Thursday, January 29, 2015

Summer movies: Mad Max 1, 2, & 3

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

With the fourth installment of Mad Max due for release in May 2015, this is the perfect time to catch up on the first three films in the series.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world, and originally released in 1979, staring Mel Gibson, 'Mad Max' tells the story of a young traffic police officer, Max, desperately holding on to his sanity and principles as thuggish gangs run rings around the under-resourced and overworked Main Force Patrol.

After the events of the first film, 'Mad Max 2' finds a hardened and unforgiving Max prowling the outback, dispensing vigilante justice on marauding road gangs. After a violent confrontation, he agrees to help a settlement break the siege they are under, then heads further into the desert.

Set 20 years after the first film, 'Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome' features Tina Turner as the formidable Aunty Entity, co-ruler of Bartertown - the only active community in the desert wasteland. Max fights for survival in the desert and in the Thunderdome, where two may enter, but only one may leave.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Summer movies: Back to the Future: The Trilogy

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

The 'Back to the Future' trilogy kicks off with Marty McFly using Doc Brown's modified DeLorean to go to 1955, interrupting his parents' first meeting, and potentially changing the course of his own fate.

'Back to the Future Part II' sees Marty, Doc Brown, and Marty's girlfriend, Jennifer, travel to the distant year 2015, meeting their future selves, and having a great time getting chased by bullies on hoverboards.

The final instalment in the trilogy has Marty and Doc Brown meet in 1885, as Marty tries to save the Doc's life from Buford Tannen, predecessor of the first two films' antagonists. Featuring gun fights, music by ZZ Top, and Doc Brown's love life, 'Back to the Future Part III' ends the trilogy with a bang!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

LibGuides upgrade and availability 22nd January

Our comprehensive suite of library guides (Libguides) will have a major behind the scenes makeover including a move to a responsive web design so you can view content properly on small screen devices.  Additionally our existing Chat service will be more accessible to you from any page in a guide.  

The upgrade process will require some DNS name changes that may take up to 24 hours to percolate through all the corners of the internet starting from 9am Thursday 22nd of January.  We apologise if you have problems accessing LibGuides but they will be available again soon.

New Books Display: Principles of Soil and Plant Water Relations

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 list online.

A title of interest: 
Principles of Soil and Plant Water Relations  by M.B Kirkman
Call number: 572.5392 KIR 2014

An extract from the publisher description states:

Principles of Soil and Plant Water Relations, 2nd edition describes the principles of water relations within soils, followed by the uptake of water and its subsequent movement throughout and from the plant body.   This is presented as a progressive series of physical and biological interrelations, even though each topic is treated in detail on its own. The book also describes equipment used to measure water in the soil-plant-atmosphere system.  At the end of each chapter is a biography of a scientist whose principles are discussed in the chapter.  In addition to new information on the concept of celestial time, this new edition also includes new chapters on methods to determine sap flow in plants dual-probe heat-pulse technique to monitor water in the root zone.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Opening Hours: Australia Day January 26th

In 2015 Australia Day will be on Monday the 26th of January. Traditionally Australians use this day to get together with friends and family - often over drinks, at a barbecue, at the beach, or at a public event. Have a look at the Australia Day website to find an event near you.

JCU Libraries in Cairns and Townsville will be closed on Monday 26 January for the Australia Day public holiday and will not be open on Saturday the 24th and Sunday 25th.

Please check our Opening Hours webpage to plan your upcoming Library visits.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Summer movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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

England, 932 AD. Arthur Pendragon, king of the Britons is scouring the land to gather the bravest knights to sit at his round table in Camelot, when he receives a quest from God to find the lost Holy Grail.

Accepting the mission, Arthur and his knights set off to search high and low, discovering how to tell if a person is a witch, the power of shrubberies, the air-speed velocity of an unladen European swallow, and how high to count to use a holy hand grenade.

Uproariously funny, irreverent, and just silly, 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' features the Monty Python crew in multiple roles, delivering one of their best performances.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New: Psychological Experiments Online database

JCU Library has subscribed to a new database - Psychological Experiments Online. You can also access this database from the Library Databases Page, from the Library Catalogue (Tropicat), and soon from the Psychology LibGuide. If you are off-campus you will be asked to login in with your JCU details.

The database is a multimedia online resource that synthesises the most important psychological experiments of the 20th and 21st centuries. The collection combines 75 hours of audio and video recordings of the original experiments (when existent) with 40,000 pages of primary-source documents. It’s packed with exclusive and hard-to-find materials including notes from experiment participants, journal articles, books, field notes, letters penned by the lead psychologist, videos of modern-day replications, and modifications to the original experiments.

This database complements popular JCU Library subscribed databases Counseling and Therapy in Video vols 1-3, the Video Journal of Counseling and Therapy, and Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works.

Finding textbooks lists

Do you need to find which textbooks you require for your subjects?

Textbooks for JCU subjects can be searched on the Co-op website by clicking the Uni Text List button and selecting JCU either Townsville or Cairns campus and then selecting a subject code or keyword.

JCU libraries in Cairns and Townsville have some copies of all required textbooks than can be borrowed for short loan periods.




Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Outdoor seating at Mabo Library completed

The new outdoor seating area at the south west Café entrance to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville campus is now complete.

Students, staff and visitors can now enjoy their coffee, gelato and other goodies from Juliette’s café in the great outdoors near the wonderful Heart Space and Collections sculpture by Col Henry.

The outdoor space contains the following features
  • Access to power and JCU wifi (Eduroam)
  • Bike racks 
  • Sheltered tables and seating configurations
We are sure this space will be very popular especially as the weather cools down after the wet season.

New Book Display recommendation: The elements of academic style: Writing for the humanities

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 list online.

A selected title from this week is:

The elements of academic style: Writing for the humanities by Eric Hayot. (2014)
Call number: 808.06378 HAY

This is an engagingly written style guide for academics and scholars, postgraduate students and their supervisors, and even undergraduates would find it useful. Its main scope is the humanities disciplines of cultural and literary studies.

The book combines practical suggestions about the structure of scholarly writing for essays, theses, abstracts and books with psychological support and tips to ease the writing process.

It touches on points such as the history and purpose of academic writing and compares different cultural traditions of academic writing across countries, institutions, and publishers.  The academic writer's development from undergraduate to faculty member is discussed. This examination of the writer's experience allows the reader to contemplate the shift in writing style needed and the reasoning behind it. It outlines multiple ways to break down the writing process for the various forms of academic writing. The writing is conversational in tone but with a witty academic edge, moving from a broad view to a closer look at style choices, purposes and specific tips.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Summer movie: The Matrix

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

Released in 1999, written and directed by the Wachowskis, and featuring the first use of the now ubiquitous "bullet-time" effect, 'The Matrix' was a ground-breakingly original piece of action, drawing on influences from anime, manga, Philip K. Dick, and William Gibson.

Neo (Keanu Reeves) has been searching for the answer to his question, "what is the Matrix?" and, after meeting Trinity and Morpheus, he finds out.  It is all around him.  It is the air he breathes and the food he eats. It is a perfect simulation of a real world, a prison for humanity's mind.

With amazing martial arts, snappy dialogue, and some truly innovative visual effects, 'The Matrix' still delivers a fun viewing experience 15 years on.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Summer viewing: Long Way to the Top

JCU Library has television shows on DVD! Browse for them at 791.4752.

Tracing the history of Australian rock and popular music from the 1950s to the 2000s, 'Long Way to the Top' features interviews and performances by some of the world's biggest home-grown talents:

  • AC/DC
  • Skyhooks
  • Stevie Wright
  • The Angels
  • INXS
  • Mark Seymour
  • Chrissie Amphlett
  • Men at Work
  • Paul Kelly
  • Daniel Johns
  • Warumpi Band
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Billy Thorpe
  • Chain
  • The Easybeats
  • Slim Dusty
  • And more!