Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Summer viewing: Pride and prejudice

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572.

The arrival of the wealthy Mr Darcy in the neighbourhood causes great excitement within the Bennet family. One of her five daughters, Mrs Bennet feels, is sure to capture the heart of the wealthy young aristocrat. That fate befalls the spirited Elizabeth. Judging him on first impressions and the malicious gossip of friends, she rejects his advances. However, as she busies herself with the stormy romances and scandals of her sisters, she once again finds herself in his company. Gradually her opinions of this proud young man begin to change.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Summer movie: The Princess Bride

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

"Inconceivable!"
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

'The Princess Bride' is a classic tale of romance, featuring fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles, and true love.

 When Buttercup's love, Westley, is captured by the Dread Pirate Roberts - famous for leaving no prisoners alive - Buttercup mourns him for five years before being forced to marry Prince Humperdink.  Out riding one day, she is kidnapped by an odd trio of criminals who have been hired to start a war. Who is the mysterious Man in Black? What does deadly iocane powder smell like? What are Rodents of Unusual Size? And where did you put that wheelbarrow?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Summer viewing: Redfern Now

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572.

Six families, unconnected, except that their lives are all changed by a seemingly insignificant incident, an accident, or a moment's decision that spirals into a life-changing event.  Six stories of contemporary inner city Indigenous life, told by the people who live it.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Summer reading: The Great Dune Trilogy by Frank Herbert and The Science of Dune by Kevin Grazier (Ed.

Arguably one of the greatest science fiction epics to be produced, the 'Dune' saga now spans 20 novels, seven companion books, a film, and two mini series, as well as board and video games, original scores, numerous official short stories and thousands of pieces of fan fiction.

Set thousands of years into our future, the 'Dune' series opens with 14 year-old Paul Atreides, heir to House Atreides, relocating with his family to Arrakis, desert planet and source of the Galactic Empire's wealth: the melange spice, which allows humans to venture deep into space.

With deep political intrigue, theology, treachery, action, and sweeping descriptions of Arrakis, Herbert created one of the most exciting and ground-breaking sci-fi universes (Duniverse) in popular fiction, inspiring other franchises like 'Star Wars', Warhammer 40,000, and 'Babylon 5'.



If you've already read 'Dune' and were wondering about how realistic Herbert's ideas were, you may be interested in 'The Science of Dune'.  Could a melange spice-like substance give its users foresight, longer lives, or connect them with the souls of those who have gone before?  Could sandworms actually exist, and how? Are there desert planets like Arrakis? And what exactly is the gom jabbar There are answers to these questions and more in 'The Science of Dune', which is available from JCU Library as an eBook.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Opening hours: Christmas and New Years 17th December 2014 to 26th of January 2015

JCU libraries' opening hours

Library and Information services wishes everybody a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The JCU Library has different opening hours throughout the year depending on campus, study periods and public holidays.

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville:

Wednesday 17th of December 2014 to Monday 26th of January 2015

Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 5.00pm

Saturday and Sunday:     Closed

JCU Library Cairns

Friday 21st of November 2014 to Monday 26th of January 2015

Monday to Friday:         8.00am to 5.00pm  
        
Saturday and Sunday:      Closed

 
Both Libraries will be CLOSED:

Christmas Day 25th December 2014 to New Year’s Day 1 January 2015.

Australia Day 26th of January 2015.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Summer movie: Mabo

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

Partly filmed at JCU Townsville, 'Mabo' tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes - Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at age 15, and spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Summer viewing: Paper Giants

JCU Library has television on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572.

In early 1972, Ita Buttrose and Kerry Packer got together to create a magazine that became one of the most dramatic sensations in Australian publishing history.

CLEO Magazine - begun in a "fit of pique" - went on to help define women, Australia, and the relationship between the two. Research showed the project would be a failure and the magazine was opposed by the powerful head of the Packer clan, Sir Frank Packer. Yet Ita and Kerry, knowing the consequences of failure would be dire, decided to back their gut instincts anyway.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Summer reading: Three Dog Night by Peter Goldsworthy

Set in Adelaide and the South Australian desert, 'Three Dog Night' explores themes of selfishness, jealousy, loyalty, friendship, and betrayal.

Returning to Australia after 10 years in the UK, Martin sets out to reconnect with his estranged friend, Felix, taking his new English wife, Lucy, with him.  Martin and Felix's friendship is typically masculine, but friendly rivalry builds into malicious one-upmanship, with Lucy caught in the cross-fire.

This is a stark, uncomfortable, and, at times, painful story, that subtly weaves human foibles into a complicated and heart-wrenching mass of emotion, set against the darkening sky of the outback.

Special Collections Fossickings 44: Common Interest

When did you last visit the Townsville Town Common? Perhaps you had visitors interested in seeing some wildlife? Or wanted to take some serious exercise walking or mountain biking? Or is it one of those places still on your “go to” list?

This diverse mix of wetlands, saltpans, dunes, hills, vine forest, swamps, mangroves and woodlands is surely one of the most interesting and exciting backyards a city could have. The Common is a must-see for any naturalist or birdwatcher visiting the north and its signature bird – the brolga –  adorns the University’s coat of arms and is the city’s faunal emblem.
The University Arms, granted by The College of Arms, London by Letters Patent dated 26 June 1972.
Detail showing a brolga on the University Arms.
An area of 3245 hectares protects remnants of the once extensive Bohle River flood plain. In 1869, very early in the city’s history, it became a pasturage reserve which allowed residents to graze cattle there. But a hundred years later it had become neglected and degraded by wildfire, rubbish-dumping, an invasion of weeds and pests, and a host of other impacts. Original creeks had become polluted by sewage outflows and whole chunks of land had been swallowed up by the expanding airport.  The efforts of local Wildlife Preservation Society members to clean up the Common and restore its natural values are described in the Society’s 50th anniversary book published in 2012. This group started the push for greater protection and in 1981 the Common was gazetted under Queensland legislation as an environmental park. In 1992 it was registered on the National Estate.

Books from the North Queensland Collection.
Over the years many individuals have studied, photographed and written about the Common. In 1982 Ursula Rowlett produced a booklet on the Common’s water plants and the following year Stephen Garnett published his “Birds of the Townsville Town Common”, both illustrated by local artist Jim Cox. In 1992 JCU researchers, Alastair Birtles and Trevor Sofield, produced “Brolga Dreaming”, a visionary concept for an eco-tourism approach to the Common’s development. Most recently two booklets, “Revitalizing the Town Common” and “Rowes Bay Wetlands: an interpretive guide” help paint the picture of the Common’s 21st century future.
Books from the North Queensland Collection
The North Queensland Collection holds all of the above publications while the thesis collection contains a number of honours and higher degree theses exploring many different aspects of Townsville’s very special backyard.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Book Review: Vagabondage, by Beth Spencer

The latest book of poetry by Beth Spencer, Vagabondage, is a verse memoir of a year spent travelling around Australia in a campervan.

This lovely collection of poems is at times hilarious and poignant, as Spencer takes us through memories of past trips as well as the challenges of living on the move for an extended period of time.

The poems are variously joyous, wryly observant, amusing and quite deep.  The book is rather like a good concept album - the poems stand alone well enough - but reading them as a collection (in order, as laid out in the book) adds a level of depth and connection that makes you feel as if you have travelled awhile with this person, and know them as a friend.

In many ways, the book is reminiscent of Ursula Bethell's From a Garden in the Antipodes (which, if you haven't read, is also well worth visiting).  Each poem is like a letter home or a note in a diary.   Reading the poems in these works give the feeling of checking in with an old friend and seeing how they are getting along.  Ursula's garden (and her cat, Michael) and Beth's road trip (and her van) become familiar parts of your own life, for a brief period of time.

And, in both of them, you come across the occasional poem that causes you to see something commonplace (like weeds or flowers) in a new light.

Some UWA students took one of the poems from Spencer's book, Wild Things 2, and animated it, showcasing one of the many layers that can be found in this collection:




You can find Vagabondage at 820A SPE(B) 1B VAG (or click here to see check its status in our catalogue).  You'll also find an earlier work by Spencer, Things in a Glass Box in the same area.

The collected poems of Ursula Bethell can be found at 820NZ BET 1B COL (click here to see them in the catalogue).

Summer movie: Reservoir Dogs

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

Released in 1992, written and directed by an almost unheard of film maker, Quentin Tarantino, 'Reservoir Dogs' stands out as a modern American classic.

Six criminals, who are strangers to each other, are hired by a crime boss, Joe Cabot, to carry out a diamond robbery. Right at the outset, they are given false names with the intention that they won't get too close and will concentrate on the job instead. They are completely sure that the robbery is going to be a success. But, when the police show up right at the time and the site of the robbery, panic spreads amongst the group members, and one of them is killed in the subsequent shootout, along with a few policemen and civilians. When the remaining people assemble at the premeditated rendezvous point (a warehouse), they begin to suspect that one of them is an undercover cop.
Synopsis from IMDB

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Special Collections Fossickings 43: The Marjorie Green writing desk


 Miss Marjorie Green, photo from the Marjorie Green Archive.
The Marjorie Green writing desk in the Special Collections reading room, Townsville.
The photograph above shows a wooden writing desk donated to the Delamothe Collection thirty years ago by its owner, Miss Marjorie Green.  Marjorie, then aged 88, was born in Charters Towers but had lived most of her life in the historic house, Kardinia, on Stanton Hill. This heritage- listed building is famous for hosting the Japanese consulate from 1886-1908, before Marjorie’s father, David Green, took over the reins of the “Townsville Daily Bulletin” and made Kardinia their family home. Marjorie, the middle one of three daughters, was still living there in 1984 but her gift of the desk in August that year seems to have been part of preparations for her move to the Masonic Village. The house was sold in November.

Kardinia (historic house on right), Marjorie Green Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 15506.

Detail of the left side panel of Marjorie Green writing desk.
Detail of the front of the Marjorie Green writing desk.
Details recorded at the time of the donation indicate that the desk was carved, with some skill, by 16-year-old Marjorie while home on holiday from Melbourne’s Presbyterian Ladies College. The front of the desk features the College crest and original German motto “Ohne hast ohne rast” (Without haste, without rest). The desk contains several related items including a glass and silver pen-holder and a silver-backed ink-blotter, engraved with Marjorie’s initials.
Silver- backed ink-blotter featuring the engraved intials "MG".
 Showing splatters of ink and other signs of wear and tear, the desk was clearly well-used. One can easily imagine Marjorie seated at it while corresponding with friends, writing recipes or recording the details of an active and well-travelled young woman. Other items in the Marjorie Green archive give glimpses of a life involved in church and community while photograph albums, passports, postcards and travel brochures document at least one world trip made by the whole family. It must have been the trip of a lifetime, taking in Java, Singapore, Ceylon, Suez  and via “the Med” to Italy, France and Britain before crossing the Atlantic to the US and Canada. A later trip took in Japan and China.
Items from the Marjorie Green Archive held in the JCU Library Special Collections.
In the domestic sphere a notebook is packed with recipes, featuring many cakes and desserts – although roast duck stuffed “with small white seedless grapes tossed in melted butter and dry white wine” sounds particularly appetising. Why not try this easy to make slice, straight from Marjorie’s recipe book?
Caramel date and walnut slice:
4 oz butter, ½ cup brown sugar, 1 egg, ½ teasp vanilla, 1 cup SR flour, pinch salt, ¾ cup of dates, ¾ cup walnuts.
Warm butter and brown sugar, do not boil
Remove and cool
Beat in beaten egg, then flour, salt, dates and walnuts.
Put in lamington tin and cook in moderate oven for 20-25 minutes

New Book Display recommendation: When Boys Become Boys

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books online.

 A  title of interest: 
When Boys Become Boys: Development, Relationships and Masculinity  by Judy Y. Chu
Call number: 305.230811 CHU

A study of how young boys of kindergarten age develop concepts of masculinity that impacts on and is impacted by their relationships to other people including boys their own age. Quite engaging from the start. As a parent of children in kindergarten, there are some interesting points on how young children are responding to their peers and the wider society in deciding what is correct gender behaviour. It then seems to elaborate on how these created rules of male behaviour impacts on their ability to connect to their humanity as a self and to the humanity of other people. This loss of connection flows through to possible behaviour problems and relationship problems seen as male.

For more information read the publishers description and the author's blog.

Summer viewing: Inspector Rex

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572

The TV series, 'Inspector Rex' (A. K. A. 'Kommisar Rex') originated in Austria in 1994.  A simple enough concept - a young male detective, his female off-sider, and a team of earnest detectives - but the the magic lies in the star of the show, Moser's canine assistant, Inspector Rex!

Scanning in the library

Townsville bids farewell to its previous student scanning system
Because the new CopyPrint machines can now all scan for free, we have retired our scanners in Townsville and Cairns.

JCU students and researchers seeking to scan items now have the option on the new Copy Print machines to scan to their JCU email address automatically, or other email addresses, or scan to a USB thumbdrive.

If you have any queries, please come to the Library InfoHelp counter for assistance at Cairns and Townsville.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Summer reading: Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

"Call me Ishmael". One of literature's best-known lines opens this classic sea-born tale of adventure, as one man's destructive obsession with revenge changes his crew and the narrator of the story.

The main plot of the book tells the story of Ishmael, a young man who uses sea voyages to overcome his depression, and his adventures on the Pequod with the mysterious, ferocious, Captain Ahab, who harbours a deep grudge against the sperm whale who destroyed Ahab's ship and severed his leg on the previous voyage.

Ishmael's narrative discusses class, race, shipping, cetology, theology, oceanography, and 19th Century whaling practices. While some criticise the novel for being too wordy and long-winded, many others laud the pace and settings, relishing the way Melville builds the story up to it's tragic climax.

Friday, November 28, 2014

How to check if you have library fines

Library fines, at some point most of us will accumulate library fines whilst at university. So how do you check if you have fines?

From the Library homepage click on the Library Account link  (circled  in yellow in the picture) and log in with your JCU User ID and password.

Select Fines and Messages option near the top of the page. It's important to note that if you owe $25 or more in fines the your results will be withheld.

You can play your fines by making payments in person, by telephoning, or by mailing a cheque or money order.



Thursday, November 27, 2014

Summer movie: Spirited Away

JCU Library has a great collection of films! You can find them in 791.4372.

'Spirited Away' won the 2002 Oscar for Best Animated Feature against 'Ice Age' and 'Lilo and Stitch', and is considered one of the best animated films of all time.

The film follows the adventures of 10-year-old Chihiro, a sullen girl who enters the spirit world when her family moves to a new neighbourhood.  After her parents are mysteriously transformed into pigs, Chihiro sets out to free them, while encountering strange spirits and assorted creatures, as well as a grumpy sorceress who seeks to prevent her from returning to the human world.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The slab has been poured for Townsville Mabo Library's outdoor seating

If you didn't know already, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville is having some construction work done outside, at the south western Cafe' entrance, to provide more seating and tables.

Today the slab was poured and we are one step closer to the finished product. The concreters did a pebble aggregate top finish to match the other paths nearby, after doing the hard yards of wheel barrowing the concrete to the more distance spaces of the area.

This should be a well used space as JCU Townsville campus is located in a dry tropical climate, and for most of the academic year it is comfortable enough outdoors under shade. You can sometimes get a wireless connection to the eduroam network outside of the Mabo Library, so I expect some of the Cafe' and study culture might drift outside.

And on more concrete and JCU related news, JCU researchers have found a way to replace the metal mesh or rebar that reinforces concrete with recycled plastic fibres. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Summer viewing: The Gods of Wheat Street

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4572

Follow the trials and tribulations of the Freeburns, an Aboriginal family of local legends, as they learn to let go of the past with the aid of a little magic and enough deadpan humour to tackle the future.

Monday, November 24, 2014

New items on display: Journals and magazines

Each week, new purchases and the latest issues of journals, magazines and newspapers are made available for immediate use and placed on display at both Cairns and Townsville (and made available online when purchased as such). Please browse while waiting for your friends or in Townsville if you are waiting for a coffee at Juliette's.

For new books, you can subscribe to the New Books email and for some journals you can set up an online alert called a Table of Contents service.

This week two journals that caught my attention were:

Choice: Journal of the Australian Consumers' Association 
Issue November 2014
Call number: 640.73 p1
Has some great articles for academic Christmas presents like the best tablets to buy on page 54. It also covers travel insurance and of course appliances like air conditioners.

Publication: Australian Copyright Council.   
Issue Nov 2014 Interactive Games & Copyright .
Call number: 346.940482 p1
A very simple explanation of copyright and clearing copyright and other related questions. Might be of interest to IT or ICT innovators.




Summer Reading: Next Semester Textbooks

If you what to find out some of next year's textbooks, you can go to the Co-op Bookshop online website and check there. The Co-op staff have pointed out they do not have all of the textbook lists just yet though. Checking out the textbook is useful if you are considering enrolling and want to see what might be covered and get an idea of the upfront costs. Textbook lists are usually available only after you enrol and have access to LearnJCU to see the subject information.

The biggest problem most students would argue is deciding, whether the time and hassle saved by buying the textbook versus borrowing for free from the library is best. As a former uni student I would always recommend buying the textbook. It is always handy to have the text for revision available, especially during exam and assignment times when the library copies may all be on loan. After working in the library and seeing upset students unable to get a copy from the library, I know that the stress and cost of buying a copy is often less than failing a subject. Choosing to not buy a textbook and then not being able to access a copy is almost Shakespearean with my kingdom for a horse overtones.

So my recommended option is, if you can find what the textbook is early, come in to the library and borrow or browse it before next semester starts. You can then judge whether it might be worthwhile to buy the textbook or rely on the whims of the library lending gods to favour you at peak lending periods.

Summer reading: Perfect Skin by Nick Earls

Jon Marshall, a thirtysomething plastic surgeon, has come a long way. He's a partner in his own medical practice, owns a house in the suburbs, and cruises town in a BMW. He also has a six-month-old daughter, Lily, affectionately known as the Bean.

But Jon's life hasn't taken the path he thought it would in his twenties. Newly single, he's facing the challenges of dating in a post-Duran-Duran world. His computer has been seized by surly software. He accidentally peed on his date's cat. And while the Bean reminds him of life's possibilities every day, his new running buddy, Ashley, reminds him that relationship rules were made to be broken.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Google Scholar - temporarily without Find It @ JCU Library Links

Google have advised that due to a data retrieval problem 'Find It @ JCU Library' links will not be available in Google Scholar until Tuesday or Wednesday next week (American time).

One Search is better anyway http://jcu.summon.serialssolutions.com/ (it includes ebooks and the library catalogue as well journal articles and ResearchOnline @ JCU)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Opening Hours: Semester Break 2014 November 21st to December 16th

JCU libraries' opening hours

The end of year exam and teaching period is over for most students for 2014.

The JCU Library has different opening hours throughout the year depending on campus, study periods and public holidays.

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville:

Friday 21st of November to Tuesday 16th of December 2014

Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 5.00pm
Tuesday:                           8.00am to 7.00pm
Saturday and Sunday:     Closed

JCU Library Cairns

Friday 21st of November to Monday 26th of January 2015

Monday to Friday:           8.00am to 5.00pm          
Saturday and Sunday:      Closed



Both Libraries will be CLOSED:

Christmas Day 25 December 2014 to New Year’s Day 1 January 2015.

Australia Day 26th of January 2015

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Exam Tip: Prepare like a cheater

If you thought you could get away with sneaking a piece of paper into the exam that had tips and clues for all the things you have trouble remembering, what would you write on that sheet of paper?

You should go ahead and write it.

Creating a "cheat sheet" is actually a really good way to revise for an exam.  It helps you work out where all your weak points are and makes you come up with strategies for reminding yourself of what you've forgotten.

Start by pretending you can sneak in a whole A4 sheet and fill it with useful notes.

Then try the "tiny piece of paper" option of putting the most important notes in short, concise (perhaps even coded) messages on tiny pieces of paper that you could hide on your person.

Go over the notes a couple of times until you feel really familiar with them.

Then burn everything so you don't feel tempted to actually use it for cheating.

Journals, Periodicals and Newspapers: Latest Issues on Display

Each week, new purchases and the latest issues of journals and newspapers are made available for immediate use and placed on display at both Cairns and Townsville (and made available online when purchased as such). Please browse while waiting for your classmates to turn up for a study group or in Townsville if you are waiting for a coffee at Juliette's.

For new books, you can subscribe to the New Books email and for some journals you can set up an online alert called a Table of Contents service.

This week two journals that caught my attention were:

Capture November December 2014. The Annual issue. Held in the Townsville Periodicals collection at Call Number 770.232 P1.

Capture is a professional photography magazine with, of course, beautiful images and interesting articles. The main article touches on the ongoing need for high quality photojournalism and a shift to journalists being targeted again by warring parties.  My favourite images are on page 22, 29, 35 and 53; these being Steve Wise's Maureen, Troy Goddall's Free Your Skin-Ginger Beard, Karen Lunley's Dante's Inferno and Jon Wright's The Salt Kingdom.

Mathematics Teaching Issue 243 November 2014. Special Edition: Cockcroft Report Legacy or Missed Opportunity? In the Townsville Periodicals collection at Call Number 510.7 P1 (also online).

This is a journal about primary and secondary maths teaching and this issue appears to concentrate on the British educational experience after the release of the 1982 Cockcroft Report (or its proper title Mathematics counts: Report of the Committee of Inquiry into the Teaching of Mathematics in Schools under the chairmanship of W.H. Cockcroft Call number 510.7042 GRE). This should be interesting for people looking at the impact of policy and pedagogical choices on actual numeracy.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Great vacation viewing

When the exams are over, fill the void caused by an lack of study with some of these fine films available now at JCU Library.  After the 21st of November, the Mabo library will be open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8AM to 5PM, and from 8AM to 7PM on Tuesday. The Cairns library will be open from 8AM to 5PM Monday to Friday.

All these titles and more can be found in the main collection at 791.4372.

The Intouchables

After he becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker.

Redfern Now

Six extraordinary stories one unmissable series. Redfern Now is the first drama series written, directed and produced by Indigenous Australians. The highly celebrated and multi award winning drama of 2012. Recipient of Most Outstanding Drama at this year's TV Week Logie Awards, the critically acclaimed Redfern Now returns for another extraordinary season.

The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert

When drag queen Anthony (Hugo Weaving) agrees to take his act on the road, he invites fellow cross-dresser Adam (Guy Pearce) and transsexual Bernadette (Terence Stamp) to come along. In their colorful bus, named Priscilla, the three performers travel across the Australian desert performing for enthusiastic crowds and homophobic locals. But when the other two performers learn the truth about why Anthony took the job, it threatens their act and their friendship.

Babe

Gentle farmer Arthur Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins a piglet named Babe (Christine Cavanaugh) at a county fair. Narrowly escaping his fate as Christmas dinner when Farmer Hoggett decides to show him at the next fair, Babe bonds with motherly border collie Fly (Miriam Margolyes) and discovers that he too can herd sheep. But will the other farm animals, including Fly's jealous husband Rex, accept a pig who doesn't conform to the farm's social hierarchy?

City of God

In the poverty-stricken favelas of Rio de Janeiro in the 1970s, two young men choose different paths. Rocket (Alexandre Rodrigues) is a budding photographer who documents the increasing drug-related violence of his neighborhood. José "Zé" Pequeno (Leandro Firmino da Hora) is an ambitious drug dealer who uses Rocket and his photos as a way to increase his fame as a turf war erupts with his rival, "Knockout Ned" (Seu Jorge). The film was shot on location in Rio's poorest neighborhoods.

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

When Joanna Drayton (Katharine Houghton), a free-thinking white woman, and black doctor John Prentice (Sidney Poitier) become engaged, they travel to San Francisco to meet her parents. Matt Drayton (Spencer Tracy) and his wife Christina (Katharine Hepburn) are wealthy liberals who must confront the latent racism the coming marriage arouses. Also attending the Draytons' dinner are Prentice's parents (Roy E. Glenn Sr., Beah Richards), who vehemently disapprove of the relationship.

New Resource: Modern Languages Online

In addition to subscribed content, James Cook University eJournals also provides access to a number of open access journals.

One of our recent additions is Modern Languages Online
  • Interdisciplinarity across the modern languages and engagement with other fields from a modern languages perspective
  • Gold Open Access under a CC-BY or CC-BY-NC license
  • Rigorous peer review pre-publication interactivity post-publication
  • Rapid turnaround from submission to publication
  • Rewards for article reviewers
  • Flexibility on article length from 3,000-15,000 words
  • International dissemination under the imprimatur of a university press
MLO is published by Liverpool University Press, one of the world’s leading publishers in the modern languages, in partnership with the University of Liverpool Library.

Current sections are: Chinese/Asian languages; French and Francophone; German Studies; Hispanic Studies; Italian, Portuguese and Lusophone and Russian and Eastern European Languages.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Exam Tip: Look for Past Exams

Going over past exams with a study group
can be an effective way to study
When you are preparing for your exams, you should check to see if the Library holds digital copies of past exams.

You can find them on the Readings & Past Exams page, linked from the Library's home page.

Go into a Basic Search and put your subject code in the search box, then change to the Search Type to Subject Code and the Item Type to past exams.

The Library does not hold copies of all past exams - only the ones that have been released to us by the lecturers.

When looking at past exams, try the following activities to get the most out of them:

  • See if you can identify questions turning up in different "guises" over multiple exams.  Do they keep asking different questions about the same information or themes?  Focus on being able to discuss those themes so that you could answer a range of different questions on that topic
  • Make sure you could actually answer any question on the past exams - don't take anything for granted.  It's strange how often the ones you skip over because they seem "easy" are actually really challenging when you sit down to try them.
  • Take any essay questions and do a bit of extra research.  You don't need to write a whole essay for each of them, but be able to jot down the main details and theories.  Lecturers are seriously impressed when you can give them information in an exam (that is true, accurate and relevant) that they didn't give you in class.
And if you *really* want to put past exams to good use, form a study group and convert the exams into a question bank.  Take turns pulling a question out of the bank and asking everyone in the group to come up with an answer.

(Don't forget to put some effort into making sure you can each put an individual spin on your answers - you don't want to accidentally give the same answer as one of your classmates in the exam.)

New Outdoor Seating at the Mabo Library Townsville


Day 1 , Nov 11 2014.
Construction work commenced on 11 November 2014 to create a new outdoor seating area at the Mabo Library Townsville campus.


Soon students, staff and visitors will be able to enjoy their coffee, gelato and other goodies in the great outdoors near the wonderful Heart Space and Collections sculpture by Col Henry.

The north western (café) entry to the Mabo Library is expected to remain open during the 4 week construction period.