Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Upcoming Library workshops: Library tours and Endnote

The next set of library workshops and  Library tours will occur: 

Cairns library tour
  • Library tour for students who have missed O Week tours
    Location: Library Foyer, Cairns 
    Event starts: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00 - Ends: 12:30
  • EndNote Workshop, Cairns
    Learn to track and manage the materials you discover in your research using EndNote - use it in Word to make citing and reference lists simple.
    Location: B1.104, Cairns 
    Event starts: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 14:00 - Ends: 15:00
  • Cairns library tour
    Workshop on academic writing offered by the Learning Centre and the library.
    Location: A3.3, Cairns 
    Event starts: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 9:00 - Ends: 13:00

    Read more at the Library Events page.

New Books Display Recommendation: SPSS Statistics Version 22

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:
SPSS statistics version 22 : a practical guide by Peter Allen, Kellie Bennett, Brody Heritage.

Call number: 519.50285536 ALL

An extract from the publisher description states:

SPSS is enormously powerful – and challenging to learn. This popular handbook lets students get hands on with the statistical procedures they need. Screen shots, step-by-step guidance and examples with annotated outputs help students learn. For students of psychology, marketing and research in any discipline. An essential practical guide to using SPSS.   

LibGuides: A great study resource

LibGuides are great resources for getting started with your research and writing. 

JCU Libraries has developed a whole suite of LibGuides that cover every discipline taught at JCU.  We also have LibGuides that will help give your assignments that extra edge with referencing, research skills, writing, evaluating sources, finding statistics, and using mobile apps.

Check out the JCU Library LibGuides at libguides.jcu.edu.au, add your discipline guide to your bookmarks, use it often, get good marks.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Outages: ProQuest related databases


Please note the following ProQuest maintenance which will affect all databases accessed via the www.search.proquest.com platform.
  • Sunday March 1st from 1:00pm to 6;00pm.  
  • Users will be re-directed to a web page explaining the scheduled maintenance.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Getting lost in the library and online: Ask a Infohelp Rover

InfoHELP Rover with wireless instructions
In your first week back at Uni you may be unlucky to have an IT problem or question. The Library Infohelp desk located on the ground floor at both Cairns and Townsville is a place to go for help.

We offer IT support and tips for many basic issues and most questions are resolved immediately. If the problem requires more assistance we will assist you in logging a job with the IT Help Desk.

 Common issues and questions we deal with in the first few weeks are:
  • My password doesn't work on my email but does everywhere else
  • I forgot my login id
  • I can't open or download readings from LearnJCU
  • One of my enrolled subjects is not appearing in LearnJCU
  • I can't connect to eduroam the wireless network
  • I don't know how to print
  • I want to load EndNote
  • I need to sign up for Tutorial groups
You can also approach the InfoHELP rovers and ask them. You can spot them by their shirts with InfoHELP ROVER embroidered on their backs.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Basketball in the library

The JCU Townsville Fire are playing in the semi-finals this weekend (Sunday, February 22, 2pm - at the Townsville RSL Stadium).

To celebrate the upcoming WNBL finals games, we thought we'd pull out a "classic" book from our collection:

How to Improve Your Basketball For Girls, published by the Athletic Institute in consultation with Mildred J. Barnes.

We're not entirely sure when this book was published.  Definitely some time in the 1960s.  Some sites estimate it was in 1969, but that information isn't written anywhere on the book itself.

It's part of a series of books put out by the Athletic Institute in the 1960s, designed to teach basic skills by matching pictures (black-and-white, of course) with simple instructions.

We actually have a few of these books by the Athletic Institute, and a few other companies which published similar books in the 1960s and 1970s.  As well as being interesting books about the sports in their own right, they are also a fascinating look at the history of sport.

The books written specifically for "girls" or "women" are a great resource for anyone studying the history of women in sport.  This book, for example, was produced during a time when women's basketball was a lot more closely related to netball, and many of the pictures and skills reflect this.

This book also represents an interesting challenge if you wanted to cite it for an assignment.  It doesn't have an author or a publication year written anywhere on the book itself.  The person who is mostly likely the author is listed as a "consultant", and you can only find a date if you go searching on the Internet.  So how would you cite it?

Well, if we took APA as our citation style, I'd go with something like this:

Barnes, M. J. (Consultant). (ca. 1969). How to improve your basketball for girls. Chicago, IL: The Athletic Institute.

I took the person I believed was most likely responsible for the text and used them as the author (I could have chosen the publishers, and used them as a corporate author), then I used "ca." to show that the year is an estimation based on information not included in the book.  If I didn't have any other sources to tell me what the year was, I could have used "n.d." to say there was no date.

Oh, and if you were interested in finding more books on basketball, head over to 796.323 in the library, or have a look at these results on One Search.

Let's hope the Fire does well this weekend - even if they haven't read this book.

Library Opening Hours Study Period 1, 2015 Cairns and Townsville

Starting Monday 23rd of February JCU libraries will be open every day of the week:

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library
  • Monday to Thursday      8.00 am to 10.30 pm
  • Friday                             8.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday    10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Cairns Campus Library 
  • Monday to Thursday     8.00 am to 9.00 pm
  •  Friday                           8.00 am to 6.00 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday    10.00 am 5.00 pm
Check out the Opening Hours website for public holiday opening times.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Library orientation workshops in 2015

InfoHelp tutorials in Orientation Week (O-week) 16th of Feb to 20th of Feb.
All students are welcome to attend.

For Library run activities go to the Library's Workshops webpage for details of Cairns and Townsville workshops. (Some of the workshops are repeated after Oweek).

Library related O-week activities include:
  • Library orientation tours - know the library
  • Go wireless - get on the wifi
  • Top 10 tips - for assignments and research
Check out our Orientation Survival Guide for other useful links.

For a full program of JCU O-week activities like student ID cards, regarding Library tours and other campus orientation events. Go to the New Students page and navigate to and then download an O week program for your campus.

Chinese Newspapers in Trove!

While we're in the mood for Chinese, Trove has some very exciting news to share.

Okay, there were a couple of really bad puns involved there, and we apologise unreservedly.  It was just too good an opportunity to pass up.

Trove is the gateway to National Library of Australia, and it is the way to search through the NLA's collection of books, journals and newspapers.

They have recently acquired copies of some of the earliest Chinese-Australian newspapers, including The Chinese Australian Herald, 1894-1923 (Guang yi hua bao), Chinese Times, 1902-1922 (Meilibin bu ai guo bao) and The Chinese Advertiser (1856) which was later to become one of the  first Australian bilingual newspapers, The English and Chinese Advertiser (1856-8). There are over 21,000 pages representing a rich resource for people interested in the history of Chinese migration to Australia.

This is exciting news indeed for historians who are interested in the Chinese history of Australia.

You can read more about the new additions here:

Happy (Chinese) New Year!

The Chinese lunar calendar has rolled over, and it's time for the New Year celebrations!

Our students in Singapore are spoilt for choice when it comes to Chinese New Year and Spring Festival celebrations (where the Chinatown Celebrations are said to be the place to be), but those of us in Australia can still join in the fun.

In Cairns, a Chinese New Year Festival is being held on Saturday the 21st of February, starting at 4.00pm in Grafton Street.  You can find more details at the festival's web site: cairnschinesenewyear.org/events.

In Townsville, celebrations began today (19th February) in the Bulletin Square in the City Centre, and continue throughout the weekend - culminating in the Chinese New Year in the City event at the Bulletin Square on Sunday the 22nd of February.  This will be held during the Cotters' Markets, starting at 9.00am and finishing by 11.00am.  See the Townsville Chinese' Club's website for further details: ttcci.org.au/.

If you want to brush up a little on your knowledge of Chinese New Year and lunar calendars, Credo (our database of dictionaries, encyclopaedias and other reference resources) has a Topic Page you may find informative.

If you would like to know more about the Chinese history of North Queensland, a book by Kevin Wong HoyRediscovered past : China in north Queensland, is held in the North Queensland collection in both Townsville and Cairns, and there is a copy in the Main collection available for loan.

And, if your New Years resolution includes learning Chinese, it's not too late to enrol in a short course with the Academy of Modern Languages.  Elementary Chinese classes are run in the evenings on both Cairns and Townsville campuses.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

lynda.com available to all JCU staff and students

The University has purchased a site licence for lynda.com that provides online, course-based video instruction for information technology, business, communication, design, education and creative skills. The 3,000+ courses and 130,000+ videos are geared to beginner, intermediate and advanced users. It is self-paced and tracks your progress, remembering what section of each course you've got to. Try it out now to learn how to create pivot tables in Excel, a table of contents in Word, wireframing a website design, creating complex graphics, etc.

You can access lynda.com using your JCU account, through the JCU Library A to Z database listing, via the Library & Computing web site the Learn drop down menu on our web site and through One Search. To assist with subject access, the JCU Library will also import courses into One Search and the JCU Library Catalogue and embed them in Subject Libguides.

Lynda.com has also been integrated into LearnJCU enabling lecturers to lecturers to embed engaging digital content directly within their subject sites. Find out how to use Lynda in your LearnJCU site to enhance and extend the blended learning experience for students.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Outage: Libguides will be offline on Saturday afternoon

This Saturday 14th February the library guides platform Libguides will be down for an hour or so for maintenance. If this effects you, remember that OneSearch is available from the library homepage and the Databases page will still allow you to access scholarly databases.

The outage is scheduled to start at 1pm. 


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Get ahead of your classmates - attend Oweek workshops

Discover how to get your mobile device connected to the wireless network, develop a search strategy to find information for your assignments, find scholarly journal articles, and much, much more.

InfoHelp tutorials start in Oweek week and are free! All students are welcome to attend. Go to the Library's Workshops webpage for details of Cairns and Townsville workshops, and  Orientation Programs for details regarding Library tours and other campus orientation events. Library and campus Oweek activities include:
  • Library orientation tours
  • Top ten assignment research tips
  • Go wireless (connect your devices to the JCU wifi network)
  • Getting connected@JCU (how to access email, print, student computers and more)
  • Up and running with LearnJCU (how to access your subject resources)
Good luck with your studies!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Featuring JCU Library's Oxford English Dictionary

Are you struggling to find authoritative meanings for words? Try using JCU Library's Oxford English Dictionary online.

Oxford English Dictionary is widely acknowledged to be the most authoritative and comprehensive record of the English language in the world, tracing the evolution and use of words. This online resource offers the latest content of the full Oxford English Dictionary, and the Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary, providing more depth and breadth than ever before. It also covers British, American, and other varieties of English, and all types of usage from formal to slang.

Friday, February 6, 2015

CopyPrint Paystations

Ongoing improvements to JCU's CopyPrint system for students have entered another phase.

Students can now add cash to their CopyPrint account at the Paystations located at the JCU Libraries in Townsville and Cairns. There is no need to queue at the InfoHelp desk.

The Paystations are located on the ground floor at each campus library, in Cairns in the entrance foyer and, in Townsville in the 24 Hour InfoCommons.

Please note the following when you are using the Paystations:
  1. You need your student ID card and cash (notes and coins) to use the CopyPrint Paystation
  2. Your payment is processed immediately (no need to wait 10 minutes for the transaction to process)
  3. You can check your CopyPrint balance at the paystation before adding funds (you can also check your balance online or at a printer)
  4. No change is given so ensure you have the right money before getting to the paystation
Don't forget that online payments via StudentsOnline are possible and have now been reduced to a $5 minimum.

Don't hesitate to see staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need assistance.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Summer movie: Pan's Labyrinth

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

A fairy tale for grown ups, 'Pan's Labyrinth' (or 'El Laberinto del Fauno') is set in the turmoil and violence of early Francoist Spain.

Ofelia, a bright and imaginative girl, moves with her ill and pregnant mother to live with her mother's new husband, the cruel and sadistic Falangist Captain Vidal as he fights the anti-Franco rebels. Ofelia escapes into the nearby forest and the labyrinth it contains, meeting a faun who tells her she is a princess, and must complete three dangerous and gruesome tasks to rejoin her real family in the Underground.

Filled with stunning visuals, strange creatures, and set against the bleak backdrop of civil war, 'Pan's Labyrinth' is heart warming and heart breaking, beautiful and ugly, uplifting and saddening.  Writer and director Guillermo del Torro weaves a complex and rich parable that explores loyalty, imagination, death, and triumph.

350 Years of Journals

JCU Library and Information Services purchases subscriptions to journals and periodicals in both online and physical formats. This form of academic research literature is celebrating an anniversary in 2015.

According to Force11, 2015 marks the 350th anniversary of the publishing of the first scientific journal  - by the Royal Society of London.  

This journal is considered to be of importance as it laid the foundations for the peer review processes and was the beginning of the archiving and distribution of research. Both Issac Newton and Charles Darwin published papers in it. 

The Force 11 webpage posed two interesting questions:
  • Is the scholarly article still fit for its purpose in this data-driven world, with new interdisciplinary methodologies and increasing automation?
  • What can we learn from 350 years of successful and continuous publication of peer-reviewed science in the face of changing scholarly practice?  
Learn more about accessing JCU Library's Journal Articles collection.

Library Renovations at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library

The Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement Directorate is excited by the renovations currently underway in the ground floor of the library. The renovations will support many of our diverse learners.

A new purpose built service centre for AccessAbility staff will allow much improved services for students with disabilities and health conditions.

Students enrolled in the the now coordinated pathway programs – Diploma of Higher Education and Tertiary Access Course – will have access to specialised support from the refurbished area as well as access to their core teaching staff.

The renovations will also allow learning advisors ready access to students and a home for the student mentor program.  The area will also provide a coordinated hub for staff support in blended learning.

We thank everyone for the patience as the renovations are finalised.  We look forward to a celebratory opening.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Database update: ProQuest Central

James Cook University Library has recently updated our collection with ProQuest Central. This aggregation of databases provides access to index and abstract services as well as full text content.

ProQuest Central covers a broad range of subject areas including the humanities, technology, psychology, law, education, medicine and business. 

Some of the new databases provide access to information not available with other aggregations, including market reports, dissertations and newspapers. 

ProQuest Central allows for broad based searches across all content, as well as providing for more focused searching of individual databases.

Some of the newly accessible databases are:

ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health encompasses more than 850 titles, over 700 being full text. Subjects range from cytology, radiology, and oncology to pediatric care, public health, and alternative medicine.

In addition ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health provide exclusive access to training videos from Medcom, Inc.  These videos cover important topics such as health care safety, emergency planning, checking vital signs and many more. Videos are well indexed for reliable search results and can be viewed in document view or downloaded to your desktop for reference.

Titles include:
·  Association of Operating Room Nurses. 
·  Journal of Nursing Scholarship
·  Oncology Nursing Forum
·  Journal of Gerontological Nursing
·  Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services
·  Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
·  Physical Therapy

ProQuest Biology consists of over 400 journals with over 300 available with full text access. The titles cover a wide range of topics in the biological sciences including botany, biochemistry, microbiology, and zoology.
Titles include:
  • Systematic Biology
  • Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Plant Cell
  • Bioscience
ProQuest Psychology Journals provides abstracts and indexing for over 600 titles, with more than 500 titles available in full text. Users get access to charts, diagrams, graphs, tables, photos, and other graphical elements essential to psychological research.
Subjects covered include behavioural, developmental, and clinical psychology, as well as neurology, psychometrics, and psychobiology.
Titles include:
  • The American Journal of Psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics
  • The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Development and Psychopathology
  • The Psychological Record