Skip to main content


Showing posts from April, 2010

Farewell X Search, Hello One Search

The X Search service will no longer be available from the Library home page as of this Thursday evening, 29th April. The ability to search across multiple databases is now provided by One Search . Perfect for New Researchers We know how daunting it can be to start searching for academic literature - even choosing which link to follow from the Library & Computing web site is a challenge if you are not familiar with the array of resources we provide for you. One Search allows you to do one search across them all. And it's as simple as Google. And Great for Experienced Ones Studies show that students and faculty prefer the quality information found in libraries, but find searching on the Web simpler and more straightforward. One Search is designed to mimic open Web search methods, delivering the quality content that only the library holds. Now, you can simply enter a search term in the search box and the service will return - nearly instantaneously - a list of the physica

Citation Analysis - FAQ's for JCU Researchers

Citation analysis, along with peer judgment and assessments of publication counts, is one of the most widely used methods in evaluating the research performance of academics and institutions. To learn more about citation analysis and journal impact factors, the following library guides can help you: How many times have my publications been cited? How can I track when each of my papers is cited? How do I find out if a journal has an impact factor? How do I find out the relative ranking of my journal within a particular field? Is the journal in which I am publishing a quality journal? How do I find out who are the leading researchers in my field? Read more about Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Resources at JCU here .

One Search now contains ResearchOnline@JCU Records

The Library's new collection-wide search tool now contains records from JCU's research repository ResearchOnline@JCU . One Search now searches everything in Tropicat and ResearchOnline@JCU, and about 90% of our ejournals - with direct links to full text, or to Tropicat so you can check the availability and location of a book. We encourage you to try One Search and use the feedback link to let us know what you thought of the experience. One Search to rule them all!

Happy Birthday and RIP Shakespeare

Did you know that Algernon is a bit of a Shakespeare buff? He just told us that Shakespeare's birthday date and memorial date (23rd April) are thought to be exactly the same! If you don't believe him come and have a look at the mini Shakespeare display opposite Infohelp in the Mabo library. We have lots of wonderful resources and although Algernon is very busy learning his lines for a part in Julius Caesar he would love to take a break to discuss his favourite works with you.

Caught on Camera: a photographic history of JCU celebrating 50 years in north Queensland

As part of JCU's 40th birthday celebrations, the Mabo Library in Townsville is hosting a "Caught on Camera" photographic exhibition. The exhibition includes photographs, texts and other memorabilia from the last 50 years of University life at the University College of Townsville, The Townsville Teacher’s College and James Cook University of North Queensland. The exhibition will be officially opened on Wednesday, 21 April at 10.30am (preceded by morning tea at 10.00am). The Exhibition will be available for viewing in the Mabo Library from Wednesday, 21 April – to Wednesday, 12 May, 2010. (Photo source: Alex Trotter Photo, JCU Library NQ Photographic Collection)

GeoGarden Development (rear of Mabo Library)

For the next 10-11 weeks, a construction site will be set up across the rear of the Mabo Library (southern side) to construct the new Geology Education Garden. This will relocate and re-develop the presentation of rock and fossil specimens currently located just on the eastern side of the Library, which was a Bicentenary Project. The plan of the new GeoGarden shows a new entrance to the Library on the southern side, an enlargement of the existing narrow footpath across the area, a new path running more obliquely across the area (the ‘ant trail’), new planted beds, trees, grassed mounds etc. The new path will be lit to security levels with LED lights (very low energy consumption) and in the future, both rock specimens and trees will be up-lit for special occasions such as JCU Birthday and other important occasions. Also in the future, the car-park currently to the western side of this area will be relocated to meet the new entrance path, which will then be enhanced with welcome t

Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ Digitised and Now Available from National Library of Australia

In 2009, the National Library of Australia acquired a copy of the first edition of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species. The digitisation of the entire copy has recently been completed, and is available online. Believed to be one of the earliest surviving copies of Darwin’s work to have arrived in Australia, the copy bears the inscription and annotations of its first owner, Dr William Woolls of Parramatta, NSW, dated 17 March 1860. Access On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin Access Other Digitised Materials (Books, Newspapers, Magazines) Source: National Library of Australia

Database of the Month: Credo Reference

This online, full text, reference library includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as subject specific titles from art, to literature, to law. Try out the concept map feature to expand results on your topic. Check out the Database of the Month display in the Mabo Library and try Credo soon. Do you have a few minutes spare? Try out the latest Friday brainteaser from Credo: Topic Television Comedy Who shot to fame in 2001 with his role as David Brent in the BBC television show "The Office"? In which series was Kelsey Grammer's character, Dr Frasier Crane, first seen on television? Which character did Tony Robinson play in the TV series "Black Adder"? "High Society", broadcast in 1995, was a US version of which British sitcom? "Terry" is the first name of two members of the comedy team which made "Monty Python's Flying Circus". What were their surnames? Which American television comedy s

New web-based form for requesting fast-track cataloguing

Have you ever found a book in our catalogue that was listed as "In Process" and wondered how you could get your hands on it? A Fast Track Cataloguing Request Form is now available for JCU staff and students to request fast-track cataloguing of an item identified in Tropicat as "In Process". In Process means that the Library has received the item but that it is yet to be catalogued. If you have checked Tropicat and there is no other copy available for loan and you have an urgent need for the item, you may request fast-track cataloguing. It will normally be ready in 1 or 2 working days for pick up from either the Townsville or Cairns Campus Library. If you live further than 50 kilometres from either campus you may be able to request the item using the Off Campus Library Service

Endnote Web Training - Cairns and Townsville

Cairns : Endnote Web hands-on 1 hour trouble shooting sessions held every Friday during semester at 1pm in B1.104. Townsville :