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Feature eBooks: Fire safety

An introduction to fire dynamics . This book is essential reading for all involved in the field from undergraduate and postgraduate students to practising fire safety engineers and fire prevention officers. It also addresses the fundamentals of fire science and fire dynamics, thus providing the scientific background necessary for the development of fire safety engineering as a professional discipline. Conducting prescribed fires: A comprehensive manual . Landowners and managers, municipalities, the logging and livestock industries, and conservation professionals all increasingly recognize that setting prescribed fires may reduce the devastating effects of wildfire, control invasive brush and weeds, improve livestock range and health, maintain wildlife habitat, control parasites, manage forest lands, remove hazardous fuel in the wildland-urban interface, and create residential buffer zones. This practical manual offers a step-by-step guide to the systematic application of burn

Banned book week - 22 to 28 September

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Have a look  at a list of frequently banned/challenged books of the 21st century or check out the 2013 challenged/banned books list . The following four books are from the 2013 list, and are available for loan from JCU Library. Persepolis: The story of a childhood by Marjane Satrapi  Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq. The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country.  A thousand acres by Jane Smile

Talk like a pirate on 19 September

Talk Like a Pirate Day occurs every year on 19 September. JCU Library in Cairns and Townsville has copies of Treasure Island , for anyone who wants to check out one of the most well known pirate adventure novels of all time. Here is some piratical lingo to slip into general conversation: Ahoy! - An energetic greeting to yer fellow mate...like hello Arrr! - Interjection to show excitement Booty - A pirates treasure Davy Jones' Locker - A final restin place at the bottom o' the sea for drowned pirates Feed the fishes - The dearly or not so dearly departed...thrown overboard Landlubber - Anyone tis awkward or unfamiliar with life aboard a ship...a clumsy sailor...a land lover Matey or Me hearty - A piratical reference towards a shipmate or a friend Savvy...? - A piratical term meaning...Do ye get what I'm saying matey...or are you familiar with? Scurvy dog! - A scoundrel...an' a general insult upon a shipmate Walk the plank - A walk bey

Get referencing help for your assignments

  We have reached that time of semester when many assignments are coming due.  Are you having trouble with the referencing component of your assignment...? If so, come along to Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville campus) and consult with a dedicated Referencing expert.  This service is available weekdays on the InfoHelp Desk between 11am to 3pm. Don't forget that you can always cross check your references against the examples in the Referencing LibGuide .  Find out how to do APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA or Vancouver in-text citations and references in this guide.

EndNote X7 is available from the Library

EndNote version X7 for Windows and Mac is now available from JCU Library. You can download the program using the link in our EndNote LibGuide , or you can borrow the installation CD from the Library’s lending desk. EndNote X7 is necessary for use with Microsoft Word 2013 and has several new features, including: Add citations and reference lists to your Microsoft PowerPoint slides  Add subheadings to your bibliography in Microsoft Word using your own categories or predefined by reference type in an output style - great for distinguishing primary and secondary sources  Better organize your research materials by using new reference types such as interview, podcast, conference paper, and press release  Reorder column headings in the Library reference list by using drag-and-drop and customize which columns display with just a right-click. See more about the new EndNote features in the “Welcome to EndNote X7” section of the EndNote Online User Guide .

Feature streaming video: Attachment (theory)

JCU Library has just obtained a new streaming video - Attachment. It includes both historical and current research methods and models of attachment behaviour, and runs for 26min.  This program explores Bowlby’s ’44 juvenile thieves’ study and the effects of separation, patterns of attachment, behaviourism, nurturance as well as security, and insecure-resistant and insecure avoidant children. It is an excellent resource for studies in both academic and applied psychology. Watch the video online .

R U OK? A conversation could change a life

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. 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. thedesk offers free access to online modules, tools, quizzes and advice.

Open Day spine poetry winner

Dr Victoria Kuttainen presents Jacinta with her prize Jacinta's winning poem Congratulations to Jacinta, our Open Day Spine Poetry winner! Jacinta’s four-book poem spoke volumes to our judges, and they rewarded her with a brand-new iPad Mini! Thanks to everyone for taking part in the competition. Our judges, Dr Victoria Kuttainen and Dr Ariella Van Luyn , enjoyed reading and deliberating over the entries.

New - Mobile Apps for Study and Research Libguide

Have you ever needed an app to help you take notes, keep all of your passwords in one place safe and secure or even an app that could turn your mobile device into a scanner. The library has developed a libguide with lots of apps that will help with your study and research. There are many apps to choose from both free and paid apps or you can even give us feedback on apps you think should be included in the Mobile apps for study and research libguide .

Upskill with a Library workshop in September

Do you need to improve your assignment research skills ? Are you confused by referencing? Do you need to learn about EndNote to manage references for your research project? If so, you need to attend a Library workshop. Upcoming workshops for Cairns and Townsville campuses include: EndNote Referencing SOS! Secrets of searching.