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LearnJCU & course readings: What to do when things don't work!

Here are the problems most often reported to us and how to solve them: Click on a reading and get a blank screen PDF won't display, print or save the whole PDF An article wants me to pay to see it When I try and open a saved PDF it says 'File corrupted' Click on a reading and get a blank screen Accessing a via Firefox or Chrome may cause some problems with viewing PDFs. A temporary solution is to click on the shield icon and disable protection on the page. Firefox browser Chrome browser PDF won't display, print or save properly We've seen a number of issues like this that revolved around Firefox using its own plugin to view PDF files - the work around is to switch all the Acrobat content associations from Firefox’s inbuilt PDF reader to either Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader under File - Options - Applications : An article wants me to pay to see it We’ve had sporadic reports of an issue where off campus access to Library subscrip

Libguides in focus: What are Libguides?

The JCU Libguides are your custom-built portals for research, writing, and referencing.  We have a Libguide for every discipline the University teaches, and then some! The discipline guides are really useful starting places for your research, and they have links to academic and reliable databases, journals, books, websites, and more.  You'll also find information on how to start and organise your research, how to construct a literature review, how to use the databases, the  and who to contact if you get stuck. It's worth taking a bit of time to explore your discipline Libguide to discover all the goodies we've gathered together for you. Where is my Libguide? The Libguides are accessible from the Library website . Click on the Subject Libguides link. You will see a screen that looks like this: Once there, choose your broad subject area and click on the + button to see the available disciplines: Click on your

Featured new purchases - Townsville

Each week, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library displays recent purchases in the Learning Commons. This week, we have over  forty new titles on display . Here are a few of them: If the mining boom is over, how well-placed is Australia's economy to recover - and do we really need to be concerned about it? This is a Penguin Specials publication of John Edwards' Lowy Institute paper. Tackling some common misconceptions and myths about the Australian mining boom, Edwards makes a clear case that the mining industry is strong and has much to contribute to the Australian economy. In 1914 Jim and Charlie abandon the Australian outback for the excitement and adventure of the war to end all wars. But in the Light Horse they quickly discover the brutal realities of life on the frontline. And nothing will ever be the same again. Featuring stunning charcoal sketches by Brian Simmonds alongside primary source documents and historical photos, Light Horse Boy goes b

Have you liked us on Facebook? Do you follow us on Twitter?

JCU Libraries is on Facebook! You can connect with us there to stay in touch with announcements and library events or workshops, and to ask us questions. We're also on Twitter! Hit the button below to sign in and follow our tweets, tweet at us, and see what we share! Follow @jculibrary

Browzine News: iPhone app released & increases in Saved Article Limits and My Bookshelf

BrowZine for iPhone is here! BrowZine for iPhone is now available, dramatically expanding the ways you can engage with BrowZine to find, read and follow their favorite journals! With this new release, you have the option to create a BrowZine Account.  If you have BrowZine installed on your iPhone and iPad, you may now “sync” your My Bookshelf contents.  If you add a journal to My Bookshelf or clear a new article notification from your iPad, it will automatically appear on your iPhone. What Browzine is and how you get it           Saved Article Limit Raised to 500 Based on popular demand, the Saved Article limit has been raised from 100 to 500 articles.  BrowZine provides even more opportunity to browse now and read articles later.   Expanded My Bookshelf For Android users, the My Bookshelf space has been expanded to 64 journals in 4 bookcases.   New Content We continue to add support for many publishers.  Recent additions include: American Mathematical S

Library Donations

So you have a few books you think the JCU Library might like? Well, we do accept donations, so thank you very much. But there are conditions! Have a look at the  Donations Guidelines and if you think your books fit the criteria you can fill out a Donations Form and hand it in to the Loans Desk.

Outage Library and Computing webpages Monday 28th of July 2014 from 9pm

An IT upgrade of CMS services which supports the webpages will cause loss of access to various webpages  across JCU Monday 28th of July from 9pm to an expected 11pm time period. An extract ( read the full item at the Central Computing bulletin site) from ITR communication states the following: The main JCU Website ( will be accessible but will not be updated during this outage All public websites residing on will be unavailable (Major websites affected: Courses and Degrees, Course and Subject Handbook 2009-2014, Library and Computing Services , JCU, News and Media websites will be unavailable.

2014 July O-week in the Mabo library Townsville: The fun bits tours & free candy

The fun, exciting part of O week is in full swing with Library Tours happening and Chupa Chump lollypops being handed out as questions get answered at the Townsville InfoHelp desk about workshops . Come get help and a lolly. The Townsville Library O-week organiser Claire Ovaska   and librarian for Department of Psychology and the Department of Humanities is out directing our Infohelp Rovers and Student Mentors to do tours of the library. Claire Ovaska overseeing tours and student mentor Stephen. Even the Student Centre is over here this week to print Student ID cards for our new students. You need a card so you can borrow books and get into the 24 hour Information Commons after hours . You will find them by entering from the East side of the library building. Just follow the arrows Student IDs are getting made. Enter at the east side.

Your Library Oweek tours and workshops

Discover how to get your mobile device connected to the wireless network, find information for your assignments (including scholarly journal articles), and much, much, more. InfoHelp tutorials start in Oweek week and are free! All students are welcome to attend. Go to the Library's Workshops webpage for details of Cairns and Townsville workshops, and  Orientation Programs for details regarding Library tours and other campus orientation events. Library Oweek activities include: Library orientation tours Go wireless clinics Top ten assignment tips Getting connected@JCU Up and running with LearnJCU. Good luck with your studies!

Student Workshops at JCU

Workshop Did you know that there are lots of opportunities for extra support at JCU via a range of workshops held throughout the year? These include: Library Workshops Learning Skills Workshops HDR Workshops   Self-paced Online Resources

Take the road to academic success!

JCU Library has developed a self-paced interactive learning tool specifically for you - the Info Skills Road Trip . It provides an introduction to researching for your assignments, and will assist you on your University journey. You will learn key academic skills such as: Unpacking your assignment topic Finding scholarly information resources Evaluating the quality of what you find, and  Referencing. Give the InfoSkills Road Trip a spin, and happy travels!

Paper of the Day at ResearchOnline@JCU

Something of interest to our researchers and up and coming researchers for their professional knowledge. Members of the community as well may find it of interest as it is publicly funded research and they may wish to see the results of their tax dollars. ResearchOnline@JCU is the online institutional repository for James Cook University, developed and maintained by Library and Information Services. It contains a growing collection of publications and creative works which form the University’s archive of research outputs of staff and higher degree research post graduate students. This repository is a source of publicly funded research and is freely available to the community. It enables access to JCU’s research publications, including those with full-text where copyright and confidentiality conditions permit. It contains records of books, book chapters, journal articles, conference papers, unpublished manuscripts, theses, technical reports, working and discussion papers, fine art

NAIDOC week 2014 congratulations

NAIDOC week for 2014 ran from 6-13 July.  This year we congratulate JCU Alumni Professor Gracelyn Smallwood. Professor Smallwood was named NAIDOC Person of the Year (check out this great photo on the awards Facebook page ). She is a Townsville local and has had a long involvement in nursing and health as well as Indigenous issues and a similar long association with JCU . On top of her academic and activism work, Professor Smallwood is also a link to one of the traditional owner groups in the Townsville area the Bindal people. JCU students and staff may know her from lectures and welcome to country speeches. NAIDOC Week celebrations are held across Australia each July to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Tor

Featured new purchases - Townsville

Each week, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library displays recent purchases in the Learning Commons. This week, we have over fifty new titles on display . Here are five of them: Systematic Approaches to a Successful Literature Review By Andrew Booth, Diana Papaioannou, and Anthea Sutton Reviewing the literature is an essential part of every research project. This book takes you step-by-step through the process of approaching your literature review systematically, applying systematic principles to a wide range of literature review types. Through numerous examples, case studies and exercises, the book covers often neglected areas of literature review such as concept analysis, scoping and mapping. The book includes practical tools for supporting the various stages of the review process, including; managing your literature review searching the literature assessing the quality of the literature synthesising qualitative and/or quantitative data writing up and presenting data Syst

Off Campus Library Resource Access During Major Systems Outage

We have been working closely with ITR and LearnJCU teams to ensure that electronic library resources are available off campus during the major systems outage planned for this weekend (11-13 July). Latest Update 15:54 pm 10/07/2014 Summary at this point in time Available all weekend: LearnJCU (and its links to scanned readings and electures in Reserve Online) One Search (but links to Library Catalogue, subscription resources and ResearchOnline@JCU will fail) Email Libguides (but links to Library website will fail) Library Facebook , Twitter , Library News Blog Uncertain: Links to Reserve Online in LearnJCU (course readings and electures) (some doubt as to whether single sign on from LearnJCU will be able to contact the subnet Masterfile sits on when the firewall is offline) Not available all weekend Library Catalogue Library web site (including the databases page) ResearchOnline@JCU  LearnJCU links to ejournal articles in Reserve Online Reserve Online se

Library Social Media

social media I know you all read this blog regularly to keep up with what is happening at JCU Library, but did you know that there are other ways you can keep in touch? Facebook us anytime. Twitter your comments to us and read our observations. You can also contact us in person, by phone, email, our feedback form or chat to us from 9am to 9pm weekdays and 10am to 5pm on the weekend. Just look on the library homepage under the One Search box to connect.

Printing outage 9th July 2014

Attention Students. Printing in the libraries and across campus will be disrupted. This Wednesday 9th of July from 12pm midday to 4pm student printing will be disrupted as an upgrade is done on  printing and related services across the University. Below is an extract from the ITR news week ending 4th of July 2014. JCU is in the process of upgrading our Student and Staff Printing/Scanning/Photocopying Service. To facilitate the installation of the new printers and software in the GATCF Computer Labs, Libraries and other informal student areas where a printing service is available, it will require a disruption to the current printing service used by students on the Townsville and Cairns campus. Who is Affected: All students sending print jobs to student printers on the Townsville and Cairns campuses Service Affected:  Printing Services When: Wednesday 9th July 2014, 12pm to 4pm Description: This upgrade will provide an improved service for students but does result in so

Featured New Purchases - Townsville

Each week, the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library displays recent purchases in the Learning Commons.  This week, we have over fifty new titles on display.  Here are four of them: The True History of Chocolate by Sophie Coe and Michael Coe Tracing the 3,000 year history of one of the world's most popular confections, from the Mexican jungles to Switzerland and beyond, Coe and Coe explore chocolate through archaeology, socioeconomics, botany, ethics, and neuroscience.  This fascinating history is sure to give you a better and deeper understanding of cocoa and its products. Micro Monsters with David Attenborough David Attenborough's iconic voice narrates this visually stunning series about some of the most successful animals on the planet. Jaw-dropping and occasionally stomach-churning, this nine-part series covers how arthropods live, eat, reproduce, and survive in a hostile world. The First Third by Will Kostakis A painfully funny yet poignant contemporar

Need Block Mode help

Walking around Townsville campus, it has the feel that it is in hibernation for North Queensland's not so cold winters and the midyear break between JCU Australia academic semesters, but this is not correct. JCU is open for business and all your regular services are still there and classes, exams, and research is still happening.  If you get stuck, come to the library InfoHelp desk for assistance. You can also  call or email us as well. We will help you to get in touch with staff in IT support , Learning Skills , International student support and enrollments. At the library we have lots of new international students and some early bird Australian students wandering around. There are also continuing post-graduates, undergraduate and diploma students doing block modes or studying for supplementary exams or finishing their assignment extensions. And lots of visiting non-JCU schloars doing research. The Library at Cairns and Townsville  is open for business and there are three

Soccer and Tennis at the same time!

It is hard to escape knowing that the Soccer World Cup and Wimbledon Tennis Championships are on at the moment. If watching the athletes battle it out has inspired you to improve your performance, you may like to look at the range of  soccer and tennis resources at JCU Library. Science and Soccer is a recent e-book for soccer players and the Sports Biomechanics Journal has devoted Vol. 12, Issue 1 to tennis. SportsDiscus is a great database to look in for general resources. Remember you can broaden your search results using "football" as well as "soccer" as keywords.

New version of One Search in July

A new version of One Search , the Library’s handy web discovery search tool, will go live during the week of  the 7th July 2014.  New and enhanced features include: Display on any screen size Topic Explorer will display definitions and encyclopaedic entries for popular search terms sourced from Library resources including Credo . Links to any relevant Libguides and related topics will also display Automated Query Expansion translates common usage terms into their technical equivalents e.g, a search for heart attack will draw in results for myocardial infarction while still giving the user the option to not use the suggested term Content Spotlighting returns search results for news and images if available New Discipline facet can be used to limit results to a particular discipline Where relevant searches will trigger: Recommendations for specialist databases Non-research online resources from study skills to library opening hours Links to JCU Scholar Profiles The new