Saturday, April 30, 2016

Labour Day!

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The JCU Library writes quite alot about various international days, some are silly and some are serious but few have an Australian focus. So, to celebrate that we get Monday off next week (don't worry the Library in both Townsville and Cairns is open 1pm-5pm), here's a bit of information about why we celebrate Labour Day.

 Labour Day is celebrated on various different days in the different states and territories of Australia and sometimes called Eight-Hour Day as the day commemorates the granting of an eight-hour working day for Australians. It is also the day where we recognise worker's rights and the contribution workers make to the nation's economy.

Considering that over 100 years of work place relations was just condensed into two sentences, if you'd like to read more about the topic the following books are a good starting place:

 A divided working class: Ethnic segmentation and industrial conflict in Australia  by Constance Lever-Tracy and Michael Quinlan

Revolutionary industrial unionism: The Industrial Workers of the World in Australia by Verity Burgmann.

Friday, April 29, 2016

New eBook Recommendation: The Silicon Valley Model: Management for Entrepreneurship

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: The Silicon Valley Model: Management for Entrepreneurship by Annika Steiber and Sverker Alänge.

An extract from the publisher's website states:

This book presents a new management model that has evolved in Silicon Valley. The future will favor companies that can migrate to a management model, better suited for the times.

This book imbibes latest results from a year-long study of Google’s approaches to management, and finds similar principles being applied at companies including, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tesla Motors, and Apigee. By distilling on the aspects that work across a variety of innovative firms, the authors present a synthesis that could have profound implications for managers everywhere.

T150 - Townsville Past & Present 3: Portraits and Personalities of Townsville

Come into the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville Campus today and see our new round of T150 displays based on the theme of “Portraits & Personalities”. 
Sharon Bryan ( JCU Liaison Librarian) making arrangements at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library!
The ‘personalities’ who have left their mark on Townsville, making their inimitable contributions to its life and prosperity, have all appreciated and responded to the unique challenges of living on Australia’s northern tropical frontier.

They have been from all walks of life. What they all share in common is the breadth of their professional and personal interests, which meant that the social worker could also be a champion of native wildlife; the chemist, an art gallery owner; the crocodile hunter, an amateur naturalist; the dentist, a choir conductor!
Two items on display from the Townsville Apollo Club & Orchestra Archive held in the Special Collections.
Follow this series as we explore the various fascinating personalities included in our current T150 displays in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library.  Remember to check the library opening hours when planning your visit to the Townsville Campus. More information about our T150 project - Townsville Past & Present can be found here.

Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui
JCU PhD History Candidate




Oxford English Dictionary - March 2016 Update

With the March 2016 update more than 500 new words, phrases, and senses have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

New words include some that may be familiar to the younger generation, such as vlog (first used in 2002) and bro hug (2001), as well as a mass of additions to the entries for football/soccer, including five-a-side (first used as a verb in reference to football in 1881 and as a noun in 1883), and a comprehensive update to the entry for luck.

Jonathan Dent, Senior Assistant Editor of the OED has written a fascinating article on the new and revised words and meanings that can be found in this update, which is well worth a read. In particular, check out the phrase how’s your father and the history of Dad’s Army!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Brill Biology Journals

Looking for Biology resources? Take a look at JCU's Brill Biology Journals!

Founded in 1683, Brill has a long history of producing quality journals. James Cook University subscribes to a number of biology journals with Brill, each of which are listed below. These journals cover a range of topics across the biological sciences field, including animal biology, marine biology, human senses research, and behavioural studies.
  • Amphibia-Reptilia (herpetology)
  • Animal Biology (zoology, including ecology, behaviour, evolution, morphology, neurobiology, developmental biology, physiology, cognition, endocrinology, systematics, genomics, and theoretical biology)
  • Art & Perception (exploring the link between the science of perception and the arts)
  • Behaviour (animal (including human) behaviour, including ecology, physiology, learning, cognition, and neuroscience)
  • Crustaceana (crustacean research, including taxonomy, ecology, physiology, anatomy, genetics, palaeontology and biometry)
  • IAWA Journal (microscopic structure of wood and bark of stems and roots of woody plants)
  • Insect Systematics & Evolution (systematic entomology and the evolutionary history of insects and related groups)
  • Journal of Crustacean Biology (crustacean and other marine arthropods biology)
  • Multisensory Research (multisensory processing, including perceptual, behavioural, neural and computational mechanisms)
  • Nematology (nematological research, from molecular biology to field studies)
  • Tijdschrift voor Entomologie (systematic and evolutionary entomology)
  • Timing & Time Perception (psychophysical, neuroimaging, pharmacological, computational, and theoretical advances on the topic of timing and time perception in humans and other animals)
If you're studying or simply interested in any of these areas, make sure to have a look today!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Labour Day 2 May 2016 - Opening Hours

Monday 2nd of May 2016 is the Labour Day public holiday.

The opening hours for Monday at both Cairns and Townsville will be restricted.

Opening hours will be: Monday 2nd May 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

The Townsville Mabo Library 24 Hour InfoCommons will be remain accessible as normal.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Fancy getting drunk on a new eBook?

If you've been thinking that our eBooks have been a little to "dry" for your liking, why not take a look at this one:

Gin: A Global History, by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson.

Terrible puns aside, this book is an entertaining and informative look at the history of one of the western world's best known alcoholic beverages.

Whether you are a fan of gin, or simply interested in the history of food and it's place in culture, this book will give you a pleasant diversion from the hard-reading academic books you may be wading through for your assignments.

As you may have gathered from the above two paragraphs, this is not a scholarly textbook.  This book belongs in a genre known as creative nonfiction (or literary nonfiction, or narrative nonfiction, or a number of other things - the genre is still young, so the terminology is flexible).

Creative nonfiction is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of writing, with many best sellers over the past couple of decades belonging to this category.  This is the genre in which you find works like Notes from a Small Island and A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson; or The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Musicophilia by Oliver Sacks; or Me Talk Pretty One Day and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, by David Sedaris.

There is a lot of variety within creative nonfiction.  The author might tell you the story of their bicycle tour from England to Hong Kong, or what happened in a country during a particular year, or how birds see the world, or the history of invented languages...

Or, they might tell you about that bottle of gin your grandmother has in her liquor cabinet.

Do you have a favourite creative nonfiction book?

Academic OneFile retiring My Account feature

Gale has announced that they will be retiring the “My Account” feature in InfoTrac products such as Academic OneFile as of April. As a replacement, users will be encouraged to save documents to a Google account. For more information, see the Gale training instructions on how to use Google tools.

As of April 28, 2016:

  • Existing users will be able to access their Saved Documents via My Account: My Folder. You will no longer be able to create new accounts.
  • My Folder will continue to be a session-based feature. While logged in via My Account, new documents will be saved to My Folder for that session. New documents will not be saved for later retrieval. For more information, access training instructions on migrating saved documents to your Google account.
  • New search queries will not be able to be saved to “Saved Searches.” Existing saved searches will be accessible until June 2016, when the My Account feature will be fully retired.
  • Users will be able to use the “Create a Search Alert” feature to have new content emailed via a search alert. Existing search alerts will be unaffected.
  • Gale will fully retire the Gale My Account function in June 2016.

For non-Google users, Gale is exploring the integration of other services including Microsoft Office 365.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

World Book and Copyright Day!

Image credit: https://twitter.com/UNESCO/status/722318374135545857/photo/1?ref_src=twsrc^tfw 
Hooray! Hooray! It's World Book and Copyright Day!

April 23rd is the day the world celebrates literature in all its forms and encourages everyone to discover the enjoyment of reading. Why April 23rd? It wasn't because that day was available, many noted authors were born or died on April 23rd.

Some of these authors include Miguel de Cervantes (The Adventures of Don Quixote) who died in 1616, Shakespeare who also died in 1616 (Much Ado About Nothing always a favourite) and Vladimir Nabokov who was born in 1899 (Lolita being his most famous novel).

So to spread the joy of reading we encourage you to browse our curriculum section and go on a magical journey with Harry Potter, fall in love with a vampire in Twilight (we won't judge), or jump down a rabbit hole with Alice. If you're after something a little more mature, we have that covered too! Why not solve a mystery with Inspector Rebus, Sherlock Holmes or  Hercule Poirot? Or read Bridget Jones's Diary? As you can tell we have a lot more in our library besides boring old textbooks, so to celebrate this World Book and Copyright Day please pick up a book and remind yourself why you like reading.


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GeoScienceWorld has a new website!

GeoScienceWorld (GSW) is a nonprofit collaborative and comprehensive internet resource for research and communications in the earth sciences.

You can now access all GeoScienceWorld content through one easy location! This means seamless access to journals, eBooks, and GeoRef.

GeoScienceWorld now offers a new Google map-based advanced search feature so you can search within bounding coordinates, and an intuitive type-ahead feature that pulls terms from the GeoRef Thesaurus to make searching faster and more efficient.

For more information about what has changed, visit the GeoScienceWorld FAQ page.

Monday, April 18, 2016

ANZAC Day 2016 - Opening Hours

Anzac Day 25th of April 2016 public holiday falls on Monday.

The opening hours for Monday at both Cairns and Townsville will be restricted.

Opening hours will be: Monday 25th April 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

The Townsville Mabo Library 24 Hour InfoCommons will be remain accessible as normal.

New eBook Recommendation: Walks, Tracks and Trails of Queensland's Tropics

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: Walks, tracks and Trails of Queensland's tropics by Derrick Stone.

 An extract from the publisher's website states:
This book brings together more than 150 of the best walks, tracks or trails in Queensland’s tropics, located within the coastal strip between Rockhampton and Cooktown. Walks vary from short boardwalk strolls in the lowland rainforests of Daintree National Park to 4-6 day hiking and camping trips on Hinchinbrook Island.

Other routes follow old gold miners’ and forestry tracks or coaching routes or feature historical sites, rivers, lagoons, geological and geographical formations or much earlier Aboriginal communication tracks where Dreamtime stories add a further dimension.

Friday, April 15, 2016

New eBook Recommendation: Monster Anthropology in Australasia and Beyond

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: Monster anthropology in Australasia and beyond edited by Yasmine Musharbash and Geir Henning Presterudstuen.

 An extract from the publisher's website states:

Offering a dialogue between anthropology and literature, culture, and media, this book presents fine-grained ethnographic vignettes of monsters dwelling in the contemporary world. These monsters hail from Aboriginal Australia, the Pacific, Asia, and Europe, and their presence is inextricably intertwined with the lives of those they haunt.

Nature Climate Change turns five!


To celebrate this milestone birthday, Nature Climate Change has compiled a web collection exploring how the climate change research landscape has evolved over the last five years.

Content includes five specially commissioned News & Views articles, each examining the influence of earlier papers, an Editorial and News Feature to look at advances made in the last five years, and ten pieces of opinion and research from the Nature Climate Change archives.

To investigate for yourself and see how much or how little has changed, follow this link: Focus: Fifth-anniversary highlights.

As well as Nature Climate Change, James Cook University has current subscriptions to 20 Nature Publishing Group journals, including archival access to the journal Nature from 1869. Below is a small selection of the journals we subscribe to through Nature Publishing Group. These journals cover a range of scientific and medical topics to assist you in your studies.


Happy birthday to Nature Climate Change, and Happy Reading to you!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

National Youth Week 2016

Friday April 8th  to Sunday April 17th 2016 is National Youth Week and this year's theme is 'Be The Future'. Youth Week is an opportunity to celebrate and showcase the achievements, vitality and strength of young people aged 12 to 25. This is also a great time to recognise and acknowledge their positive contribution to our communities in numerous ways.

There are lots of events that you can attend during this week. If you would like to get involved why not plan an event for Youth Week? JCU Library have excellent books for event planning. Just look for call number 394.2068 to browse, or use One Search to look for eBooks and other resources.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Printing Assignments: Make sure you have credit

It's coming time to hand in those assignments in hard copy. You can print at the JCU Libraries and at other locations across JCU campuses in Cairns and Townsville.

At the printer if the message on the screen says 'Login failed' this is usually an indication that there is not enough  money in your account to cover the print job. You can check your balance from StudentsOnline or at the printer (select view print jobs, the balance appears in top right corner).

Students are able to add credit to their printing accounts through:
  1. StudentsOnline by selecting 'Online Payments for CopyPrint'. This will then redirect to payment page ($5 minimum)
  2. The CopyPrint Pay Station in the InfoCommons in Townsville, or  in the Library foyer in Cairns.

Friday, April 8, 2016

New eBook Recommendation: How the Child's Mind Develops

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:  How the child's mind develops by David Cohen

An extract from the publisher's website states:

This book is for everyone who lives with, works with or studies children. Issues such as learning to read and write, performance in the classroom, and measuring intelligence and ability are covered, as are child crime and the development of morality. The effects on cognitive development of social change and increased exposure to television and computers are also discussed.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

T150 - Townsville Past & Present 2: Townsville at Work

Staff of the Bluebird Cafe, Townsville c.1925-27, Townsville Albums, North Queensland Photographic Collection, NQID 4956
Continuing our series on the changing T150 displays in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, currently we are showcasing rare and fragile materials drawn from across the many special collections which relate the our second theme "Townsville at Work".
Visit level 1 of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville Campus to see what is on display from the Special Collections to celebrate 150 years of Townsville.
Townsville has always been a “working town” and as such it has historically played a central role in opening up Australia’s northern frontier.  The City was founded in 1864 as a port for the fledgling pastoral industry.  The discovery of gold in the hinterland at Cape River in 1867, Ravenswood in 1868 and Charters Towers in 1871, provided a catalyst for economic development and the settlement of Townsville as permanent town.
Staff of the Dave Edwards Engineering Works on Ogden St, c.1939, Townsville Albums, North Queensland Photographic Collection, NQID 4946
Today Townsville continues to be a transport hub for the products of the mining, sugar and cattle industries.  Contemporary Townsville is home to a number of major employers including JCU, State & Federal Government and the Australian Defence Force.

Our displays feature a 120 year old photo album containing photographs of buildings and workers at the Ross River Meatworks when it was expanded in 1895.  It is part of the North Queensland Photographic Collection and is a companion to the Queensland Meat Export Company Archive held in the Library Archives collection.
The Q.M.E. & A. Co Ltd "Townsville Works" Photo Album from the Special Collections of  JCU Library.
This historic album was compiled by Sydney-based company J. Wildridge & Sinclair Ltd, who
undertook extensions at the meatworks which involved new freezer rooms, engine & boiler houses
and a freshwater reservoir and pumping station. Bound in Townsville by Wilmetts Printers, the album
remained in the possession of the company until 1960, when they sent it to W. Angliss & Co. in
Sydney, who in turn sent it to the Townsville office.  Subsequently it was donated to JCU.
Special Collections Officer, Jacqui Stockdale holds the Album open at the photograph of the Linde Machine employed at the Ross River Meatworks in 1895.
Fascinating fact:  Did you know that the first shipment of 600 tons of frozen beef left Townsville Harbour bound for London in 1892.

Learn more about the history of the Ross River Meatworks by reading Dawn May's book titled "Arctic regions in a torrid zone" published by  James Cook University in 1990 and preserved in the North Queensland Collection.  Plan a visit to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library by checking the opening hours and  come see this round of displays before they finish on Monday the 18th of April.


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 some others to help with your studies.

These discipline guides are a great starting places for your research. They have useful links to academic and reliable databases, journals, books, websites, and more. You will 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. All these are very useful when starting your assignment.

It's worth taking a bit of time to explore your discipline LibGuide to discover all the goodies we've gathered together for you.

The LibGuides are accessible from the Library website.
On the Library home page click on the link titled Subject LibGuides.

New eBook Recommendation: The Practice of Eating

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: The practice of eating by Alan Warde

An extract from the publisher's website states:
This book reconstructs and extends sociological approaches to the understanding of food consumption. It identifies new ways to approach the explanation of food choice and it develops new concepts which will help reshape and reorient common understandings.

The book falls into two parts. The first part establishes a basis for a practice-theoretic account of eating. Warde reviews research on eating, introduces theories of practice and constructs eating as a scientific object. The second part develops key concepts for the analysis of eating as a practice, showing how concepts like habit, routine, embodiment, repetition and convention can be applied to explain how eating is organised and coordinated through the generation, reproduction and transformation of a multitude of individual performances.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Clinical Key Overview Webinars

Elsevier Australia are offering FREE ClinicalKey Overview Webinars throughout April!

ClinicalKey is a clinical search engine designed to support physicians and nurses in their clinical decision making. Whether you’re studying on the go or answering questions at the point of care, ClinicalKey will help you discover fast clinical answers, deep evidence and specialty-specific clinical content.

To learn how to make the most out of ClinicalKey, sign up for one of the FREE ClinicalKey Overview webinars being held this month!

Each Webinar lasts for 30 minutes and covers basic ClinicalKey tasks including how to integrate clinical images into your presentations and how to maximise the efficiency of your searching process.

Registration is essential! To register for the time that best suits you, simply follow the links below.


Please note: some of the features covered in these Webinars, such as personal accounts and alerts, will not be available through the JCU institutional subscription.