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Showing posts from January, 2009

New X Search Launched

JCU Library is pleased to announce the availability of the new X Search . X Search enables you to search many databases simultaneously using the same easy to use interface. X Search also helps you identify the databases that cover your subject area and search many of them simultaneously. Improvements include: No limit to the number of databases that can be searched No logging in required Simpler, cleaner, more intuitive interface Better integration with new Find It Ability to create subject specific gadgets to embed in other resources (LearnJCU, web subject guides, iGoogle, etc) Other functions include: Clustering/subject analysis Filtering by date, journal, database, author Sorting by date, title, author source Marking records and emailing/exporting/saving them Great Search Tip When there is no Find It button next to a record it means the full article IS directly available by clicking on the title of the article. Find It only appears when X Search is unsure w

New Library and Computing Website

The new Library and Computing website with a fresh and bright look is now available for use. We hope that you find the refreshed website easier to use with more seamless access to library and computing resources and services. Some of the changes include being able to search the library catalogue, Tropicat, directly from the main page; and new icons to enable remote access, find services, access Library News, and ask for help. We encourage you to try it out and to give us your feedback, through Talkback You can access the site from the JCU main webpage and click on Library and Computing or go directly to:

EndNote Workshops - Townsville & Cairns

James Cook University has a site license for EndNote bibliographic software. Introductory workshops for staff and postgraduate students will be offered in February 2009. EndNote will be covered in one 3-hour “hands on” session, including: * Introduction to EndNote * Cite while you write: how EndNote interacts with Word * Using Filter files * Using Connection files These training sessions will be for EndNote version X2. Please note that these workshops are at an introductory level - you should be familiar with Microsoft Word, but you need no previous experience with EndNote. If you wish to attend you need to make a booking, and also be sure to have your JCU login & password to allow computer lab access. Townsville Session Times: Tuesday 10th February, 9.00am-12 noon in DA002-107 (HX107) Wednesday 11th February, 9.00am-12 noon in DA002-107 (HX107) Thursday 12th February, 9.00am-12 noon in DA002-107 (HX107) To book for Townsville sessions contact: (ph 478

Book Review: The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper

In November 2004 36 year old Cameron Doomadgee was arrested on Palm Island after he swore at the island’s senior police officer. Within an hour he was lying dead in a police cell, having suffered horrific internal injuries which, according to the two pathologists who later examined his body, are usually seen only in victims of car or aircraft crashes. In The Tall Man Chloe Hooper has produced a compelling account of this tragedy and the events which followed: the explosive riot in which the police station was burned, the drawn out inquest and its judicial review, and the subsequent trial of Senior Sergeant Chris Hurley – the first police officer ever to be charged over an Aboriginal death in custody. Ms. Hooper won a Walkley award for her coverage of the inquest into Cameron Doomadgee’s death and it is not hard to see why. The Tall Man is at once journalistic writing of the highest order and a deeply reflective inquiry into the personal stories of those involved and the sad history o

Student account reconciliation

From 12/01/09, ITR will be performing a reconciliation of student accounts against the JCU Student Management System. This will mean that graduated and non-current students will have their accounts deactivated per the Student Information Access Policy Deactivated account's files and email will be retained for 6 months, but account use is restricted to that of an email forwarding mechanism only; no login. If there is a requirement to continue to receive email to your current JCU email address (e.g. during this period, you must set up a mail forward via your Mirapoint Webmail account before 12/01/09. After this date only InfoHelp will be able to change your Mirapoint mail forwarding options. Once the retention period is up, mail to your address will no longer be forwarded and will be discarded. Graduating students can, however log into GraduatesOnline to set up a mail forward for the firstname.lastname@graduates.jcu.

Style Guides

When it comes to writing papers or presentations, one of the most useful tools you can get your hands on is a good style guide. What's a style guide? Well, a style guide is designed to make sure that what you write looks "right". Most publications, such as journals and newspapers, have style guides to make sure everyone is following the same patterns. Style guides do three main things: They dictate the formatting of your writing (Do you indent the first line of a paragraph? Use italics for foreign words? Use double or single quotation marks first? Use section headings?) The give recommendations on grammar and punctuation (How do you use commas in a list? Where should you use semicolons? Can you start a sentence with a conjunction?) They dictate the way you use references in the text and how you format your reference list (Is the title of the book underlined or in italics? Where do you put the date? How do you write out the volume and issue of the journa

Bindery Closed

The University Bindery ceased operations on 24th December 2008. Temporary binding and spiral wire binding services is now done by Copying Services located on the ground floor of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library. For further information contact or phone (07) 4781 4532.