Saturday, 28 October 2017

New book: Travelling home, Walkabout magazine and mid-twentieth-century Australia

Travelling home, Walkabout magazine and mid-twentieth-century Australia (ebook: Full-text online)

Travelling home provides a detailed analysis of the contribution that the mid twentieth-century Walkabout magazine made to Australia's cultural history. Spanning five decades of the twentieth century (1934-1974), Walkabout was integral to Australia's sense of self as a nation. By advocating travel - both vicarious and actual - Walkabout encouraged settler Australians to broaden their image of the nation and its place in the Pacific region. Walkabout was widely circulated and invariably found in the waiting rooms of dentists, doctors and hair dressers.  Drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship, Travelling Home engages with key questions in literary, cultural, and Australian studies about national identity.

 Topics covered include:

  • History of Walkabout magazine
  • Key contributors
  • Racial representation
  • Development and modernity
  • Nature and environment
  • Pacific and Papua New Guinea
Interested in reading the primary source? JCU Library also holds print copies of Walkabout, ranging from 1934-1974.

For instructions on how to borrow and download an eBook, 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 save books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively, most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

Friday, 27 October 2017

Open Access Databases at JCU Library

JCU Library has been celebrating International Open Access Week this week, and there has been much discussion about research outputs, publishing and journals which support Open Access publishing.

The Library Databases page is another way to discover reliable and authoritative Open Access resources outside of our subscribed collections. Just go to JCU's Databases page, and from the 'All Database types' drop down menu, select 'Open Access'. Alternatively you can look for the Open Access icon found beside database titles.

These resources have been selected and reviewed by librarians familiar with your subject areas.  Currently there are 85 open access databases. We have given a small sample below, but there are many more free resources to delve into.

We have information here for all disciplines and all levels, from undergraduate to teaching.

For statistics in the social sciences, there is the World Bank Open Data , Australian Bureau of Statistics ,Statistics Queensland and ILOSTAT.

Medical information and articles are provided by PubMed, SpeechBite, Merck Manual, and ChemSpider.

ReefBase, Plant List , the National Science Digital Library and BHL Australia cover the natural sciences.

There are also a number of indexing services to help guide researchers to information in your area of study - try Worldcat, American Doctoral Dissertations, Google Scholar, AMS Digital Mathematics Registry, PEDro, REHABDATA, SafetyLit and LawCite.

In the arts and history fields, you will find much in the Text Archive, Project Gutenberg Australia, OAPEN eBook Library,, Trove (Picture Australia), the HathiTrust, Film Literature Index, and DOAB.
Don't forget law and legislation - The Federal Register of Legislation, ParlInfo Search and AUSTLII are very useful.

Not sure what Open Access is - check out JCU's Open Access LibGuide.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Exam Week tips

Exam week tips 
Minimise exam period stress by controlling the things you can, like finding the exam dates and rooms, the rules about what you can and can't take, or finding good study spaces.

Here is a list of tips and JCU webpages to help you get the grades that 13 weeks of steady studying deserve.

How does the whole exam thing work? 
Exams & results 
Use this to find out where to go, what you need, and when to turn up. You can also find information about your grades, how to apply for special consideration and how to maintain a good academic level.

Where is my exam? 
Students can find their personal exam timetables in StudentsOnline, and
Campus maps to help locate exam rooms.
You could even do a visit beforehand to make sure you have the right room. There is usually a blue sticker above doorways with the building and room number on it.

What is my lecturer going to ask? 
Past examination papers
Reserve Online is JCU's central repository for past exam papers. A link 
called Readings & Past Exams is also located in the centre of the Library homepage .

Where can I study in peace?
Library opening hours during exams.
The libraries in Townsville and Cairns have designated areas for different types of study, from silent and solitary to more collaborative group revision. Both have 24 hour computer labs located in the building and both libraries are open until midnight on weekdays during the exam block.

Feeling the pressure?
If you are feeling stressed and need some help to cope, get in touch with the Student Equity and Wellbeing office, including counselling and AccessAbility services.

The library staff wishes you all the best with your exams.

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

World Teachers' Day 2017

Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers' Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society.

The first World Teachers’ Day was held on 5 October 1994 by UNESCO to acknowledge the importance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers in society. Internationally World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October, however as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year.

Show your appreciation on World Teachers' Day, Friday, 27 October or give a Thank-a-teacher card on Thank a teacher Thursday (26 October) when the Story Bridge lights up for teachers.

To all our teachers at JCU and to the students who are completing Education courses - thank you! You really do make a difference.

Monday, 23 October 2017

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 2 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 until 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 30 October - Thursday 16 November.

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

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

Sunday, 22 October 2017


It's a scary time of year when exams are approaching, so why not let your hair down with some cheap thrills?

Halloween is celebrated by many on the 31st of October every year, and we have a number of resources to help you learn about and enjoy the day (well night 👀)


Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Credo Reference and the Mind Map

Credo Reference is an online database of background content. It's full-text and can help you learn the basics of any topic. Credo includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as subject specific titles from art, to literature, to law. It's a great place to commence your research.

In addition Credo features a Mind Mapping functionality to help you focus your research. Type in a keyword and click on Mind Map. Your search is displayed as the central concept in the Mind Map. The concepts surrounding it are related to your search term. You can click on them to draw new maps if this helps and you can bookmark a mind map by copying the link.. The Mind Map helps you expand or refine your research in Credo.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

International Open Access Week: October 23-29

The theme for International Open Access Week, to be held from 23-29 October 2017, focuses on the concrete benefits of making scientific and scholarly research and data freely and publicly accessible. 

According to Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC,
This year’s theme will help focus discussions ... on those benefits of openness that are most compelling locally—whether that’s increasing citation counts, enabling anyone to learn from the latest scholarship, or accelerating the translation of research into economic gains—and encourage action to realize these benefits (Shockey, 2017).

Cairns and Townsville will be hosting events to promote Open Access Week. Check out OPEN: The Future of Research for more information.

To find out more about the Open Access movement, including links to Open Access resources and databases, author rights and policies, see the Open access publishing libguide.
You can also find Open Access resources via Onesearch. No JCU login is required to access these resources. Just click on the 'Open Access' filter to refine your search results.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Annual Reviews - Getting in touch with your subject area

Wanting to find out the overall outcome of recent research in your area of knowledge?  Look into Annual Reviews from our Databases pages or OneSearch. Experts across a wide range of sciences and humanities compile a critical overview of trends, outcomes and possible future directions in each field. Each journal is updated regularly throughout the year. Full archives are available for all titles, as well as abstracts for the upcoming review.

Of topical interest, the latest Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics, published in August, has articles on galaxy formation, life on exoplanets, magnetic fields and dark matter.

The latest Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry discusses research into the use of nanosensors in plants tissue to monitor growth conditions.

Supplemental material and multimedia are provided, such as video, interviews and lectures. 

Locating related articles is a breeze, as Annual Reviews display relevant titles on the right of each open article, and there is a danger that once you enter this web of , it may difficult to leave...

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library currently subscribes to the Science collection of Annual Reviews.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Noble Prize in Literature announced

CC Mariusz Kubik

The British author Kazuo Ishiguro said he was both honoured and “taken completely by surprise” after he was named this year’s winner of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature, even initially wondering if the announcement was a case of “fake news”.

Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan but his family moved to England in 1960 when he was five years old.  Ishiguro studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia and published his first novel, A pale view of the hills, in 1982.

He has since received four Man Booker Prize nominations for Never let me go, The buried giant and The remains of the day, winning the award for the latter in 1989.

In an interview with Andrew Dunn, Ishiguro reflects on the themes that underpin his writing:

I'm interested in memory because it's a filter through which we see our lives, and because it's foggy and obscure, the opportunities for self-deception are there. In the end, as a writer, I'm more interested in what people tell themselves happened rather than what actually happened.

You can learn more about the life and work of this remarkable novelist via resources in the library catalogue.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

JCU Associate Professor Noel Loos latest book added to the North Queensland Collection!

JCU Library Special Collections staff recently had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Associate Professor Noel Loos as we celebrated the addition of his latest book, an autobiographical memoir titled “In the shadow of holocausts: Australia and the third reich” published by Boolarong Press, to the North Queensland Collection.   The NQ Collection preserves for future generations of researchers every publication either wholly or partly written about our region.
JCU Associate Professor Noel Loos with some of his publications from the NQ Collection, JCU Library Special Collections.

With an accomplished career of research and education in the field of black/white history in Australia, A/Professor Loos worked at the Townsville College of Advanced Education (TCAE) prior to joining James Cook University in 1970, where he taught until his retirement in 1996.  A/Professor Loos lectured on the history of black-white relations and conducted close research into Aboriginal mission history, frontier conflict, the place of Aborigines in colonial society and government, and the evolution of government policies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people. 

During the 1970s he pioneered the development of teacher education programs in Queensland for Aboriginal and Islander people. In 1975, the decision was made at the then TCAE to create a Division of Aboriginal and Islander Education from which emerged, a race relations subject - Race and Culture - a one semester subject taken by all third year students. Then, in 1976, a one-year Graduate Diploma in Aboriginal Education was launched for qualified experienced school teachers who had worked in schools with a large Indigenous enrolment or who wished to work in such schools. Next, the then Queensland Deputy Director of Education asked the TCAE if it could develop a primary teacher education program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students whom the secondary school system had not been able to graduate successfully to the standard acceptable for tertiary entrance. This course was the Aboriginal and Islander Teacher Education Program, known to all as AITEP.  A/Professor Noel Loos and A/Professor Lynette Henderson worked together to deliver the very successful Townsville based AITEP. It was a study of the program after ten years by Lynette Henderson and Geoff Coombs, Confronting Disadvantage: A Demographic Study of the first 53 Graduates through AITEP, that revealed that AITEP had, in the majority of years, either a slightly higher or equal graduation rate in Primary Teacher Education at the TCAE and, after amalgamation, JCU, than did the regular entry program.
JCU Associate Professor Noel Loos and Associate Professor Lynette Henderson with the AITEP News which can be read online in NQHeritage@JCU, the online repository for JCU Library Special Collections.

A/Professor Loos was also a friend to Eddie Mabo for twenty-five years. During Loos’s time at the TCAE and JCU, Mabo often sat in on lectures and also delivered occasional guest lectures to Loos’s students. In 1981 Loos, along with colleague Prof Henry Reynolds, informed Mabo that he had no legal ownership of his traditional land. A shocked Mabo, from the beginning of his fight for land rights, was supported and advised by Loos. A/Professor Loos has written the Eddie Mabo entry for the Australian Dictionary of Biography and edited the 1996 book, Edward Koiki Mabo: His Life and Struggle for Land Rights. He has published widely on indigenous history and politics, and has contributed to the 2008 SBS series First Australians and several books that have issued from the series.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Happy Birthday Cairns Community Garden

It's hard to believe a year has passed since the opening of Cairns Community Garden – and how things have changed! Visitors on their way to the library can't miss the location, thanks to the huge sign organized by the Department of Tropical Health and Medicine.

The vision begins

The past twelve months have been packed with picnics, market days and workshops, including ‘Growing relationships with PNG food’, gardening with wicking beds, companion planting and making food gardens from pallets. Don’t miss the Really Big Garden Feast on Saturday, 21 October and the next Garden Fun Day on Tuesday, 24 October.

12 months on

You can keep up to date with activities and events on the JCU Cairns Community Garden webpage, the Community of Gardeners Facebook page or email to receive regular ebulletins. The Townsville campus also supports a thriving community garden at the Rotary International College site.

 Want to dig deeper?  Read the latest news and research about Australia’s community gardens via the library catalogue.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Planned maintenance for Network Access this weekend 7th-8th October

Someone unplugged some things and they need to be plugged back in again. 
Over this weekend (7th & 8th of October) you may have problems connecting to network services on Townsville Campus.

Between 8am Saturday until 5pm Sunday, you could have problems with services such as:

  • eStudent, SMS, My HR, Staff online and Student Online
  • WiFi
  • Printing
  • Phones
  • Adding credit to accounts
  • Logging into GATCF computers
  • Swipe card room access
  • Service Now
Click here for further information.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Colin Roderick Award Nominee: Saltwater

Saltwater by Cathy McLennan 

Everyone knows that some of those kids are innocent... your dilemma is not whether the kids are innocent, but which of the kids are innocent.’ When Cathy McLennan first steps into Townsville’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service as a young graduate she isn’t expecting a major murder case to land on her desk. The accused are four teenage boys whose family connections stretch across the water to Palm Island. As she battles to prove herself in the courtroom, Cathy realises that the truth is far more complex than she first thought. She starts to question who are the criminals and who are the victims. Saltwater tells the compelling story of one lawyer’s fight for justice amongst the beauty and the violence of this tropical paradise.

Saltwater is available in print (820A MACLE 1C SAL) in Cairns and Townsville, and as an eBook.

It has been nominated for the Colin Roderick Award.

The Colin Roderick Award is one of Australia's oldest literary awards, founded in 1967 by Professor Colin Roderick. After Professor Roderick's death in 2000, the award was renamed in his memory. The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies presents the annual award to the value of $20,000, coupled with the silver H.T. Priestley Memorial Medal. The award and medal are presented to the best original book, in the judges' opinion, that is published in Australia in the previous calendar year. Submissions must deal with any aspect of Australian life and can be in any field or genre of writing, verse or prose.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Free Lockers: Mabo Library Townsville

Need to stash some stuff while you are on the Townsville campus?

The Mabo Library has FREE lockers you can use for up to 5 hours, they are located in the 24/7 InfoCommons.

You can even charge your phone and laptop in them!

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Annual Eddie Koiki Mabo lecture 2017, Wednesday 4 October 2017

 The Mabo Political Settlement: what became of the Social Justice Package

JCU celebrates the history making Mabo decision with an annual public commemorative presentation provided by a prominent person who has made a significant contribution to contemporary Australian society. Eddie Koiki Mabo (1936-1992) worked at one time as a gardener at JCU. A Torres Strait Islander, he is a famous figure in Australian history for his role in campaigning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights and his role in one landmark decision of Australia's High Court, overturning the legal fiction of terra nullius which characterised Australian law with regards to land and title. The JCU library in Townsville is named in his honour.

This year's lecture will be presented in Townsville by Professor Megan Davis  Wednesday 4 October 2017, 5:00pm
Townsville- Medical Lecture Theatre (Bldg 45) Room 002
Cairns (videolinked)-Room A3.002

Register here

Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law, UNSW. Prof Davis is an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Prof Davis is a constitutional lawyer who was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Megan is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission. Megan supports the North Queensland Cowboys and the QLD Maroons.