Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Feature database: Sage research methods

Getting started with your research?

Do you know which method you want to use to answer your research question?

Try using SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) to work out which research method is best for you. SRMO is an online resource for users in the social and health sciences. SRMO helps researchers obtain reliable information about research methods, including the theory behind various methods and examples of how they have been applied in research settings.

SRMO is available from the Databases link on the Library and Computing Services home page.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Special Collections Fossickings 20: From ocean to mountain – the Townsville Hospital journey

Have you spent time in the Townsville Hospital? And was that the new or the old one? How many public hospitals have there been in Townsville? It seems that the very first structure to serve in that capacity was a modest, four-roomed weatherboard cottage at the south-east end of the Strand. With a name almost bigger than itself the “Burdekin and Flinders District Hospital” lasted less than a year here, being destroyed by a cyclone in 1866.
Hospital on Ross Island, NQ Photographic Collection ID 348, Willmett & Wyeth Album.
Several locations in North Ward were considered for a new hospital building before a site on Ross Island was selected in 1867 and tenders called in February 1868. By August it was almost complete, making it probably the first building on this now vanished feature of the South Townsville landscape.

With a frontage of 50 feet, wide verandahs and 4 wards, each containing 5 or 6 beds, this was certainly an advance on the Strand cottage but it was not long before the deterioration of the buildings, no doubt exacerbated by the collapse of the roof in 1875, prompted demands for a replacement. In 1878 tenders were called for the next “new” hospital, to be constructed on the northern slopes of Stanton Hill.
Hospital on Stanton Hill in the early 1900s, NQ Photographic Collection ID 4317, Townsville Albums
By 1881 hospital patients had moved into the reportedly “handsome two storey building overlooking the Bay [which] certainly for salubrity of position could not be rivalled at any other site”. Within a few years 70 beds were available and, as new wings were added, the re-named Townsville Hospital was clearly serving a wide area.  Despite major damage, incurring the loss of nine lives, in Cyclone Leonta (1903) the hospital continued to grow over the following decades until the last but one of Townsville’s “new” hospitals opened on the Eyre Street site in 1951. It was to remain here, gradually outgrowing the site and its buildings, for the next half-century.
New hospital takes shape on Eyre Street site approx.1950, NQ Photographic Collection ID 252, W.J.Laurie Album
Just as Townsville itself started life anchored to the sea, so did the various incarnations of its public hospital remain within sight of it until its most recent move in 2001. From a 4-roomed cottage on the Strand to the present major facility in the shadow of Mt Stuart it has been a long and challenging journey.

Kay Jaumees  History of the Townsville General Hospital 1861-2001 is held in the North Queensland Collection.

Story by Miniata

New title by JCU author

Edited by Prof. Bob Stevenson
Tropical Leader (Education for Environmental Sustainability)

Research on environmental education
The environment and contested notions of sustainability are increasingly topics of public interest, political debate, and legislation across the world. Environmental education journals now publish research from a wide variety of methodological traditions that show linkages between the environment, health, development, and education. The growth in scholarship makes this an opportune time to review and synthesize the knowledge base of the environmental education (EE) field. The purpose of this 51-chapter handbook is not only to illuminate the most important concepts, findings and theories that have been developed by EE research, but also to critically examine the historical progression of the field, its current debates and controversies, what is still missing from the EE research agenda, and where that agenda might be headed.

This book is available for loan from JCU Library.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

How to write good

1.   Avoid alliteration always.

2.   Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

3.   The passive voice is to be avoided.

4.   Avoid cliches like the plague. They're old hat.

5.   It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

6.   Writers should never generalise.

Seven:   Be consistent.

8.   Don't use more words than necessary. It's highly superfluous.

9.   Be more or less specific.

10. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.

For more excellent tips go to Writing and Maths Skills Online.

Friday, 19 April 2013

A Tip for Using One Search Off Campus

One Search is a great way for anyone to see the broad range of materials we provide to complement study and research from anywhere in the world, even if you aren't a currently working or studying at JCU. But remember when you search One Search from off campus there are some things you won't see unless you login.

Some of our subscription collections are not permitted to be discovered by non-JCU people by the terms of our licensing agreements, so if you are off campus remember to log in by clicking

Which is located at the very top of your search results screen:

This will take you to the Elibary Gateway login screen

Use your JCU login and password and you will be returned to your results page, with access to even more content including Web Of Science citation counts, direct linking to full text, and specialist collections like the Naxos streaming music collection. Even in the simple example shown in the images the number of records returned has jumped by 20%.

Increasingly One Search is direct linking to full text rather that going through Find It@JCU - this can mean if you haven't logged in the full text provider will not recognise you as part of JCU and you may get a screen asking you to pay for an article rather than getting access to our subscription.

So get in the habit of logging into One Search when you're at home, at work, or on the road.

Create a My Research folder in Proquest Database

ProQuest is one of our most popular databases and contains a variety of resources from scholarly journals and trade magazines as well as news wire feeds that I was told the President of the United States looks at. When you do a search of ProQuest you also get access to the eBrary AcademicComplete eBook collection covering a range of disciplines. 

Many scholars be they the digital native undergraduate to a seasoned post-graduate researcher are trying to keep pace or catch up with the digital age of researching.  A common issue is wanting to go back to a previous searches that we now realise had great results or a particular resource we had found much earlier that will be useful now. ProQuest will allow you to export, bookmark, save or download an item or save search strings and search string results.

ProQuest allows you to create an account called My Research. You can save whole search strings, create email alerts and RSS feeds as new items are added that fit that search string. Save single items in folders by topic or tag it with a more meaningful name for easier retrieval. You can share these with fellow scholars which might be useful for an undergraduate group assignment or larger literature reviews done by a group of researchers.

Access to the ProQuest database is from the Library & Computing Services page
  • Click the Databases image in the bottom left
  • Browse to P for ProQuest and click through
  • On the ProQuest homepage find the link to My Research and set up an account
The account is not attached to JCU so if you leave you can still access the information but maybe not the articles in the ProQuest database. Access to ProQuest databases occurs via a paid subscription which as a student or staff member of JCU is organised as part of your enrollment or employment period. If you are a JCU graduate or ex-employee an option is to register as an Alumni, as membership benefits include access to ProQuest.

Most databases and search engines have similar features and other workarounds exist like copying and pasting the title. Dedicated software like EndNote also can help you organise and save your search results.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Featured eBooks: Gun control

American gun culture: Collectors, shows, and the story of the gun. This book focuses on the value that gun owners place on their guns and the possibility that different guns mean different things to their owners. The book explores the symbolic meaning of guns, and the ways in which the meaning assigned to guns influences gun ownership and use. Some of the more interesting findings center around conversations with gun collectors and enthusiasts about a series of interaction rituals; rituals pertaining to being a gun owner, a gun user, and possibly even the gun as an object of near-worship. Gun owners also recognize a unique stigma, and respond through a complex series of stigma management techniques.

Gun crusaders: The NRA's culture war. This book provides a fascinating inside look at how the four-million member National Rifle Association and its committed members come to see each and every gun control threat as a step down the path towards gun confiscation, and eventually socialism. Enlivened by a rich analysis of NRA materials, meetings, leader speeches, and unique in-depth interviews with NRA members, Gun Crusaders focuses on how the NRA constructs and perceives threats to gun rights as one more attack in a broad liberal cultural war. Scott Melzer shows that the NRA promotes a nostalgic vision of frontier masculinity, whereby gun rights defenders are seen as patriots and freedom fighters, defending not the freedom of religion, but the religion of individual rights and freedoms.

Gun policy in the United States and Canada: The impact of mass murders and assassinations on gun control. The shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 was one of the worst mass murders in the U.S., but it did not lead to any new federal gun control policy. In contrast, following a similar event in Montreal in 1989, Canada created new comprehensive gun policy. Such different outcomes are the focus of this survey, which sets out to explore the gun policymaking process in the U.S. and Canada in the aftermath of major events. It explores the many factors that lead to the drastically different reactions of the federal governments in each state if the aftermath of a mass shooting or assassination. To do so, it examines such elements as institutional arrangements, interest groups pressures (NRA, e.g.), and the party in power, studying the impact of such key events as the assassinations of J.F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr., Georgina Leimonis and shootings that occurred at Columbine, Stockton, and Vernon.

More guns, less crime: Understanding crime and gun control laws. On its initial publication in 1998, this book drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control laws: despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott’s simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence. For this third edition, the author draws on an additional ten years of data—including provocative analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C—that brings the book fully up to date and further bolsters its central contention.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Featured eBooks: Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher: A portrait of the iron lady. This biography of Lady Thatcher relates in warm detail the life of Margaret Thatcher, her achievements as British Prime Minister, and her life since retirement. Written in a vigorous, no-nonsense style, Lady Thatcher provides a succinct portrait of the Iron Lady, illustrating what the terms “Thatcherite” and “Thatcherism” really mean. Blundell shows why Thatcher was such an outstanding world leader and such an inspiration for women leaders in particular.

Thatcher and after: Margaret Thatcher and her afterlife in contemporary culture. This book explores the persistent reappearances of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's most loved and reviled Prime Minister, in contemporary British culture. Twenty years after Thatcher left office, Britain is still struggling to come to terms with her legacy. This volume reads Thatcher's moment as a profound and powerful rupture in British political and cultural life and argues that there is an afterlife to Thatcher and Thatcherism that requires address and even redress in the present. The urgent goal of this volume is to restore a Thatcherite past to a present that is increasingly forgetful and celebratory of Thatcher and to resist the growing conservatism in British life. Its contributors provide strategies and opportunities to resist in the present, however belatedly, Thatcherism's all-pervasive policies - policies that can be seen problematically even at the core of New Labour's ideologies. Through a range of essays, scholars of literature, cultural studies, media studies, film and drama question what it means to be living in a post-Thatcher world.

Thatcher and Thatcherism. Drawing extensively on political memoirs, this book surveys the origins and impact of 'Thatcherism' as a cultural construct and an economic creed. Focusing on the career of Margaret Thatcher, Eric J. Evans proposes that the ideological coherence and originality of 'Thatcherism' was illusory. He argues that 'Thatcherism' was a bold experiment in ideologically driven government which failed to meet its main objectives.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

More eJournals available through BrowZine

We have recently added access to thousands of additional journals to BrowZine!
Publishers recently added include:
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Oxford
  • Emerald
  • Palgrave-McMillan
  • Brill
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Hundreds of titles from the HighWire Platform currently being added, including Duke Press, British Medical Journal and more!
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Android app coming soon

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Congratulations to Deborah Mailman

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/mabo/about/deborah-mailman.htm 
Actress Deborah Mailman won the Most Outstanding Actress category at the 2013 Logies for her portrayal of Bonita Mabo in the 2012 telemovie Mabo. The Townsville Library building is named after Eddie Koiki Mabo and some scenes of the library and Library staff were shot during its filming. We extend our congratulations to Deborah Mailman, the Mabo family and the Mabo movie crew and a special happy birthday to Mrs Bonita Mabo who celebrated a birthday on the night.

Mabo the telemovie follows the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo a Torres Strait Islander from Mer/Murray Island across his youth, his marriage to Bonita and family life and up to the High Court Case named after him. The Mabo cases are pivotal moments in Australian history and essentially began a process where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people began to have their traditional land ownership recognised under Australian laws and with parts handed back.

The library holds a copy of the telemovie, a separate documentary about Mr Mabo and a separate documentary featuring Bonita Mabo and Mr Mabo's biography.

Redfern Now another television series about Indigenous Australians and produced by Blackfella Films who also produced the Mabo telemovie, picked up some awards as well. All in all the past few years has seen a number of excellent Indigenous related films and Indigenous written, produced and directed and acted films, documentaries and TV series.

Open access theses and dissertations

Do you need to find out about graduate level research occurring around the world? A new source for you to consult is Open access theses and dissertations (OATD). OATD's aim is to be the best possible resource for finding open access graduate theses and dissertations published around the world.

OATD is now available via the Library catalogue and databases webpage.

Monday, 8 April 2013

National Youth Week Australia

To all our JCU students and staff under the age of 25 (and older than 12), April 5th to April 14th is your week of recognition National Youth Week. And you even have a rocking elder member of our community, front man of rock band Midnight Oil and now Federal Minister for Youth Peter Garrett as your minister.

So in a ham-fisted attempt to get you to look at our library collection here is an e-book of interest, Children and Young People at Risk by Justin Healey. Remember many titles are available as hard copy (actual physical books) and are under a separate catalogue record. So if you want a physical item and are confused about how to see if we have one, feel free to ask at our Infohelp counter .

You may also be interested in reading some of the theses An investigation into adolescent male spirituality in Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition : examining the implications of incorporating spirituality into counselling / by Paul R. Conn. The online version of theses are sometimes accessible to all JCU staff and students to read online and this is more convenient than the physical copy which is not normally lent out.

We also have music CDs, if you want to check out some Oz Rock and Pop.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Cash and Eftpos services at Libraries downtime

An upgrade to parts of the JCU Finance System will stop financial transactions at JCU libraries from 6pm Friday the 12th of April until an expected time of 10am Saturday the 13th of April 2013.

Library users are advised that this means
  • that they will be unable to add further money to their CopyPrint account for printing and photocopying services
  • that they will be unable to pay outstanding fines
  • that other services involving payment at the counter will not be available, including but not limited to binding, laminating, paying to renew community borrowing cards  
We advise Library clients to
  • add credit before the scheduled downtime 
  • print and photocopy before the downtime in case it affects that system as well
  • do any any other transactions involving payment before the scheduled outage or if not urgent leave it until later
This will affect all financial transactions, including cash, credit card and EFTPOS.

For further information about IT matters at JCU you can read the Central Computer Bulletin or the ITR Week In Review Bulletin.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Yes Prime Minister

Sir Humphrey Appleby, Jim Hacker and Bernard Wooley
Image source: Yes Minister, BBC Comedy
JCU Library has obtained a streaming video subscription to series 1 of the popular and critically acclaimed television series Yes Prime Minster.

Series description:
After coming to power, new Prime Minister Jim Hacker is swiftly up against bigger problems than before. He deals with cabinet reshuffles, trying to stop small wars and just maybe rescuing a sheepdog from Salisbury Plain. Sir Humphrey Appleby, now Cabinet Secretary, is even more determined than ever to prevent Hacker doing anything new. Sir Humphrey blocks, delays, defers and undermines every new policy Hacker suggests that might possibly get in the way of Whitehall's tradition of 'masterly inactivity'. The relationships between Jim, Sir Humphrey, and Bernard elegantly reflects the weaknesses of both politicians and bureaucrats.

Click here to view this series via JCU Library.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

BMJ and CSIRO Journals now available in Browzine

Browzine now gives you an easy way to track your favourite  journals published by the British Medical Journal and CSIRO.

Over a hundred new titles added including the original BMJ, Evidence Based Nursing, Journal of Neurology, Veterinary Record, Marine and Freshwater Science, Wildlife Research and the Australian Journal of Primary Health.

Browzine is a browsable newsstand of the library's ejournals. Easily find, read, and monitor thousands of scholarly journals directly from your iPad.
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Android app coming soon

Scopus Young Researcher Awards 2013 - Open For Application!

The 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 proud to bring you the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards for 2013

The Awards for 2013 will be presented with 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

The winner of each category will be invited to the award ceremony and Elsevier will pay for all travel and accommodation costs. The winner for each category will receive a certificate and $1000 cash prize, and all runners-up will receive a certificate.

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.

More information about this year's awards is available at:

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Open Research - Tasman Declaration

Research outputs should be open to increase benefits of resarch investments.

New Zealand and Australia are among those nations pioneering open approaches across the public sector and in some aspects of research. The Tasman Declaration recommends key actions through which New Zealand and Australia can coordinate and advance their respective open approaches to research towards greater economic, societal, and environmental impact.

Read more about this announcement.

See the Open Access LibGuide for more information about Open Access at JCU.