Thursday, 29 March 2012

LearnJCU and email for students who are or have been casual staff

It is important for students who have been employed as a casual staff member to check their staff email account, as LearnJCU uses your staff email address for communication. Your staff account will remain active for 6 months following the end date of your contract and will continue to be used for LearnJCU communication through this time. Some common questions include:

Why can’t my student email be loaded into LearnJCU?
The business rule for clients who are both staff and student, is that the staff email is used. The Blackboard software, upon which LearnJCU is based, does not allow an individual to have separate staff and student profiles. Alternatives are being investigated for 2013.

How do I check my staff email?
Log onto using your staff email – Your password is the same as your student email. If you have trouble logging in, contact

Can I re-direct my staff email to my student email account?
No, due to legislative record keeping and archival requirements, JCU policy does not allow automatic redirection of staff business email accounts.

Can I re-direct my student email to my staff email account?
This option is available but it is not recommended. To find out how to redirect your student email; see How do I redirect my personal/student email to my staff account. NOTE: If you do set up a re-direction, you will need to de-activate the re-direction when your staff email account expires.

How will I know when my staff email account is going to expire?

A notification email will be sent to your staff email account 1 month prior to its
expiry date.

LearnJCU Enquiries
For all general LearnJCU enquiries, please fill in the Ask LearnJCU request or email

Congratulations to LiNQ!

Each year Townsville City Council recognises the people who contribute to the cultural life of the city with the Townsville City Council Arts Awards ceremony. This year, LiNQ (Literature in North Queensland) has received recognition for being North Queensland's longest running literary journal. LiNQ is a fully refereed journal which publishes fiction and poetry, as well as criticism and reviews of regional, national, and international interest to do with literature. The quality of this journal is a testament to the hard work of its editors (Dr Lindsay Simpson and Dr Victoria Kuttainen), contributors and publication team.

JCU Library receives LiNQ in both print and electronic form. Alternatively, you can buy the latest volume, or subscribe to the journal through the LiNQ website.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Fantasy Novel Launch

You are invited to attend a celebration for the release of The Fallen Star, a fantasy novel by JCU student Saffron Bryant.

This event will take place at 3:30pm on the 4th of April 2012, on the 1st Floor of The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library at James Cook University, Townsville.

The Fallen Star will be available for purchase at the event for $25.

Drinks and nibbles will be served.

Please RSVP to by the 2nd of April

Scheduled Outage - Student Management System Maintenance

The Student Management System (SMS) will be unavailable due to maintenance activities on Saturday 31st March from 4am to 5pm AEST and 2am to 3pm Singapore time. During this time SMS, Replica, eAcademic and eStudent will be unavailable.

This means that students will be unable to add funds to their CopyPrint account during this time.

Students with sufficient funds will be able to print. If you are experiencing printing problem please see staff at the InfoHelp desk (Cairns and Townsville) for assistance with printing during this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Easter weekend opening hours

Don't forget that Cairns and Townsville campus libraries will be open over the Easter weekend as follows:

Easter Saturday (7 April): 1.00-5.00pm
Easter Monday (9 April): 1.00-5.00pm

See our opening hours web page to plan your study.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Bat Breath: Real Journal Titles

Every now and then we stumble across a journal title that's so amusing we just have to share it. Here's one found today:

Bat breath reveals metabolic substrate use in free-ranging vampires

The article itself is all about using a vampire bat's breath to find out what it's been eating lately (apparently they prefer cattle to rainforest mammals).

Personally, I want to know who gets the job of harvesting vampire bat breath (was it the same person who came up with the idea, or some poor lab assistant?) - and what they say when people ask them about their day...

Voigt, C., Grasse, P., Rex, K., Hetz, S., & Speakman, J. (2008). Bat breath reveals metabolic substrate use in free-ranging vampires. Journal of Comparative Physiology B: Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology, 178(1), 9-16. doi: 10.1007/s00360-007-0194-z

Friday, 23 March 2012

Find It @JCU and Ejournal portal temporarily unavailable on Sunday morning 25th March

Our Service provider has just informed us that some urgent systems maintenance will mean no access between 10&11am Sunday 25th March to the following services:
  • Ejournal Portal 
  • Find It@JCU
  • Ulrichsweb 
When another service attempts to link to these services you will see a "Service Temporarily Unavailable" notice. These may include Tropicat, One Search, Reserve Online and LearnJCU - apart from those linkages these services are unaffected.

As the provider says:
We apologize for the short notice and the inconvenience to you and your patrons, but we feel it is necessary to make these changes now rather than wait until later when there may be a longer downtime or more serious effects.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - ABC TV
Have you been watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on the ABC at 8.30pm on Friday nights? If so, you might be interested to know that the series is based on stories written by Australian author Kerry Greenwood. If you would like to read these books, have a look at our holdings in the JCU Library catalogue.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

New: OvidMD

OvidMD is a clinical tool developed to provide to physicians quick answers based on relevant, current full-text content from Ovid and other sources.

OvidMD was designed from a clinical, evidence-based perspective to ensure that results are meaningful to a practicing physician. Links to full-text journals subscribed by JCU on Ovid and other platforms facilitate further consideration of current reserach and evidence-based guidelines.  This is a trial subscription until the end of 2012; renewal will depend on use, demand and support for continuation of this service.

JCU staff and students may access OvidMD directly,  or from the Library Databases page. 

Content and linkages to other sources include:

 *  JCU's subscription to UpToDate’s® synoptic, point-of-care content. 
 *  Medical journals subscribed to by JCU.
 *  A suite of LWW Current Opinion journals.
 *  Image Library.
 *  Medical calculators.

New: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I indexes the world's most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses from around the world, spanning from 1637 to the present day.

The label "A&I" (Abstracts & Index) indicates that this is an index which may also provide a summary of the content.  It does not include the full content of the documents. This is a trial subscription until the end of 2012; renewal will depend on use, demand and support for continuation of this service.

 JCU staff and students may access ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I directly, or from the Library Databases page.

Each dissertation published since July 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts. Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637. Where available, the service provides 24-page previews of dissertations and theses.

Scheduled outage: ProQuest

ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Sunday 25th March. As a result, ProQuest databases may be unavailable for a period of approx 12 hours (from 12noon on Sunday 25th March to 12am on Monday 26th March).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please see the staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need any assistance.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Sport and exercise science

2012 is an Olympic year, and as such anything to do with sport and exercise is very topical. JCU Library holds some very interesting resources related to sports and exercise. Whether you are studying sports and exercise science at JCU, are coaching a team, volunteering at your local sports club, or are a keen amateur athlete, you will find some great resources at JCU Library. Some of the books featured on the display on the first floor of the Eddie Mabo Library include:
Come in and have a look at the display.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Happy belated Pi Day

ascii_pi by Jorel314
Albert Einstein by mansionwb
On 14th March (or using USA date style - 3/14) we celebrate everybody’s favorite transcendental number Pi (symbolised by the Greek letter π). Pi = 3.1415926535… , and is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi has been worked out to more than 200,000,000,000 digits past the decimal, but as it is an irrational and transcendental number it's exact value can't be calculated. Find out more about Pi on the Pi Credo Topic Page.

The 14th March is also noteworthy as it is Albert Einstein's birthday.

Citations for Tweets

If you are studying languages, social sciences, journalism, politics, current affairs... Well, actually a whole range of things, you may find yourself in the position of needing to cite information from a tweet.

The MLA has recently released it's advice regarding citing a tweet. They suggest something like this:

Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.

The APA blog gives some advice concerning the treatment of Twitter and Facebook. Their take looks like this:

BarackObama. (2009a, July 15). Launched American Graduation Initiative to help additional 5 mill. Americans graduate college by 2020: [Twitter post]. Retrieved from

And the Chicago Manual of Style offers this advice, and this example:

32. Garrett Kiely, Twitter post, September 14, 2011, 8:50 a.m.,

Now, Harvard isn't technically a style, but rather a system, and the version of Harvard we use at JCU isn't connected to a manual with regular website updates in response to user questions, but rather a hard copy style manual, which hasn't been updated since before Twitter was a thing. However, if you note the important pieces of information singled out by all the other styles (actual name, twitter username, contents of tweet, time and date, URL), then you can probably take the basic pattern of our version of Harvard and come up with something like this:

Fry, S (stephenfry) 2012, 'Fraudsters can access your details anywhere, even if, like me, you’re on the other side of the world #DevilsDetails', 13 March 2012, viewed 15 March 2012, <!/stephenfry>.

As for Vancouver? Well, the odds that you will ever need to cite a tweet in any of the subjects that use Vancouver are slim-to-none, BUT - in the interest of fairness we'll have a go at that, too. This isn't the official version, but rather our mock-up following the pattern for blogs (as well as pulling from the styles for emails and discussion lists):

1. Fry, S. 'Fraudsters can access your details anywhere, even if, like me, you’re on the other side of the world #DevilsDetails' 2012 Mar 13 [cited 2012 Mar 15]. In: Twitter [Internet]. San Fransico: Twitter, Inc. c.2006- . Available from:!/stephenfry.

Now, the referencing advice we give you always comes with two extra pieces of advice: 1) Be Consistent, and 2) Confirm With Your Lecturer. Whatever you do, do it the same way every time, and always follow the advice of the person who will be marking your paper.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Featured eBooks: Law

Australian Intellectual Property Law. Intellectual property law in Australia has changed dramatically in the last decade and continues to change. Developments in technology, the rise of the internet, the globalisation of trade and the increasing importance of 'superbrands' – trade marks with global appeal – have all affected the laws surrounding intellectual property. Furthermore, globalisation has resulted in greater pressure on intellectual property owners to expand their rights as they endeavour to capture the potential benefits of ownership in an increasingly affluent and integrated world economy.

The Handbook of Comparative Criminal Law. This handbook explores criminal law systems from around the world, with the express aim of stimulating comparison and discussion. General principles of criminal liability receive prominent coverage in each essay—including discussions of rationales for punishment, the role and design of criminal codes, the general structure of criminal liability, accounts of mens rea, and the rights that criminal law is designed to protect—before the authors turn to more specific offenses like homicide, theft, sexual offenses, victimless crimes, and terrorism.

Migration and Refugee Law: Principles and Practice in Australia. A comprehensive overview of the legal principles governing the entry of people into Australia. This book considers the social and political context of migration and refugee law in devising innovative policies aimed at creating an equitable and rational immigration system. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Brain Awareness Week, 12-18 March 2012

The JCU Psychology Club has put together a display for Brain Awareness Week on the first floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville. The display contains some great resources, so come in and have a look!

Thanks to the JCU Psychology Club for doing such a great job.

Monday, 12 March 2012

Mabo Library southern entrance now open

Dear staff and students,

The Southern entrance/exit to the Mabo library has now reopened. For your convenience there are now 2 entrance/exits for the library.
  • Southern
  • Cafe
See floorplans for more details.
Thank you for your patience.

InfoHelp tutorials this week

Upcoming training includes:


Introduction to EndNote, see semester training timetable for details.

  • EndNote
  • Referencing.
See the Cairns workshops webpage for details.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Referencing Points - Websites

A few days ago we had the following question on our AskNow service:

“How do I differentiate between the author of a website, the name of the website and the sponsor of a website when I am referencing?”

This can be tricky, as sometimes the website will only give you some of these details, and sometimes the details are identical (for example, the name of the website is also the name of the company responsible for the website).

Generally speaking, you should look for the copyright information for the page (usually right at the bottom) and/or the “About Us” details. They should give you the name of the people responsible for the website, and that’s what you would normally use as the author.

Often, websites are “authored” by a company, rather than a person, but sometimes a person wrote the information on a page that is owned by a company. In this case there will be a “byline” on the page somewhere (a person’s name either at the top near the title or at the bottom after the text) as well as a company name in the copyright information/About us details. In this case the person becomes the author and the company becomes the sponsor. Often, though, there won’t be a sponsor – the company is just the author.

The name you use depends on the way the site is structured. Websites can have an overall name for the whole site, and then a number of sections which each have their own name, and then a number of pages which have their own name. You need to provide the details that make it most clear where your information came from. A good rule of thumb is to look for the biggest, most obvious text at the top of the page and work out if you can see a title for the site/section and a subtitle for the page.

For example, if you were going to cite information on the JCU library’s website on Referencing, using the part from the section on APA referencing, your author would be James Cook University, the title of the page would be Referencing: APA, and the URL would be You would also be able to find the date the page was last updated, which was in 2012.

Depending on the style you were using, that would be all the information you needed to cite the page in your reference list. You may also need to include the date when you personally saw the page.

The thing to keep in mind is that you are giving whatever details would be most useful for someone to find that page using your reference list.

Oh, and remember that different styles have different requirements for things like URLs and "date cited" information. Check your Subject Outline for the style and find a relevant guide.

Friday, 9 March 2012

The Scopus Young Researcher Awards 2012

Australasian researchers are well known internationally for their achievements and dedicated contributions to various fields of research. To honour these achievements ARMS and Elsevier are once again running the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards. The Awards for 2012 will be presented in the following categories:
  1. Humanities and Social Sciences
  2. Physical Sciences
  3. Engineering and Technology
  4. Life Sciences and Biological Sciences
  5. Medicine and Medical Sciences.
Applications close on Friday, 1st June 2012. Have a look at the The Scopus Young Researcher Award competition webpage for more information.

The 2011 laureate in the Life Sciences and Biological Sciences category was Dr Nick Graham of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Featured eBooks: Archaeology

The Archaeology of Maritime Landscapes. Maritime cultural landscapes are collections of submerged archaeological sites, or combinations of terrestrial and submerged sites that reflect the relationship between humans and the water. These landscapes can range in size from a single beach to an entire coastline and can include areas of terrestrial sites now inundated as well as underwater sites that are now desiccated.

Ancient Muses: Archaeology and the arts. This book is the first compilation of international case studies of the various artistic methods used in this new form of education—one that makes archaeology "come alive" for the nonprofessional. Plays, opera, visual art, stories, poetry, performance dance, music, sculpture, digital imagery—all can effectively communicate archaeological processes and cultural values to public audiences.

Digging it up Down Under: A practical guide to doing archaeology in Australia. What are the secrets to successful archaeology in Australia? What traps are there for the novice archaeologist? How can a hill be a sacred site? Who holds the best repositories of historical documents? What skills and qualities do archaeological consultancy firms look for? What is it that everyone else knows that you don't? This book contains the answers to these questions, and more.

Special Collections in the news

Bronwyn McBurnie, Special Collections Librarian
Bronwyn McBurnie, JCU Library's Special Collection Librarian has recently been interviewed by ABC North Queensland Radio. The interview is titled Copyright and the virtual library. You can listen to an audio file of the interview on the ABC website. The interview is all about Bronwyn's plan to make key elements of the Special Collection freely available online.

At James Cook University Library certain materials are housed and cared for in conditions intended to ensure their long-term survival as physical objects. They are available for use under controlled conditions. Items are carefully selected for inclusion in Special Collections and fall into the categories of Archives; Theses; Rare Books; Ephemera and The North Queensland Collection. Find out more about JCU Library's Special Collections.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Upcoming InfoHelp tutorials

Upcoming training includes:

  • Finding more on the web
  • Introduction to EndNote
  • Using references.
See semester training timetable for details.

  • EndNote
  • Finding journal articles
  • Referencing.
See the Cairns workshops webpage for details.

Elsevier ends support for the Research Works Act

Elsevier has posted a statement on its web site withdrawing support for the Research Works Act (RWA). This follows a worldwide campaign by researchers advocating a boycott of the publisher's journals. Elsevier is one of the largest academic publishers in the world.

This follows up on our post, Looming threat to global research.

Scheduled outage: ProQuest

ProQuest will be performing infrastructure maintenance on Sunday 18th March. As a result, ProQuest databases be unavailable for a period of approx 12 hours (from 1pm on Sunday 18th March to 1am on Monday 19th March).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Please see the staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need any assistance.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Mabo Library southern entrance currently closed

Dear staff and students the Mabo Library has temporarily closed the southern entry/exit to the library.

Until this is repaired, and the southern entry can be re-opened, please use the new Café entry/exit (i.e. entrance closest to the Refectory). Signs and maps have been posted outside of the Library directing clients to this entry. See floorplans for more details.

We hope to have this rectified as soon as possible and will keep you posted on developments.