Thursday, April 27, 2017

JCU has a Fancy New Microform Reader!

 

Have you checked out our fancy new Microform Reader yet?

We replaced the old, clunky Microform Reader of yesteryear in November 2016, and our shiny new ViewScan machine is already getting a lot of use. If you have an article you are after that happens to only exist in our microform collection, the instructions below should assist in getting it up and readable.

JCU Library has an extensive microform collection, consisting of both microfilm and microfiche and full of treasures that cannot be found elsewhere in the collection. A significant part of our collection of old newspapers exists only on microform, including the Townsville Daily Bulletin (the previous incarnation of what we now know as the Townsville Bulletin) which is available from as early as 1887. There are also a number of early journals stored on microform (eg, Journal of Chemical Research and Journal of Experimental Zoology), and other documents such as family records (eg, The Cameron Family Records), births, deaths, and marriages registry records (eg, Indexes of Births, Deaths, and Marriages (Victoria)), mining company records (eg, New Ravenswood Mines Records) and station records (eg, Records of Greenvale Station).

The new machine is located conveniently right beside the microform collection (just past Reference) where the old machine was and is far easier to use, so get in and give it a go. We've put together a set of general instructions which can be found beside the machine, as well as below. Happy micro-reading!

Loading Microfilm
  • Push the glass tray back, so it is firmly in place.
  • Following the diagram on the front of the reader, position the microfilm reel on the left hand wheel. 
  • Pull the glass tray towards you so the top glass plate is slightly ajar.
  • Pass the microfilm reel under the guide and top glass plate, and slot the loose end into the right hand wheel as shown in the diagram on the machine. 
  • Make sure both ends are clipped firmly in place and lower the top glass by pushing the tray back. 
  • Align the tray so that the microfilm is under the camera and appears on your screen, and use the buttons on the front of the machine or at the bottom of the screen in the ViewScan software to navigate the film.

Loading Microfiche
  • Pull the glass tray towards you so that the top glass plate is ajar, and lay the microfiche on the bottom tray. 
  • Pull the tray sideways and forwards or backwards to centre the first page of the microfiche under the light. 
  • Adjust the Camera Position in the ViewScan software, and then focus in or out using the software so that the whole page is viewed on the screen. These settings will be retained as you move from page to page and can be adjusted at any time. 
  • Manually move the tray sideways to move through the pages and navigate the fiche.

Using the ViewScan Software - Browse
  • If the image on your screen is upside down or in mirror writing, don't despair! Simply use the Mirror Image or Flip Vertical tools on the right hand toolbar to correct the image. 
  • Rotation and Straighten tools are also available to align text and adjust the image. 
  • If the text or images are too dark this can be adjusted using the Image Settings tool in the right hand toolbar.
  • There is also a Postitive/Negative tool to invert the colours of the image to allow for easier reading.
  • The Digital Zoom + and - buttons operate as expected, allowing you to zoom in on a section of the screen. There is also a Magnify option under the Cropping tab that will allow you to zoom on certain sections. 
  • At any point while you are browsing your microfilm or microfiche, you can adjust the Camera Position using the Zoom In and Zoom Out icons on the toolbar. This allows you to use the camera's optical zoom for crisper focus.
  • The Focus In and Focus Out options under Camera Focus in the toolbar allow you to adjust the focus of the image after zooming. When first loading the film or fiche, it can sometimes take a while to get the focus right, but these settings will be kept as you move from page to page. 

Using the ViewScan Software - Cropping

  • Use the Cropping tab on the top of the screen to select sections of the text or images. 
  • Use the Capture option at the bottom of the screen to scan and save a temporary image of a whole page or cropped selection.
  • More than one section can be selected on a page at once, using the Additional Cropping icon. By using the Additional Cropping icon it is possible to create a composite shaped image.          
  • Click on one or two captured images at the bottom of the screen to edit or annotate the images, or use the ClipMerge icon at the bottom of the screen.  

Using the ViewScan Software - File 
  • The File tab contains all of your save options. Images you have created in the Cropping tab can be downloaded here.
  • Select Save As to access options for saving in different formats, such as PDF, JPEG, or PNG.
  • If you save as a PDF file, ViewScan provides the option of saving all of the images you have created into one, multi-page PDF document. This allows you to save an entire article into one easy to access file.
  • Save your files to a USB so that you can access them later.                
Hint: For more advanced editing options, refer to the booklet beside the ViewScan machine or go to File / About in the ViewScan software to open a PDF copy of the booklet for viewing.


Making the text in your PDF searchable
  • Open Adobe Acrobat Pro from the Desktop. 
  • Select Tools to open the right hand sidebar.
  • Under Tools select Text recognition
  • To convert one or more pages in the current file, select In This File, nominate the pages you wish to convert, and press OK
Note: Non-standard fonts or older texts may not convert exactly.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Labour Day Long Weekend

http://worksite.actu.org.au/eight-hour-day-work-rest-play/
 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 JCU Library has some great resources.

The JCU Library will be open on Labour Day from 1pm to 5pm in both Cairns and Townsville. The Townsville InfoCommons is open 24 hours.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Library Opening Hours: Public Holdiay 2017 Labour Day May 1st

Monday 1st of May 2017 is the Labour Day public holiday.

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

Opening hours will be:
Monday 1st May 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm.

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

ATM Moving From Cairns Campus

As of 5th May 2017, the ATM in the foyer of the library building will be removed from the Cairns Campus. The Commonwealth Bank decided not to renew their licence to operate the ATM on the campus. 


There are no other ATMs on the Cairns Campus with the closest one available at the Smithfield Shopping Centre. 

JCU apologises for the service disruption.

Friday, April 21, 2017

New Book recommendation - Doing a Literature Review in Nursing, Health and Social Care

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 and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A book title of interest is: Doing a literature review in Nursing, Health and Social Care by Michael Coughlan and Patricia Cronin.

 An extract from the publisher states:

This clear, practical book guides readers undertaking their own literature review through the process, giving them the skills and knowledge they need for success. It will be an essential guide for all nursing and all allied healthcare students, as well as professionals working in practice.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ANZAC Day 2017 - Opening Hours

The Anzac Day public holiday, the 25th of April, falls on Tuesday this year

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

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

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

Chewy or Crispy?

The army biscuit, also known as an Anzac wafer or Anzac tile, is essentially a long shelf-life, hard tack biscuit, eaten as a substitute for bread. Unlike bread, though, the biscuits are very, very hard. Some soldiers preferred to grind them up and eat as porridge.
Anzac biscuit recipe from Carole Moore’s family recipe notebook.
Photo courtesy Allison Reynolds

Culinary historian Allison Reynolds has been trawling through old recipe books trying to discover the origins of this famous Australian snack.
The first version of this rolled-oat based biscuit reportedly appeared around 1823, and over the next century took on various names such as 'surprise biscuits' and 'crispies'.
The ingredients they used were rolled oats, sugar, plain flour, coconut, butter, golden syrup or treacle, bi-carbonate of soda and boiling water. All these items did not readily spoil. 

According to Reynolds the first published recipe for ANZAC biscuits was in 1917 in The War Chest Cookery Book (held in electronic format by the National Library of Australia). 

The majority of rolled oats based biscuits were in fact sold and consumed at fetes, galas, parades and other public events at home, to raise funds for the war effort. 
"Then around the early WWI years you started to see the name change to 'red cross biscuits' and 'soldiers biscuits'."
After the landing on Gallipoli, they were renamed ANZAC Biscuits.

A point of interest is the lack of eggs to bind the ANZAC biscuit mixture together. Because of the war, many of the poultry farmers had joined the services, thus eggs were scarce. The binding agent for the biscuits was golden syrup or treacle.


SO...Chewy or crispie?  How do you like yours?


The JCU Library holds some interesting articles relating to the ANZAC biscuit as well as some great books on ANZAC day and the soldiers at Gallipoli.

Image source: http://blogs.sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/cook/anzacs-in-civvies/

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Login failed. Printing errors explained

You can print at the JCU Libraries and at other locations across JCU campuses in Cairns and Townsville.

Scan your student card at the printer to print.  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) or alternatively by using the CopyPrint Paystation with your student card.

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


More information about CopyPrint including photocopy, scanning and prices is online.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

System upgrade Wednesday, 19 April 2017: ResearchOnline@JCU

JCU’s institutional repository, ResearchOnline@JCU, enables access to JCU’s research output including publications and theses.

ResearchOnline@JCU will be undergoing a system upgrade on Wednesday, 19 April 2017, 7 am – 12 pm. Unfortunately, users will not be able to access ResearchOnline@JCU during this time. We apologise for any inconvenience.

All other library services and databases will be accesible. 

New Book by JCU Author: Allison Craven

Senior lecturer in English and Screen Studes, Dr Allison Craven has a new book out titled Fairy tale interrupted: Feminism, masculinity, wonder cinema which is now availble in the JCU Library.

The publisher's website states:

Feminism, masculinity and fairy tale figure within an extended analysis of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (1991), in light of the live-action remake, Beauty and the Beast (2017). The history of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast is compared with Disney's adaptation which centralises the figure of the Beast rather than the heroine, Belle.

A flagship during a key period of Disney’s corporate expansion in the early 1990s, in the first section of the book, the production is situated with respect to gender histories in the corresponding period: the rise of post-feminism, and its implicit disavowal of feminism, the mythopoetic men’s movement and the crisis of masculinity. The following section canvasses views of masculinity in second wave feminism and the role of myth and fairy in key works of feminism. A critical discussion ensues of twenty-first century wonder cinema in which the influence of feminist ideas is seen to circulate within the pastiche treatments of fairy tales and enchantment

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New eBook Recommendation - The Discourse of News Values: How News Organizations Create Newsworthiness

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 and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A eBook title of interest is:
The discourse of news values: How news organizations create newsworthiness by Monika Bednarek and Helen Caple.

An extract from the publisher states:
The Discourse of News Values breaks new ground in news media research in offering the first book-length treatment of the construction of newsworthiness through words and images. With an interdisciplinary and multi-methodological approach, it brings together corpus linguistics and multimodal discourse analysis in new empirical studies of the news media.
This is a stimulating and unique book for all researchers in linguistics, semiotics, and media/journalism studies who are interested in discourse analytical approaches to the news media.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Easter 2017 Opening Hours

JCU library wishes everyone a relaxing but productive Easter long weekend for 2017. 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        14 April       Closed
Easter Saturday    15 April       1.00pm–5.00pm
Easter Sunday      16 April       Closed
Easter Monday     17 April       1.00pm–5.00pm

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

Search tips: Wildcards, Truncation, and Boolean – What do they all mean?

You may be aware of the simple search strategy we librarians like to call Boolean. It's a form of database logic that connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your set of results.The three basic Boolean operators are AND, OR, and NOT and you can use these to broaden or narrow your search.

Use AND in a search to:
  • narrow your results
  • tell the database that ALL search terms must be present in the resulting records
  • for example, Dogs AND cats – results containing those two keyword
  • For example, Google automatically puts an AND in between your search terms.
Use OR in a search to:
  • connect two or more similar concepts (synonyms)
  • broaden your results, telling the database that ANY of your search terms can be present in the resulting records
  • for example, Dogs OR cats – broadens results

Use NOT in a search to:
  • exclude words from your search
  • narrow your search, telling the database to ignore concepts that may be implied by your search terms
  • for example, (Dogs AND cats) NOT puppies – narrows results
    Be aware:  In many, but not all, databases, the AND is implied. 

There are extra tools you can use to help refine your search strategy, these are called wildcards and truncation.

Truncation help by broadening your keyword search by attaching to the root of a word, this is usually done by adding an asterisk to the end of the root of a word.
For example:
Child* = children, children’s, child’s, childhood

Wildcards are useful when multiple spellings of a word can affect your search. Remember, the symbol of the wildcard may change depending on which database you use.
For example:
coloni?e = colonise, colonize
 Wom!n = woman, women

For more information visit Info Skills Road Trip - Search Strategy libguide.
Image source: http://s3.amazonaws.com/libapps/accounts/11249/images/Boolean.png

Friday, April 7, 2017

World Health Day

April 7 is World Health Day. This year’s theme is “Depression: let’s talk”.

According to a World Health Organisation (WHO) news release:

Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015. Lack of support for people with mental disorders, coupled with a fear of stigma, prevent many from accessing the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives. 

Depression is a common issue that affects all sorts of people from all sorts of places. The good thing is that depression can be prevented and treated and talking to someone is a big part of that.

Please remember that JCU does offer Student Support and if you need to talk to someone, the JCU Counselling Service offers free and confidential counselling to JCU students.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

JCU Library Shelfie Winners

Congratulations once again to Sarah Draeger and Matthew Knott, winners of the JCU Library Shelfie competition!

Sarah and David were presented with their $50 Co-op Bookshop vouchers by Helen Hooper, our Associate Director of Information and Research Services.

Here are the happy winners with their prizes.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Assignment Help: The Search Smarter LibGuides

http://www.quickmeme.com/meme/3tyd47
Having trouble researching your assignment question?

Did you know the JCU Library has two LibGuides that can show you how to search smarter in Science, Engineering and Health?

Search Smarter: Finding information for the Health Sciences.

Search Smarter: Finding information in Science and Engineering.

For those looking for more generic search tips don't forget to check out the Searching module of the Info Skills Road Trip.

If you are still having trouble with your research, please contact InfoHelp for assistance.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

International Children's Book Day - 2nd April 2017

International Children's Book Day is celebrated annually on 2nd April to coincide with Hans Christian Andersen's birthday. Hans Christian Andersen was a well known Danish children's author best known for writing fairy tales such as The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. This day is a time to share a love of reading with children and to show the importance of children's books.

The JCU Library Curriculum Collection has a great range of children's and young adult books for you to borrow. The Curriculum Collection is a model school library, which is designed to hold books suitable for students from K-12, as well as teacher resources like textbooks and kits. All of the books in the Curriculum Collection are available for loan - and you don't have to be an Education student to borrow them. In fact, it can be one of the best places to find a book to read (for fun), as it's much easier to browse than the literature section.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Database review - American Institute of Physics


Interested in physics? Explore the resources of the American Institute of Physics from the JCU library Databases page to research a range of articles and conference papers on all topics related to physics. Many of the articles from the journals on the platform are published online first. Research impact factors for the various journals range from 0.9 to 14.31 based on 2015 usage.

One of our most highly used journals from this package is the Journal of Chemical Physics, which focuses on experimental and theoretical aspects of chemical physics, including quantum mechanics, surfaces, and polymers.


To further complement your studies, the Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data provides critically evaluated physical and chemical property data. It also provides current information about the particular elements you may be researching or similar studies on those properties.

Chaos theory has been used in many disciplines to theorize about biological, social and natural phenomena, including artificial intelligence. Perhaps Chaos: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Nonlinear Science could be of help to you?

Discover how science has changed over time. You can still actually browse through print versions and search for older issues. Search our library catalogue by typing in the American Institute of Physics as an author to find these issues.

AIP also provides collections of articles arranged by various categories for a quick overview of most highly accessed or topical articles across a number of their journals. So immerse yourself into the world of phyics at AIP.