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Examinations study skills display

Examinations are now hanging over JCU like a dark cloud. But don't fear - the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library is here to shed some light! Come and see the first floor display featuring study and exam skills resources, and get some tips for managing stress and exams. The display showcases a variety of useful books and ebooks, such as: 7 keys to successful study (book) The exam skills handbook: Achieving peak performance (book) How to succeed in exams and assessment (book) The student's guide to exam success (ebook) Study skills for psychology students (ebook) Remember that you can access past exam papers from Reserve Online , and that the library has extended hours over the examination period. You can even study 24/7 in the Library by making use of the ground floor Information Commons computer lab - which is accessible after-hours via your JCU student card. Good Luck!

Australia's biggest morning tea

The Cancer Council Australia undertakes a broad range of activities including funding research, patient support, education programs, advocacy, and more. Help to fund this important work by attending Australia's Biggest Morning Tea . When: Thursday 1 November from 9.30am - 11am Where: Outside the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Cost: $2 servings of morning tea goodies By making a donation to Cancer Council Queensland you are helping to create a cancer-free future. Please consider donating online if you are unable to attend on the day.

Eddie Koiki Mabo Library: Extended Friday exam hours

The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library on the Townsville campus will be open until 10.30pm on Friday 2, 9 and 16 November. You can check the complete Cairns and Townsville Library exam opening hours web pages to help you organise your time. Don't forget that the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library has a 24/7 Information Commons computer lab.  This ground floor computer lab can be accessed after-hours via your JCU student card. Good luck with your study.

JCU Open Access Policy

Coinciding with Open Access Week, JCU released an Open Access Policy ( ). As stated in the Policy, JCU encourages Green Open Access. To find out more about Green Open Access and how it can benefit your research, see: The daily Library and Computing Blog Posts that were published during Open Access Week Open Access Publishing LibGuide

Browzine Trial Extended and Expanded

The Browzine trial ( see details ) has been extended and now includes journals from Springer and Wiley. JAMA has also been added (if you have to ask what it is then you don't need to know ) The trial period has also been extended to allow more time for evaluation. If you have already installed Browzine you have to refresh the Subject list to see the additional titles: We are still really keen to  get your feedback .  The makers of Browzine say they are working on an Android version.

Be Proactive: What you can do to promote Open Access

1. Be Green: Make sure Open Access versions of your publications are available via ResearchOnline@JCU. Almost 70% of journals allow you to deposit the Accepted (or Post-Print) Version of your article to ResearchOnline@JCU. Checkout Sherpa/RoMEO to see which journals allow this. 2. Go for Gold: Publish in Open Access journals to: Provide unrestricted and immediate online access to all articles in a journal via the publisher’s website. Retain the copyright ownership of your article. 3. Are you the Editor of a journal? Serve on the editorial board of an Open Access journal. Ensure that the journal’s publishing policy allows deposit of Open Access versions into institutional repositories such as ResearchOnline@JCU. 4. Refuse to review articles for journals that do not support Gold or Green Open Access. 5. Work with your professional societies to make sure they understand and support Open Access. 6. Discuss Open Access with your colleagues. Learn more about your right

Using Open Access, ResearchOnline@JCU and Social Media to promote your research

There is in increase in the use of social media web tools by academics and researchers for self-promotion. Some examples of the most popular are: Blogs (word press, blogger) Twitter and ResearchGate Linkedin Using blog posts or tweets to prompt your online networks to read and "like" your work can result in higher downloads of your work. More downloads can lead to higher citation counts. So what's this got to do with ResearchOnline@JCU ? It's mandatory for JCU staff to enter publication records to ResearchOnline@JCU. So . . . why not use that to your benefit? Posting the Accepted Version of your work to ResearchOnline@JCU and making it available to anyone is allowed by almost 70% of journals. This is called Green Open Access and doesn't cost anything. Once posted, no intervention is required on your part (no more accepting request-a-copy requests). Essentially you have removed any barriers to your work for potential readers. Advertise

IBISWorld - New resource!

Are you curious about the direction the newspaper industry is heading? Is our tourism industry strong?  Wondering about getting into the video gaming industry? Thinking about setting up your own physiotherapy practice? Maybe you're wondering if the coffee shop market is saturated yet? Snapshot from the IBISWorld iExpert summary on the Newspaper industry.       IBISWorld Industry Reports provide up to date reports on all of these industries and many more including known success factors for businesses in the industry. In Australia we use ANZSIC (Australia and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification) as a framework to discuss and compare industries. IBISWorld provides us with a range of reports and data about all 500 classified industries; from accommodation, forestry, agriculture industries, construction, performing arts, health, mining, education and government. The following collections are provided in our IBISWorld subscription. To try IBISWorld now follow th

Open Access Repositories explained

There are three kinds of Open Access Repositories. 1. Institutional Repositories collect the publications by researchers at the host institution. ResearchOnline@JCU is the JCU institutional repository. Institutional repositories have well defined collection goals i.e. the publications by researchers at the host institution. Use ResearchOnline@JCU to easily search for publications by others – check out the publications for Schools, Research Centres or individual colleagues. You can also see which journals others are publishing in. 2. Subject or Discipline Repositories contain publications about particular fields of research. Records are added to subject repositories through author deposits or harvesting from other repositories. OAD , the Open Access Directory, provides a comprehensive list of subject repositories. Some particularly successful repositories include: arXiv is an e-print service for the physical sciences which has been in operation for more than 20 years. SSR

Featured eBooks: Indigenous Australian studies

Arrernte present, Arrernte past: Invasion, violence, and imagination in Indigenous central Australia . The Arrernte people of Central Australia first encountered Europeans in the 1860s as groups of explorers, pastoralists, missionaries, and laborers invaded their land. During that time the Arrernte were the subject of intense curiosity, and the earliest accounts of their lives, beliefs, and traditions were a seminal influence on European notions of the primitive. The first study to address the Arrernte’s contemporary situation, this book also documents the immense sociocultural changes they have experienced over the past hundred years. Belonging together: Dealing with the politics of disenchantment in Australian Indigenous policy . provides a unique overview of the trajectory of current Indigenous policy, with Sullivan advancing a new consolidated approach to Indigenous policy which moves beyond the debate over self-determination and assimilation. Instead, he suggests that the i

Book Display - J'adore la lecture

It's the time of year when we often put together a display of "reading" books.  You know - books you might actually read because you feel like reading a book, rather than because you've been given a list of readings?  That's the sort of book we dig out of the various parts of our collection and group together on a table somewhere. This year, for something a little bit different, we've gone multi-lingual.  Since we've recently bought some Harry Potter, Chronicles of Narnia and Twilight  books in our core languages (the languages we teach here at JCU:  French, German, Italian and Japanese), we thought we'd find a few other books in those languages and put them together for your reading pleasure. Whether you are a native French speaker or you are learning French, you should hopefully find something to read.  And, of course, we still have books in English on display as well. We put this display up on Friday, and already a number of the books have

Gold Open Access Journals: selecting a journal to submit your manuscript to

To date, most Gold Open Access journals have adapted the publishing model used by traditional journals. The main variation has been to move costs from individual or library subscriptions to author(s). If an article is accepted for publication, author(s) pay an Article Processing Charge (APC) to the journal publisher to have their article published. PLoS , the Public Library of Science, is a non-profit publisher which only publishes Open Access journals, covering topics in science and medicine. Impact Factors range from 16.3 to 4.1. BioMed Central publishes 243 Open Access journals in Science, Technology and Medicine. Impact Factors range from 9.0 to less than 1. Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory are two brand new journals. The first issue of Social Sciences Directory was published on 24 September and the first issue of Humanities Directory is coming soon. DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals DOAJ is a comprehensive list of Open Access scientific and sch

Cambridge Books Online Trial

Cambridge Books Online is a collection of books published by Cambridge University Press in all subjects. The trial will run until 9 November 2012. 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. Alternatively, you can complete our online Database Trial Feedback form .

Open Access Publishing Models and Author Rights

Green and Gold Open Access models are explained in the Open Access Publishing LibGuide . This summary document explains the 3 publishing models which are commonly referred to describe Open Access. 1. Green Open Access Journals permit you to self-archive the Accepted Versions of publications in an institutional (or subject) repository such as ResearchOnline@JCU . Free Open Access option Continue to publish in the journals that you would usually publish in Retrospectively load Accepted Versions of your publications 2. Gold Open Access Journals are those which provide unrestricted and immediate online access to all articles in a journal via the publisher’s website. Access is unrestricted – all that is required is an Internet connection Author(s) retain copyright ownership and are free to re-use the content, without requesting permission from the publisher 3. Hybrid “Open Access” Journals do NOT meet the definition of Open Access. These journals only enable access to

Open Access: What is it? Why is it important?

Open Access Week: October 22-28, 2012 Open Access Week is a global event, now in its 6th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. The 2012 theme is S et the Default to Open Access . To celebrate Open Access Week, the JCU Library is writing a series of daily posts about Open Access. What is Open Access? Open Access to research publications is defined as online, free of charge and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open Access is made possible by the Internet and the consent of the author or copyright-holder. Why is Open Access Important? Open Access publishing leads to wider dissemination of information and increased efficiency in any research area, by providing: Open Access to Ideas: Whether you are a patient seeking health information, an educator wishing to enliven a lesson plan, or a researcher looking to formulate a hypothesis, making papers freely available online provides you with the most current peer-reviewed inform

The Strand: Stories of continuity and change

2009093 Woman walking along Strand North Ward ca 1910 , Townsville Museum and Historical Society Inc Townsville CityLibraries Heritage Service is hosting a presentation by Dr Judith Jensen on the history of the development of the Strand with stories and photographs from the local history collection. With European settlement, the foreshore of Cleveland Bay changed dramatically. Land was cleared, houses and other infrastructure were built. However, one constant has been the perception of the Strand as an ideal place for holiday and leisure activity. Did you know that the first golf course was located in North Ward, or that  you could only swim between sunset and sunrise in the latter part of the nineteenth century despite crocodiles, stingers and sharks?  Date:                 Tuesday 23rd October Time:               12 noon Audience:         All ages Venue:              CityLibraries Flinders Street Cost:                 FREE Bookings are required. Book online or contac

Featured eBooks: CSIRO

Atlas of Australian termites . Provides, for the first time, comprehensive maps showing the distribution of all named species of termite found in Australia. It answers the questions that administrators and pest controllers often ask: which troublesome termites are found in my area? Biological control of weeds in Australia . This book reviews biological control of weeds in Australia to 2011, covering over 90 weed species and a multitude of biological control agents and potential agents. Biological Control of Weeds in Australia will provide invaluable information for biological control researchers in Australia and elsewhere. Agents used in Australia could be of immense value to other countries that suffer from the same weeds as Australia. The studies reported here provide direction to future research and provide examples and knowledge for researchers and students. Interpreting soil test results: What do all the numbers mean? This book is a practical reference for those

New look for ResearchOnline@JCU

The homepage to the JCU institutional repository, ResearchOnline@JCU , looks a little different, and has a few enhancements that make it more useful. It can be found in the same place ( Library & Computing Services ) at the same URL ( ). This upgrade follows on from the other big other enhancement for 2012 - the automated publication record loads which commenced in July (see Automatic Loading of Publications for more information). Which means the JCU institutional repository can now capture the majority of 2012 journal articles published every week by JCU authors. In the near future other enhancements, like Scopus citation counts, will also be added.

National ride to work/uni day

Wednesday 17 October is National Ride2Work/Uni day - a day which is aimed at promoting a healthier community by getting us all on our bikes. Why ride to work/uni? - It's fun - It's cheap - It's convenient - You can lose/maintain weight - Your cardiovascular capacity will increase - It will reduce stress. Make a point of leaving your car at home and getting on your bike on National Ride2Work/Uni day. Keen JCU cyclists may be interested to know that JCU has a Bicycle Users Group (BUG). Go to their website for useful information such as where to park your bike, events, campus shower locations, council bikeway maps, and more. JCU BUG has organised a Ride2Work/Uni day breakfasts for Cairns and Townsville campuses. Please register for the Cairns and Townsville events for catering purposes. JCU Library has a diverse collection of resources relating to cycling: 20 years of cycling photography (book) Cycling northern Australia (North Queensland collection)

Featured eBooks: Planning

Land-use modelling in planning practice . This book provides an overview of recent developments and applications of the Land Use Scanner model, which has been used in spatial planning for well over a decade. Internationally recognized as among the best of its kind, this versatile model can be applied at a national level for trend extrapolation, scenario studies and optimization, yet can also be employed in a smaller-scale regional context, as demonstrated by the assortment of regional case studies included in the book. Livable communities for aging populations: Urban design for longevity . This book provides an innovative look at design solutions for building lifelong neighborhoods, and gives architects and designers critical guidance on urban planning and building design that allows people to age in their own homes and communities. The focus is on lifelong neighborhoods, where healthcare and accessibility needs of residents can be met throughout their entire life cycle.

Mental health resources @ JCU Library

In honour of Mental Health Week , the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library is featuring some of the great books we have concerning psychology and mental health, these include: The biology of happiness (ebook) Change your thinking: Positive and practical ways to overcome stress, negative emotions and self-defeating behaviour using CBT (book) Critical issues in mental health (book) The psychology of quality of life: Hedonic well-being, life satisfaction, and eudaimonia (ebook) Understanding addiction behaviours: T heoretical and clinical practice in health and social care (book). Mental health and well-being is important to the community as a whole, so come in and have a look at the display.

Mental Health Week: 7 to 13 October

One in five Australians is affected by a mental health condition. This is an alarming fact, and so Mental Health Week is aimed at raising awareness and understanding about mental health in the wider community. There are a number of mental health support services available if you are in need of support and counselling, these include: This time of year is stressful for everyone - assignments are due, and exams are just around the corner. JCU has a Counselling service if you are having difficulty coping. thedesk aims to support Australian tertiary students to achieve mental and physical health and wellbeing. Being a student can be a challenging time and many students do not access support services for a range of reasons including time pressures, not knowing where to go for help and feeling embarrassed. Providing resources online means that more people will be able to get help to improve their wellbeing and be able to study more effectively. thedesk offers free access to

Browzine Trial starts NOW!

Browzine is an iPad app that personalises our ejournals to make browsing your favourite titles much more intuitive.   The library is trialling Browzine until 16th October TRIAL EXTENDED and we need your help evaluating it.   With the decline of print, databases have become the primary way publishers delivers journals. But databases are designed for searching, not reading. BrowZine works by uniting articles from databases into complete journals, then arranging them by subject on a library-branded newsstand. The result is a revolutionary new way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals. All in a tablet format your researchers will love.   BrowZine works by organizing the articles found in Open Access and subscription databases, uniting them into complete journals, then arranging these journals on a common newsstand. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines. Get the free iPad app and onc

Free return postage on loans for off-campus students

Funds from the Student Services Amenities (SSA) Fee have been made available to the Library to purchase pre-paid postage bags.  These bags are for return postage of Library book loans to off-campus students. From 1st October, pre-paid postage bags will be enclosed with all book loans to JCU students eligible for the service. The Off-Campus Library Service is available to Australian based JCU students and staff who live further than 50 kilometres from either the Townsville or Cairns campuses. Email: or free call: 1800 888 531 for more information.

Featured eBooks: Media ethics

Controversies in media ethics . This book offers students, instructors and professionals multiple perspectives on media ethics issues presenting vast "gray areas" and few, if any, easy answers. This third edition includes a wide range of subjects, and demonstrates a willingness to tackle the problems raised by new technologies, new media, new politics and new economics. Handbook of mass media ethics . This Handbook encapsulates the intellectual history of mass media ethics over the past twenty-five years. Chapters will serve as a summary of existing research and thinking in the field, as well as setting agenda items for future research. Media ethics beyond borders: A global perspective . This book explores the construction of an ethics for news media that is global in reach and impact. This title includes the essays that provide theoretical perspectives on major issues, and applies the ideas to specific countries, contexts and problems. It offers a source