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IgNobel research @JCU

Entomologists Dr Darryl Gwynne from the University of Toronto Mississauga, and Prof. David Rentz, Research Fellow with the School of Marine and Tropical Biology at James Cook University, have been awarded the 2011 IgNobel Biology Prize for their 1983 study that showed male jewel beetles copulate with empty, discarded beer stubbies. Check out this important work in the JCU Library ejournal collection .

Indigenous Research Protocols Workshop

The next round of Indigenous Research Protocols Workshop School of Indigenous Australian Studies The School of Indigenous Australian Studies (SIAS) is offering an Indigenous Research Protocols Workshop with designed for researchers and/or those wishing to engage effectively Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This is a half-day workshop for those who are involved in conducting research with and/or for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people and/or those who have a role in signing off on research proposals and ethics applications: Researchers Research Monitors Supervisors Post Graduate Students Program Aim To provide participants with the knowledge to be able to apply relevant research protocols and/or ensure that relevant research protocols are applied to promote positive research outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, researchers and JCU. Registration and details Date: October 7, 2011

Cairns campus outage

Cairns campus will experience a connection outage between 8am and 5pm on Sunday 2nd of October. During this time, Cairns campus will not have access to any communications infrastructure (telephone, internet and copyprint). JCU Library Cairns will be open for business on Sunday.  However, the library will not be able to offer access to the internet, JCU websites, email, or printing/photocopying. Off campus access to JCU Library collections and services should not be affected by this outage. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Featured eBooks: Psychology

In reading this book, therapists will discover the benefits to incorporating animal assisted therapy into their practice, how to design and implement animal assisted interventions, and the efficacy of animal assisted therapy with different disorders and patient populations. Coverage includes the use of AAT with children, families, and the elderly, in counseling and psychotherapy settings, and for treating a variety of specific disorders. This is a comprehensive reference book on forensic mental health. It is concerned with both theory and practice, including issues and approaches to assessment, management and treatment. The book focuses on the key topics and issues underpinning the developing body of knowledge in forensic mental health and its place in contemporary society. Most emotional maltreatment takes place within the family home, involves the primary care-giver and reflects ongoing patterns of damaging parent-child interaction rather than isolated incidents.

Ethnographic Video Online @JCU Library

The Alexander Street Press Ethnographic Video Online provides the largest, most comprehensive resource for the study of human culture and behavior. The collection covers every region of the world and features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century, including interviews, previously unreleased raw footage, field notes, study guides, and more. Videos in the collection include: Bridewealth for a Goddess Bendum: In the Heart of Mindanao The Last Yoik in Saami Forests? Song of Umm Dalaila: The Story of the Saharawis Dances with Llamas .

Open access and research

Have you heard the phrase Open Access? Do you know what the benefits are for your research? Open Access is . . . A worldwide movement which is enabling wide dissemination and access to research. An alternative to the closed subscription-based publishing models. Benefits of Open Access are: Free, unrestricted, online access to scholarly publications. Increased chance of citation and impact through wide dissemination and access. There are two options you can follow to make your research Open Access. One option is to Self-Archive the Accepted Version of your publication in ResearchOnline@JCU : The Accepted Version is the author-created version that incorporates the referee comments and is accepted for publication. Publisher policies for around 70% of journals allow the Accepted Version of articles to be self-archived in your Institutional Repository i.e. ResearchOnline@JCU . Check the Sherpa website to see which journals allow self-archiving of accepted versions. Ac

Book Display: Teach Mathematics?

So, what's a good topic for a book display to follow "pirates"? Maths, obviously. Here at the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library we've put together a small display on Mathematics in Education (teaching maths at a primary, middle and high school level). We've got a few of our print journals on display, as well as some of our prettier books. Yes, we chose the items based on how pretty they were, but you can find plenty of good information and useful tips, tools and exercises in the not-so-pretty books and journals that are still on the shelves. You'll find them at 372.7 and 510.7 (keep following the numbers, they start at .7 and keep going to .8). We'd also like to direct your attention towards some of our eJournals on the topic, like: Educational Studies in Mathematics , Mathematics Teacher Education and Development (MTED) , and Numeracy: Advancing Education in Quantitative Literacy We've got more. You should head over to our catalogue and look for

Filmakers Library Online @JCU Library

The Alexander Street Press Filmakers Library Online collection provides award-winning documentaries with relevance across the curriculum—race and gender studies, human rights, globalization and global studies, multiculturalism, international relations, criminal justice, the environment, bioethics, health, political science and current events, psychology, arts, literature, and more. It presents points of view and historical and current experiences from diverse cultures and traditions world-wide. Videos in the collection include: Organs for Sale The King of Calls First Contact Who Killed Vincent Chin? Sound and Fury: The Communication Wars of the Deaf .

ebrary eBooks @JCU

ebrary is JCU Library's largest provider of academic and scholarly eBooks. ebrary offers titles in subject areas as diverse as anthropology, business, education, fine arts, law, medicine, psychology, and technology. ebrary also offers users the ability to: Highlight text and take notes – Create a bookshelf (if needed) to save and organise your research. Use InfoTools – Link out to other online resources to expand your research. Print pages, and copy and paste text – ebrary provides automatic citations with a URL hyperlink back to the source. Manage, archive and share research – Organise your bookshelf and email folders to peers. Example JCU Library subscribed ebrary eBooks include: Engaging Play Supporting Relationships and Friendships: A workbook for social care workers The Fats of Life: Essential fatty acids in health and disease Making Sense of Evolution: The conceptual foundations of evolutionary biology

JCU research data management information

An outline pf current and future directions for storage and management of research data at JCU. The JCU eResearch Centre and Research Services have prepared a guiding document designed to make researchers and their Head of Schools aware of their obligations and the obligations of the university relating to research data management. This short summary also draws researchers attention to current and future options for the storage and management of data at JCU.

Creative Commons: Enhance access to your teaching and research documents

Copyright protection is automatically applied to any work you create, even if you have not included a © symbol. This is a fundamental principle of Australian Copyright Law. This means that the work cannot be reused without your permission, except for narrow and specific exceptions such as ‘for the purposes of research or study’. BUT . . . You may wish your work to be used more broadly, without you needing to give permission for each use. Examples of works could be a website, music, film, photograph, written document or presentation. Adding a Creative Commons (CC) licence to your work provides an explicit statement of how you agree that your work may be used. Licences you can assign (including combinations of these options) are: Attribution : applies to every CC work; the original creator(s) must be credited and the source linked using a citation that you specify. Non-commercial Use : allows others to copy, distribute, display or perform the work, but only for non-commercial pur

Constitutional reform

Currently consultation is going on to make changes to the Australian Constitution. The first question that comes to my mind is, why? I know the consultation is in regards to Indigenous Australians which just from personal family history has either been positive or negative in extremes and sometimes both or neither for my Murdi (Aboriginal) ancestors. Luckily for me someone sent me this link, You Me Unity . It provides interesting and informative information from a variety of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians and some examples of what the consultation is trying to discuss.

Piratical pop-quiz

Pirate Flag by spaceninja Quickly, what do the following things have in common: Sailing vessels Parrots Swords Gunpowder Amputations Alcohol Swearing The 19th of September The book display on the first floor of the Mabo library building "Yaaarrr!"

Education in Video @JCU Library

Alexander Street Press is a publisher of award-winning, online video collections for scholarly research, teaching, and learning. The Education in Video collection allows students to watch real-world examples of teaching demonstrations, lectures, documentaries, and primary-source footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms. The collection's in-depth and special-topic videos also help viewers to link abstract theories to practical, real-world examples. Videos in the collection include: A.D.H.D. in the Classroom Adolescent Cognition Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers: Sensory and Art Successful Teaching Practices in Action: New Media in the Classroom: Blogging Using What We Know: Applying Piaget's Developmental Theory in Primary Classrooms .


Today is RUOK day. This is a national day of action to decrease suicide in Australia. Feeling isolated and hopeless can lead to depression and sometimes suicide. Take the time to ask friends, family and colleagues "Are you okay?" Staying connected helps to stay healthy. If you're not sure what comes after "Are you okay?" look at this page on the site; it gives some tips on how to have this conversation. Here are some other places that can help if you or someone close to you is depressed, anxious or suicidal. Beyond blue: the national depression initiative headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, helping young people aged 12 to 25 Helps kids and young adults from age 5 to 25. Call on 1800 55 1800 Crisis support, suicide prevention, mental health support. Call on 13 11 14

eBooks @JCU Library

JCU subscribes to over 86,000 full text electronic books, with many more coming. JCU Library eBooks are academic or scholarly publications, and when utilised in assignments should be referenced as electronic books. Scroll to the bottom these web pages for referencing instructions - APA , Harvard or Vancouver . JCU Library eBook titles cover diverse subject areas including science, health science, social science, education, computing, humanities, management, and tourism. Access Limiting to eBooks in One Search Limiting to eBooks in Tropicat One Search : To just find eBooks, you need to limit your search results by selecting eBook for your result Content Type . Tropicat : To just find eBooks do a Power Search , and select Subject Keyword search. Type in the phrase "electronic books". From there you can search for your subject area using another of the available fields. When you find an eBook title that suits your needs, click on the eBook record and the

ResearchOnline@JCU: The JCU institutional repository

ResearchOnline@JCU provides online access to publications and other research outputs by JCU researchers. There are also many other benefits e.g.: Wide and rapid dissemination  Perpetual access to publications, even if online journals or conference websites are inaccessible or no longer available  Single links to publications by an author or School  Citation advantage – many articles claim Open Access publications have a citation advantage because they are more likely to be read and therefore more likely to be cited.  What can be loaded to ResearchOnline@JCU? Any publications by JCU authors, either during or prior to their appointment to JCU. How do I deposit to ResearchOnline@JCU? Use the step-by-step ResearchOnline@JCU deposit guide .


Black-footed ferret by USFWS Mountain Prairie The latest issue of the Journal of Mammalogy is all about ferrets! Well, it isn't all about ferrets, but does have a special feature on the reintroduction of black-footed ferrets into the wild. This is "the wild" in America, of course. In Australia and New Zealand most people are trying to get ferrets out of the wild, but if you were looking at the eradication of ferrets as an invasive species, it might be interesting to see what scientists have to say in environments where people are trying to conserve them. The Journal of Mammalogy is a journal of the American Society of Mammalogists , which "promotes interest in mammals throughout the world by the publication of original and timely research on all aspects of the biology of mammals; e.g., ecology, genetics, conservation, behavior, and physiology." We subscribe to this journal in print, as well as online, although the print copy is only available i

Flinders Street - Beating Heart

Before ‘suburban sprawl’ threatened to choke its existence, Flinders Street was the focus of social, political and economic growth in Townsville for over a century. Join Trish Fielding as she explores how people once lived, worked, shopped, socialised, celebrated and protested in Townsville’s main street, sharing the photographs and community memories that illustrate a story of struggle, strife and spirit. Trisha is currently studying a Masters in History with the University of New England. Her thesis will focus on maternal and infant welfare in early 20th Century North Queensland. Trisha works for CityLibraries Townsville and her first book Flinders Street, Townsville: A Pictorial History was awarded a High Commendation at the National Trust of Queensland Awards in 2010. An audio download is available of her recent lecture presented at the State Library of Queensland.

Research services @JCU Library

JCU Library now offers enhanced research support for higher degree research students and staff with the appointment of Jackie Wolstenholme to the newly created position of Research Services Librarian. Preparation for academic promotion applications and ERA2012 have already prompted requests for assistance from Jackie in regards to ResearchOnline@JCU deposits, tracking citations and finding Impact Factors for journals. The Library also provides advice regarding: ERA, HERDC and maximising the impact of your research  Copyright and Open Access  Understanding publisher agreements  Deciding where to submit your manuscript   Please contact us if you think Jackie or the Library can assist with your research.

ScienceDirect database outage

Elsevier will have a scheduled outage on September 10 which will affect the following products: ScienceDirect  MDConsult (possibly) The products and services mentioned above are expected to be offline and unavailable for approximately 11 hours on Saturday, September 10. Singapore Time: 7:30pm SGT Saturday, September 10 to 6:30am SGT Sunday, September 11  Townsville Time: 9.30pm EST Saturday, September 10 to 8.30am EST Sunday, September 11  In relation to the planned work, ScienceDirect alerts will be suspended for two weeks, September 9-23. Subscribers will receive their outstanding alerts after this time. Please see the staff at the InfoHelp desk if you need any assistance.

ResearchOnline@JCU – Time extension to update FoR Codes

Due to problems with ORGU code validation in ResearchOnline@JCU since the upgrade that occurred on the 19th August, the window to add publications for ERA 2012 and amend Field of Research (FoR) codes has been extended by a month to the 3rd of October. As a result, for an extra month, ResearchOnline@JCU will allow authors to ensure their publications are associated with the correct FoR codes. This is part of the preparation for the ERA2012 - the 2nd edition of the national research quality assessment. By logging into ResearchOnline@JCU, authors can edit the FoR codes for their Live Publications. Authors are able to remove and/or add codes, and re-apportion contributions, as long as the result of the edits lists no more than 3 FoR codes and their contribution percentages add up to 100%. By logging in to the My Publications portal, you will see an overview of all your publications already entered in ResearchOnline@JCU ie all those associated with your loginID. Clicking the '+'

Celebrating PNG links

The 2011 Celebrating Research focus for Cairns is the relationship of JCU researchers to Papua New Guinea and in particular the research that is being conducted. JCU has many researchers working with and across PNG and has in this way contributed to social and economic development of our close neighbours over many years. The photographic exhibition and film fest will present leading researchers work across a broad spectrum of issues in PNG. It shows the power of images to communicate central issues of cultural diversity, social change and the environment. Join us for your first viewing of the new ‘Framing the issues’ exhibition and a chance to view unique footage from PNG. ‘Framing the Issues’ will remain on display for two weeks in the foyer of the library. Date: Thursday, 8 September 2011 Time: 4:30 pm till 6:30 pm (nibbles will be served) Location: Cairns JCU Library – foyer (launch and photographic exhibition), B1.031 (film fest) Registration is essential, an

Volunteer researchers needed

Do you have access to the internet and an hour spare? Would you like to earn a $50 book voucher and contribute to the support of Australia's researchers? ANDS is building the Australian Research Data Commons: a cohesive collection of research resources from all research institutions, to make better use of Australia's research outputs. Our research portal, Research Data Australia is about to get a makeover, and we want to know what you think about it before it goes live. We need an hour of your time to look at the site and complete a survey, anytime that it suits you between 13 and 16 September 2011. You can complete the survey from any PC with internet access. All responses are kept anonymous. Please email if you can help, or you'd like more information before signing up.

Student personal online storage space

In addition to Email and Calendar services available via Live@EDU, JCU students also have access to Microsoft SkyDrive and Office Web Apps with support from Microsoft. SkyDrive is your personal online storage space, with 25GB of anywhere access. Keep your files private and secure, share them with contacts, or make them public. Office Web Apps is a web-based version of Microsoft Office productivity suite. It includes the web-based versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Microsoft OneNote. The Web Apps allow users to access their documents directly from anywhere within a web browser as well as share files and collaborate with other users online. Read more...

World History in Video - Trial

World History in Video is an online collection of streaming video of documentaries from filmmakers worldwide. Upon completion the collection will include more than 1,750 documentaries that offer a rich survey of human history from the earliest civilizations to the fall of the Berlin Wall. The documentaries incorporate a wide variety of primary sources, including archival images, artifacts, documents and in the modern era also interviews with key participants. Scope is global, covering Africa and the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and Oceania. This trial is available until 30 September 2011. Trials are available both on campus or off campus (with a JCU user name and password). The trial links are also to be found on the library Trials web page. Observations or comments (positive and negative) on the trials and value of the services are always appreciated and may be directed to the Faculty and School Librarians or to Neil Renison , Information Resources.