Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Find your Subject Readings and Keep on Track!

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 – sometimes you just see a blank screen.

The following tips should help you get back on track.

  • Check LearnJCU’s Known Issues page for recommended solutions and workarounds. They keep a list of current issues and fixes, including the workaround you need if you’re seeing a blank page when you load a reading.
  • Look up your readings yourself using Reserve Online
  • Check with fellow students and your lecturer - they may be having the same problem! 
  • If you're still stuck, contact InfoHelp.

eTG Complete - New Video Tutorial

Therapeutic Guidelines have recently released a new video tutorial to assist users with navigating eTG Complete and accessing the plethora of medical information available there.

 eTG Complete provides accurate, independent, and practical treatment advice for a wide range of clinical conditions. Content includes over 2,500 searchable Therapeutic Guidelines topics designed to assist medical practitioners in making decisions are the point of care. There is also a drug index, which contains information on drugs, indications, and dosages with links to Australian Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) information and pregnancy and breastfeeding advice.

If you're studying medicine and need quick access to accurate and current medical information, eTG is the place to go. Whether you're already using eTG Complete or you're only just this second discovering it exists, the video tutorial below offers an excellent overview of how to get the most out of your eTG Complete experience. 

Access eTG Complete from the A-Z Databases page under E, or head straight to the site at eTG Complete.

Friday, 24 February 2017

What’s New in Blood?

The American Society of Hematology recently released a new journal, Blood Advances. This journal is an online only open access journal, publishing articles on basic laboratory, translational, and clinical investigations in hematology. Topics cover all aspects of hemtology, including disorders of leukocytes, both benign and malignant, erythrocytes, platelets, hemostatic mechanisms, vascular biology, immunology, and hematologic oncology.

Check out a few recent articles below:
Bergerson, R., Williams, R., Wang, H., Shanley, R., Colbenson, G., & Kerber, A. et al. (2016). Fewer circulating natural killer cells 28 days after double cord blood transplantation predicts inferior survival and IL-15 responseBlood Advances1(3), 208-218. 
Quek, L., Ferguson, P., Metzner, M., Ahmed, I., Kennedy, A., & Garnett, C. et al. (2016). Mutational analysis of disease relapse in patients allografted for acute myeloid leukemia. Blood Advances, 1(3), 193-204. 
Overholt, K., Rose, M., Joshi, S., Herman, G., Bajwa, R., & Abu-Arja, R. et al. (2016). Hematopoietic cell transplantation for a child with OSTM1 osteopetrosis. Blood Advances, 1(4), 279-281. 
Blood Advances joins the long running Blood. Established in 1946, Blood remains the most cited peer reviewed publication in the field of hematology. JCU has a subscription to Blood, so all JCU users have full text access to the full range of articles over the last 70 years. Published weekly, it should be the first stop for anyone studying hematology.

Some interesting articles from the current issue:
Carpenter, P. & Englund, J. (2016). How I vaccinate blood and marrow transplant recipients. Blood, 127(23), 2824-2832. 
Girelli, D., Nemeth, E., & Swinkels, D. (2016). Hepcidin in the diagnosis of iron disorders. Blood, 127(23), 2809-2813. 
Gorski, M., Blighe, K., Lotta, L., Pappalardo, E., Garagiola, I., & Mancini, I. et al. (2016). Whole-exome sequencing to identify genetic risk variants underlying inhibitor development in severe hemophilia A patients. Blood, 127(23), 2924-2933. 
So, what are you waiting for? Go check out Blood and Blood Advances today!

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Where is my textbook?

Still searching for your textbook? The following points may help:

  • Your required textbook should be in your subject outline, located in LearnJCU
  • Use the Catalogue to help you find your textbook in the library. 
  • Textbooks are located in the Main section of the library
  • Most courses have at least one edition of your textbook on the shelves. 
  • Some textbooks can only be loaned for two days
  • Some textbooks have an online version so you can read them straight away on your device.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

New Subscription - Oxford Scholarship Online

JCU has recently subscribed to Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO).

Updated monthly, OSO offers access to thousands of scholarly eBooks on a range of topics. JCU has subscribed to the following collections: Biology, Linguistics, Palliative Care, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Social Work, and Sociology.

Find OSO on the Library Databases A-Z under O for Oxford or continue reading for more information about each of the collections we subscribe to!

Biology Collection

The OSO Biology Collection focuses on ecology and evolution, with topics covered including evolutionary biology, epidemiology, conservation biology, physiology, animal biology, marine and aquatic biology, microbiology, and plant science and forestry. Follow the link below for all of your biology research needs.

Browse the Biology Collection.


Linguistics Collection

The OSO Linguistics Collection provides information on all fields of theoretical and historical linguistics and has extensive lists in linguistic typology, language evolution, and language in culture and society. Topics covered include language families, semantics and pragmatics, and theoretical linguistics. If you're studying or simply interested in linguistics, check out the collection now!

Browse the Linguistics Collection.


Palliative Care Collection

The OSO Palliative Care Collection covers all topics in palliative care, including palliative medicine and older people, paediatric palliative medicine, pain management and palliative pharmacology, patient care and end-of-life decision making, and palliative medicine research. Focus is on evidence-based palliative care, quality of life, and ethics. Follow the link below to browse the 82 titles currently available in this collection.

Browse the Palliative Care Collection.


Psychology Collection

OSO’s Psychology Collection focuses on cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive development. This collection includes all titles from the Oxford Psychology Series, as well as titles in the core areas of cognitive research, such as cognitive development, developmental neuroscience, affect and emotion, perception, memory, attention, social cognition/social neuroscience, behavioural neuroendocrinology, cognitive models and architectures, ethology and comparative cognition, behavioural genetics, and cognitive engineering/human-technology interaction. A must browse for all psychology students!

Browse the Psychology Collection.


Public Health and Epidemiology Collection

The OSO Public Health and Epidemiology Collection consists of 180 scholarly titles on a range of public health and epidemiology topics affecting populations around the world. Topics covered include access to healthcare, health promotion, evidence-based public health, and food policy. Make sure to have a look if you're studying this area.

Browse the Public Health and Epidemiology Collection.


Social Work Collection

The Social Work collection includes titles on social policy, crime and justice, and children and families. With 172 titles from notable authors in the social work field, the collection focuses on broad areas of the social work discipline, such as child welfare and mental health, with an emphasis on research methods and evidence-based practice. If you're looking at a future career in social work, this is a great place to visit to support your study.

Browse the Social Work Collection.


Sociology Collection

OSO’s Sociology collection covers economic sociology, law, crime, and deviance, as well as marriage and the family. There is a strong focus on research that addresses both enduring questions in the sociology field as well as trends and key issues in the world today. A range of methodologies and approaches, from empirical and theoretical to quantitative and qualitative are represented. Follow the link below to browse the 183 titles currently available.

Browse the Sociology Collection.


Friday, 17 February 2017

Get ACS Central Science on Your Mobile Devices Today!

JCU has a full subscription to the American Chemical Society (ACS) collection. ACS is the leading publisher of peer reviewed research journals in the chemical and related sciences. They have been publishing journals in the chemical field since 1879. The ACS Journal Collection includes over 50 peer-reviewed journals. Thanks to our subscription, JCU users have full access to all of the ACS journals including ACS Central Science, the ACS's first fully open access journal. Simply find the American Chemical Society journal collection on the A-Z Databases page or head straight to the website - ACS Publications.

Published by the American Chemical Society (ACS), ACS Central Science is a multidisciplinary journal highlighting chemistry’s role in bridging the physical and life sciences. It addresses important advances in fundamental areas of chemistry as well as applied and interdisciplinary research highlighting the seminal role of chemistry in a wide range of other scientific disciplines. The journal is entirely open access, so anyone can use the information within and they have recently launched a mobile app!

The ACS Central Science App, now freely available from both Google Play and the Apple App Store, gives you easy access to groundbreaking research in chemistry and allied fields straight from your mobile device. Download it today to explore the latest chemistry research on the go!

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Share your “Shelfie” and Win!

The JCU Library is offering students the chance to win one of two Co-op Bookshop vouchers to the value of $50, and one of four $10 3D-printing vouchers for our new 3D-printing service, available at both the Townsville and Cairns campus libraries.

To win, we want to see a picture of you within a JCU Library - we want to see your shelfies!

To Enter:
  1. Follow the JCU Library on Instagram @jcu_libraryinthetropics 
  2. Take a shelfie within one of our libraries 
  3. Post the photo on Instagram and tag it with #jculibraryshelfie. Don’t forget to make sure your profile is public so we can see your images! 

The winning shelfies will be judged by the same librarians who walk the shelves and spend their days (and sometimes nights) within the library. The JCU Library Shelfie competition will run from the 15th February until the 17th March - that’s until the end of week 4 (and the end of the Orientation period).

Terms & Conditions 
  1. The JCU Library Shelfie competition is run by James Cook University Library. 
  2. The prizes are two $50 vouchers for the Co-op Bookshop and four $10 3D-printing vouchers. 
  3. The competition commences at 8am 15th February and concludes at 5pm 17th March. 
  4. Each entrant agrees to, and is bound by, these terms and conditions. 
  5. An entrant may enter as many times as they like. 
  6. Entry is free and open to currently enrolled students at James Cook University. 
  7. The entrant agrees that by submitting a photo, JCU may use the image for promotion within the JCU Library buildings and on the JCU website and JCU social media channels. 
  8. Uploaded images must be the entrant’s original works and permissions must be obtained for all other persons visible in the image. 
  9. JCU reserves the right to modify or change these Terms & Conditions at any time. 
  10. The winning images will be selected by Library & Information Services staff based on content and originality. 
  11. The winners will be announced on 20th March via JCU Library social media channels. (Winners will be contacted through Instagram). Winners have 7 days to collect their prize. Proof of identification will be requested from the winners at the time of collecting their prize. Any costs associated with collecting the prize are the entrant’s responsibility. 
  12. The entrant agrees to a complete release of Instagram for the purposes of this competition.
**This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with, Instagram.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Library Opening Hours Study Period 1, 2017

The libraries on Cairns and Townsville campuses opening hours from Monday February 20th 2017.

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 
Monday to Thursday 7.30 am to 9.30 pm
 Friday 7.30 am to 7.30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10.00 pm to 5.00pm

Cairns Campus Library 
Monday to Thursday 8.00 am to 9.00 pm
Friday 8.00 am to 6.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10.00 pm to 5.00pm

April 14th, Good Friday Closed
April 15th, Easter Saturday 1.00pm to 5.00pm
April 16th, Easter Sunday Closed
April 17th, Easter Monday 1.00pm to 5.00pm
April 25th, ANZAC Day 1.00pm to 5.00pm
May 1st, Labour Day 1.00pm to 5.00pm

Check out the Opening Hours online for the full library hours.

Library Lovers Day - 14 February 2017

February 14 is usually known as Valentine's Day but is now also Library Lovers Day. This day is a time to celebrate all things library and the role they play in the community.You can show your appreciation of libraries (and librarians) by:
  •  Borrowing a book or DVD
  • Encouraging your friends and other students to use the library
  • Have a chat to one of our helpful library staff
  • Relax in the comfy furniture
So why not come in or look at the website and see what the JCU Libraries have to offer.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Book Recommendation: The Study Skills Handbook

Brush up on your study skills with The Study Skills Handbook by Stella Cottrell.

An extract from the publisher's website states:

If you are serious about succeeding with your studies, The Study Skills Handbook is for you! Stella Cottrell has helped hundreds of thousands of students to make learning easier, faster and more enjoyable. Recognising that we all have our own unique formula for success, her tried and trusted approach allows you to find the key to unlock your potential and develop the skills you need to improve your grades, build your confidence and plan for the future you want.

 The JCU library has a range of books that provide useful advice about studying, they can be found here.

Friday, 10 February 2017

21st Century Study Tools: Mobile Apps for Study and Research LibGuide

Getting ready for University and have a brand new smartphone or tablet, but don't know what apps to install?

Check out the Library's Mobile Apps for Study and Research LibGuide. We have curated lists of apps for all sorts of study situations including note taking, accessing LearnJCU and even ones to listen to study music.

Whilst you are in LibGuides, we recommend you get a head start and do the Info Skills Road Trip to learn about the library and how to utilise it best in your studies.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Tomorrow, February 11, is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This is a day recognised by the United Nations that promotes the importance of both science and gender equality.

Women and girls have long been under-represented or excluded from participating in the world of science, and while the last decade has seen a more focused effort to engage and involve women and girls in science, there is still a long way to go.

Read more about the topic of gender equality in science.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

New Medical Database - DynaMed Plus

Studying medicine? JCU has recently subscribed to DynaMed Plus, a great resource for all medicine students!

DynaMed Plus is a clinical reference tool providing fast, easy access to the latest evidence-based information in medicine. Updated several times a day as new evidence becomes available, DynaMed was developed by a community of clinicians to supply healthcare professionals and students with the information they need to make the best-informed decisions at the point of care.

Topics covered within DynaMed Plus include specialty content in allergy; cardiology; critical care; dermatology; ear, nose and throat (ENT); emergency medicine; endocrinology; gastroenterology; gynaecology; hematology; infectious diseases; nephrology; neurology; obstetrics; oncology; orthopedics and sports medicine; paediatrics; primary care; psychiatry; pulmonary medicine; rheumatology; surgery; and vascular medicine.

Users can also access concise drug reference information including dosages, therapeutic use, cautions, comparative efficacy, approved and off-label indications, pharmacokinetics, clinical applications, and interactions of medications (including drug-drug, drug-food, drug-ethanol, drug-tobacco, and drug-laboratory).
Click to enlarge Mobile App instructions.

Mobile Access:
Want access to medical information anytime, anywhere? DynaMed Plus is also available as a mobile app!

To access the DynaMed app, it is best to click on the Get the DynaMed Plus Mobile App link on the DynaMed home page so that you can use the app both on and off campus. Simply enter your email address and you will receive an email with an authentication key which you can then use to set up DynaMed on your mobile device. The app itself can be downloaded from the app store on both Android and Apple.

Please Note: you will need to be connected to WiFi when installing this app, and installation can take from 20-30 minutes depending on your internet connection. However, this long installation time means that all of the DynaMed content will be available to you on your phone even when you are offline!

What are you waiting for? Head over to DynaMed Plus today and get started with your studies! You can find it under D on the A-Z Databases page or go straight to the site at DynaMed Plus.

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

New Book Recommendation: How to think about weird things: Critical thinking for a new age

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 book title of interest is: How to think about weird things: Critical thinking for a new age by Theodore Schick Jnr and Lewis Vaughn
Call number 001.901 SCH

An extract from the book states:
This book is for you who have stared into the night sky or dark recesses of a room, hairs raised on the back of your neck, eyes wide, faced with an experience you couldn't explain but about which you have never stopped wondering, "Was it real?" It's for you who have read and heard about UFOs, psychic phenomea, time travel, out-of-body experiences, ghosts, monsters, astrology, reincarnation, mysticism, acupuncture, iridology, incredible experiments in quantum physics, and a thousand other extrordinary things, and asked, "Is it true?"

Monday, 6 February 2017

O week workshops 2017

Get off to a flying start by attending your O week workshops.  Discover how to get your mobile device connected to the wireless network, develop a search strategy to find information for your assignments, find scholarly journal articles, and much, much more. 

InfoHelp tutorials start in O week and are free! All students are welcome to attend. 

Go to the Library's Workshops webpage for details of Cairns and Townsville workshops, and Orientation Programs for details regarding Library tours and other campus orientation events. 

Friday, 3 February 2017

National Native Title Conference to be held in Townsville

The 2017 National Native Title conference will be held in Townsville from the 5th to the 7th of June 2017. This year is the 25th anniversary of the Mabo decision. The Townsville JCU library is named after Torres Strait Islander Eddie Koiki Mabo who was a Townsville resident during the court case and had worked at JCU.

From the official press release:

In 2017 the annual National Native Title Conference will be convened by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and the North Queensland Land Council (NQLC) on the traditional lands of the Gurumblibara Wulgurukaba people, Townsville Queensland. The conference will be held at the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre from Monday 5 - Wednesday 7 June 2017.

The conference themes and a call for papers will be available soon.

JCU Music Collection

From: http://www.artsinct.org/classes-schedules/music-classes
If you are sitting at home waiting for uni to start, perhaps you might like to work with some friends on your garage band, or maybe your solo music career? Or maybe you just want to chill out and listen to some music?

Did you know that the JCU library has a music collection consisting of both music CDs and music scores? They can be found upstairs on the 1st floor next to the Curriculum Collection.

Styles range from Classic to Modern.

Music for a variety of instruments and voice are available.

Come and browse and get some inspiration.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

New Book Recommedation: I Could Pee on This and Other Poems by Cats

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 book title of interest (and a title relevant to readers of our Library Facebook page) is:
I could pee on this and other poems by cats by Francesco Marciuliano
Call Number: 810 MAR(F) 1B ICO

This book was actually brought into our collection as part of a promotion on our Facebook page. We promised our readers that we would buy "a completely pointless book about cats" if we reached more than 1000 page likes by the end of the first week of 2017.

It seems that, on the Internet, cats are a sure-fire way into people's hearts, because we met our "like" quota almost immediately (well, we are very likeable).

And it turns out that we didn't even have to buy the book.  One of our staff members offered to donate it to us.  We didn't want to accuse them of regifting unwanted Christmas presents, so we're just assuming it was given to us with love.

We hope you love the book.  Or, at least, like our Facebook page.

Have we mentioned we have a Facebook page?