Thursday, March 31, 2016

Scopus Tips and Tricks

Are you making the most out of Scopus? Check out the tips below to improve your research experience!

What is Scopus?
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.

Analyse Search Results
The “Analyze Search Results” link is available at the top of the search results page in Scopus. It provides important insights into your search results with a visual summary of your entire search results list, allowing you to see key authors and leading journals in your area of interest.


Article-Level Metrics
Scopus’ Article-Level Metrics looks at both citation impact and levels of community engagement to provide you with all of the information you need to easily select which articles to read.

For more information, including a how-to video and step-by-step instructions, see The Scopus Article Metrics module: Pinpointing the best articles to read, fast.

Scopus Webinars 
To really make the most out of all that Scopus has to offer, check out the monthly Scopus Webinars.

These webinars cover all aspects of how to use Scopus to its full potential. You can register to attend a live session or simply wait for the recorded session to be posted and watch at your own convenience. Once you have registered for one session, you will have access to all previous webinars.

Access the Webinars here.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Upcoming Library workshops: Referencing and Endnote

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:
If you have any queries about referencing or Endnote, please contact the Library InfoHelp desk.

World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is on the 2nd of April, is one of only four official health-specific United Nations Days and seeks to bring the world's attention to autism, a spectrum disorder that affects tens of millions of people around the world. On this day we celebrate the unique skills and talents of people with autism and try to impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention.

For those interested in learning more about autism, the following books are available from the JCU Library:

At home in the land of Oz: Autism, my sister, and me by Anne Clinard Barnhill.
This bittersweet memoir will resonate with everyone interested in autism spectrum conditions.

Autism: A comprehensive occupational therapy approach edited by Heather Miller-Kuhaneck.
Various reports in the national media have focused on a potentially significant rise in the incidence of autism during the past decade. As such, providing occupational therapy practitioners with a comprehensive guide for practice with people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) continues to be a primary goal of this best-seller.

Encyclopedia of autism spectrum disorders edited by Fred R. Volkmar.
The Encyclopedia contains several thousand entriesd relevant to autism and related conditions, including new research findings; entries on development and behavior; assessment methods and instruments; treatments and educational interventions; biographies of leaders in the field; and information relevant to epidemiology, social policy, and treatment planning.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

New eBook Recommendation: Sustainable Value Change Management

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:
Sustainable Value Chain Management : Delivering Sustainability Through the Core Business by D'heur, Michael

An extract from the publisher's website states:
This book introduces the integrated management concept of "Sustainable Value Creation", which delivers sustainability ‘inside-out’ from the core business. It is based on the premise that sustainability can provide a platform for growth, if it is implemented in a company’s products, services and supply chains (combined also known as the 'Value Chain'). Managing the Value Chain from the outset with a sustainability mindset subsequently allows profitable economical, ecological and societal growth. It combines the need for increased sustainability and its implementation in the operations of a company.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Get help with referencing

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

The Library InfoHelp Desk at Cairns and Townsville is a place to ask for help in person.  You can also come along to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville campus) and consult with a dedicated referencing expert on weekdays between 11am to 3pm.

If you can't get in you can chat with a librarian online on submit a question via our InfoHelp contact form.

Don't forget that you can also 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 and check out our FAQs.

Easter 2016 Opening Hours

JCU library wishes everyone a relaxing but productive Easter long weekend for 2016. The library at Cairns and Townsville will have restricted opening hours over the long weekend.

The opening hours over the Easter period at both Cairns and Townsville are as follows:

Easter Friday        25 March       Closed
Easter Saturday    26 March       1.00pm–5.00pm
Easter Sunday      27 March       Closed
Easter Monday     28 March       1.00pm–5.00pm

 The Townsville Mabo Library 24 Hour InfoCommons will be open over the entire Easter break.

World Poetry Day 2016

Monday the 21st of March 2016 is World Poetry Day. Poetry reaffirms our common humanity by revealing to us that individuals, everywhere in the world, share the same questions and feelings.

Poetry is the mainstay of oral tradition and, over centuries, can communicate the innermost values of diverse cultures. World Poetry Day has been celebrated since 1999.

The JCU Library has an excellent range of poetry books for you to browse or to inspire you to write your own poetry.

A book of interest is:
Australian Poetry Since 1788 edited by Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray
Call Number 820.81A AUS

This book is an anthology of Australian poetry from well known authors and other not so well known.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Downloading and Reading eBooks

JCU Library has many eBooks in its collection. Ebooks are convenient for students who can't get to the library to borrow because of travel distance or time commitments.

There are two ways to read an eBook:
  1. Read it online in your web browser (all you need is a stable Internet connection)
  2. Download the item as a short term loan or PDF (this allows you to read when offline)
If you choose to download, some items will download as a PDF files (like most journal articles). You can download to computers, tablets and smartphones. Many eBooks have a restricted borrowing period (due to publisher decision, copyright laws and electronic software restrictions) - and you may need to download extra software. You can read more about JCU Library's eBooks and how to access and reference them on our eBook LibGuide.

If you have any questions feel free to contact the Library InfoHelp desk.

St. Patrick's Day 2016

Thursday 17th of March 2016 is St. Patrick's Day and is a celebration of all things Irish, from the rolling green hills to the upbeat songs and dances.
As the patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland and for chasing the snakes out.

A book of interest for economic students about Ireland is:
Towards a Second Republic: Irish Politics and the Celtic Tiger
by Peadar Kirby and Mary P. Murphy

So why not take the opportunity on St. Patrick's Day to brush up on your knowledge of Ireland, put on your green shirt and get your Irish on.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

New eBook Recommendation: Axel Honneth

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:
Axel Honneth: A critical theory of the social by Christopher F. Zurn.

An extract from the publisher's website states:
This book provides an accessible overview of Honneth’s main contributions across a variety of fields, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of his thought. Christopher Zurn clearly explains Honneth’s multi-faceted theory of recognition and its relation to diverse topics: individual identity, morality, activist movements, progress, social pathologies, capitalism, justice, freedom, and critique.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

International Women's Day 2016

Tuesday the 8th of March 2016 was International Women’s Day.

This year's campaign theme for IWD 2016 is  #PledgeForParity. Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement-and we have much to celebrate today. But progress towards gender parity has slowed in many places. The World Economic Forum predicted in 2014 that it would take until 2095 to achieve global gender parity. Then, one year later in 2015, they estimated that a slowdown in the already glacial pace of progress meant the gender gap wouldn't close entirely until 2133.

International women's day is an opportunity to reflect on social history and look at the way women’s roles have been defined, challenged and changed over the years – and then consider the current state of gender relations in society.

To find teaching resources the International Women's Day website has some excellent resources. If you want good Australian statistics search the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).  Not sure how? Read more about statistics on our Statistics LibGuide.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Mosquitoes

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After the rain come the mosquitoes. JCU library has a great collection of resources to help you learn more about these annoying insects. A few suggestions are:

New eBook Recommendation: Off the plan: The urbanisation of the Gold Coast

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:
Off the plan: The urbanisation of the Gold Coast edited by Caryl Bosman, Aysin Dedekorkut-Howes and Andrew Leach.

An extract from the publisher's website states:

The Gold Coast is a well-known and loved destination for local and international tourists, a city of surf and sun, pleasure and leisure. However, it is also one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, occupying the largest urban footprint outside the state capitals. How did the Gold Coast come to be what it is today?

Off the Plan is the first in-depth, multidisciplinary academic study on the urbanisation and development of the Gold Coast. It addresses the historical circumstances, both accidental and intentional, that led to the Gold Coast’s infamous transition from a collection of settlements unburdened by planning regulations or a city centre to become Australia’s sixth largest city.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

World Wildlife Day

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World Wildlife Day is on the 3rd of March. It is an opportunity to celebrate the many beautiful and varied forms of wild fauna and flora and to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits that conservation provides to people. At the same time, the Day reminds us of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime, which has wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.

The JCU Library has an excellent range of natural sciences resources - try browsing the books with a Dewey number beginning with 58 or 59 on their spine, and check out the LibGuides for Marine and Environmental Sciences.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Find your subject readings and keep on track

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Finding your subject readings and lecture recordings is usually really simple - just click the link in your LearnJCU subject module. But sometimes things don't go to plan and the following tips may help you get back on track.
  • Check LearnJCU's Known Issues webpage for recommended solutions and workarounds.  (e.g. blank page when loading reading)
  • Look up your readings yourself using Reserve Online.
  • Check with fellow students and your lecturer - they may be having the same problem!
  • Ask InfoHelp.