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New Book Recommendation - Collective Trauma, Collective Healing: promoting community resilience in the aftermath of disaster

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:Collective trauma, collective healing :promoting community resilience in the aftermath of disaster by Jack Saul.  An extract from thepublisher states:
Collective Trauma, Collective Healing is a guide for mental health professionals working in response to large-scale political violence or natural disaster. It provides a framework that practitioners can use to develop their own community based, collective approach to treating trauma and…

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 …

Labour Day Long Weekend

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.

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. 
Any complaints should be directed to:
https://www.commbank.com.au/contact-us/compliments-complaints.html
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.

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.

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.

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 bisc…

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.

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 …

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…

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 resultstell the database that ALL search terms must be present in the resulting recordsfor example, Dogs AND cats – results containing those two keywordFor 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 recordsfor example, Dogs OR cats – broadens results
Use NOT in a search to:
exclude words from your searchnarrow your search, telling the database to ignore concepts that may be implied by your search termsfor example, (Dogs AND cats) NOT puppies – n…

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.

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.

Assignment Help: The Search Smarter LibGuides

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.

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 LibraryCurriculum 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.