Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Checkout today's Google Doodle: Eddie Koiki Mabo's Birthday

Image Source: Google Doodle 29 June 2016
Today would be the 80th birthday of Eddie Koiki Mabo the man who our Townsville campus library is named after.

The library staff were extremely excited this morning to see that Google has released a Google Doodle to commemorate Mr Mabo's birthday. We hope that Google's users click on this image today to find out more about Mr Mabo and his contribution to the world.

And fittingly today is also the United Nations' International Day of the Tropics and Eddie Koiki Mabo's homeland of Mer (Murray) Island in the Torres Straits is located firmly in this region.

Let's get Tropical!


It’s official, today we celebrate the very first International Day of the Tropics!

How do we celebrate a day like this? By sipping mocktails with little umbrellas in them while reading tropical tales from the JCU Library?
The State of the Tropics alliance (of which JCU is a key member) is encouraging people to celebrate by posting photos and messages on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram tagged with #WeAreTheTropics #TropicsDay2016. It would also be great to see people wearing tropical themed clothes!

The following is an excerpt from the JCU media release (June 15).

The UN has decided that the International Day of the Tropics will be celebrated every year on the 29th of June. The date is the anniversary of the launch of the inaugural State of the Tropics 2014 report, the first major output of the State of the Tropics project, which is convened by JCU and draws on the expertise of leading institutions from around the world.

JCU Vice Chancellor, Professor Sandra Harding has worked with the Australian Government to build international support for the campaign.

“This is wonderful news. The Tropics is a crucial region and deserves to be recognised with an International Day of its own. The annual celebration will quite rightly focus attention on the sustainable development of the region and the tremendous potential the Tropics holds for the world,” Professor Harding said.

Read the entire media release here or take a look at the State of the Tropics report.


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville: Show Holiday July 4th 2016 Closed

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, JCU Townsville campus will be closed this Monday the 4th of July for the Townsville Show.

The Information Commons computer lab located in the library will be open. It can be accessed from the north east door by students using their student card.

The library will reopen Tuesday the 5th of July at 8am til 7pm.

Visit the Library Opening Hours for more information.

JCU Library's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Need to write a literature review but don't know where to start?

Can't find the article via the Find It @ JCU button?

Want to know where to search for past exams?

These questions and over a hundred more are answered in the Library's FAQs.

To access the Library's FAQs select Get Help from the Library's Homepage, (see image), and type your question into the box labelled "Search our FAQs."

It's that simple.


Monday, June 27, 2016

Anatomy.TV for Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

Studying Dentistry and looking for more resources? Check out what Anatomy.TV has to offer!

There are three dedicated Dentistry modules within the Anatomy.TV platform: 3D Head & Neck Anatomy for Dentistry, 3D Anatomy for Dental Hygiene, and Real-Time Dentistry. Simply navigate to Anatomy.TV and select the Clinical Specialties tab on the left hand side of the screen to find these titles.

Read up on dental anesthesia, salivary glands, embryogenesis, pterygopalatine fossa, and more using the clinical information section of the 3D Head & Neck Anatomy for Dentistry and 3D Anatomy for Dental Hygiene modules. This information can be accessed by clicking the Dentistry (Dentistry) tab or Clinical (Dental Hygiene) tab, located in the top navigation bar of each module between the Animations tab and the Search button.

Having trouble memorising the morphology of different teeth? 3D Anatomy for Dental Hygiene allows you to inspect individual teeth, with regions showing cusps, grooves, pits, ridges, and roots. Clicking each region of the tooth will display information on that region and how it exists in context with other regions and/or structures. Teeth can be rotated, and layers can be added or removed using the controls at the bottom of the module. This provides an invaluable tool in learning and memorising important landmarks and major trends and will help with differentiating between particular teeth, such as maxillary vs mandibular and right vs left. Remember, you can always save an image or section of text and print it for offline study!

Anatomy.TV also offers fully selectable 3D illustrations of dental conditions such as caries, abscesses, gingivitis, and periodontal disease. Use these in conjunction with the clinical information provided in the Dentistry (Dentistry) or Clinical (Dental Hygiene) tabs to build your knowledge of the most common clinical dental conditions. Clinical slides, consisting of photographs, scans, illustrations, and diagrams of various clinical conditions, and dissection slides are also available. These can all be saved for future reference, included as visual aides in study notes, or added to spice up assignments or presentations!

The third Dentistry module, Real-Time Dentistry, offers a complete, interactive 3D atlas of dental anatomy. In this module you can create truly custom images by using the controls to rotate structures, hide or isolate structures, and add or remove structures such as nerves or arteries from your view. All structures are fully selectable, and clicking any structure will bring up relating text which can be saved or printed at any time. For extra help memorising certain structures, create your own custom labeled images like the one to the left to print and study offline. You can also create images with blank labels, to quiz yourself and improve your memorisation and confidence!

The Dentistry and Dental Hygiene modules will display with the same interface as the 3D Atlas modules. If you missed the earlier post on how to navigate these modules, make sure to check it out now – Anatomy.TV – 3D Atlas. The third Dentistry module, Real-Time Dentistry, operates on a simplified version of the Anatomy.TV 3D Real-Time platform. Make sure to read through the instructions on launch of the module even if you have already used Anatomy.TV 3D Real-Time, as there are some significant differences. This module will not work in Google Chrome.

Previous posts:

New eBook Recommendation:

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: Treatment Strategies for Substance Abuse and Process Addictions by Robert L. Smith.

 An extract from the publisher's website states:

This distinctive and timely text examines the most prevalent substance and process addictions and focuses on current research and evidence-based treatment strategies. Major substance addictions discussed include alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, methamphetamines, and prescription drugs. Complete chapters are also devoted to the most frequently cited process addictions, making this text unique. Behavioral addictions covered in this text include pathological gambling, sex disorders, disordered eating, work, exercise, shopping, and Internet/gaming.

Each chapter contains a listing of student learning outcomes, a case study with reflective questions, techniques for assessment and diagnosis, inpatient and outpatient treatment approaches, and resources for further study. With its emphasis on treatment strategies, this text can be used by practitioners as well as by professors in the classroom in introductory courses in addictions or in subsequent courses that focus on treatment strategies.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Winter Solstice 21st June 2016


The Winter Solstice falls on the 21st of June every year and marks the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere. This means that the southern hemisphere is furthest distance from the sun during the Earth's orbit. That means that soon the days will be slowly getting longer and there will be more daylight hours to spend outside.

The JCU Library has a great range of books about the Winter Solstice for you to read during the break before SP2 begins. Check them out here.

International Day of Yoga

It seems the United Nations cares about your post-exam recovery!
Why else would it place the International Day of Yoga in the first week of holidays?

Yes, June 21st is the International Day of Yoga. This day celebrates yoga as good exercise and as a path to greater understanding of ourselves and the world around us. Take this opportunity to re-energise your mind, body and spirit before beginning SP2. The JCU Library has a wealth of great yoga related eBooks for you to read while you hold your favourite yoga poses. Check them out here!

Did you know that there are free yoga sessions at the Cairns Campus? Times may vary - enquire here.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Anatomy TV for Exercise Physiology and Sport and Exercise Science

Anatomy TV is an invaluable tool for anyone studying Sport and Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology. Beyond the comprehensive anatomy components of the platform, which are brilliant for studying and improving your anatomy skills, there is also an entire section dedicated to functional anatomy.

The Functional Anatomy section offers a series of modules on different topics, one broad Functional Anatomy module, a module each for Sport Injuries of the Shoulder, Knee, and Foot and modules focusing on Exercise, Pilates, Resistance Training, and Yoga.

Using the Functional Anatomy module, you can view videos and animations of different physical activities. These videos show the muscles used in performing the action and highlight the agonist and antagonist throughout the movement. The agonist is shown in green, while the antagonist is shown in red. The colours change as the movement is performed, to show the current function of each active muscle.

This module is great for learning which muscles are being engaged in different actions, and what their role is. Videos include animations of common actions such as jogging, walking up stairs, and kicking. There is a slides section, where you can view dissection slides or illustrations of trigger points and the usual anatomy tab is available, with selectable structures.

The Sports Injuries modules provide detailed information on injuries to the shoulder, knee and foot, respectively. Use these modules to discover detailed information on various sports related injuries, how they can occur and relevant examination techniques. Videos of examination techniques are available and animations of the mechanics of different injuries give an inside look at what is happening to the body when common injuries occur.

These modules also include Quiz sections where you can test your knowledge of the structures and injuries you have been reading about and interacting with. This will help to identify areas you need to focus on while also assisting to cement the concepts in your memory.

The Exercise, Pilates, and Yoga modules are also worth checking out for further focused content on each topic. At the very least, take a look at the Yoga module to check out some skeletons doing yoga!

If you've missed the earlier blog posts on Anatomy.TV make sure you refer back to them now for a run-down of how to use Anatomy.TV!

Friday, June 17, 2016

2016 Australian Federal Election - Research Perspectives on Key Issues

With the Federal Election fast approaching Wiley are offering a selection of free scholarly articles on some of the most contentious topical issues.

Check out the collection for articles from Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies, the Australian Economic Review, the Australian Journal of Politics and History, the Australian Journal of Public Administration, Economic Papers, and the Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health.

All of the articles in the collection will be freely accessible until December 31, 2016.

Find the articles here: 2016 Australian Federal Election - Research Perspectives on Key Issues

Take the opportunity to get up to date on the research behind the slogans and campaign promises. Happy reading!

Library Opening Hours Mid Year: June 18th to July 24th 2016

The Mabo library in Townsville and the Cairns campus library will be open from 8am-5pm until the beginning of Study Period 2. In Townsville the 24/7 library InfoCommons and iLearning rooms are also available for student use outside of the times below. Saturday 18 June - Sunday 24 July.

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library
Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
*Tuesday 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Saturday 1.00pm to 5.00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Public Holiday 
Closed Monday 4 July - Townsville Show Holiday

Cairns Campus Library
Monday to Friday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
*Tuesday 19th July 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Saturday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

Public Holiday 
Closed Friday 22 July - Cairns Show Day Holiday

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

JCU Champion George Vivian Roberts posthumously named a Queensland Great

You may have noticed coming into the Cafe entrance of  Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Townsville a life size poster of a young boy on the wall. The poster is part of Townsville 150 celebrations and is one of several posters across the city commemorating Townsville residents. The young boy is George Vivian Roberts who is one of the main reasons we have a University in North Queensland.

On Sunday 12th of June, 2016  George Vivian Roberts  was posthumously acknowledged as a Queensland Great along with people as diverse as cricketer Allan Border AO; human rights advocate The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVO; music conductor and mentor John Curro AM MBE; Indigenous athlete, barrister and philanthropist Lloyd McDermott; rugby league legend Mal Meninga AM; and Queensland’s oldest, largest and leading animal welfare charity The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Queensland.

So what does this mean for us at JCU and as residents in North Queensland? Well in the @JCU article it states George "placed great importance on providing tertiary education beyond the capital cities...". The impact of  having dedicated research and teaching facilities in the northern tropical areas aids with providing development momentum in our regional northern areas in the form of conferences, research and professional graduates. There are many resources in our library collections dedicated to these local topics including:

T150 - Townsville Past & Present 5: Events and Festivals in the Tropics

Townsville RailwayStation decorated to celebrate the end of WWII  in 1945,Townsville Album, NQ Photographic Collection, NQID 4546.
Townsville has hosted many celebrations and festivals over the years, and the latest round of T150 displays in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library highlight some of those festivals, including the VP50 Celebrations, the Townsville Pacific Festival, and the Festival of Pacific Arts.

VP50 Celebrations
During the years of the Second World War, Townsville was a major staging point for the Allied war effort in the Pacific, and its population swelled from 30,000 to around 100,000 due to the influx of Australian and American service personnel. Approximately 5,000–7,000 citizens voluntarily evacuated the city and those that remained faced a tense time marked by uncertainty and prolonged shortages of basic necessities; with almost every available resource going towards the war effort. Many buildings, including hotels, schools, cinemas and other businesses, as well as private homes, were requisitioned for use by the military. Education was disrupted, and a number of schools were commandeered for military use, and there were drastic shortages of ice, fresh milk, firewood and fuel. Together with inflated prices for fruit and vegetables, these factors contributed to an air of tension between civilians and the military. When the war ended, thousands of people flocked to Flinders Street to celebrate the end of the war. The Townsville Daily Bulletin described the scene:

“Joy ran riot. Knots of citizens of all ages and both sexes intermingled in a jubilant throng. Streamers were soon thrown from the windows; scraps of paper were transformed into confetti and thrown from the first and second floors of buildings. The people wanted to express their joy, their relief, their exhilaration that the long years of anxiety, uncertainty and danger had passed.”

End of WWII Celebrations, taken from the corner of Stokes & Flinders St, 1945 Ron Aitken Album, NQ Photographic Collection, NQID 2092
In 1995 Townsville celebrated the 50th Anniversary of victory in the Pacific, and the end of World War II by hosting the VP50 Festival from 11-20 August. The festival took participants on a sentimental journey through the popular culture of the 1940s, with musicals, nightly sunset concerts, dance nights and a 1940s film festival. Highlights included the VP Day 1995 Celebrations, which included a re-enactment of the announcement of peace and the celebrations in Flinders Street, a gala ball, a skyshow and the VP50 Troop Train to Peace, which travelled from Brisbane to Townsville as part of the celebrations.

The “VP50 Celebrations Archive” includes commemorative newspapers, brochures, souvenirs; information on events and concerts; VP50 display materials, historical photographs; an original special feature: “Townsville Victory Day Celebrations / Townsville on Victory Night”, in the Townsville Daily Bulletin, 12 June, 1946; and a VP50 commemorative photo album featuring colour portraits of children with the title “Our Future” embossed on the cover and a heading inside: “Children of the VP50 Celebrations”.
Title page of  "Children of the VP50 Celebrations" book from the VP50 Celebrations Archive, Library Archives Collection.
Townsville Pacific Festival
The inaugural Townsville Pacific Festival, held in Townsville in June 1970, was a ten-day celebration that focused on cultural, artistic and environmental aspects of life in Pacific countries. One of the main aims of the festival was to create greater friendship and understanding between Australia and other countries in the Pacific region, while at the same time, promoting Townsville on an international stage.

The Festival treated locals and visitors to a smorgasbord of activities and events that included open-air music concerts, cultural displays, theatre productions, Mardi Gras, and sporting competitions. The Festival also fostered local artistic talent, and many artists entered their work in the Art Awards, with categories that included painting, pottery, fibre, photography and gem and jewellery design. Undoubtedly, the Townsville Pacific Festival’s signature event was the iconic street procession of elaborately decorated floats that represented local businesses and community organisations. Successive parades were witnessed by thousands of locals who packed the route along The Strand and through the streets of the central business district.
Poster and Programme from the Townsville Pacific Festival Archive, Library Archives Collection.
The Townsville Pacific Festival ran for more than two decades and remains one of north Queensland’s most memorable community festivals. JCU Library Special Collection holds the “Townsville Pacific Festival Archive”, which contains festival programmes and ephemera from the 1970s and ’80s, along with scrapbooks of newspaper clippings compiled by Festival committee members and photographs of festival parades and events. There is also information and photographs pertaining to the Townsville Pacific Festival Queen Quest, including quest entrants, sponsors and prizes.

Festival of the Pacific Arts
The first Festival of Pacific Arts was held in Suva, Fiji, from 6-20 May 1972. In 1988, Australia hosted the fifth Festival of Pacific Arts in Townsville, from 14-27 August, which attracted more than 1,700 participants from 24 countries and territories. With nine performance venues, the city was able to host a variety of events which included story-telling, chanting, poetry reading, a craft village, and film screenings. The festival also hosted a cultural forum, held over five mornings at JCU, which discussed issues such as economic development, land use, cultural maintenance, tourism and self-determination. Held every four years, the festival brings together Pacific peoples from approximately thirty countries to share and exchange culture and, since the first festival was held in 1972, the number of participants has steadily increased to number in the thousands. The aim of the festival has been to “combat the erosion of traditional customary practices,” and emerged from the desire of Pacific leaders to foster friendship and deeper understanding between countries.

Printed ephemera from the Pacfici Arts Festival Archive, Library Archives Collection.
The “Pacific Arts Festival Archive” includes correspondence, reports, meeting records etc. on the 4th Festival and preparations for 5th Festival in Townsville; a Townsville City Council Public Relations booklet on its delegation to the 4th Festival in Tahiti 1985; records of meetings of the 1988 Festival Board of Directors; programmes for the years 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1978, 1983, 1988; and a number of issues of the newsletter Festival News.

This round of displays will continue until Sunday the 3rd of July.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New Book Recommendation: ANZAC Battlefield - A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory

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: ANZAC Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory.
Call number: 940.426 ANZ

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Anzac Battlefield: A Gallipoli Landscape of War and Memory explores the transformation of Gallipoli's landscape in antiquity, during the famed battles of the First World War and in the present day. Drawing on archival, archaeological and cartographic material, this book unearths the deep history of the Gallipoli peninsula, setting the Gallipoli campaign in a broader cultural and historical context.
Richly illustrated with both Ottoman and Anzac archival images and maps, as well as original maps and photographs of the landscape and archaeological findings, Anzac Battlefield is an important contribution to our understanding of Gallipoli and its landscape of war and memory.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Clinical Key Webinars

Elsevier Australia are offering FREE ClinicalKey Overview Webinars throughout June!

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. Webinars are presented live and provide a great opportunity to ask questions and hear from other users.

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.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Printing Prosthetics

Here at the JCU Library we’re forever interested in what other libraries are up to. One story that caught our eye this week took place in a library’s Innovation Lab in California. Two young brothers (9 and 12 years old), along with the help of their tech savvy librarians, used 3D scanners and 3D printers to create a prosthetic hand for a man. That’s right, they created a prosthetic hand! This meant the man could pick things up, scratch his back and hold his daughter’s hand for the very first time. And…it all took place in the local library. Watch the story here or read more about library maker spaces through these One Search results.

Closer to home, you might have heard of Mixhaus. JCU is a partner in Mixhaus, Townsville’s first mobile maker hacker space. Hopefully those of you in the Townsville area were able to take part in the May workshops. Keep track of what they are up to and get involved!

Anatomy.TV for Medicine, Nursing, and Midwifery

Studying Medicine, Nursing, or Midwifery? Make sure you check out what Anatomy.TV has to offer your discipline! Whether you’re struggling with the basics or just want to reinforce some of the more complex concepts of anatomy, Anatomy.TV is the place to look.

Anatomy.TV allows you to practice your identification of different structures and memorise how they interact with other structures in the body, without leaving your computer or tablet device.

Use clinical slides in 3D Atlas to see MRIs and CT scans or photographs of surface anatomy for clinical conditions. Most scans are fully selectable, allowing you to improve or test your interpretation abilities! For extra help, don’t forget you can use the MRI tab to display a 3D model alongside the MRI image.

Anatomy.TV also allows you to save and print images as you go. Use 3D Real Time to add your own labels to a structure you are struggling with and print the customised image to view offline. Stick it up on the back of the toilet door or your bedroom wall to help with memorisation!

Testing yourself will allow you to identify areas you need to review and also assists in cementing concepts into your memory. Anatomy.TV provides a multitude of options for medical and nursing students to test their anatomical knowledge. Make sure to have a play around with the quizzes, case studies and other interactive activities in the Anatomy & Physiology tab. Check out the separate Quizzes and Activities tabs as well for a wider range of activities. Create images with blank labels for study sessions using 3D Real-Time or quiz yourself as you go by naming the structures and checking your answers by hovering or selecting the structure.

Study how different body structures relate to each using the Structure Text section of 3D Real-Time. Selecting a structure and opening the Structure Text pane will provide you with detailed information on the structure and links to any related structures elsewhere in the body. Learn the body in context!

For those studying Midwifery, Anatomy.TV has an entire section in the Anatomy & Physiology tab dedicated to the Reproductive System as well as a special module on Pelvic Floor Disorders. There is a module in 3D Real Time dedicated to the female pelvis and you can also find CT and MRI scans in the CT and MRI: Thorax, Abdomen and Pelvis module under the Imaging tab.

If you've missed the earlier blog posts on Anatomy.TV, make sure you refer back to them now for a run-down of how to use Anatomy.TV!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

World Oceans Day

Know what day it is today?
It’s World Oceans Day!
June 8th is a day to celebrate the oceans and the life they support. They connect our continents and are home to some of the most beautiful species on the planet. The United Nations celebrates this day to remind us how integral the oceans are to our everyday living, to appreciate their beauty, and highlight the need for sustainable management.

The 2016 theme for World Oceans Day is: Healthy oceans, healthy planet.
The JCU Library holds oceans of articles and resources on our marine environments.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Book Recommendation: Popular Appeal: Books and Films in Contemporary Youth Culture

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: Popular Appeal: Books and Films in Contemporary Youth Culture by Sharyn Pearce, Vivienne Muller and Lesley Hawkes.

An extract from the publisher's website states:
Now is an opportune moment to consider the shifts in youth and popular culture that are signalled by texts that are being read and viewed by young people. This book draws on a range of international texts to address these issues, and to examine the ways in which key popular genres in the contemporary market for young people are being re-defined and re-positioned in the light of urgent questions about the environment, identity, one’s place in the world, and the fragile nature of the world itself.

Monday, June 6, 2016

George Vivian Roberts


Check out the adorable life-size image of George Vivian Roberts (aged 3) pasted on the external wall of the Eddie Koiki Mabo library (Cafe entrance).

George Roberts Hall in the JCU Halls of Residence is named after George Vivian Roberts to honour his role as a driving force behind James Cook University. Roberts initially identified the site for the University to allow for future growth, sat as the Deputy Chairman of the University College of Townsville at its inaugural meeting in 1961, and later chaired various College and University Councils and committees until his retirement. He was also a long-serving Alderman for City Council. JCU Library Special Collections holds the George Vivian Roberts archive and recent biography.

Temporary images of photographs have been pasted up in locations around Townsville, throughout June, as part of the Families of Townsville project. (Part of the celebrations to mark 150 years since the city was declared a municipality).

Friday, June 3, 2016

Food in the library

One of the top complaints we get from students (after the "talking in the silent zone" thing, which everybody hates) is about other students eating "smelly" takeaway food like fried chicken or curry. Apparently, it can be rather distracting when you're trying to focus and you can smell someone's KFC two desks down from you.

We have places in and around the library buildings where you can eat without driving your fellow students nuts. If you want to eat something messy or "aromatic", please be kind to your fellow students and take it outside.

This time of semester can be stressful, so please try to remember that the library is a shared space. You're all in this together, so be excellent to each other.

Mabo Day June 3rd 2016

Take a moment to reflect on this Mabo Day June 3rd 2016.

Twenty four years ago in 1992 the Mabo decision was handed down by the High Court of Australia, causing a massive change in the Australian legal landscape, prompting legislative changes in Australia, and a national reflection on the country's history and treatment of Australia's first peoples.

For James Cook University staff, students, and alumni the Mabo court case is highlighted by our Townsville campus library building being named after Eddie Koiki Mabo the lead plaintiff in the court case. Eddie Koiki Mabo was a past student and staff member of the University. The University also was a place where significant events leading to the case occurred.

In the cities of Townsville and Cairns you may find that there are community public marches or events held to mark the day put on by local Torres Strait Islander community members and groups.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Free European Science!

No, European science is not in the slammer!

Last week, member states of the European Union agreed to support free access for all publicly funded scientific articles published in Europe by the year 2020. That’s right, free! This is part of a bigger Open Science initiative which is also pushing for greater reuse of research data. It seems a big change is coming to the scientific publishing world. By disabling the paywalls and allowing more people to have access to research and research data, there will be more minds tackling the big scientific challenges we face today – and that’s a good thing.

The hope is that a much wider section of society will interact and become involved in science in the same way that the Web 2.0 movement led to wider interaction with the Internet.

Read more about Open Access Publishing or how JCU supports the Open Access principle.

If this has got you hungry for scientific articles, the library’s got you covered. Use OneSearch to find what you’re after (refine your search to show only journal articles) or consult your subject LibGuide to see which databases are recommended for your discipline of interest.

Anatomy.TV – 3D Anatomy and Physiology

The 3D Anatomy & Physiology section of Anatomy.TV provides information on a range of anatomy subjects. Modules include Body Plan and Organisation, Chemistry, Digestive System, Metabolism, and Cell Biology, amongst others.

Each module will open in a new window. There are four panels – the Navigation Menu, where you can skip through the modules topics, ‘What you Need to Know’ which summarises the information you should understand after studying the topic; the ‘Text Pane’ which contains information and embedded multimedia links as well as links to supplementary learning activities; and the ‘Viewing Window’ which is where illustrations and 3D models will display. TIP: You can save a PDF copy of the information in the Text Pane at any time! This is great for when you want to study offline, or if you want to print the information for your notes. You can also save or print images from the viewing window to add to your presentations, assignments, or teaching materials!

For more information on how to navigate the modules, see the following video tutorials: Navigation Menu, Exploring Anatomy and Physiology Content, Multimedia, and What you need to Know.

The viewing window can display 3D sequences, animations, illustrations, clinical slides, and dissection slides. TIP: Hovering over a structure with your mouse will reveal the structure’s name.

Interactive learning activities are placed throughout the information in the text pane. Activities relate specifically to the section of text containing the activity banner and can consist of quizzes, clicking structures, colouring book, or print and label activities. TIP: Clicking on blue links in the Text Pane will highlight the relevant structure on the 3D model in the viewing window!

For more information on the interactive learning activities, see the Introduction to Interactive Learning Activities video tutorial.

At the bottom of the navigation menu you will see four additional content buttons. These allow you to explore specialised additional content for the module. The Aging link contains information about how aging affects the relevant body system and the Clinical link will provide information on common clinical conditions associated with the body system. If your lecturer has turned them on, you will also see a link for case studies and module quizzes where you can test your knowledge of the structures and relevant clinical conditions.

For more information on the quizzes and case studies, see the Quizzing and Case Studies video tutorials.

To save the entire page for easy viewing, select the copy weblink button which is beside the search option at the top of the module. This will generate a unique web address which can be copied and shared. TIP: Use this to share specific content with study mates. Lecturers can also use this function to share content with their students!

Make sure you check out the previous Anatomy.TV blogs - Anatomy.TV - 3D Atlas of the Human Body and Anatomy.TV - 3D Real Time as well as the Anatomy.TV Overview post.

Coming next - Anatomy.TV for Medicine, Nursing, and Midwifery Students!