Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Access to archived journal articles - JSTOR

JCU Library has many print journals on our shelves, going back quite a few years. However, if you can't find what you're looking for in the stacks, try looking in one of the archival databases that JCU Library subscribes to. 

One of the most well known archival databases is JSTOR.  Their aim is to hold the complete history of various titles, except for the most recent 3-5 years of content. JCU Library subscribes to different archive collections, for students of the sciences and humanities. For example, there are issues of the American Naturalist on JSTOR from the 1860's.  Explore how the nature of scientific inquiry and reporting has evolved over time. Or read about views that were held before some of our more significant advances in knowledge and see how much they've changed!

Head to our Databases page and give it a go!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Library and Information Week Wrap-up

Library and Information Week (22 to 28 May) has passed us by for another year but it doesn’t end here. We're going to take this year’s theme of ‘Celebrate’ and run with it for the next 51 weeks because we think there’s a lot about our library that’s worthy of celebration!

Last week we saw some of the reasons JCU Library Staff celebrate our library. We also got some feedback from staff and students as to why they celebrate the library (see picture) and it turns out it wasn’t just because of the free cupcakes.

People reported that they like the awesome, decent, chilled, helpful, great, fabulous, supportive library staff. The library buildings and the resources also got much love from our library community with many comments about the awesome resources and the great places to study!

Thanks to everyone who joined us in celebrating the library last week!

Interested in what’s happening in academic libraries? Head to One Search to find out.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

JCU Library Special Collections remembers: The 1967 Referendum

The month of May contains significant dates in our national history pertaining to Indigenous Australians.  The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville is marking out these moments in time through it's current exhibition of artworks by Gail Mabo (daughter of Eddie Mabo) and also the accompanying displays of materials drawn from the Special Collections available for viewing on the 1st floor of the library.

On this day, 50 years ago, campaigners for the rights of Aborigines won the most decisive referendum victory in Australian history.  Over 90% of Australians voted to change the Constitution, removing negative references to Aboriginal people forever.

Make sure you know the facts and read the National Archives of Australia 1967 Referendum Fact Sheet.
Item from the Shaw Collection of Australian Art & Culture.
Title page of Human Rights for Australian Aborigines by Mary Bennett.
Preface featured in the book Human Rights for Australian Aborigines
This week check out the display cabinets on level one of the Mabo Library on the Townsville Campus.  See items from the Shaw Collection of Australian Art & Culture, often rare and of great historical importance.  This collection is listed in the Library catalogue and can be used in the special collections reading room.  The book pictured above was published a decade before the 1967 Referendum and written by Mary Bennett - a teacher and great advocate for Aboriginal rights with a strong connection to North Queensland.

Friday, 26 May 2017


Today is World Dracula Day!

On May 26 1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula novel was released for sale in London.  It is known as a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic literature.

The name Dracula is thought to have originated from Vlad III who ruled Wallachia from 1431-1476. Vlad III was given the name Vlad the Impaler as his favourite way of punishing his enemies was to impale them on wooden stakes. The nickname comes from his father calling himself Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Dragon)  His son Vlad III became Dracula meaning son of the dragon.  Dracul also means 'devil' in Romanian.

Vampires in popular legend are fanged creatures who prey on humans and consume their blood. They have been featured in folklore and fiction for hundreds of years.  Mostly they are depicted as the 'undead' who rise nightly from coffins.  They can range from grotesque to perfectly beautiful.

Stoker described Dracula as having a cruel looking mouth with sharp white teeth and ears with a point at the top. He was extremely pale, making Dita Von Teese look like she has fallen in a bath of tanning lotion!

Dozens of vampire themed movies, TV shows and literature have been made since Stoker's novel was released.  Some famous ones are 1958 Dracula starring Christopher Lee and 1993 Bram Stoker's Dracula directed by Francis Ford Coppola.  Other works of fiction characterise vampires as promiscuous.  These include Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the True Blood series by Charlaine Harris and the Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer (which we have in multiple languages, for our Modern Languages students).

Check out our exciting array of Gothic literature.

Eldridge, A. (2017). Vampire. Retrieved from
Senf, C. (2014). Dracula. In J. A. Weinstock, The ashgate encyclopedia of literary and cinematic monsters. Surrey, UK: Ashgate Publishing. Retrieved from

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

CSIRO Journals

JCU Library has subscribed to many CSIRO publications over the years and with the close collaboration of both institutions regionally, many of their journals will be relevant to your area of scientific study or research. We currently subscribe to over 25 titles, all accessible from our Databases pages. Find a journal there of interest to you.

And for the Education students amongst you, don't overlook our Curriculum collection. The popular CSIRO children's magazine title, Double Helix is available there. This magazine is the result of the 2015 merger of the two CSIRO magazines Scientriffic and The Helix. Both of these earlier titles encouraged Australian school children, for over thirty years, to learn and experiment with science in a fun way. The new title continues the tradition.

We recommend you try these in your teaching practice or just to borrow for your own children. With the growing emphasis on STEM subjects, what better way is there to encourage both boys and girls into the field, in the spirit of true inquiry? A little factoid in the March issue mentions the side effects of sleeplessness on fruit flies and mice and asks of the reader:  'Are you human?...Aim for 9-12 hours of sleep every day.' Something we could all be mindful at this time of semester.

Look inside the March 2017 issue for the whole picture!

Celebrate! Library and Information Week 2017

This year’s Library and Information Week (22 to 28 May) has a theme of ‘Celebrate’ to acknowledge ALIA’s 80th birthday. The week provides a chance to celebrate libraries and their role within the community, in education and research, in preserving our history and culture, and in providing an open door to all (and much, much more).

JCU Library staff were asked what they celebrate about their workplace. There was, of course, a long and carefully constructed list, but we’ve had to cut it down to ten.

Here they are, ten things about your library – about our library – that JCU Library staff think are worthy of celebration (in no order):
  • Student Success. We love helping students succeed and staff really enjoy watching students develop their skills from library novices to information wizards. 
  • Special Collections. Library staff are thankful to work with the treasure that is our Special Collections. It’s a privilege to preserve and present North Queensland focused materials within our Special Collections. 
  • The buildings. Townsville staff love working within the curves and concrete of a fine example of “brutalist architecture”, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library building. Cairns staff love the views of greenery and hills visible from their library windows. 
  • Access to resources. Whether it’s getting a book from another campus or accessing a specialist database, there is an immense wealth or resources available to library users. 
  • Open to all. We love that the library is an all inclusive space, open to everyone and here to help our students, staff and the wider community. 
  • Use of space. It’s great to see students actively using the library, looking after the space and making the library work for them. It’s even nice that our students are comfortable enough in the library to fall asleep in a beanbag, although we don't think this is a productive way to use the library – it’s hard to read with your eyes closed! 
  • The smell of the books. Many librarians are still enchanted with the smell of the books within the library. From one staff member: “The library smell of books has such a meditative effect on me and I just love it!”
  • Online resources. Our librarians remember a time before the Internet, when the library needed to be open to read a journal article and when print was the only option. Lucky for us (and for you), the good ol’ days have changed. 
  • Working with researchers. We love to hear about the exciting research that goes on at JCU. Library staff are thrilled to work with and support JCU researchers along the way. 
  • Staff. We took a vote and we all agree: we’re pretty awesome! We love watching colleagues do all they can to help staff and students with their queries, we love seeing the InfoHelp Rovers being technical gurus wherever they’re needed, and we love that students can use our Chat service and talk to a librarian during library opening hours. 
We’d love to hear what you celebrate about our library. Feel free to comment below or join us on our social media channels to share the JCU Library joy.

Monday, 22 May 2017

National Sorry Day/Day of Healing: 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report

May 26th will be National Sorry Day also known as the National Day of Healing. National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders who were forcibly removed from their families and communities.

This year is 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report was released in 1997. You will find the library holds multiple physical copies of this item and electronic copies.

The Human Rights Commission website  has a Frequently Asked Questions section that is useful for answering the highly politicised debate that has grown around this report. It clarifies such issues as the difference between societal apologies versus immediate responsibility in the context of this and other similar international events; shows the statistical negative impact of the policy on people's later life outcomes; that these matters were not morally or legally acceptable in the period they occurred in and other such attempts to discredit the report findings. It also helps people improve our genuine national lack of knowledge about the topic and the people affected by it.

As a nation, a major step forward was acheived in 2008 a national apology by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was made.

Further resources about the healing processes can be found in the library and via external organisations such the Healing Foundation. Reconciliation Australia also has a short handout outlining some major dates and information.

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 1 2017: Extended Hours

It's almost that time of year again.  SWOT VAC and Exams are just around the corner. No need to panic, JCU Libraries will have extended exam opening hours to help you get through. This means that we are open until midnight Monday to Friday and 10pm on weekends.

Don't forget that in Townsville the 24/7 InfoCommons and iLearning rooms are also available for student use outside library opening hours.

Extended exam opening hours will operate from Monday 29 May  - Thursday 15 June.

Mabo Library (Townsville)
Monday - Friday: 7:30am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Cairns Campus Library
Monday - Friday: 8:00am - Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Friday, 19 May 2017

Human Kinetics journals - Sports and allied health - now Online Only

Human Kinetics journals specialise in the physical activity, sports and allied health fields. From 2017, JCU Library will subscribe to these journals in online format only.  We currently have access to ten journals with subject areas ranging from sports physiology, psychology, health, therapy and nutrition. Their range is international and covers all age and gender groups. The journals are all peer-reviewed with ThomsonReuters Impact factors of 0.6 to 2.3 in 2015. Human Kinetics also have a number of free webinars on their website relating to well-being and physical fitness.

These journals are not only of use to students and staff in the area of Sports Sciences, but contain relevant information for students from Medicine, Nursing and Education. With the growing awareness of sedentary habits and health, there is much here for everyone generally concerned with their own health or wellness.

Your Human Kinetics eJournals@JCU are below- there is sure to be something here for all.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Happy Birthday Shrek!
Can you believe that it has been 16 years since Shrek was released? Doesn't that make you feel old bring back happy memories? Yes, on May 18, 2001 the world was introduced to the story of a grumpy ogre, a talking donkey, and a cursed princess. It also won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

It just so happens that the JCU Library has copies of Shrek and Shrek 2, along with many other DVDs located in the 791.433 section. So if you need a break from studying, check out our DVD collection, it's cheaper than Netflix.

Hoax emails claiming to be from the library

A few people have been receiving emails claiming to be from "" and asking them to click on a link to fix something in their account.

This is not from us, it is a hoax.

Sending someone an unsolicited email asking them to click on a link to "save", "fix" or "reactivate" an account is a popular technique for scammers.

Never trust an email that does this, and always check by going directly to the website of the company involved (DO NOT click on any links in the email) to check if it is legitimate.

A few things to check:

  • How have they addressed you? We should have your proper name on file, and we should address you like a normal person. If it looks like a form letter that was generated by scanning your email address, it's not from us.
  • The email address they give you may look okay, but does it match the email address on the company's contacts page? "" is not our email address. Our address is Also, the phone number they have given you in the email does not match the phone number on our contacts page.
  • Hover over any links (DON'T click on them) and see if the link that turns up when you hover over matches the one on the page. When you hover over the link on the scam email being sent (supposedly in our name) you can see it doesn't match what they have written in the email, and it ends in - that definitely isn't one of our webpages.
  • How have they signed off on the email? Does their signature look professional - an email communication from a business to their client concerning their account will be formatted carefully and contain correct details.
And, remember, if you receive any emails (or phone calls) from any organisation, and you aren't sure if it's legitimate DO NOT click on any links (or agree to anything over the phone), but go straight to the organisation's web page, find their contact details, and ask them directly.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

New Book Recommendation: Not Without a Fight - The Story of the Friends of the National Museum of Australia

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are 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: Not Without a Fight: The Story of the Friends of the National Museum of Australia by Louise Douglas
made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the

An extract from the publisher states:

The National Museum of Australia was almost 100 years in the making.
Over the course of the twentieth century, proposals for a national museum were intermittent, interrupted by wars and financial downturns and stifled by government inaction.

This book tells the story of that group from its early days to its eventual establishment as a successful museum membership organisation. It is a story of enthusiasm, tenacity, grim determination and a willingness to compromise in order to achieve a higher goal – it is the story of the Friends of the National Museum of Australia.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Johnson Matthey Technology Review - Open Access Journal Review

Looking for an Open Access journal on industrial technology? Or on Greenland’s Unique Kvanefjeld Multi-element Rare Earth Project?  Look no further than peer-reviewed Johnson Matthey Technology Review, formerly Platinum Metals Review, published since 1957 and now online only. The article above is from their latest issue and looks at the mining and processing at one of the world's largest deposits.

Johnson Matthey Technology Review also has a large focus on environmental emissions. The parent company is involved with engineering and research across a wide range of mineralogy and chemistry products in industry including spacecraft and additive technologies such as 3D printing and medicine. If you have a 3D project planned, have a look here for ideas before using the Library's new 3D printing service!
Johnson Matthey Technol. Rev., 2017, 61, (1), 52 doi:10.1595/205651317x693624

You will also find print journals and books about these topics in the 669's on our shelves at JCU Library in Townsville and Cairns.

New Book Recommendation: Indigenous Archives: The Making and Unmaking of Aboriginal Art

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 title of interest that is relevant to the library as our Eddie Koiki Mabo Art Exhibiton is occuring:

Indigenous archives: The making and unmaking of Aboriginal art edited by Darren Jorgensen and Ian McLean.
Call Number: 704.039915 IND

An extract from the publisher states:

The archive is a source of power. It takes control of the past, deciding which voices will be heard and which won’t, how they will be heard and for what purposes. Indigenous archivists were at work well before the European Enlightenment arrived and began its own archiving. Sometimes at odds, other times not, these two ways of ordering the world have each learned from, and engaged with, the other. Colonialism has been a struggle over archives and its processes as much as anything else.

Friday, 12 May 2017

CCH 2017 Tax and Accounting Federal Budget Report

Are you interested in learning more about what the 2017 Federal Budget entails? Looking for a more in depth analysis? If so, you're in luck - CCH Wolters Kluwer has just released its Federal Budget 2017-18 Report!

The report examines the 2017 Federal Budget, with a run down of all of the important tax and superannuation developments and insights from the CCH Wolters Kluwer budget team. CCH has also put together a Highlight Report, and a 9 Key Tax Facts You Need To Know update, both of which are worth a look. And if you're not so keen to sit and read all the details, they're also offering a complimentary webinar on the 16th of May at 3:00PM AEST to discuss key tax insights from the budget and how it may impact you.

CCH has a lot of great resources for anyone studying or interested in learning more about taxation, accounting or the legislation surrounding these areas. Head over to CCH IntelliConnect and CCH eBooks for journals and eBooks on topics ranging from taxation to corporations, family law, torts, and conveyancing law.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Wear Orange Wednesday

May 10 is Wear Orange Wednesday. This is a day to say thank you and show your support for the State Emergency Services (SES) throughout Australia. The SES operate slightly differently in each state and territory of Australia but they are consistent in offering support to areas in need – and they’re orange all over the country.

The SES were there to assist when Tropical Cyclone Debbie recently hit the Queensland coast and when flood waters were rising in New South Wales - they are there whenever they are needed, right across the country. The State Emergency Services constantly assist those in need, responding to many types of disasters and emergencies. May 10 is a day to recognise these volunteers, to say thank you and to show your support.

Head to the library to learn more about the SES and the work they do.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

2017 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition: Gail Mabo's Reflections: 25 Years On

The annual 2017 Eddie Koiki Mabo Art Exhibition will showcase artist Gail Mabo's exhibition titled Reflections: 25 Years On from Friday May 19th to June 12th 2017.

Each year the James Cook University Library hosts an art exhibition by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to celebrate the official naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and, the official launch of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May, 2008. Nationally significant dates that occur during the exhibition include National Sorry Day (May 26th), Reconciliation Week (May 27th 1967 Referendum to June 3rd Mabo Day)

2017 is an important anniversary year being 25 years since the 1992 Mabo Land Rights case decision, 50 years since the 1967 National Referendum, 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report and locally will also mark 60 years since the 1957 Strike by Indigenous Australian members of the Palm Island community. These dates and actions are considered landmark dates for Indigenous Australians and also for Australian society. The fundamental changes that resulted from them have rippled out affecting our nation and our community and people's everyday lives.

Gail Mabo has curated new and earlier works to prompt reflection on these changes. The effects have been felt personally, locally and nationally at all levels of society due to the actions of people like her father Eddie Koiki Mabo.

The exhibition  and library is open to the public during our opening hours to view free of charge.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Happy Vesak Day, May 10th
The JCU Library would like to wish all staff and students a happy Vesak day. Informally known as "Budda's Birthday" Vesakday is the day of the full moon in the month of May, this year Vesak falls on May 10.

Vesak is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away.

"For Buddhist everywhere it is indeed a felicitous opportunity, while commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Guatama Buddha, to celebrate his message of compassion and devotion to the service of humanity. This message is today perhaps more relevant than ever before.
Peace, understanding and a vision of humanity that supersedes national and other international differences are essential if we are to cope with the complexities of the nuclear age"

Thursday, 4 May 2017

New: Open Access filter in One Search

Ever wanted to help someone not affiliated with JCU find credible academic research without paywalls?

Well that is now simpler with the release of the 'Open Access' filter in One Search.

Anyone (even if you're not currently studying or working at JCU) has always been able to search One Search from our Library home page -  but now you can avoid being asked to login to see our subscription resources by ticking the Open Access filter:

You can share a link to a resource you find by using the 'Permanent Link' feature:

You can combine the 'Open Access' filter with any other combination of filters, for example 'Scholarly & Peer-Review', 'Full Text Online' and 'Results beyond your library's collection'.

Off Campus Library Service

Are you a JCU Townsville or JCU Cairns student or staff member who lives more than 50 km from your nearest JCU campus? You might be eligible for the library's Off Campus service.

Funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and designed to prevent distance from affecting your study, the library's Off Campus service allows staff and students residing within Australia and living more than 50 km from the Townsville or Cairns JCU campuses to borrow library materials. Best of all, the service is free! Library items are supplied via the postal service and a pre-paid postage bag will be included with sent items to allow them to be returned free of charge. An extension is added to the loan period to allow for postage.

If you've been bemoaning the fact that your lecturers keep recommending texts that aren't available online and you're too far from either campus to pop in and borrow them, take advantage of the Off Campus Service now!

To request an item via the Off Campus Service, you will need to complete the Off Campus Loan Request Form. For more information about the Off Campus Service, eligibility requirements, and other services, head on over to the library’s Off Campus Library Service page.

Please note this service is not available to JCU Brisbane or JCU Singapore staff and students or to Adjunct staff members. Users must be more than 50km from the nearest JCU campus. Please read the information provided on the library’s Off Campus Library Service page before submitting your request.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2017

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually on 3 May 2017. This day focuses on the fundamental principles of press freedom, and defends the independence of the media from attacks. This day is also a time to pay tribute to those journalists who have lost their lives during the course of their work. The UNESCO theme for World Preess Freedom 2017 is Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. This focuses on strengthening free and quality journalism.

The JCU Library has Libguides that relate to media. The Multimedia Journalism Libguide focuses on resources and materials for studies and the News makers/News fakers Libguide examines what is fake news and how to identify it.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

News Makers and News Fakers

Unless you slept through 2016 and missed the 2016 US Presidential election, you’ve probably heard of fake news.

But what is fake news? Why should we care about it? And how can we identify it?

Our newly published News makers/news fakers guide is a great starting point when it comes to answering these questions. Go through the guide to learn about different varieties of fake news including disinformation, hoaxes, clickbait and native advertising. You’ll learn what these types of fake news are and how to spot them in the wild, wild web and beyond.

Ever found an article online and wondered if you can use it in your assignment? The guide provides tips on how to check news sources to see if the stories are legitimate.

We’ve also included some interactive activities to get some practice in evaluating online news and develop your fake news radar. You can find News makers/news fakers within our How to Guides.