Monday, 31 August 2015

JCU's NAIDOC in September 7-11 September 2015 celebrates NAIDOC 2015 from the 7th to the 11th of September as most students are on semester break during July when national NAIDOC week celebrations are held. This year JCU has a link to the national NAIDOC award through the achievements of  Michelle Deshong; a JCU student and graduate who won the NAIDOC Scholar of the Year for her outstanding achievements, including the 2015 Fulbright Indigenous Professional Scholarship.

NAIDOC is an annual celebration held by the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Strait Islander community to celebrate their culture, history and achievements. The wider Australian community also joins in events organised by either the local Indigenous Australian community groups or by other groups.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff and students and JCU invite everybody to take a moment to enjoy and engage with some events which are at the midpoint of JCU's study period 2. Events will be held on Cairns and Townsville campuses.

For those who can't make it to the celebrations, some recommended items from the Library collection are:

Music DVD:

Murundak: Songs of Freedom 
Call number:
781.5920899915 MUR

Extracts from the promotional website state:

'Murundak - songs of freedom' journeys into the heart of Aboriginal protest music following The Black Arm Band, a gathering of some of Australia’s finest Indigenous musicians, as they take to the road with their songs of resistance and freedom.

Featuring a range of artists from the early pioneers to current artists;  Archie Roach, Bart Willoughby, Dan Sultan, Dave Arden, Emma Donovan, Gapanbulu Yunupingu, Jimmy Little, Joe Geia, Kutcha Edwards, Lou Bennett, Mark Atkins, Peter Rotumah, Rachael Maza Long, Ruby Hunter, Shane Howard, Shellie Morris, Stephen Pigram, and Ursual Yovich.


Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisations
Call number: 704.039915 SCU

An extract from states:

Published to accompany major exhibitions at the British Museum and the National Museum of Australia in 2015, Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation uses objects from the extraordinary collection of the British Museum to celebrate the unique and ongoing relationship that Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders have to place and country. This groundbreaking new publication also explores the profound impact and legacy of colonialism, the nature of collecting and the changing meaning of objects now in the collection of the British Museum. This richly illustrated book challenges pre-existing ideas about Indigenous Australian culture and highlights its beauty, diversity and vitality.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Scopus to cease support of Internet Explorer 8 on October 1

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, with bibliometrics tools to track, analyze and visualize research. However those who access Scopus through Internet Explorer please be aware that as of October 1, 2015, Scopus will no longer support Internet Explorer 8 (IE8).

Following Microsoft’s directive to online companies to focus support on newer, officially-supported IE browser versions and Microsoft's announcement in 2014 that it would only support the most recent IE browser version with technical support and security updates, Scopus strongly encourages its users to also follow Microsoft’s directive by updating to more recent versions of IE or by using other supported browsers.

Scopus will discontinue support a few months ahead of Microsoft’s official deadline of January 2016 though so upgrade soon.

A quick guide to Scopus is available to assist in the use of Scopus generally and the Help pages offer more detailed tips, tutorials and videos etc

Go to the JCU Databases page to access Scopus.

Note: Compatibility mode in IE9 or higher reverts the browser back to IE7 or IE8 behavior. If you experience issues accessing Scopus using IE9 or higher, please disable the compatibility view mode in your IE browser.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Discover Your Library @ JCU - Townsville Campus Open Day 2015

JCU Open Day is on this Sunday, 30 August in Townsville from 11.00am - 3.00pm. The library will be open from 10am - 5pm so come along and join in the fun.

As part of OPEN DAY 2015, the library is offering a number of activities and displays:

  • Special treat: Sensory play activities, such as play dough, kinetic sand and colouring in.
  • Spine Poetry Competition: Participants are invited to use the titles from book spines to make a poem for a chance to win a mini iPad.
  • Special collection treasures: Treasures from our past a display of material from days gone by.

Monday, 24 August 2015

Extra Referencing help - Mabo Library

Referencing wordleWe 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.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Use your Referencing LibGuide

Do you have a major essay due?

Do you know your referencing style but don't have a referencing guidebook to look up the finer details?

Use one of JCU's Library and Information Services' Referencing LibGuides to double check your style.

All the major referencing styles used at JCU are there:
  1. APA
  2. AMA (Vancouver)
  3. MLA 
  4. Chicago
  5. Plus other styles
You can also get a comparison of styles to see how they differ.

You can speak to a real live library staff member to help clarify the more confusing parts of referencing rules, either face to face at the InfoHelp desk, via email, chat services, or phone.

New eBook Recommendations: Marine Bivalve Molluscs

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest this week is:

Marine Bivalve Molluscs in Biology by Elizabeth Gosling

An extracts from the publisher's website state:

Marine Bivalve Molluscs is a comprehensive and thoroughly updated second edition of Bivalve Molluscs, covering all major aspects of this important class of invertebrates. As well as being an important class biologically and ecologically, many of the bivalves are fished and cultured commercially (e.g. mussels, oysters, scallops and clams) in a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry.

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Using Subject LibGuides to Support Your Studies

The JCU Subject LibGuides are your custom-built portals for research, writing, and referencing. We have a LibGuide for every discipline the University teaches, and then some!

The discipline guides are really useful starting places for your research, and they have links to academic and reliable databases, journals, books, websites, and more. You'll also find information on how to start and organise your research, how to construct a literature review, how to use the databases, and who to contact if you get stuck.

It's worth taking a bit of time to explore your discipline LibGuide to discover all the goodies we've gathered together for you. Where is my LibGuide? The LibGuides are accessible from the Library website.

Where is my Subject LibGuide?

On the Library and Computing Services' landing page click on the link titled Subject LibGuides.

Monday, 17 August 2015

Feelin' Blue?

August 17 marks the anniversary of the release of Miles Davis' seminal blues album "Kind of Blue".  Did you know we have jazz and blues music in the library?

Not only do we have the CD for "Kind of Blue", we also have recordings from Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, Leadbelly, Muddy Waters...

Our CD collection contains a number of different genres - from classical music through to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and many others besides.

We have copies of some of the most seminal records from the mid-20th Century.

Want to listen to the Stone's "Forty Licks"?  We have that. Want to listen to Carol King's "Tapestry"?  We have that, too. Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours"?  Yep. Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now"? Indeed. David Bowie's "Heroes"?  We've got that one, too. Springsteen's "Born in the USA"?  You know we do.

What about the Beatles "The White Album"?  Yes, we have that as well - although it's one "volume" of a 16 CD set which has all of the Beatles albums remastered.

And if that sounds a bit like your dad's record collection...  Sorry about that.  We're an academic library.  We don't have the coolest and latest music - just the stuff someone thought would be part of a good education.

So, why not take a look at our CDs and start educating yourself?

What's that, you say?  CDs are so "last century"? You'd rather listen to the blues online instead of coming into the library in person? Okay. We subscribe to the Naxos online music catalogue, so we can help you out with that, too.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

ScienceDirect search tips

ScienceDirect is a leading database of peer-reviewed science, technology and health information, trusted by researchers, teachers and students around the globe. JCU students and staff can access ScienceDirect through the Databases page of the Library's website.

The ScienceDirect search function has been improved recently to return results drawn directly from articles only, de-emphasizing search results drawn from references. You may see a slight decrease in the number of search results returned; but those you do get will come from primary sources, making your search results even more relevant to your queries.

Below are tried-and-true tips to keep in mind before entering your next ScienceDirect search query:
  • Search terms are not case-sensitive, so it does not matter if you use lower case or upper case letters.
  • Entering search terms using either US or UK spellings will automatically search for both spellings.
  • Entering singular nouns will also search for plural nouns and possessives. For example: City finds city, cities, and city's ; Criterion finds criteria and criterion
  • Multiple words set off by spaces will search for documents or images with both words.
  • You can use either quotation marks or curly brackets to search for a phrase, but the results will differ in these ways:
  • Searches in quotation marks (such as “heart-attack”) will be fuzzy searches – the search engine will search for plural and singular nouns, US and UK spellings, ignore symbols and punctuation, and allow wildcards.
  • Searches in curly brackets, such as {heart-attack}, will be exact searches. The search engine will look only for that exact phrase, including symbols and punctuation.

Try a new search today and discover how quickly and easily you can maximize results and search with greater confidence.

Go to the ScienceDirect Quick Reference Guide for more search tips

Monday, 10 August 2015

Finding your class readings via the Library's home page

Trying to find a reading that your lecturer mentioned and can’t find it on LearnJCU?

Heard that a reading was on "Reserve Online" but don’t know what it is or where to find it?

ReserveOnline is JCU's central repository for past exam papers and e-learning resources (such as required readings, music and moving images like DVDs, broadcasts, etc.) listed on subject outlines.  These items are hosted on the JCU streaming media server and made available in LearnJCU.

Reserve Online can also be accessed from the Library’s homepage, under the heading Readings and Past Exams.

We usually suggest choosing the basic search option and searching by subject code (for example BA1001) but Reserve Online can also be searched by author, title and keywords, so try these searches if you can’t find your readings with your subject code.

As always, if you need help finding resources please do not hesitate to contact the InfoHelp team in person or by chat and email.

Discover the Special Collections

You're probably already a fan of our awesome Special Collections, but watch this short introduction anyway:

Sunday, 9 August 2015

New Book Display Recommendation: A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest this week is:
A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology by Karin Knisely.
Call number: 808.06657 KNI 2013

Some extracts from the publisher's website state:

This book provides practical advice to students who are learning to write according to the conventions in biology. 

Scientific communication requires more than excellent writing skills—it requires technical competence on the computer. Most first-year students have had little experience producing Greek letters and mathematical symbols, sub- and superscripted characters, graphs, tables, drawings, and equations. Yet these are characteristics of scientific papers that require a familiarity with the computer beyond basic keyboarding skills. For exactly this reason, almost half of the book is devoted to Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint features that enable scientists to produce professional quality papers, graphs, posters, and oral presentations effectively and efficiently. 

After browsing through the title, this book has many writing suggestions that our undergraduates, honours and post graduate students might find useful for a variety of science and animal studies related disciplines- including useful software related tips.

Friday, 7 August 2015

The LOCKSS Principle: Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe

A simple university life lesson for new students is the LOCKSS Principle: Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe.

Do you have your USB drive backed up anywhere?

We often have lost USBs handed in at the Library, but we also have many people come and ask us for USBs that haven't been handed in. USB drives are easy to lose.

They are also easy to leave in your pocket when you put your clothes in the wash. And they can develop faults that make the data irretrievable. Basically USBs are not indestructible.

Having all of your stuff saved on one USB drive is just not a smart move. Having all of your stuff saved on one computer is also pretty dangerous. It's a great idea to have more than one copy of anything important - especially around assignment time.

When you are working on your assignments, save your work regularly to your USB drive, and remember to occasionally save a copy to your DropBox, Google Drive or OneDrive (you get OneDrive with your JCU email account) - or, at the very least, email a copy of it to yourself. Regularly save copies of all of your important files to your computer, another USB drive or to the cloud.

Remember the LOCKSS principle: Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe

Jeans for Genes Day - 7 August 2015

Have you noticed a sudden increase in the amount of people wearing denim today and wondered why? It’s that time of year where everyone, everywhere pulls out their blue jeans (or black or any colour really) and help support kids and genetic research for childhood diseases. It's offically Jeans for Genes Day!
Where did Jeans for Genes Day come from though? The first Jeans for Genes Day happened way back in 1994, after 1993 saw that $1 Million needed to be raised ASAP for research at the Childhood Medical Research Institute. After many hours and lots of ideas thrown around, Jeans for Genes Day was the winner, why not get everyone to donate for wearing their jeans on the first Friday of August and get some celebrities involved to help push the campaign. Result… Success! In 2 years the goal of $1 million had been reached and Jeans for Genes Day has been continuing to raise much needed funds for over 20 years for children’s health. Interested in finding out more? Check out the Jeans for Genes Day website or see what resources about genetics you can access via the Library Catalogue.

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Making Your Library Better!

Summary reports from the 2015 Library Client Survey now available online.

Did you know that 98% of respondents report that they usually find the library resources that they need? Find out what is important to Library clients, what we do best, what has improved, and what needs to improve. Learn more about information behaviours by type of client (undergraduate, postgraduate, staff, etc.), domestic and international student, College, campus, and library.

Check out our progress, as we identify and implement actions to be taken.

JCU Art Collection @ Australian Festival of Chamber Music

We are now half way through the fabulous Australian Festival of Chamber Music running until Saturday the 8th of August.  For those of us that were at the Free Festival Concert in the Townsville Queens Gardens last Sunday it was a musical experience that will not be forgotten quickly.  It was a truly joyous occasion.
Another concert highlight was Monday night's "Come Tango with Me"- what a magical night.

Did you know the AFCM presented its first season in Townsville in July 1991, initiated through the vision and commitment of the former Vice Chancellor of James Cook University, Professor Ray Golding and the Festival’s previous Artistic Director, Theordore Kuchar.
This year the AFCM is celebrating its 25th year and in line with this landmark, the JCU Art Collection is being showcased in the Townsville Civic Theatre Foyer with the display of a suite of six charcoal drawings completed by Professor John Eveleigh during the 1992 AFCM .  These include drawings of Ted Kuchar performing.  Also on display is a portrait of Professor R M Golding which was commissioned by JCU in 1991 and painted by Professor Eveleigh.
Don’t miss seeing these great works of art on display in the foyer of the Townsville Civic Theatre now.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Australian Engineering Week 3 - 9 August 2015

Have you ever stopped and taken a moment to look at all the different designs around you? Have you ever wondered where they came from? This is the perfect week to take a moment to appreciate the contributions that engineers make to the world around us and our everyday life, as it is Australian Engineering Week. Has your interest in engineering been sparked? Check out the engineering courses that are available at James Cook University. Already enrolled in engineering? Have a look at our helpful Engineering Libguide.

Monday, 3 August 2015

Free ClinicalKey Webinars

Commencing tomorrow, August 4th, the Elsevier Australia team is conducting free training on ClinicalKey. This training is available to all interested staff and students. Participants are able to see the value of ClinicalKey to their clinical practice by attending these trainings.

ClinicalKey is a clinical search engine that supports clinical decisions by making it easier to find and apply relevant knowledge. It ensures better care by delivering fast, concise answers when every second counts, and deep access to evidence whenever, wherever you need it.

Elsevier has scheduled several training sessions for the month of August 2015. Each webinar will provide a run through of ClinicalKey and will take 30 minutes. Please note that registration is essential Choose a session that suits you and complete the simple registration form Students simply list 'student' as your Job title and James Cook University as your Company.

You can access ClinicalKey through the Databases page on the Library and Computing Services website.

New Book Recommendation: Financial accounting

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

This week's book of interest is:
Financial accounting by John Hoggett, Lew Edwards, John Medlin, Keryn Chalmers, Andreas Hellmann, Claire Beattie, and Jodie Maxfield.

An extract from the publisher's website states:

Financial Accounting, 9th Edition continues the strong reputation established by this leading Australian text as the most comprehensive book for students studying introductory accounting in undergraduate or postgraduate programs.

This title is a Main 2 day loan item and has a red sticker on its spine stating the same. Students are able to renew borrowed titles repeatedly until another client requests the title. Read our webpage discussing accessing your Library account, returns, renewals, fines and requests.