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JSTOR after JCU - Individual subscriptions now available

JSTOR is one of the top databases for the Humanities.  If you are studying English, History, Languages or Literature, JSTOR is probably one of your top go-to resources. If it isn't, it should be. Not only does it have an excellent collection of current journals for the "Liberal Arts", it also has a formidable back catalogue of archived journals and a collection of scanned primary sources. Say you were researching a History or Literature subject, and one of your articles referenced an article from the 1940s that sounded highly relevant and useful...  There's a good chance you'll find it in JSTOR. Until recently, JSTOR has only been available to institutions.  If you wanted to use it, you had to be connected to a library (like ours).  This meant that, once you left JCU, you couldn't access JSTOR any more - even if you were willing to pay for it. Now they are offering individual memberships. JPASS is JSTOR's access option for people who are no

Hard-boiled fiction, femmes fatale and damaged detectives.

Dashiell Hammet was born on May 27, 1894. Best known for his books The Maltese Falcon  and The Thin Man , Hammett is one of the great exponents of hard-boiled detective fiction. Sam Spade, the character created for The Maltese Falcon  and famously played by Humphrey Bogart, is considered to be one of the quintessential "Private-Eyes". We have the complete novels of Dashiell Hammett , as well as collections of his short stories.  And if reading Hammett's work gives you a taste for violent, damaged detectives and femmes fatale, we also have works by Raymond Chandler and Chester Himes  - not to mention a whole bunch of detective stories and novels , and books about detective stories... If finishing your assignments and preparing for exams is starting to stress you out, why not grab yourself a good old fashioned paperback and spend an evening in the crime-ridden streets of early 20th Century America?

Mabo Day June 3rd 2015

June 3rd is Mabo Day . Mabo Day commemorates the life of Eddie Koiki Mabo (c. 29 June 1936–21 January 1992) a Torres Strait Islander. He is most famous for campaigning for the recognition of traditional Indigenous Australian's land rights on his home island of Mer (Murray Island). Eddie Koiki Mabo resided in Townsville for a period of his life and in that time he was employed and enrolled at JCU. Due to his connection to JCU, the Townsville campus library was named the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in 2008. You can celebrate Mabo Day by attending a public event in your area. At JCU we hold an annual Mabo Lecture   (view past lectures ). The Townsville library holds an art exhibition that commemorates the building naming and it is open to members of the public to view.

Between Battles 9: Local History in Townsville’s City

During the “Between Battles” project, the Townsville City Library located at level 1, 280 Flinders Street hosted a number of James Cook University researchers as they surveyed not only the publically accessible local history collection, but also a significant portion of the library’s uncatalogued collection. Caption: James Cook University researchers at the Flinders Street branch of CityLibraries.   Photo Credit: Jane Ryder Caption: Researcher María Liliana Ortega Martinez with a photograph of Townsville’s old post office with a sign out in front urging men to enlist in the 1914 War. This photograph forms part of the uncatalogued local history collection held at the Flinders Street branch of CityLibraries.  Photo credit: Jane Ryder This was a particularly exciting experience for all researchers involved, having been given access to an enormous variety of rare books, documents and photographs that were yet to be examined in great detail. The Between Battles research tea

TEDx Townsville-Livestream Saturday 30 May

Date claimer, this Saturday May 30th - please click here to register . You are invited to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (JCU Townsville campus) to attend a satellite viewing of TEDx Townsville . This is a live-stream of the TEDx Townsville event. Proudly sponsored by James Cook University, attendance is free and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. There will be interactive displays from JCU Library Special Collections and 3D printing and scanning technology from CityLibraries Townsville . The artworks from the 2015 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Commemorative Art Exhibition: Teho Ropeyarn's Mandang Ikamba (strength of a crocodile) will be on display and Juliette's Cafe will be open in the Library throughout the day. We hope to see you there!

New book recommendation: Teaching Indigenous Students

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. This week is National Reconciliation Week and a title of interest is: Teaching Indigenous Students: Cultural awareness and classroom strategies for improving learning outcomes by Thelma Perso & Colleen Hayward Call Number: 371.8299915 PER An extract from the publisher's website states: Indigenous children, like all children, deserve a future they choose for themselves. This book aims to empower teachers to help halt the cycle of disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and make a real difference to their relationships, learning outcomes and opportunities in the short and long term.

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 1 2015: Extended Hours

Townsville will have Extended Exam Opening Hours for the end of semester 1, 2015 exam period. This includes earlier opening and later close. TOWNSVILLE Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Monday 1st June – Thursday 18th June 2015 Monday to Friday                7.30am – Midnight Saturday and Sunday         10.00am– 5.00pm *Monday 8th of June Queen' Birthday Public Holiday 1pm to 5pm CAIRNS No Change until the 19th of June 2015. Hours remain: Monday to Thursday         8.00am– 9.00pm Friday                                8.00am– 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday       10.00am– 5.00pm *Monday 8th of June Queen' Birthday Public Holiday 1pm to 5pm

Between Battles 8: There’s no business like show business, especially on the front!

Caption: Anzac Concert Party, Photographer: A J Bromfield, North Queensland Photographic Collection. Believe it or not the men depicted in this photograph are not professional performers. Rather they are fighting soldiers of the First World War who, in their time off, provided vital entertainment and comic relief for troops between battles. The value of theatrical entertainment was recognized very early on during the First World War, and Australian and New Zealand soldiers had a particular knack for humorous comedy routines. Soldiers were often encouraged to audition for performance troupes run either by military units or by the YMCA, however entertainers were also sometimes hired externally in order to entertain the troops. Concerts were usually put on at rest camps, some distance away from direct conflict, although the YMCA were known to hold shows within their own canteen huts significantly closer to the action. On special occasions and holidays ‘Division concert parties’

New Book Display Recommmendations: Communication Skills for Nurses

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. A title of interest: Communication Skills for Nurses by Claire Boyd and Janet Dare Call Number: 610.73023 COM This item is also available as an online ebook to current JCU staff and students. Nursing and health students might find this useful as communication skills is a common assignment topic for health students. An extract from the publisher's webpage states: Survive placements and practice with this essential guide for all student nurses. Providing words of wisdom and advice from real-life student nurses, Communication Skills for Nurses is a handy, portable, and fun introduction to the key communication and interpersonal skills you’ll need on placement and as a registered nurse. Special features: Developed by students, for students  Clear, straightforward, and jargon-free  Explains how to use your interpers

SAGE Research Methods - NEW features to assist in the design and conduct of your research

SAGE Research Methods has now been enhanced with Research Datasets and Cases. James Cook University researchers can now use the expanded  SAGE Research Methods tool to help them design research projects, understand particular research methods, identify new methods, conduct their research, and write up their findings. SAGE Research Methods links researchers to SAGE’s book, journal, reference and video content with advanced search and discovery tools. Focusing on methodology rather than disciplines,   SAGE Research Methods  will help researchers and students from a wide range of different subject areas. Resources are available for developing methodologies at all stages of the research process and are suited to all levels of researchers, from undergraduates to senior faculty.   Using Methods Maps one can visually explore methodology options by following the methods, concepts, philosophies and approaches under consideration. Researchers are directly linked to informatio

National Reconciliation Week May 27th to June 3rd

National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between the 27th of May and 3rd of June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the Reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum and the High Court Mabo decision. The week is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort. May 27 marks the anniversary of Australia’s most successful referendum and a defining event in our nation’s history. The 1967 referendum saw over 90 per cent of Australians vote to give the Commonwealth the power to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and recognise them in the national census. On 3 June, 1992, the High Court of Australia delivered its landmark Mabo decision which legally recognized that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have a special relationship to the land—that existed prior to

Happy Birthday, Edward de Bono

Edward de Bono, the Maltese physician, psychologist, author and inventor, was born on the 19th of May, 1933. De Bono is famous for his theories and self-help books regarding lateral thinking - particularly the Six Thinking Hats technique, which encourages people to deliberately consider problems from different positions. Take a look at t hese results in One Search to see the books we have by Edward de Bono and link to some of his journal articles. "Thinking slowly means pausing at many points to look around and see what options are available. If you drive fast you cannot read the different signposts. When driving you want to read the signposts to be aware of the directions you are not taking. Getting to a destination is important, but getting to a destination and having a good map of the terrain is even better." de Bono, E. (1986). Ideas about thinking - excerpts from Edward de Bono's "letter to thinkers". Journal of Product Innovation Management,

Between Battles 7: Feathers Fly - Shipboard Entertainment

Whether setting off for the Great War or homeward bound, voyages on troop-ship were long and monotonous and soldiers often become bored and frustrated.  However, clever thinking and resourcefulness on the part of soldiers themselves resulted in a huge variety of on-board entertainments and activities that mitigated the cramped conditions and boosted morale. Personal photographs (such as those taken by Astley James Bromfield) and troop-ship publications hint at the types of activities soldiers participated in to pass the time.  Impromptu activities such as weight guessing or poetry reciting were easily organized, however on special occasions, for instance at New Year, Christmas, or birthdays, much more elaborate programs were organized.  Proceedings might include sporting activities such as tugs-of-war, potato races, orange eating competitions, cock-fighting, pillow fighting on the cross bar and a game called ‘recovering coin from electric tub’, as well as musical performances a

New Online Resources: National Geographic Archive 1888-1994

National Geographic Access to the National Geographic archive, 1888-1994 has now been set up and is available for use through the following access points: Library catalogue (Tropicat) 1278457 Databases page eJournal portal  OneSearch from the Library & Computing webpage A description from the provider states: This collection brings together a complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of National Geographic books, maps, images and videos.

We need to stop punishing scientists for talking to the public - article from The Conversation by Bill Laurance

Bill Laurance has just published a great article in The Conversation about the need to reward 'non-traditional' forms of communicating research. Our universities encourage researchers to engage with the wider community, yet there are no formal systems to reward researchers for doing this. The opening paragraph of Bill's article states: As scientists, my colleagues and I are often told we need to engage the general public and decision makers, to use our expertise to inform public discourse and debates and to reach a far wider audience than just our professional colleagues. Bill's complete article is available at . Building on the advice in Bill's article, it is also critical that research outputs are publicly available i.e. they are Open Access. Don't leave readers, who want to know more about your research, frustrated. Make sure they are easily able to f

Featured database: MLA database

The MLA International Bibliography database provides a subject index resources published on modern languages, literature, folklore, and linguistics, and indexes over 66,000 books and articles each year. Content includes: Global coverage - Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America  Folklore is represented by folk literature, music, art, rituals, and belief systems Linguistics and language materials range from history and theory of linguistics, comparative linguistics, semantics, stylistics, and syntax to translation Other topics include: Literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theatre), and history of printing and publishing  Aesthetics, human behaviour, communication, and information processes relating to human language or literature Diverse media - oral, in print, or in audiovisual media and on human language, including both natural languages and invented languages (e.g., Esperanto) Teaching of language, literature, a

2015 Eddie Koiki Mabo Commemorative Art Exhibition: Teho Ropeyarn's Mandang Ikamba (strength of a crocodile)

Image: Teho Ropeyarn, Ikambla Each year JCU Library and Information Services hosts an exhibition by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to celebrate the official naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and the release of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May 2008. This year the artist is Teho Ropeyarn and his exhibition is titled Madang Ikamba (strength of a crocodile). The exhibition will run from Thursday May 14th to Friday June 12th 2015 and is open for the public to view during Library opening hours . The exhibition also coincides with National Reconciliation Week which runs from May 27th to June 3rd (which is Mabo Day ). Other JCU events to mark Reconciliation week will occur during this period to enact aspects of JCU's Reconciliation Action Plan .

TEDx Townsville - livestream at Mabo Library

You are invited to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (JCU Townsville campus) to attend a satellite viewing of TEDx Townsville . This is a live-stream of the TEDx Townsville event. Proudly sponsored by James Cook University, attendance is free and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. There will be interactive displays from JCU Library Special Collections and 3D printing and scanning technology from CityLibraries Townsville . The artworks from the 2015 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Commemorative Art Exhibition: Teho Ropeyarn's Mandang Ikamba (strength of a crocodile) will be on display and Juliette's Cafe will be open in the Library throughout the day. Registration is essential  - please click here to register . We hope to see you there!

New Book Display recommendation: Veterinary Clinical Procedures in Small Animals

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays. You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. A title of interest: Veterinary Clinical Procedures in Small Animal Practice by Vicki Judah Call number: 636.089 JUD An extract from the publisher's webpage states: Veterinary Clinical Procedures...instructs you on the clinical care of canine, feline, avian, and exotic animal patients. Appropriate as a standalone or companion resource, the book provides a concise overview of each species as well as the wide range of skills veterinary technicians must master. Step-by-step instruction on commonly performed procedures--restraint, physical exams, specimen collection, safety protocol, and anesthesia--include expanded discussions on variations, potential complications, required equipment, and much more. Colorful and easy to understand, is packed with photos, diagrams, and charts to make learning fun and easy!

So long, and thanks for all the fish

"We have normality ... I repeat we have normality ...  anything you still can't cope with is therefore your own problem." On the 11th of May, 2001, the English Language lost one of its cleverest and most entertaining writers:  Douglas Adams. While The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy books were not his only works, they were his most famous creations.  We have all five parts of the trilogy available for loan (including first editions of the trilogy back when it only had three parts). You may not be aware that The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy was originally a radio series, which was later adapted for the books (and the TV series, stage shows and movie). The second half of the radio series contains material which was never adapted for any other format, including a statue held in the air by the power of art, a planet in which humans evolved into birds to escape shoe salesmen, and a cloning machine can never be switched off - producing an ever-increasin

Between Battles 6: The Soldier as Tourist - Astley James Bromfield in Egypt

Astley James Bromfield (whose personal materials are the focus of our current Mabo Library displays) spent the first half of 1916 in Egypt, training with the 25th Battalion in preparation for service on the Western Front. Troops had been sent to Egypt not only to train, but in preparation for a possible Turkish assault on the Suez Canal.  In the relative safety of North Africa Anzac soldiers were able to enjoy what was for many their first trip beyond Australia. They embraced the fascinating sights and sounds of Egypt, a combination of the mystery and exoticism of the Ancient Egyptian past and the familiar trappings of more recent British colonization. The pyramids were a particularly popular destination, aided by their proximity to the Anzac camps. Photographer: A J Bromfield, NQID1265, North Queensland Photographic Collection. While in Egypt Bromfield continued his habit of collecting picture postcards, which he had begun before departing from Australia. Picture postcards ha

Library Client Survey 2015

The 2015 Library Client Survey will be available online from 11-31 May for all library users including JCU students and staff, users from other libraries, visitors and the community. This survey gives you the opportunity to express your opinions about the JCU Library’s performance in areas you think are important including resources, services and facilities. You can participate in the survey by completing it anonymously. To show our appreciation for your time, weekly prizes will be drawn for coffee and bookshop vouchers with a final draw for 2 iPad minis. Past responses to the survey have enabled the Library to improve our collections, extend library hours, upgrade our technologies, and create better learning and social spaces. All of this improves the library support for learning, teaching, research and scholarship. By completing the 2015 survey you will help to ensure that we have a dynamic Library contributing to JCU’s Strategic Intent of Creating a brighter future for

Between Battles 5: Introducing Astley James Bromfield

The displays in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library supporting the project - “Between Battles: Commemorating The Cultural Lives of Soldiers” feature a collection of photographs, postcards and personal possessions belonging to Astley James Bromfield, a North Queenslander who served with the 25th Infantry Battalion as a corporal and later with the 7th Australian Machine Gun Company as a sergeant. Bromfield spent time in Egypt before seeing action in France and Belgium, and was wounded at Menin Road, near Ypres, in September 1917. His younger brother Jack Mawdsly Bromfield also served on the Western Front, and was killed in action at the Battle of Hamel in July 1918. The collection of artefacts on display has been generously loaned by Bromfield’s family and reveals the cultural life of an ordinary Australian soldier during the First World War. The photographs and postcards record both the devastation of war and the curiosity of a young man abroad. Accounts of sightseeing on leave mingle with

New Book Display recommendation: The Name Must Not Go Down

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays . You can subscribe to the New Library Books email or view the New Books list online. A title of interest: The Name Must Not Go Down by Joseph Ketan 320.995565 KET An extract from the publishers website states: This book analyses how and why people in Mount Hagen have incorporated the state into their local megacycle. By analysing political competition at the local level where such nationally prominent leaders as Paias Wingti, Robert lak, Michael Mel, and Paul Pora operate, this study facilitates understanding the behaviour of politicians who interact within and between two separate moral realms. This study explores the level and extent of interpenetration between state and society to determine whether one system has dominated the other. An interesting political study from a Papua New Guinea researcher that bridges the insider, outsider dynamic of research. Also looks at 'traditional Indigenous' societ

ORCiD profiles are now being listed in Trove

Trove is the National Library of Australia discovery interface. ORCID profiles are now being listed in the  People and Organisations zone of Trove. ORCID is a non-profit, community-based organisation which aims to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. ORCID assigns a 16 digit number, a unique identifier, to any researcher who wants one—be they an astrophysicist studying the universe, a zoologist studying amoeba, or anyone in between. To get your ORCID profile listed in Trove, make sure your publication profile is in ResearchOnline@JCU is up-to-date. Including DOIs in the records for your publications will also help to match your name and profile. As an example, see this profile in Trove and scroll down to the box titled Resources for Jacqueline Kerri Wolstenholme to see the link to her ORCID profile. This information is adapted from the Trove blog post, Spot the Blue Squa

Happy birthday, Karl Marx

"Karl Marx 001" by John Jabez Edwin Mayall International Institute of Social History Amsterdam, Netherlands.  "You are horrified at our intending to do away with private property . But in your existing society, private property is already done away with for nine-tenths of the population; its existence for the few is solely due to its non-existence in the hands of those nine-tenths. You reproach us, therefore, with intending to do away with a form of property, the necessary condition for whose existence is the non-existence of any property for the immense majority of society . In one word, you reproach us with intending to do away with your property. Precisely so; that is just what we intend." Marx, Karl, and Engels, Friedrich. Communist Manifesto . London, GBR: Pluto Press, 2008. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 4 May 2015.

Between Battles 4: A young soldier’s experience on the troopship Kanowna, 1914.

Five days after the declaration of war in 1914, the 3rd Queensland Regiment (better known as the Kennedy Regiment) marched through the streets of Townsville towards the port. They were embarking for Thursday Island on board the Kanowna, a coastal liner requisitioned for the war effort, to defend the Torres Strait against predicted German naval raids. Troops of the Kennedy Regiment leaving Townsville in August 1914, en route to Thursday Island.  Solider, Frederick Macdonald may well have been part of this procession. Photograph courtesy of the State Library of Queensland. The Kennedy Regiment’s voyage of seven weeks aboard a crowded ship resulted in boredom amongst the troops. Finding activities to keep the men busy and active was an important part of life on board the ship and distractions improved morale. The activities of those aboard the Kanowna were not only indicative of many Anzac soldiers’ experiences, but they also served to establish the troopship newspaper custom.