Saturday, March 25, 2017

Earth Hour 2017

Earth Hour 2017

2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour as a global phenomenon. What started as an Aussie idea has grown into a global force of nature, that is now celebrated in over 172 countries and over 7,000 cities and towns worldwide. The symbolic hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, with beyond-the-hour projects and initiatives happening throughout the year.
Earth Hour is a great home-grown success story: an Aussie campaign designed to draw attention to tackling global warming and get people talking about what we can do to help.

In Australia, Earth Hour is something that really brings communities together, with 1 in every 4 Aussies taking part. In 2016, millions of Australians took part in Earth Hour to show their support for a low pollution, clean energy future, one in which we can continue to enjoy the best of nature and our great Aussie outdoor lifestyle.
Millions of Australians are expected to take part in Earth Hour at 8:30pm on Saturday March 25, 2017 as a symbol of support for a low pollution, clean energy future for all generations.

To read more about the topic of Environmental protection or check out

Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 CHASS Australia Book Prize

Applications are now open for the 2017 CHASS Australia Book Prize. This is a cash prize of $3,500 for a non-fiction book/e-book in any Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) area published between 1 January and 31 December 2016.

The prize will be awarded to the author whose book, in the opinion of the judges, contributes most to cultural and intellectual life in Australia.

 Books should be by a single author or, at most, two authors - edited collections are not eligible. Any author can submit up to four books.

Like to nominate yourself, or someone or someone else for the prize? Head to the CHASS website for details. 

Klaus Neumann won the prize last year for his book, Across the seas: Australia's response to refugees: A history. You can find it online at the JCU Library.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New books by JCU author: Nichola Corbett-Jarvis

New title by JCU author: Nichola Corbett-Jarvis

Effective Legal WritingEffective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide by Nichola Corbett-Jarvis and Brendan Grigg
Call number 808.06634 COR 2017

This practical, student-focused text introduces writing skills essential for successful study in law and explains how to apply them in a legal context. It is designed as a course book for first year law students with ongoing relevance as a resource in subsequent years at law school and beyond. 
It includes many examples, case-studies and exercises and is supported by extensive online resources for lecturers.

  • Basic literacy, legal literacy and writing skills are explored in a way that is fully integrated into legal content
  • Contains many examples, case-studies, opportunities for revision, questions and exercises
Nichola Corbett-Jarvis is a law lecturer at James Cook University.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Get your essay references checked at the Library.

We have reached that time of semester when the first assignments are due. Are you having trouble with the referencing component of your assignment...?  You can ask a library staff member at the InfoHelp desk in Cairns or Townsville for assistance.

You can also come along to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville campus) and consult with a dedicated referencing expert on weekdays at the InfoHelp Desk, ground floor between 11am to 3pm. Please bring a printed copy of your reference list and essay to note the correction advice.

Don't forget that you can always cross check your references against the examples in the Referencing LibGuide and find out how to format APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA or Vancouver in-text citations and reference lists.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Assignment Help: Literature Reviews

Did you know the JCU Library has a Literature Review LibGuide?

The LibGuide provides at in-depth look at the literature review process and provides step-by-step advice in researching and writing a literature review.

 For more help with literature reviews please contact the InfoHelp Desk, or see the Learning Centre website for advice on writing literature reviews and other assignments.

New Book Recommendation: Ancient Aboriginal aquaculture rediscovered

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:
Ancient Aboriginal aquaculture rediscovered: The archaeology of an Australian cultural landscape by Heather Builth
Call number: 994.945700909 BUI

An extract from the publisher states:

This book challenges the notion of pre-contact Australian Aboriginal groups as merely hunter-gatherers surviving in a harsh, drought-prone continent. Four years of intense archaeological and ethnographic research across a weathered lava flow in South-west Victoria has revealed that long ago a cultural transformation occurred here. By harnessing springs and moving water throughout the landscape via excavated channels (thereby managing both drought and flood); controlling movement of the catadromous Shortfin eel between the ocean and culturally-constructed wetlands on the lava flow; building villages; and finally developing the means to process and preserve thousands of captured high protein mature migrating eels, the Mt Eccles lava flow had become the hub of an extensive aquaculture industry for Gunditjmara clans complete with hundreds of permanent dwellings. These long-forgotten past landscape modifications and their purpose were rediscovered by using GIS to map archaeological features and simulate pre-drainage water movemement. Undertaking bio-molecular analysis and revisiting ethnographic records revealed this extraordinary complex which was destroyed by British occupation.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Australian Literary Studies Updates

Whether you're studying literature or not, Australian Literary Studies (ALS) is well worth a browse!

A fully refereed journal focusing on Australian literary criticism, ALS is one of the primary sources for knowledge about Australian literature. New volumes are available as Open Access for roughly a month before becoming part of the ALS Archive. As JCU has a current subscription to the Archive, JCU users are able to access any content from ALS back to its beginning in 1963. The most recent issue, Volume 32, No. 1, has just been published, and is well worth a look with two new articles on Gwen Harwood and Tim Winton.

‘Having Fun with the Professors’: Gwen Harwood and Doctor Eisenbart by Ann-Marie Priest discusses the career of Australian poet Gwen Harwood and the struggles she faced in breaking into the male-dominated world of Australian poetry. Throughout her career, Gwen Harwood published over 420 works, including 386 poems and 13 librettos and she is widely considered one of Australia's greatest poets. If the article above piques your interest, JCU holds numerous copies of Gwen Harwood's works in our print collection at 820A HARW 1B BES to 820A HARW 3 TRI, including The best 100 poems of Gwen HarwoodGwen Harwood: collected poems 1943-1995, and Gwen Harwood, a biography by Stephanie Trigg.

Peter Mathews's Who is My Neighbour?: Tim Winton’s ‘Aquifer’ and the Ghosts of Cloudstreet is a study on the psychology of guilt as debt in Aquifer, a short story by renowned Australian author, Tim Winton. Those interested in reading the short story can find it in The Turning, a collection of short stories by Tim Winton held in the JCU Library print collection at 820A WINT 1B TUR. If it is Tim Winton himself you're interested in learning more about, JCU also recently acquired a copy of The boy behind the curtain, a series of essays on parts of Winton’s life, written by the man himself which can be found at  820A WINT 3 BOY.

JCU users might also recognise some names while browsing ALS, with articles and book reviews contributed by various JCU staff, such Michael Ackland, Victoria Kuttainen and Richard Lansdown, included in the archive.

The ALS archive can also be browsed by subject. You're bound to find something of interest to you in the trove of information provided. Happy reading!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Library Printing Goes 3D

We’re very excited here in the JCU Library to announce our brand new 3D Printing Service!!!

Both the Cairns Library and the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library are now equipped with new Zeus AIO printers. Our librarians have been busy working with the printers, seeing what they can do and having a lot of fun learning what’s possible. Now it’s your turn!

The 3D printing service will be available to all current JCU staff and students. You can find specific details regarding the service from the library website or the brand new 3D Printing LibGuide.

Not an expert in 3D modeling software? No problem. Take some tutorials and get started with free software or find a free model online from one of the many sites dedicated to 3D Printing.

You can choose to print practical objects, something for fun or get creative – there are endless possibilities!

Get started today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Assignment Help: Annotated Bibliographies
Need to write an Annotated Bibliography? There's a LibGuide for that!

Check out our Annotated Bibliographies LibGuide for a step-by-step guide to researching and writing an annotated bibliography.

If you would like more help, please contact the InfoHelp Desk in the library, or the Learning Centre offers an alternate explanation on how to write an annotated bibliography and other assignments that you might find useful.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

2017 Annual Careers Fair

You may notice an industrious buzz about campus today and tomorrow due to the Annual Careers Fair. Yes, it is Careers Fair time again in Cairns and Townsville!

The event takes place over two days: today in Cairns and tomorrow in Townsville.

This is a fantastic chance to learn more about potential career pathways and employment opportunities. Students will have the chance to speak with industry experts and hear from both national and local employers.
Get help with your Resume or Cover Letter on the day! There’s also a FREE App you can download for the fair to see who will be there and what job opportunities they have. Find more information online.

Students from all disciplines and all year levels are encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: JCU Library

Wednesday, 15 March 2017
Time: 9.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: The Market, Aromas (B.12 – Previously the Refectory)

Monday, March 13, 2017

The LOCKSS Principle: Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe
A simple university life lesson for new students is the LOCKSS Principle: Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe.

 Do you have your USB drive backed up anywhere?

 We often have lost USBs handed in at the Library, but we also have many people come and ask us for USBs that haven't been handed in. USB drives are easy to lose.

 They are also easy to leave in your pocket when you put your clothes in the wash. And they can develop faults that make the data irretrievable. Basically USBs are not indestructible.

 Having all of your stuff saved on one USB drive is just not a smart move. Having all of your stuff saved on one computer is also pretty dangerous. It's a great idea to have more than one copy of anything important - especially around assignment time.

 When you are working on your assignments, save your work regularly to your USB drive, and remember to occasionally save a copy to your DropBox, Google Drive or OneDrive (you get OneDrive with your JCU email account) - or, at the very least, email a copy of it to yourself. Regularly save copies of all of your important files to your computer, another USB drive or to the cloud.

 Remember the LOCKSS principle: Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe

Friday, March 10, 2017

Assignment Help: The Referencing LibGuide

Do you have an assignment due soon and need help with your references?

Use one of JCU's Library and Information Services' Referencing LibGuides to double check your style. All the major referencing styles used at JCU are there:
  • Plus other styles 
You can also get a comparison of styles to see how they differ.

You can speak to a real live library staff member to help clarify the more confusing parts of referencing rules, either face to face at the InfoHelp desk, via email, chat services, or phone.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

Happy International Women’s Day!

Yes, the 8th of March is International Women’s Day. The campaign theme for IWD 2017 is #BeBoldForChange. For global change to really take place, local action needs to occur and there are many ways you can get involved.

The UN Secretary-General's Message for International Women’s Day for 2017 begins:
Women’s rights are human rights. But in these troubled times, as our world becomes more unpredictable and chaotic, the rights of women and girls are being reduced, restricted and reversed. Empowering women and girls is the only way to protect their rights and make sure they can realize their full potential. 
Head to the library to read more on International Women’s Day.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Getting Lost in the Literature Section: The Puzzle of the 820s
Have you ever found yourself on the top floor of the library desperately searching for a piece of literature you need for your English studies course?

What about that time you wanted to read Tim Winton's Cloudstreet but gave up when you couldn't find it on the shelves?

Why do the shelves go from 820 to 829? Why? My assignment's due in two days, stop tormenting me and just give me the book!

Considering that it's that time of year where everything is becoming increasingly stressful we thought we'd provide you with some peace and serenity by enlightening you about our confusing literature section.

The main thing you need to remember is that there is a little sign on the top floor near the lifts that most people overlook, it's not a particulary pretty sign, but it is an extremely useful sign as it lets everyone know that we've been weird and organised our literature section in the following order:

820 English literature
829  Old English literature (yes it's a big jump, just roll with it)
820A  Literature of Australia (What? Back to 820? Yes. Please note the 'A' it means this is a different 820)
820C  Literature of Canada
820F  Literature of Africa
820I  Literature of India
820M Literature of Malaysia
820NZ Literature of New Zealand
820P Literature of The Philippines
820PNG Literature of Papua New Guinea
820PO Literature of Polynesia
820SA Literature of South Africa
820SI Literature of Singapore
820T Literature of Thailand
820WI Literature of West Indies

So basically, if you read the sign you should be able to figure things out. As to why the library decided to torment you in this way, there was once a thing called the "British Empire" which colonised, invaded or controlled an awful lot of countries now referred to as "Commonwealth countries" so the library made the decision to place the literature of these countries as subsections of English literature. It's not fair, and it's very confusing but the alternative was much worse, so keep that little sign in mind and you should be able to find what you want without too many tears. Of course if you would like some help finding things you can always snag a passing Rover for help or  contact InfoHelp.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Roast Beef is Shiny - Tips for Creating Passwords

During the first week or so of Semester, a lot of new students come to the InfoHelp desk to try to set a password.

We have rules for passwords, and if your password does not match those requirements, our systems won't let you use it.

Additionally, Microsoft (who runs our email accounts) is *really* strict with passwords.  Our systems will let you get away with a password that passes 90% of the rules, but Microsoft won't like it at all - this means you'll be able to access systems like LearnJCU, but you won't be able to get into your email.

So here's some advice on picking a good password:

  1. Make it memorable.  Forgetting your password doesn't help.  A word, name or phrase that means something to you or will stick in your head is a good place to start.
  2. Make sure you have at least 8 characters (no more than 16).
  3. Include at least one capital letter, at least one lowercase letter and at least one number - you need at least one of each for a valid password.  Adding a symbol or punctuation mark is also good, but check the rules for some symbols you can't use.
  4. Don't use your name, or your username - or part of your name or username.  If you have several letters in a row that matches your name, Microsoft will hate that.  It also hates some words, so avoid using a straight-up dictionary word.
  5. Don't use Password, qwerty123 or anything like this.  It's just really bad, and Microsoft will definitely reject it.
  6. Keep a copy of your password somewhere for future reference, but don't carry it with you and don't share it with anyone.  If you make your password memorable, then you can keep a reminder with you.
Take this for an example password:  R0astB33f1sSh1ny

It's a bit long (you don't need one that long), but I'll remember it because it's a phrase that will stick in my head - "roast beef is shiny".

The first letter of every word is a capital, and I've made some of the letters numbers.  In my phone, I can put in a note that will remind me of my password, but not reveal it to anyone.
Username: jcXXXXXX
Password: What is shiny?
And because it looks like a random collection of letters and numbers, our systems will love it and it will be hard for someone else to guess.