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Infohelp tutorials

InfoHelp Tutorials are free and all students are welcome to attend. See full details and session times for Townsville and Cairns. Sessions starting Week Two 2nd August: Townsville: * Finding Journal Articles * Introduction to Endnote Web Find out why, when and where to attend Cairns: * Getting Connected @ JCU: Hands on skills for JCU online (bookings recommended) * Top Ten Assignment Research Tips * Finding Journal Articles Find out why, when and where to attend

Two Haiku Review Entry

Macquarie Australian Encyclopedic Dictionary : Australia's National Dictionary . North Ryde: Macquarie Library, 2006. Reviewed in two haiku by Liz Downes Australian words reveal their deepest meanings alphabetic'ly Useful for crosswords settles family disputes excellent doorstop Have you read a book held in one of our libraries that you could review in two haiku? Please send us your two haiku reviews. We will post our favourite reviews here on the Library & Computing News Blog, and use all of the entries in displays throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, the writers of our all time favourite two haiku reviews will win double movie passes to BCC cinemas. We call this: The JCU Two Haiku Review for Semester Two . There are some rules: 1. The subject of your review can be any book on any subject, as long as we hold it in one of our libraries in Townsville or Cairns. You can review a book that has already been reviewed. 2. You must revie

No, honestly - I couldn't fit in another crumb!

It's not strictly Library & Computing News, more like - "We saw a snake on the Townsville campus and it just ate something... something big."- and we just had to share. We've heard a rumour an eyewitness saw it eat a scrub turkey, but we're not sure we buy that. Anyone have any information? Library factoid: books on Australian snakes can be found on the shelves at call number: 597.960994

Online library tours

Lost in the library? If you missed out on an O Week library tour or want to find out the location of resources as the Mabo Library redevelopment takes place, you can find your own way by viewing the Townsville campus online library tour. A printable self-guided Mabo Library tour is also available. If you are based in Cairns have a look at the Cairns online library tour. Don't forget you can always ask library staff at InfoHelp on either campus for help and assistance.

Infohelp Tutorials

O Week is over but we are still providing workshops to help you get your head around all of the things you need to succeed when completing your coursework at university. InfoHelp Tutorials are free and all students are welcome to attend. See full details and session times for Townsville and Cairns . Sessions starting Week One 26th July: Townsville: Finding Journal Articles Find out why, when and where to attend Cairns: Library Orientation Tours Getting Connected @ JCU: Hands on skills for JCU online (bookings recommended) Top Ten Assignment Research Tips Find out why, when and where to attend

Two Haiku Review: The Little Man From Archangel

The Little Man From Archangel , by Georges Simenon, translated by Nigel Ryan. Reviewed in two haiku by Sharon B. Sexy wife missing Neighbours suspect weak husband; He shouldn't have lied A strangely gripping Ultimately depressing Tale of one man's woe. Have you read a book held in one of our libraries that you could review in two haiku? Please send us your two haiku reviews. We will post our favourite reviews here on the Library & Computing News Blog, and use all of the entries in displays throughout the semester. At the end of the semester, the writers of our all time favourite two haiku reviews will win double movie passes to BCC cinemas. We call this: The JCU Two Haiku Review for Semester Two . There are some rules: 1. The subject of your review can be any book on any subject, as long as we hold it in one of our libraries in Townsville or Cairns. You can review a book that has already been reviewed. 2. You must review the book in two haiku, each follow

Mabo Library Redevelopment Project

The Mabo Library at the Townsville campus is undergoing a transformation! In a library redevelopment project funded by the University and the Federal Government's Better Universities Renewal Funding Initiative, students and staff of the University will gain more vibrant and contemporary learning spaces starting with major changes to the ground floor in the Mabo Library that will include: 24 hour Information Commons (student study & computing lounge) new Learning Commons area with café new service desk for Library and Learning Advice services a greater variety of technology enabled and collaborative study spaces 3 new ilecture spaces - centrally timetabled and bookable teaching spaces new consultation rooms new southern entry and exit You can already see the fantastic geology rock garden near the library car park. The new southern entrance will give you easier access from that side of the building and access from the northern side via the current entrance will remain. Major wo

Orientation - an Infohelp Survival Guide

Visit our website and find out: How to use email How to find readings for your subject When your lectures are on How to do better assignments and much more... Orientation - an Infohelp Survival Guide

Infohelp Tutorials

Discover how to use email, find information for assignments and surf the web! InfoHelp Tutorials start this week and are free. All students are welcome to attend. See full details and session times for Townsville and Cairns . Sessions starting in O-week include: Townsville: Library Orientation Tours Studying@JCU: essential information on the web Top Ten Assignment Research Tips Getting Connected: hands on skills for JCU Online Finding More on the Web Finding Journal Articles Find out why, when and where to attend Cairns: Library Orientation Tours Studying@JCU: essential information on the web Getting Connected @ JCU: Hands on skills for JCU online (bookings recommended) Top Ten Assignment Research Tips Find out why, when and where to attend

Serials Solution System Downtime - 17 July

Serials Solutions will be upgrading their network systems to increase capacity, performance, redundancy and scalability. As such, please note that the following services may be unavailable for short periods of time on Saturday 17th July from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. A-Z eJournal list Links to eJournals from Tropicat "Find it" links One Search

Algernon Lives!

Dectective Wayne Poirot-Holmes (the most ingenious giant papier mâché curlew in the whole of the university) has revealed a number of shocking facts! Three, to be exact. Shocking Fact Number One: Alegernon is not dead! He has been in hiding for the past month! Shocking Fact Number Two: Algernon has a long-lost twin brother named Earnest! Shocking Fact Number Three: Earnest was impersonating Algernon when he accidentally tripped and fell, and his death was a complete accident! The librarians have been completely cleared of any implications of wrong doing, and would like to talk to the student who thought leaving a banana peel in the library was a good idea. Algernon, having established that no one is trying to kill him, is happy to return to duties. He is, of course, upset to discover his long-lost brother is dead. He’s also rather annoyed by the fact that his long-lost brother was impersonating him. However, he has stoically agreed to continue working at the Library until

CSIRO Publishing eBook Collection

James Cook University has acquired a customised collection of 59 ebooks produced by CSIRO Publishing. These cover a range of subjects, mostly in the biological sciences, but as varied as "4WD Driving Skills" and "Community Development Through Tourism". The entire "JCU collection" is available to JCU staff and students from on-campus and off-campus via this link or via links in Tropicat (the library catalogue) or the library databases list. Records for each title will soon be added to the catalogue.

Resource Review: Yippy

Occasionally it's worth remembering that Google isn't the only search engine on the market. Yippy is one of the newer kids on the block but, as is the way with many search engines, it's more of a new identity for an older model. Some of you may remember Clusty - the search engine that would cluster your results based on keywords? Well, Clusty has pulled a Stephanie Harper and is now walking around with a new face and name: Yippy. Yippy still has Clusty's search algorithm, and it still clusters results based on keywords appearing on the pages. This can be very useful when searching for terms that are used in a variety of fields. The advanced search options aren't that great (but then, they never were), but the clustering technology helps make up for this. Expect Google to steal this feature at some point in the future. At the moment, for some reason, you can see two different views when going into Yippy. One is sitting at the address http://clusty.co

Endnote training for staff & postgrads in Cairns and Townsville

Introductory Demonstration Sessions for Endnote : These sessions are aimed at postgraduate students and staff members. Learn how to create bibliographies and citations in seconds. Search, save and use references when you write your thesis or paper for publication. Sessions are on: Tuesday 13 July 9-10.30am Wednesday 14 July 2-3.30pm Thursday 15 July 9-10.30am Townsville Campus DB40 -109 (Padua Theatre) Cairns Campus B1.104 (Library computer training room) Bring your laptop loaded with Endnote to make the session "hands on". Get Endnote here .

Detective Wayne is on the Case!

Those of you who were shocked to hear of Algernon's reported death will be pleased to know we have hired the best detective we could find to get to the bottom of this shocking murder. Visitors to the Mabo Library Building in Townsville may have noticed the rather dapper giant-papier-mâché curlew wearing a suspiciously fake moustache surveying the murder scene. It is none other than the great detective: Wayne Poirot-Holmes! Yes, we were also shocked to realise that our very own Wayne was descended from both Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, but it does explain his odd dress sense and that bizarre fake-Belgian accent he insists on using. Besides, with such a fine pedigree, he's bound to get to the bottom of this most dastardly of mysteries. Why, he claims he has already discovered something shocking and completely unexpected which he refuses to divulge to us. He's saving it for the "big reveal" at the end of the novel, apparently... It's all very shoc

Scheduled Weekend Outage - ICT Maintenance Window 9-11 July

A reminder to the University community of the upcoming Major ICT Maintenance Window on the weekend 9th-11th July. Major ICT Maintenance Windows are weekends (from 7pm Friday and 11pm Sunday) when the entire JCU network and all services will be unavailable to allow upgrades to be performed. Note: These windows are for server, storage, backup and network hardware and operating system upgrades not for software and information system upgrades. These scheduled outages have been notified previously to the campus and also via Central Computing Bulletins. The overall criterion used in selecting these dates was to minimise impact on academic activities. There will be another Major ICT Maintenance Window 20th-21st November after the completion of SP2. Regular ICT Maintenance Windows are important to ensure that software and infrastructure is properly patched, and changes to provide better services can be implemented on a timely basis. The ICT Maintenance Windows should be taken into account wh

Microform Equipment

The Microform Collection in Townsville is currently being relocated to the first floor of the Mabo Library Building. During this process, most of the microform equipment (the readers, scanners and printers) will be unavailable until they have been moved. We will endeavour to put the equipment back into service as soon as possible, and apologise for any inconvenience this might cause. If you believe you will need to use the Microform Collection or equipment within the next week, please contact InfoHelp (infohelp@jcu.edu.au or 07 4781 4220) and we will see what arrangements can be made.