Monday, 31 March 2014

Upskill with a Library workshop in April

Do you need to improve your assignment research skills?

Are you confused by referencing?

Do you need to learn about EndNote to manage references for your research project?

If so, you need to attend a Library workshop. Upcoming workshops for Cairns and Townsville campuses include:
  • EndNote
  • Referencing
  • SOS! Secrets of searching.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

CAUL/ASA Fellowships

Applications are now open for 2014 Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Fellowships. Applications are due on 10 May, 2014.

The Fellowships showcase special collections in Australian university libraries by providing artists, authors, scholars and researchers with an opportunity to work on projects that will benefit from concentrated access to these collections. The inaugural Fellowships to be awarded in 2014 have been made possible through the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund. CAUL and the ASA expect to award up to two fellowships in 2014. The Fellowships will facilitate access to University libraries’ special collections by providing up to A$10,000 in non-salary funding for visiting artists, authors, scholars and researchers working on projects related to the collections. The grants could be used for travel, accommodation or other project related expenses. Applications are invited from artists, authors, scholars and researchers from Australia. Host institutions for 2014 awards will be among the following:
Library Applicants are advised to read the information for applicants before completing the application form.

Applications are due on 10 May, 2014. Applications and inquiries should be addressed to

Successful applicants will be notified in mid-June, 2014 and will be expected to commence their Fellowship during 2014.

More information about the application process, host libraries and their collections is available at

For more information about JCU Special Collections please contact Bronwyn McBurnie, Special Collections Librarian.

Friday, 28 March 2014

April Fool's Day

Swiss Spaghetti Harvest

Well, it's more complicated then you might expect. Have a look at Credo for a good summary of the history of April Fool's Day.

Media hoaxes are a popular way to entertain and take advantage of the gullibility of the public on this day.

April Fool's Day is also a timely reminder to check your sources carefully before you enthusiastically quote them.

The Evaluating sources LibGuide and the Info Skills Road Trip have some great points to consider before you hand your assignment in.

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Database Outages Saturday 29th of March

EBSCOhost Network will start doing a scheduled upgrade on 28 March 2014 so some databases may be intermittently unavailable.

For JCU time zone:  This will be Saturday, 29 March 2014 begin at 11:00:00 AM to 1:00:00 PM             

Databases which may be interrupted:
  • CINAHL Criminal Justice Abstracts
  • EconLit
  • Film & Television Literature Index
  • Hospitality & Tourism Complete
  • Music Index
  • SPORTDiscus

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Referencing Help

We have reached that time of semester when many assignments are due.  Are you having trouble with the referencing component of your assignment...?

See library staff at InfoHelp in Cairns and Townsville for assistance. You can also come along to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville campus) and consult with a dedicated referencing expert on weekdays at the InfoHelp Desk between 11am to 3pm.

Don't forget that you can always cross check your references against the examples in the Referencing LibGuide and find out how to format APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA or Vancouver in-text citations and reference lists.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Finding material to reference for you assignment: When to get help?

First assignments are nearly due.

If you don't find anything to reference in the first 45 minutes of a search, come to the Library InfoHelp Counter and ask for help. We are even there on weekends and until 9pm at night weekdays.

Say "I'm struggling to find references for my assignment, can you help me?"

Bring (but read before you come):
 Review the LibGuide
If you want someone to check your in text referencing and your Reference list Library staff do this. But you can also
  • Look first at the Referencing LibGuide and chose the correct referencing style as stated in your Subject Outline
  • Try to write the reference list using the above LibGuide
  • Bring the actual references or details for example the articles or webpage or book with you

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Harmony Day

Harmony Day is coming up on Friday the 21st of March. This year the message of Harmony Day is Everyone Belongs. It is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity. It is a day of cultural respect for everyone who calls Australia home – from the traditional owners of this land to those who have come from many countries around the world.

A great way to celebrate other cultures is through their food.  Did you know that JCU Library even has recipe books? Check out this selection of e-books or browse the shelves for some inspiration!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

For the Lecturers: You can now send bulk Reserve Online Requests

Dear Lecturers,

We are trying to make your lives easier - you can now submit an entire reading list with one click via our Reserve Online Request Form.

You may also like to know  that the Library & Computing Services webpage now calls Reserve Online, Readings and Past Exams. Useful if you set assignment tasks or direct students to this way to access their readings.

What the request form looks like

Friday, 14 March 2014

Saint Patrick's Day

Well, it's Saint Patrick's Day on the 17th of March. Something the 10% of Australians with an Irish heritage may find worthy of celebrating (ABS publication 4102.0) and the rest of us can enjoy as well, to be sure. 

Read more about the influence of the Irish in Australia in "The Irish in Australia" or browse this list of titles in OneSearch.

Find out more about Saint Patrick's Day using Credo.

And wear something green to uni next Monday!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Common Course Readings problems and how to fix them

An update to our list of the course reading problems most often reported to us and how to solve them. If they don't help you please contact InfoHelp.

PDF won't display, print or save properly

We've seen a number of issues like this that revolved around Firefox using it's own plugin to view PDF files - the work around is to switch all the Acrobat content associations from Firefox’s inbuilt PDF reader to either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader under File - Options - Applications:

If you are on a lab computer, or don't want to change this setting every time you login you can right click the link and 'Save Link As' or download the PDF then open it with Adobe Reader by double clicking it where ever you saved it to.
Save link as dialog in Firefox

Click on a reading and get a blank or partially blank screen

The latest versions of Firefox and Chrome can cause problems when because they automatically disable the display of ‘mixed active content’ in an iframe – so an iframe from one server (e.g. might not display a pdf hosted on another server (e.g. and  you see a blank frame where the PDF should be.
Both browsers display a grey shield icon next to the address bar (but on different sides to confuse us) to view the file click on the shield icon and disable protection on the page:
 In Firefox

In Chrome:
Getting scanned items to display in Blackboard

An article wants me to pay to see it

We’ve had sporadic reports of an issue where off campus access to Library subscription resources is failing to recognise staff and students as being part of JCU.
It appears that previous EZproxy sessions have been cached so EZproxy isn’t asking for your username and password but is creating a proxied address (has in it somewhere), which the publisher not accepting as valid because the session has timed out – so you are asked to pay for access to full text that you should be seeing as part of our subscription.
The temporary workaround is to access Library resources in a ‘Private Window’ (called an ‘Incognito Window’ in Chrome) this bypasses all existing cache and cookies.
If this resolves your issue then consider flushing your cache as per the Mozilla instructions so you can use Firefox normally.
The latest version of Chrome is causing occasional problems with some course readings in LearnJCU - if you click on a link to a reading and the screen goes blank - look for the grey shield icon to the right of the address bar and click on it:

Click on 'Load unsafe script' and 'Done' and the content will appear.

Alternatively use Firefox instead.

LIS is working on a permanent solution with ITR.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Tip: Using OneSearch off campus to find books and journal articles

A timely repeat of a 2013 blog as we move into first assignment time. All hail, Alan Cockerill the Library Technologies Coordinator for the below information. Alan is the Star Trek Scotty of Starship Library Services (working below decks to make sure the system keeps working). I strongly recommend reading his informative blog entries for both staff and students.

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.

Thursday, 6 March 2014

WARC: Advertising and Marketing Database

WARC is a database providing access to advertising and marketing information from various sources. The searchable sources include organisations of various countries, monographs, conference papers, abstracts (including 'Market research abstracts') and the full-text of various journals, including the International journal of advertising, International journal of market research, Journal of advertising history, Journal of advertising research and Journal of interactive advertising.  Access to the WARC database is available from the JCU Library database website.

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

International Women's Day March 8th

UK Department-for-International-Development

"Countries with more gender equality have better economic growth. Companies with more women leaders perform better. Peace agreements that include women are more durable. Parliaments with more women enact more legislation on key social issues such as health, education, anti-discrimination and child support. The evidence is clear: equality for women means progress for all." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Well, I guess this evidence doesn't come as much of a surprise to all you hardworking students. International Women's Day on the 8th of March is a great reminder of how far we have all come and how far we still have to go.

JCU library has many databases which cover aspects of gender equality. Try ProQuest for a start. Two ebooks you may like to view are: Equality for Women: Where Do We Stand on Millennium Development Goal 3? and Women's Issues: International Efforts to Protect Women.

Monday, 3 March 2014

Special Collections Fossickings 33: Trumper comes to town - part 2.

Previously we gave you the prelude to a remarkable cricket tour that drew crowds in regional Queensland more than a century ago. This week, thanks to John Hawkins’ painstaking research and careful account, we can imagine ourselves in the crowd at what surely must have been some of the most entertaining cricket matches ever played in the north.
Page 3, Photograph of Victor Trumper from John Hawkin's book "Trumper's team in Queensland 1906".
North Queenslanders were clearly under no illusions about the strength of the opposition, fielding sides of eighteen or thirteen men in order to ensure a decent contest against Trumper’s eleven. At the start of the first match Trumper, having won the toss, sent the Charters Towers XVIII in to bat. Despite an 8-wicket haul by Cotter, the Towers managed a creditable total of 187, one batsman doggedly taking an hour to score seven runs. Trumper and Bubb began their innings with a flourish, scoring 100 in half-an-hour, before Trumper retired injured with 75 runs to his name.  In Merlin’s “Sporting Flashbacks” one fielder’s effort to catch Trumper off a brilliant square cut is described thus: “Had he intercepted it, it might even have pulled his arm out.”  In the second innings, local all-rounder, Bill Porritt, made up for a first innings duck with a gutsy 56, contributing to a total of 198. With Trumper not batting a second time, the match ended in an honourable draw.
Reproduction of the cover of Official Souvenir booklet (in Hawkin's book).
In Townsville the second match was played under the shadow of Castle Hill on a pitch with a concrete wicket. Taking advantage of their 18-man side Townsville notched up a total of 246, but this was soon overtaken as the visitors cruised their way to 478. At this point the concept of sport as entertainment took over. Rather than trying to prolong their stay at the crease, the Townsville team agreed to declare early in their second innings – not before Jim Barnes had claimed a hat-trick – so that the crowd could enjoy the main attraction of Trumper in full flight. Spectators were treated to a splendid exhibition with 136 runs being scored in 25 minutes, 75 of them from Trumper’s bat.
Match between Trumper's XI and Townsville team at Townsville cricket ground, May 1906.  J Mathew Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 21884.
For the final match in the north, the visitors returned to Charters Towers to play a combined North Queensland 13-man side.  Despite a modest first innings total of 120, the locals went on to dismiss Trumper’s XI for only 98, with Bill Porritt delivering an in-swinging off-break to bowl Trumper for a paltry 15. In a second innings reversal of fortune, Trumper redeemed himself with a useful score of 63 while Porritt fell victim to a ball from Jim Barnes which he had expected to “go away to the off” but which instead struck his wicket.  It was very possibly North Queensland’s first experience of the “googly”. Again the match ended in a draw.

Ill-health brought Trumper’s brilliant test career to a premature end in 1912 and his death from kidney disease in 1915, aged 37, stunned the nation. Hundreds of cricketers marched with the cortege while thousands of Sydney-siders lined the streets. Many North Queenslanders must have recalled their good fortune at having seen the great man while he was still in his prime.

Story by Miniata

Special Collections Fossickings 32: Trumper comes to town – part 1.

Did you enjoy the cricket over the summer? Did you raise a stubbie to celebrate the triumph of the baggy green and “the urn’s return”?  There’s nothing like an Ashes series to bring out the tales of past heroes of the game and by any measure Victor Trumper, whose Test career spanned the years 1899-1912, must rank as a giant among them. Many considered his abilities surpassed even Bradman’s. The great cricket authority, Neville Cardus, maintained Trumper was a soaring eagle compared to Bradman’s more prosaic jet plane. Yet, despite his talents, Trumper was known for his modesty and generosity on and off the field.

Imagine the excitement that must have been generated by the announcement in early April 1906 that Trumper was going to bring a touring team to Queensland. Now Queenslanders could witness for themselves the flair and grace of his batting, and local players would have the chance to test their skills and their wits against Trumper and his first-class team, containing two other Test players: pace bowler “Tibby” Cotter and all-rounder Bert Hopkins.
Front cover of John Hawkin's book "Trumper's Team in Queensland 1906" showing a painting of Trumper created by the author.
A sketchy, and not entirely accurate, account of two matches is included in a 1973 publication by a Charters Towers resident using the nom-de-plume, “Merlin”.  But in 2012, more than a century after the Queensland tour, a specialist British publisher produced a detailed account in a limited edition.  Copy number 130 of John Hawkins’  “Trumper’s Team in Queensland 1906” has just been acquired for the North Queensland collection.  It includes descriptions and scores for all matches, gleaned from newspapers of the day, and photographs of the players. Most intriguingly the book includes a facsimile of the original souvenir booklet of the tour and of the initial agreement drawn up between Trumper and the entrepreneur Edwin Geach, with Trumper’s hand-written notes. 

Page of draft agreement between Trumper and Geach from John Hawkin's book, "Trumper's Team in Queensland 1906".
The team left Sydney on 17 April and proceeded up the coast via Brisbane and smaller ports. A photograph dated 24 April, shows the team relaxing with Mayor Betzel and others at “Woodlands”, a private home in Bowen, their last port of call before Townsville. Arriving in Charters Towers by train for their first match the team was mobbed by a large and boisterous crowd, many lingering outside their hotel until long after midnight.
Trumper and team mates at G.M.Kent's "Woodlands", Bowen 24/4/1906.  On the far right hand side, Trumper is 4th from the top with catch of window shutter appearing above his hat. Bowen Historical Society Album, NQ Photographic Collection, ID 8166.
Two matches were scheduled to be played in Charters Towers, as well as one each in Ravenswood and Townsville. As it turned out the Ravenswood match did not go ahead – the town was coming to the end of its boom period and possibly, as Hawkins suggests, Geach felt it could not provide a large enough ‘gate’. Nonetheless it was a tribute to Charters Towers’ sporting enthusiasm that it was the only town outside Brisbane to host two of the ten matches that were played in seven regional centres. 

In the north, one of the positive outcomes of the tour was Trumper’s support for the formation of a North Queensland cricket association which became a reality a few months later. Next week’s Fossickings will bring you accounts of these historic matches which pitted local talent against some of the nation’s best.

Story by Miniata

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The Australian Red Cross blood donation service is parked outside the Mabo Library right now! Support your community and donate blood today.

Featured Libguide: Mobile Apps for Study and Research

Our mobile phones, tablets, ultrabooks and other devices are becoming more and more central in our lives.  JCU recently launch its mobile app,  JCU Mobile, which gives JCU community members news, maps, events, and more in their pockets.  But did you know that there are a heap of other apps to help you with your studies?

From getting your readings and research started, to collaborating with other students and academics, to creating and giving professional presentations and talks, there's probably an app to suit your needs.  Check out the Mobile Apps Libguides for more.