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Showing posts from June, 2008

Special Collections

The Special Collections Reading Room (Townsville) is now closed until Study Period 2 2008. However, you may request items in person, by phone or online in advance and they will be retrieved at 11am and 3pm daily (Monday to Friday). Contact InfoHelp for further information.

On the Edge: visions of a tropical coastline

The Cairns Campus Library is currently hosting an art exhibition, On the Edge: visions of a tropical coastline. The twelve artists in On The Edge share an intimate geographical connection to the lush and culturally diverse coastal edge of the far north. This exhibition is an expansive vision, exploring differences and connecting perspectives of a unique tropical sea coast to expose a rich and definitive creative impulse within our reach. Presented by the James Cook University Library, the School of Creative Arts and the School of Law . This exhibition project has been supported financially by the Queensland government through Arts Queensland’s Backing Indigenous Arts program as well as the Regional Arts Development Fund of Cairns Regional Council in partnership with Arts Queensland. The JCU Cairns Library wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the Cairns Regional Gallery. On view June 18 – July 10

Blackwell Synergy Closing Down - June 27; Content Appears on Wiley InterScience - June 30

As of Monday, June 30th 2008, all Blackwell journal content—including all full-text HTML and PDF versions of articles from current issues, backfiles, and issues published online before print—will be incorporated into Wiley InterScience . Blackwell Synergy will close on Friday June 27th (Pacific Standard time) and we anticipate that the migration will be completed on Monday June 30th. Over the weekend of June 28th and 29th, there will be a period when both Blackwell Synergy and Wiley InterScience will be unavailable while Wiley transition and re-index data. See Wiley-Blackwell for more for more information. The Library apologises for any inconvenience.

LearningFast Scheduled Outage

Please note the Learningfast website will be unavailable from 5 p.m. on Friday, June 27th 2008 until the morning of Monday, June 30th 2008, due to a major hardware upgrade. This is a complex and significant hardware upgrade which will provide for expected growth in the Learningfast business for the coming years. Learningfast apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.

Exam Tips #2

Cheat sheets are the way to go. "What do you mean?" I hear you cry. "Surely we are not allowed to cheat?!" That's very noble of you, but I don't actually expect you to use the sheets to cheat. It's just worth your while to prepare them as if you were going to. Go through all of your notes from the semester (and those of anyone else in your study group) and put together a sheet of things you would like to take into the exam with you if you were going to cheat. What things are you so certain will be on the exam that you would take in some ready made notes? What areas are you so weak in that, should you see a question about them on an exam paper, you would go into a cold sweat and wish you had some notes to cheat with? Do this a couple of days before the exam, then read over them a couple of times everyday up until "D-Day" (and as many times as you think you need to just before the exam). Read them aloud, if you can. Read them to someone

Who's Who in Australia and Who's Who in Queensland - trial access

The online version of Who’s Who in Australia, currently held in print in the Townsville and Cairns Library reference collections, is available on trial to JCU staff and students until 18 July. Included in the online version is the biographical data included in Who's Who in Queensland, which is not held by the Library in print. One search covers both databases. The online version also provides a range of additional search options using categories such as Occupation, Career, Awards, Education, and Committee membership. The url for the trial is and a password is required - available from InfoHelp

Exam Tips #1

When preparing for exams, check to see if the library holds any past exam papers (the School might, if the library doesn't). You will get a feeling for the kinds of questions asked on the exams, and the sorts of information you need to refresh. Try to answer every question on the past exams as part of your preparation - even if you only use a couple of sentences. You will also find that past exams are often mined for questions for current exams. They might not ask the exact same questions from year to year, but they will probably touch on the same themes. If there are any "themes" you don't feel one hundred percent confident with, that should help you guide your revision. Also, hit the library or the Internet to come up with some great quotes to answer a few of those questions and "keep them up your sleeve". You might get the chance to use them in the actual exam, and it will impress the socks off your markers. Taken from: Information Literacy an

Labprint - some tips

Are you aware that you can check your print jobs from the GATCF computers, without having to go to a print release station? Simply go to and log in like you normally would. You can also get to this page by looking in the Favourites (in IE) or Bookmarks (in Firefox) tabs when logged into a GATCF computer. You can't print from this screen unless you are sitting in one of the computer labs which don't have a print release station, but you can preview your jobs and delete them if you want to. It's a way of making sure your jobs are exactly what you're after before you head over to the printer - and it could save you time and money.

Library Experience Survey 2008 - Prize Winners

Congratulations to students Mary Hardimon (2nd year Medicine - Townsville), Lisa Bostrom Einarsson (1st year Marine Biology - Townsville) and Rhonda Martin (1st year Education - Cairns) the winners of our iPod Nano prizes for completing the recent Library Experience Survey. Heather Gordon (centre), Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University Services & Registrar presented Lisa (left)and Mary (right) with their iPods. Kate Elder, Manager Library Services (Cairns) presented Rhonda with her prize. Thank you also to everyone who took the time to complete the survey, the response was terrific.

Need a quiet place to study? Try the library's Silent Zone and Quiet Study Areas.

Townsville: Did you know that we have a TOTAL SILENCE ZONE along the southern wall on the top floor of the library building? This zone has been established for those students who want absolute silence while studying. Conditions of access for these areas are: No mobile phones; No children. Other areas in the Library are for quiet conversation, including the Western Group Presentation Room on the top floor, the Seminar room and Student lounge on the first floor (eastern end) and the Coffee Friendly Zone located on the ground floor adjacent to Copying Services. All areas are clearly marked on the Library floor plans . Cairns: The whole top floor of the library is a SILENT STUDY AREA. Children are allowed but it is the parent/adult's responsibility to ensure that they do not disturb other library patrons throughout the library. Group study and quiet conversation is acceptable on the ground and first floors of the Library.

Book Display - North Queensland Activities

While we librarians keep working throughout "inter-semester block mode", most of our students find themselves with a few weeks off. If you are spending the break locally, or using it to explore some of the other towns in North Queensland, you should think about coming into the Townsville library. Why? Because we currently have a display looking at some of the out-door activities you can do in North Queensland. It could give you all sorts of inspiration concerning bush walks, visiting the reef, checking out a national park, going fishing... The librarians can also point you towards some interesting websites that will show you some of the attractions in the area, and we can direct you to the nearest Visitor Information Centres where you can get maps and brochures for exploring the region.

Books on Studying for Exams

Get ready for exams by checking out library books on study skills and exam preparation. See our Select Bibliography for some suggested titles. These books are currently on display near InfoHelp on the first floor of the Library in Townsville . All displayed items may be borrowed. Be quick before they disappear!

Ask Now @ JCU Library

Instant Messaging (IM) is a form of real-time communication between two or more people based on typed text. JCU students and staff can chat to librarians in real time about library and information services, e.g. ask questions about how to use databases, how to locate references for assignments, how to conduct research using Special Collections, etc. The JCU Library instant messaging service is a trial will run Monday - Saturday 12noon to 5pm from June until November 2008. Try it out today .

Library Opening Hours - Examination Period

The Townsville and Cairns Library Buildings will be open for extended hours during the Examination period, beginning Saturday 14 June - Friday 27 June. Handouts are available at the InfoHelp desk. 24 hour study facilities, including copying, computing and printing are available in the Humanities Annex (HX/DA02) Computing Facility in Townsville and A2.017, A2.018 and B1.030 facilities in Cairns. Many services and resources are available 24 hours per day through the Library and Computing Services website.

Criminal Justice Abstracts.

JCU staff and students now have access to Criminal Justice Abstracts via the CSA Illumina search service. This criminology database from SAGE Publications, contains comprehensive coverage from 1968 of journals, books, reports, dissertations and unpublished papers on criminology and related disciplines. Access is available via the Library Databases web page or the library catalogue Tropicat . Please log in via Remote Access if you are off campus.

Exams: an InfoHelp Survival guide

Get ready for exams - find everything you need in one place ... Exam timetables Campus maps to locate your exam rooms Past Examination papers Library opening hours during exams Quiet study areas in the library Library books on study skills & exam preparation Studying for Exams Study Skills online tutorial Examinations FAQ Examinations website InfoHelp wishes you the best of luck with your exams!

Library SMS Trial

Want to receive Library notices via text message (SMS) to your mobile phone? Our goal is to enhance communication with Library patrons to continue to improve client service. The SMS trial will also act as a pilot for other areas of the University which may require the ability to send emergency messages to the University community via SMS. If you are interested in signing up for the trial you will receive your recalls, overdues and hold notices via SMS. During the trial, as a back-up, we will also continue to send these notices to your JCU email address. To register visit Students Online or Staff Online and click Library information, select the SMS option and follow the instructions . For further assistance please contact InfoHelp . The trial will run until the end of Study Period 2 2008.

Web Resource Picks - Arts, Education & Social Sciences

FAESS Web Resource Picks This new blog is a tool for staff and students in the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences to keep up to date with new resources, library news and current awareness that will aid them in their teaching and learning. It is maintained by the Liaison Librarians for the Faculty of Arts, Education and Social Sciences on Cairns and Townsville campuses. Take the time to check it out and add it to your regular RSS feeds.