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Extra 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, please bring your printed reference list.

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.

New Book Recommendation: Close to Home: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2016

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library 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 is: Close to home: Dobell Australian drawing biennial 2016 by Anne Ryan

Item description:

Over the past three decades there has been a significant revival of drawing in Australia. Today there are more artists drawing, and more drawings being made, than ever before.

Close to home, the 2nd Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial, includes the work of six artists whose work is connected by a simple thread of visual story-telling. Their drawings are poetic narratives, b…

When USBs Escape...

The LOCKSS Principle (Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe) is certainly something to live by. What happens, though, when you lose one of your many copies?

Where do all the missing USBs end up?

If you lose a USB in the library, there’s a good chance it’s handed in or collected by the InfoHelp staff. It could be waiting patiently for you to pick it up right now!

Come and find your USBs at the Library InfoHelp desk or enquire online.

What's The Buzz in the Mabo Library JCU

The Library is entering a competition that is currently being run by Emerald Group Publishing (the supplier lots of the great eResources that the Library has on offer). The theme of this competition is 'Busy Bee' and is part of a campaign to inspire library users to be busy bees using the Emerald resources.

The team have been busy little bees creating the display "What's the Buzz in the Mabo Library JCU" in the Townsville Library. You can check out the display on the ground floor of the Townsville Library.

T150 – Townsville Past & Present: Higher Education Comes to Town – JCU in Townsville

The latest round of T150 displays in the JCU Library showcase the history of James Cook University, including: information about the establishment of the University College; plans, drawings and official documents pertaining to the establishment and official opening of James Cook University; photographs and video footage of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to JCU in 1970; photographs, publications and marketing artwork relevant to the University Library building; selected student publications, including Magnus Taurus, and The Bullsheet and a selection of student handbooks from various years.
University College of Townsville
In February 1961, the University College of Townsville, opened in Pimlico, as an annex of the University of Queensland, with 90 day students and another 50 students enrolled in evening classes. It initially offered 14 first-year subjects across a range of disciplines, with a teaching staff of ten lecturers and three demonstrators. There were only three other staff: the Col…

New Book Recommendation: No Plastic Sleeves: Portfolio and Self-Promotion Guide for Photographers and Designers

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays in the library, you can access details for hard copy and online eBooks here. For instructions on how to "borrow" an eBook (i.e. download for a short period of time) 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.

An eBook title of interest is: No Plastic Sleeves: Portfolio and Self-Promotion Guide for Photographers and Designers by Larry Volk and Danielle Currier.
Call number: 770.688 VOL 2015

An extract from the publisher's website states:

The 2nd edition features many new outstanding examples of portfolios and promotions both online and in print form. Included are additional international examples and a more even balance of photographic and design focused portfolios and promotions. Several examples…

August 23rd: Anniversary of the Wave Hill Station walk off 1966-1975

This August 23rd, 2016,marks the 50th anniversary since the Wave Hill Station walk off(also known as the Gurindji Strike). This is considered a pivotal moment in Australian history in regards to the civil rights movement for Australian Aboriginal peoples within the broader society. It highlighted the unfair employment conditions and standards experienced by Australian Aboriginal employees and their families, and became one of the first large shifts towards recognition of Australian Aboriginal peoples pre-existing and ongoing land title.

If you're an Australian music fan you may know of this event through the song "From Little Things, Big Things Grow", sung by famed Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly and co-written with Aboriginal singer songwriter Kev Carmody (check out the lyrics on the National Museum Australia website). Some prominent figures in this event were the strike leader and a Gurindji man Vincent Liangiri, and the then Australian Prime Minister Gough Wh…

One Search Getting a Makeover

One Search, our web scale discovery tool*, is having a user interface 'refresh'.

One Search uses Summon 2.0 technology in a hosted (SaaS) model and the vendor, Ex Libris, has notified us that a raft of usability enhancements will be launched overnight (Australian time) on August 24th.

These tweaks are based on user feedback and testing, they include:
Advanced Search toggle option clearerPreview hover more robustPublication date filter moved higher and tweakedEasier to search for, navigate and refine resultsHamburger menu used on large screen as well as small screenSlight layout/font changesMore visible links to other tools (A-Z, Feedback, Help)Results pageRepositioned functional elementsNew menu option, icons and text to improve navigationFacet Pane improvements to include/exclude Results pane includes: citation preview, WoS, Scopus, Altmetrics linking and display, and cite, save email iconsNew layout for topic explorerPre-canned date ranges for filtering results (last 12 month…

New Book Recommendation: Australia's Role in Feeding the World: The Future of Australian Agriculture

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library 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.

An eBook title of interest is:
Australia's Role in Feeding the World: The Future of Australian Agriculture by Tor Hundloe, Sarah Blagrove and Hannah Ditton.

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Earth's human population currently exceeds 7 billion, and by the year 2050 our planet will have at least two billion more mouths to feed. When faced with providing food for so many people, the idea is often advanced that Australia will become the 'f…

Start your assignments on the road!

As assignment time comes around for another study period, it’s time to remind everyone about the Info Skills Road Trip.

We love helping at the JCU Library InfoHelp desk but we understand that it’s just not possible for everyone to be on campus (many people work or have Pokémon to catch). If you can't get to the Library InfoHelp desk, we recommend using the Info Skills Road Trip.

This interactive learning tool has been developed specifically for students and is linked to some subjects through LearnJCU. It provides an introduction to researching for assignments. You will learn the basics of unpacking your assignment question, finding resources, evaluating what you find and referencing to help you on your University journey. You can pick and choose your destination. Each module will take about 30 minutes of your time.
Get started today!

Remember you can always come to the Library InfoHelp desk or use our Chat service for help on the best places to search.

Last Chance to see our T150 "Celebrating Townsville" exhibition!

The wonderful "Celebrating Townsville" exhibition - organised by the JCU Library Special Collections team finishes this week!  If you have not had a chance to get into Umbrella Studio contemporary arts in Townsville (Flinders Street West) then you can still visit this Sunday as the gallery will be open from 9am to 1pm.

The exhibition is really beautiful and features 26 works by 12 different artists, all JCU Alumni.
Peruse the catalogue here online and pick up your own complimentary hard copy when you visit on Sunday - add this rare item to your own book collection.

Catch up with the "Celebrating Townsville" video documentary about the artists in the exhibition created by the staff and students of JCU Media Journalism here.  Enjoy other interviews and video content created by JCU students also currently running on the JCNN channel.

We hope to see you at the show this Sunday for one last look at the show before it becomes history!


Online Information Skills Training: Our Library Workshops Online

Do you want to go to one of the Library's workshops but don't have the time to attend in person?

JCU Library has put together an Online Information Skills Training page which provides an overview of the information shared during the following workshops:


Top 10 assignment tipsFinding journal articlesEndNote
 It also provides information on:

Assignment research Info Skills Road TripCopyrightReferencing Writing a literature review 
As always feel free to contact the InfoHelp Desk for more assistance.

New Book Recommendation: The Social Roots of Risk

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library 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 is:
The social roots of risk: Producing disasters, promoting resilience by Kathleen Tierney.

Item description:

The first decade of the 21st century saw a remarkable number of large-scale disasters. Earthquakes in Haiti and Sumatra underscored the serious economic consequences that catastrophic events can have on developing countries, while 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina showed that first world nations remain vulnerable. The Social Roots of Risk argues against the wid…

Drop-in with a question, walk out with the answer

The Cairns Library will be offering drop-in assistance for all of your EndNote and Referencing questions. Bring your questions to our sessions and pick up some extra tips to help you out and save you time - groups very welcome.
Drop-in sessions are an addition to our InfoHelp service.

Sessions begin today and run for 6 weeks (August 8 – September 14).


Times are as follows:

Monday             3 – 4 pm         B1-104
Wednesday     10 – 11 am       B1-104

There will also be one late session (August 10):

Wednesday       6 – 7 pm        B1-104
August 10 

Find out about all upcoming Library Workshops here.

New Digital Streaming Recommendation: Four Corners: Future Proof

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks and digital streaming items are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library 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 is:
Four Corners: Future Proof 
(Available online: Digital stream of TV episode)

Item Description:
This item is part of our digital collection. It can be viewed via streaming through our Kanopy online subscription. This was an investigative episode by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation show Four Corners in 2016. The show description is as follows There are startling and credible predictions that more than five million Australian j…

University of Chicago Press Journals

Looking for a database which covers art, renaissance history and religion? There are more than seventy scholarly and peer-reviewed journals published by the University of Chicago Press, which is the longest continuously published university press in the world.  The content ranges across several disciplines, with emphasis on the social sciences and humanities. Geographically the scope is mostly American and European, with some Asian content. The journals are largely published on behalf of  professional organisations such as museums and non-for-profit organisations within America.  As the interfaces are identical for each journal navigation around the database is similar. All titles can be displayed in alphabetical order, or browsed by subject area, and issues not available from our subscription are easily identified.

Jeans for Genes Day - 5th August 2016

Friday August 5 2016 is Jeans for Genes Day. Every year Jeans for Genes Day is held on the first Friday of August. This day not only gives you a chance to wear your blue jeans (or any other colour jeans that you like) but also raise awareness and funds to help support kids and genetic research for childhood diseases.

Jeans for Genes day first started in 1994, after it was found in 1993 that $1 Million needed to be raised ASAP for research at the Childhood Medical Research Institute. This much needed money was raised in just 2 years. Over 20 years later, Jeans for Genes day is still continuing to raise funds for children's health.

Why not check out the Jeans for Genes Day website or look at resources about genetics and children on the Library Catalogue.

Study Smarter: The Learning Centre

The library buildings at Cairns and Townsville also have other JCU Student Support Services co-located inside them.

One offered by the Learning Centre is a face to face service called the Learning Advice Desk. This is a drop-in service where you can seek advice from experienced Peer Advisors about:
Time management Study strategiesPlanning your assignmentsPreparing for AssessmentsOrganising your ideasEditing strategies to help you edit your finished workInformation about other academic support services  The Learning Centre also has a range of online resources including a contact form, Academic English writing, semester planners, and a Facebook Page.

Upcoming Library training and workshops August 2016

Brush up your research skills and referencing ability at a library workshop. Cost: Free. No need to register. A selection of workshops from the events webpage are below:

Townsville Workshops:
Finding Journal Articles, Townsville
Thursday 25 Aug 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Room: 018.002A

Endnote - Townsville
Tuesday 9 Aug 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room: 018.002A

Tuesday 23 Aug 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Room: 018.002B

Wednesday 31 Aug 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room: 018.002A

APA Referencing, Townsville
Monday 23 Aug 2016 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: 018.002A

AMA Referencing, Townsville 
Monday 24 Aug 2016 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Room: 018.002A

Cairns Workshops:
Endnote
Thursday 18 Aug 2016 10:00am - 11:30am
Room 105, Building B1 - Library 

Tuesday 23 Aug 2016 11:00am - 12:30pm
Room 104, Building B1 - Library 

Tuesday 30 Aug 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 104, Building B1 - Library 

Wednesday 31 Aug 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Room 104, Building B1 - Library 

For more information contact the Library InfoHelp Desk

Academic Writing Short Course

Have you been thinking to yourself, "Man, I wish I could attend a short course on essay writing where Learning Advisers and Librarians tell me all about how to tackle writing and researching an assignment"?

Well, my friend, you are in luck - because this weekend we're yet again conducting our world famous Academic Writing Short Course.

Well, it might not be "world famous", but we've been running it on the second or third weekend of every semester in Townsville for almost a decade now, and it has grown into something we've taken to Cairns and far flung micro-campuses like Mackay and Mt Isa.

And we usually get pretty good reviews, too:

"I did really well on my assignments thanks to your essay workshop" - some person

"I found the workshop really helped me with my essays" - another person

(Sorry, we don't actually take names when people compliment us in the street - we just say "thanks!")

This Saturday you'll find us in …

New Book Recommendation: Johnstone Rivers system flood management study / Cameron McNamara (Consultants).

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library 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 is:
Johnstone Rivers system flood management study by Cameron McNamara (Consultant).
North Queensland  Collection         627.4099436 JOH

Item Description:
This item was produced in the 1970s and is stored in our North Queensland collection which is part of our wider Special Collections. Items in this collection can be viewed by staff, students and the public with assistance from a  JCU Library staff member. These items are not borrowable as we endeavour to pre…