the state, don’t repeat the state in the publisher location.

Clark, D. T., Schoomaker, P. J. How not to be seen. Tampa: University of Florida.

Electronic Sources
The digital object identifier (DOI) is the new gold standard for locating electronic publications. Through the magic of international concordats and computer programming, it will get you to the online version of the article every time, even if the publisher has changed Web addresses. Check out this DOI primer and handy flowchart for guidance on when to use DOI versus URL. You may also want to check out Paige's discussion of document URL versus homepage URL.

From the APA Style Blog by Jeff Hume-Pratuch

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

QR codes explained

Where does this QR code take you?
QR codes are a form of barcode. They're used for encoding information in two-dimensional space - like on magazine pages, websites, or billboards.

QR codes are tailor-made for quickly and easily linking to content on smartphones and tablets. Some smartphones come QR code enabled. However, there are also a number of free apps that can read QR Codes, including QRReader. Once you have downloaded and launched the app, all you need to do is point your phone's camera at the QR code you want to scan.

Content by Switched
QR codes are bound to become more common as they are a nifty shortcut to the problem of typing lengthy web addresses.

Generate your own QR code with a free online QR code generator.

Lyell Collection

Launched in 2007 to celebrate 200 years of the Geological Society of London, the Lyell Collection is an online full text collection comprising of the Society's journal titles, Special Publications and key book series. Cutting edge science sits alongside important historical material in one of the largest integrated collections of online Earth science literature available.

Just in case you were wondering: The Lyell Collection is named after Charles Lyell, the eminent nineteenth-century geologist whose work included the influential book, Principles of Geology, and the establishment of the Principle of Uniformitarianism.

You can now access this collection from the Databases link on the JCU Library homepage.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

World Space Week library display

Shuttle under Hubble by FlyingSinger
Where would the world be without astronomical thinkers or advances such as Stonehenge, Galileo, Halley, Sputnik, the moon landings, Hubble Space Telescope, or the International Space Station? World Space Week (4 - 10 October) is the time to celebrate all things astronomical.  JCU Library Townsville is currently featuring astronomy research @ JCU, as well as astronomy resources from the curriculum collection. Come in to the Library to check out the display.

Counseling and Therapy in Video

The Alexander Street Press Counseling and Therapy in Video provides a large online collection of video available for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling. Videos in the collection include:

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Exams Are Approaching!

Well, okay, they are still a few weeks away, but now is exactly the right time to start thinking about them. If you start getting into exam preparation mode now, then you should be right on top of things by the time the exams actually start.

We usually put up a book display concerning Exam preparation and study skills in about Week 11 or 12, but you don't have to wait for us to show you what we have - you can go straight to our resources. Try going though the Power Search part of our catalogue and look for "study skills" as a Subject Keyword, then something relevant to you ("psychology" or "law", for example - or "exams*") as a Keyword.

Or you could go to the Browse Search in the catalogue and try looking for something like this: Examinations -- study guides

And, don't forget, while we have study skills resources, the Learning Centre has study skills workshops. You can come along to one of their workshops, or make an appointment with one of the Learning Advisors. The following workshops are coming up in the next few weeks:
Studying for Exams sessions in Weeks 11 and 12 [Townsville]

Week 11 - Exam revision
Tuesday 11 October 1-2pm in Room 151 Building 17
repeated Thursday 13 October 2-3pm in Building 5 (Central Lecture Theatre)

Week 12 - Exam tactics
Tuesday 18 October 1-2pm in Room 151 Building 17
repeated Thursday 20 October 2-3pm in Building 5 (Central Lecture Theatre)

To register for any of these sessions please email Peter Hanley

You can also access the online material on Learning Skills at Learning skills online
And you aren't left out in Cairns. The Studying for Exams workshop was last week, but the Exam Tactics workshop is on the 6 October. You can contact Alan Calder for more details.

Oh, and when you go to one of these sessions, remember to tell them the librarians sent you. You'll get a special discount (it's "special" because it's really hard to give a discount on something that's already free)