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New Nursing Journal Collection and Emcare Database on Ovid

JCU Library now provides access to an additional 91 nursing journals, as part of the Ovid Nursing Journals package, making it one of the largest and most respected nursing and allied health collections.

JCU also has access to Emcare on Ovid, a nursing Abstracting and Indexing database providing more records and trusted content than any other leading nursing database. Emcare is integrated with JCU's Ovid full-text journal collections, allowing your research to go beyond just citation gathering to full text where it is available.

Supplementing Ovid Journals and Ovid Books are thousands of multimedia files covering all aspects of medicine, nursing and related fields. Not a student nurse or doctor? Psychology students can browse over one hundred thousand multimedia resources, and there are also over nine thousand videos on family care and two thousand covering exercise science.

52 Book Challenge - Week 17

Well, there's a good chance some of you are still finishing off the book that was more than 500 pages (after all, you've got assignments to work on and stuff to do - you can't sit around reading all day!).

You'll be pleased to know that this week's challenge is considerably smaller:

17. A book you can finish in a day

It can be a long book that's a light read, or a short book packed with stuff.

Now, I am (of course) going to suggest that you might want to raid the Curriculum Collection for this challenge. It has many wonderful books that can be read in a day.

However, we've got some real gems in the Main Collection. For example, Your Book of Corn Dollies* is only 48 pages long. It's neighbour in the "weaving unaltered vegetable fibres" section of our library (746.41)** is Kete Making (traditional Maori woven bags), and it's only 32 pages long.

You could easily read those in a day. And then maybe try your hand at making traditional British or…

Reading Challenge Week 16 - A book with over 500 pages

Sometimes it's good to sink your teeth into a nice long read. Of course, what you think is a long book, and what the person next to you thinks is a long book might be completely different, but I think we can all agree that you can't comfortably read 500 pages in a couple of hours.

Unless you're a freak. Or you have super powers. Or both.

Anyway, as you can probably guess, the challenge for this week was to read a book with over 500 pages. Handily, this challenge fell in lecture recess, so if you were looking for something to do instead of finish your assignments, it was perfect timing.


Brenda Carter read Middlemarch by George Eliot.


Over the years I have found that watching a TV serialized version of a long novel has inspired me to tackle the 500+ pages required. This practice can be fraught with disappointment when the series and novel don’t live up to each other but in the case of Middlemarch by George Eliot, I wasn’t disappointed.
Set during the Industrial Revolution in p…

World Book and Copyright Day - 23 April

UNESCO has proclaimed that World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated annually on 23 April, the date in 1616 that Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega died.

According to UNESCO

... historically books have been the most powerful factor in the dissemination of knowledge and the most effective means of preserving it... All moves to promote their dissemination will serve not only greatly to enlighten all those who have access to them, but also to develop fuller collective awareness of cultural traditions throughout the world and to inspire behaviour based on understanding, tolerance and dialogue.

You can find plenty of enlightening print and online material to read in the JCU library collection via Onesearch or why not check out the library's recent purchases? The Library also provides a wealth of information about copyright to help you respect intellectual property ownership and comply with licensing agreements. 


52 Book Challenge - Week 16

And now for one of the biggest challenges of the 52 Book Reading Challenge:

15. A book with over 500 pages.

That's right, friends and readers, we are challenging you to read a long book. You may recall that we actually gave you advanced warning about this a couple of weeks ago.

In that post, we mentioned that we can't actually help you search for a book based on the number of pages, but we can tell you how to use One Search to see how many pages are in the book.

We're sure you remember, but just to refresh your memory we'll repeat it. And just to amuse ourselves, we'll repeat it in a bad approximation of Elizabethan English.

We'll also get a bit "fresh" with you and call you "thou" (even though that's the way to talk to someone you are very familiar with) because it sounds fancier - and besides, we're all friends here, aren't we?

Click, thou, upon the word "Preview", which appeareth at the bottom of the record thou dost …

Reading Challenge Week 15 - A book someone else recommended

Have you ever had a book recommended to you - or read a book recommendation somewhere - and thought "I should totally read that one day?"

This week's Reading Challenge was to read A book someone else recommended, and we've rustled up a few that were recommended to us. But would we recommend them to you? Read on to find out.


Brenda Carter read Emotional Intelligence Pocketbook: Little Exercises for an Intuitive Life, by Gill Hasson

A recommendation hot off the press is the ebook Emotional Intelligence Pocketbook : Little Exercises for an Intuitive Life by Gill Hasson. It’s easy to become stressed and even overwhelmed by life’s demands, concerns and commitments. Emotional intelligence is all about using your emotions to inform your thinking and using your thoughts to understand and manage your emotions.

The more in touch you are with your own feelings, the more able you are to understand and relate effectively to others. Developing your emotional intelligence can not …

Readings - Drop-In Space

Readings is the new platform for hosting subject-specific links to digitised resources for students. With semester 2 not far away, the library is offering drop-in sessions for staff who would like help creating or modifying readings lists for their subjects and linking them to LearnJCU. You can bring your own device or login to a computer in the room to work in your own account.
When: Thursday 2pm - 4pm Recurring: Every week until 13th Sep 2018 Where: Room 18.229, Building 18 - Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, James Cook University, Townsville Room B1.016, Building B1 - Library, James Cook University, Cairns
You can find more information and help for Readings in the Readings libguide.

52 Book Challenge - Week 15

Did you know we were 15 weeks into the year already?

Time flies when you're having fun. Or even doing when you're not having fun, if we're being honest.

But of course we're having fun and you're having fun because we're reading books! All thanks to this lovely 52 Book Reading Challenge!

For those of you who are new to the challenge, each week we'll challenge you to read a book, and we'll find a few in our collection to read and review.

This week's challenge is:

15. A book someone else recommended

We've all been there. Someone has recommended a book to us, and we meant to read it.  Really, we did. It's just that we haven't gotten around to it, you know?

Well, now's the time! Pick a book from that long list of recommendations and read it!

Reading Challenge Week 14 - A book based on a true story

The challenge for this week was to read a book based on a true story. We've already reviewed a bunch of books based on true stories (Murder on the Orient Express, Affection, The Three Musketeers, etc), so, what to pick next?

The Curriculum Collection came to our rescue, as it always does. We may have previously mentioned that the Curriculum Collection is one of our favourite parts of the library (followed closely by the Special Collections). The allure of pretty illustrations inspired by true stories was impossible to resist.

Well, Bronwyn found a book in the regular collection (or, as we like to call it in our catalogue, "Main"), but she thinks it should be in Special Collections, so it sort of fits with the theme.


Brenda Carter read Where the Forest Meets the Sea, by Jeannie Baker.

A long, long time ago (1988 in fact) I was privileged to attend an exhibition at Lewers Bequest and Penrith Regional Art Gallery, NSW. On display were the original collages created by Jeannie …

International Day of Sport for Development and Peace - 6 April 2018

Sport can have a powerful influence on national identity and unity, as the recent Australian cricket scandal has shown. According to the United Nations,

Sport plays a significant role as a promoter of social integration and economic development in different geographical, cultural and political contexts. (It) is a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and networks, and to promote ideals of peace, fraternity, solidarity, non-violence, tolerance and justice.
These ideals are promoted through sporting events from the Commonwealth games, to weekend sport and backyard family activities. You can still buy tickets to some of the preliminary rounds and qualifying finals of the Commonwealth games basketball matches in Cairns this weekend. Whether as a spectator or a participant, we invite you to recognise and celebrate the importance of sport as a  fundamental human right for all people on Friday, 6 April.
If you would like to read more about how sport can be used as an agent for peace, look at…

52 Book Challenge - Week 14

Thanks to the public holiday on Monday, we're a little behind in issuing the next challenge in the 52 Book Reading Challenge, but here it is, without further ado (apart from this ado, which is waffling on far longer than necessary, to be perfectly frank):

14. A book based on a true story.

Once again, you've got a lot of room to play with this. As long as the book is based on events that actually happened, you've got yourself a book for this week's challenge.

But we'd like to draw your attention to a few challenges that are coming up shortly, as you may need to indulge in some advance planning.

Week 16 in the challenge is "a book with more than 500 pages", which can take a while to read, and you may need to get onto that sooner rather than later. Now, you can't narrow your search in our systems to the number of pages a book has, but it is possible to use One Search to see how many pages are in a book (even an eBook), as long as that information is in t…

Reading Challenge Week 13 - A book with a number in the title

The mathematically challenged amongst us might normally avoid books to do with numbers, but when the challenge is to read a book with a number in the title - well, that gives us plenty of scope to pretend we're numerically inclined without needing to do any of that pesky "counting" stuff.

Brenda Carter read The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.


Is uni life becoming a little dull, routine and unispiring? If so, you may need to read The Three Musketeersby Alexandre Dumas (840 DUM(P) 2C TRO/HER) and, for more numbers, its famous quote, “All for one and one for all”.
No doubt you’ve read an abridged version or watched at least one of the film adaptations at some stage, but the real thing is a greyer affair with our heroes – Dartagnon, Athos, Porthos and Aramis certainly not Disney characters. There’s even more swashbuckling action and intrigue, complete with swordplay, romance, fortunes won and lost, mistresses kept and stolen, poisoned wine, devious nobility, and vengeance…