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Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) is Australia's national biodiversity database. Founded on the principle of data sharing – collect it once, share it, use it many times – the ALA pulls together biodiversity data from multiple sources including museums, herbaria, government departments, community groups, individuals, and universities, and makes it freely accessible and reusable.

Start by checking out the iconic Australian species or conduct your own search for any of the 119,291 species currently listed in the ALA database. Download datasets including information such as occurrence records, environmental data, images and the conservation status of species which can be used for environmental impact assessments, urban development applications, field guides and school projects. Explore your area and find out what species are around you (check out the results for JCU by enlarging the picture below!) or get involved in the ALA by recording a sighting, submitting a data set, joining a …

Latest One Search improvements now live

The latest iteration of One Search is now live.

Improvements include:
Can now hover over Preview button to see sneak preview rather than having to click, a click locks the preview into displayScopus citation counts now link to the citing sources in Scopus (like Web Of Science citation counts link to citing sources in Web Of Science) Subject terms in Preview are now clickable subject searchesAccessibility improvementsFixed unintended scroll on focus when using arrow between UI panesCalendar improvements, particular on slider when used in assistive readerFixed filter/facet on select going to bottom of listImproved screen reader support:for facet/filter statelabel sort by dropdownFacet navigation tool tips - only included in basic filters, exclude in complex facet edit paneFacet edit pane now clearer about what is included and excluded - and all filters easily resetMore prominent permalink placement (Also now in Cite/Email/Save list options)Can now hover over Preview button to see preview…

Database change - 'LexisNexisAU' now 'Lexis Advance Pacific'

"Visions of Vanuatu" exhibition

The JCU Library is pleased to announce that we will be hosting the exhibition “Visions of Vanuatu” in the Cairns Library from July 30 to August 5. The exhibition is curated by JCU student James Leftwich and will be open to the public.

There will be a formal opening on Tuesday, August 1 from 11am to 12pm, which will include guest speakers Bonita Mabo and Rob Pyne.

You can see the exhibition on the ground floor of the Cairns Library from July 30 to August 5.

ICLR is now online

JCU Library has recently subscribed to ICLR Online, the online database from the The Incorporated Council of Law Reporting, which we have earlier subscribed to in print only. Now you won't have to wait for the print copy of the Weekly Law Reports to arrive from the UK by post.

ICLR Online provides access for JCU students and staff to fifteen products ranging in publication dates from 1890 to the present. Delve into the Appeal casesQueens Bench Division, or the Public and Third sector cases.



There are a couple of handy tools to help with navigation through related cases, judgements and information such as Citator+ and Briefcase. Instead of searching from one volume to another, just follow the hyperlinks to explore related information about the cases. ICLR Online has an informative blog page for further information on English law, with an archive and external links.

Still prefer print? JCU Library will continue to receive the Weekly Law Reports for the remainder of 2017, just sear…

Can't find the book or journal you need for your research in the library?

Found a book or journal article in Google Scholar or Trove that you would like to borrow or copy for research and can't find it in  OneSearch? The answer is JCU Library's Interlibrary Loans Service to Staff and Students.

JCU Library has a strong network with other libraries in Australia and worldwide, for reciprocal borrowing where available, or obtaining a copy of an article or thesis from their collections.

JCU Library does pass on the cost of sourcing the required material, but we do our best to obtain books and material by the most cost effective means. Charges depend upon where the item is sourced and the urgency which is it required by. If the article or item can be borrowed from within Australia, the minimum charge per item or article is $15.00.

The more information you can provide on the request form, the better it will help us with locating the exact item you require, and ensure processing in the shortest time-frame. Including the source of your citation will be of fu…

You won't believe this technique to avoid fake news!

"Fake news" - it's the new catchphrase being thrown around by everyone, but how do you know when news is fake and when it's just news?

One of the simplest ways to ensure the news you're accessing is reliable, is through the source. JCU Library subscribes to NewsBank, a comprehensive news collection database, providing access for JCU users to newspapers from Australia and around the world. Access your news through NewsBank, and avoid the click-bait titles that are rife across social media. Sources are vetted by NewsBank before being included in the database. The aggregation of thousands of sources means you can access a variety of viewpoints with a single search.

But you've already found a resource and read the article, you say? It's important to be able to analyse information objectively to determine the weight you should place upon it. Head on over to JCU Library's own 'fake news' guide, News Makers/News Fakers to learn about different variet…

New Book Recommendation: The Older Traveller

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 is: The older traveller: A guide for the health professional 
Call Number: 613.680846 BAU

An extract from the publisher's website states:

Is 80 the new 60 at your clinic? More people are travelling throughout older age and many health practitioners are looking for guidance on the health needs of travellers over 60. The Older Traveller – A guide for the health professional provides advice on health issues encountered by older travellers…

Library Opening Hours Study Period 2, 2017

Welcome back to all our students.  The Cairns Campus library and the Mabo library (Townsville) are now back to semester opening hours:

Townsville Eddie Koiki Mabo Library 
Monday to Thursday 7.30 am to 9.30 pmFriday 7.30 am to 7.30 pmSaturday & Sunday 10.00 pm to 5.00pm
Cairns Campus Library 
Monday to Thursday 8.00 am to 9.00 pmFriday 8.00 am to 6.00 pmSaturday & Sunday 10.00 pm to 5.00pm
Public Holiday opening hours:
October 2nd, Queen's Birthday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Check out our Opening Hours online.

Your CopyPrint account for printing

There are two ways to add credit to your CopyPrint account at JCU.
Online via Students Online. You need a Mastercard or Visa, debit or credit card. Minimum $5.00 payment. Credit usually available after 15 minutes (but can take longer). Some banks require you to authorise this function with them. In person, with cash at the CopyPrint Paystations located in the Cairns and Townsville Libraries. You need your student card, and Australian coins and notes. Put your coins and notes in one at a time (you will hear a chime) to avoid jams. Credit is available immediately. The video above explains this step-by-step process. InfoHelp service point staff can answer your questions and help resolve any issues. Don’t forget you can ask InfoHelp rovers to assist you

New Book Recommendation: The history of social movements in global perspective

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 is:

The history of social movements in global perspective edited by Stefan Berger and Holger Nehring.
Call Number: 303.484 HIS

An extract from the publisher's website states:

Social movements have shaped and are shaping modern societies around the globe; this is evident when we look at examples such as the Arab Spring, Spain’s Indignados and the wider Occupy movement. In this volume, experts analyse the ‘classic’ and new social movement…

O'Week Study Period Two Opening Hours Monday 17th to 23rd July 2017

The libraries on Cairns and Townsville campuses opening hours from Monday 17th July 2017

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

Cairns Campus Library
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Tuesday 8.00 am to 7.00 pm
Friday CLOSED, Cairns Show Day
Saturday 1.00 pm to 5.00 pm
Sunday CLOSED

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

Drowning in the sea of information? Let LibGuides keep you afloat!

New students to JCU can begin to learn academic skills useful for their studies by looking at some of our LibGuides.

Three great JCU LibGuides are:

Info Skills Road Trip: An overview of the Library services and general skills needed.

Writing Skills: A great way to learn how to plan out a University level essay

Referencing: A quick overview of the most common referencing styles used at University and a helpful tool for referring to

You can also check out your discipline specific LibGuide.

Don't forget to also visit Student Essentials to keep swimming in the right direction!

Get Into The Swim Of Things With Library Workshops

Get into the swim of university life with some academic workshops run by your ever helpful library staff.

Need help with EndNote? There's a workshop for that.

Can't find journal articles? There's a workshop for that.

Just don't understand APA referencing? Guess what, there's a workshop for that too.

In fact the Library has an awful lot of workshops designed for both new students and those who would like to refresh their skills. Our list of workshops can be found here.

Can't attend a workshop? Contact InfoHelp for some one-on-one advice.

Go Straight to the Library Channel

Those of you with a keen eye may have recently noticed a new addition to the library homepage. Have you spotted it?
Sitting next to our social media icons is a new link to the Library Channel.



Select this new screen icon to visit the Library Channel, which is home to videos on evaluating sources, searching databases, top library tips and our Special Collections. The Library Channel also has some interactive games to help you develop your library skills.

So jump straight into our Library Channel from the library homepage and learn more about the Special Collections, get to know a new database or check out some tips to help in your next assessment!

New eBook Recommendation: Making War at Fort Hood: Life and Uncertainty in a Military Community

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 is: Making war at Fort Hood: Life and uncertainty in a military community by Kenneth T. MacLeish.

An excerpt from the publisher's website:

Making War at Fort Hood offers an illuminating look at war through the daily lives of the people whose job it is to produce it. Kenneth MacLeish conducted a year of intensive fieldwork among soldiers and their families at and around the US Army's Fort Hood in central Texas. He shows how war&#…

New eBook Recommendation: From Smart City to Smart Region: Digital Services for an Internet of Places

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 is From Smart City to Smart Region: Digital Services for an Internet of Places by Corinna Morandi, Andrea Rolando,and Stefano Di Vita.

An extract from the publishers website states:

"This book offers a fascinating exploration of the relationship between information and communication technologies (ICTs) and spatial planning, expanding the concept of “urban smartness” from the usual scale of buildings or urban projects to the regional d…

Don't Forget to Check for Library Fines

If you are having trouble accessing your results for Semester 2, you may have a sanction due to things like an outstanding fee to pay, or a form you forgot to submit.

A lot of people don't realise that a library fine for overdue or lost books can result in a sanction. If you have fines that are $25 or more, your results will be withheld.

It is an easy fix though, you can pay your fines in person or over the phone and then you will be able to access your results.

To check your library account to see if you have any fines (or any books still out that you need to return or renew), go to the Library homepage and log into your Library Account. You can then see any fines you have on you account and any items you have on loan.

Group Study Room Booking Upgrade and Improvements

We've just completed a major upgrade to the Group Study Room Bookings system.

Major changes and improvements are:
Bookings can now start on the half hour or on the hourBooking blocks are 30 minutes long so bookings can be 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes longA verification email is now sent to your email account - you must respond within  6 hours to confirm your booking or the booking is cancelled automatically.Once verified you receive a confirmation emailWe are now able to provide improved information about the room and its location (coming soon) We appreciate your feedback (use the form on the Group Study Rooms page)
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