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Access to archived journal articles - JSTOR

JCU Library has many print journals on our shelves, going back quite a few years. However, if you can't find what you're looking for in the stacks, try looking in one of the archival databases that JCU Library subscribes to.  One of the most well known archival databases is JSTOR .  Their aim is to hold the complete history of various titles, except for the most recent 3-5 years of content. JCU Library subscribes to different archive collections, for students of the sciences and humanities. For example, there are issues of the American Naturalist on JSTOR from the 1860's.  Explore how the nature of scientific inquiry and reporting has evolved over time. Or read about views that were held before some of our more significant advances in knowledge and see how much they've changed! Head to our Databases page and give it a go!

Library and Information Week Wrap-up

Library and Information Week (22 to 28 May) has passed us by for another year but it doesn’t end here. We're going to take this year’s theme of ‘Celebrate’ and run with it for the next 51 weeks because we think there’s a lot about our library that’s worthy of celebration! Last week we saw some of the reasons JCU Library Staff celebrate our library. We also got some feedback from staff and students as to why they celebrate the library (see picture) and it turns out it wasn’t just because of the free cupcakes. People reported that they like the awesome, decent, chilled, helpful, great, fabulous, supportive library staff . The library buildings and the resources also got much love from our library community with many comments about the awesome resources and the great places to study ! Thanks to everyone who joined us in celebrating the library last week! Interested in what’s happening in academic libraries? Head to One Search to find out.

JCU Library Special Collections remembers: The 1967 Referendum

The month of May contains significant dates in our national history pertaining to Indigenous Australians.  The Eddie Koiki Mabo Library in Townsville is marking out these moments in time through it's current exhibition of artworks by Gail Mabo (daughter of Eddie Mabo) and also the accompanying displays of materials drawn from the Special Collections available for viewing on the 1st floor of the library. On this day, 50 years ago, campaigners for the rights of Aborigines won the most decisive referendum victory in Australian history.  Over 90% of Australians voted to change the Constitution, removing negative references to Aboriginal people forever. Make sure you know the facts and read the National Archives of Australia 1967 Referendum Fact Sheet . Item from the Shaw Collection of Australian Art & Culture . Title page of Human Rights for Australian Aborigines by Mary Bennett. Preface featured in the book Human Rights for Australian Aborigines This week check


Today is World Dracula Day! On May 26 1897 Bram Stoker's Dracula novel was released for sale in London.  It is known as a masterpiece of Victorian Gothic literature. The name Dracula is thought to have originated from Vlad III who ruled Wallachia from 1431-1476. Vlad III was given the name Vlad the Impaler as his favourite way of punishing his enemies was to impale them on wooden stakes. The nickname comes from his father calling himself Vlad Dracul (Vlad the Dragon)  His son Vlad III became Dracula meaning son of the dragon.  Dracul also means 'devil' in Romanian. Vampires in popular legend are fanged creatures who prey on humans and consume their blood . They have been featured in folklore and fiction for hundreds of years.  Mostly they are depicted as the 'undead' who rise nightly from coffins.  They can range from grotesque to perfectly beautiful. Stoker described Dracula as having a cruel looking mouth with sharp white teeth and ears with a point at the

CSIRO Journals

JCU Library has subscribed to many CSIRO publications over the years and with the close collaboration of both institutions regionally, many of their journals will be relevant to your area of scientific study or research. We currently subscribe to over 25 titles, all accessible from our Databases pages. Find a journal there of interest to you. And for the Education students amongst you, don't overlook our Curriculum collection. The popular CSIRO children's magazine title,  Double Helix   is available there .  This magazine is the result of the 2015 merger of the two CSIRO magazines Scientriffic and The Helix . Both of these earlier titles encouraged Australian school children, for over thirty years, to learn and experiment with science in a fun way. The new title continues the tradition. We recommend you try these in your teaching practice or just to borrow for your own children. With the growing emphasis on STEM subjects, what better way is there to encourage bot

Celebrate! Library and Information Week 2017

This year’s Library and Information Week (22 to 28 May) has a theme of ‘ Celebrate ’ to acknowledge ALIA ’s 80th birthday. The week provides a chance to celebrate libraries and their role within the community, in education and research, in preserving our history and culture, and in providing an open door to all (and much, much more). JCU Library staff were asked what they celebrate about their workplace. There was, of course, a long and carefully constructed list, but we’ve had to cut it down to ten. Here they are, ten things about your library – about our library – that JCU Library staff think are worthy of celebration (in no order): Student Success . We love helping students succeed and staff really enjoy watching students develop their skills from library novices to information wizards.  Special Collections . Library staff are thankful to work with the treasure that is our Special Collections. It’s a privilege to preserve and present North Queensland focused materials within

National Sorry Day/Day of Healing: 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report

May 26th will be National Sorry Day also known as the National Day of Healing. National Sorry Day is an Australia-wide observance held on May 26 each year. This day gives people the chance to come together and share the steps towards healing for the Stolen Generations, their families and communities. Stolen generations refer to Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders who were forcibly removed from their families and communities. This year is 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report was released in 1997. You will find the library holds multiple physical copies of this item and electronic copies . The Human Rights Commission website  has a Frequently Asked Questions section that is useful for answering the highly politicised debate that has grown around this report. It clarifies such issues as the difference between societal apologies versus immediate responsibility in the context of this and other similar international events; shows the statistical negative impac

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 1 2017: Extended Hours

It's almost that time of year again.  SWOT VAC and Exams are just around the corner. No need to panic, JCU Libraries will have extended exam opening hours to help you get through. This means that we are open until midnight Monday to Friday and 10pm on weekends. Don't forget that in Townsville the 24/7 InfoCommons and iLearning rooms are also available for student use outside library opening hours. Extended exam opening hours will operate from Monday 29 May  - Thursday 15 June. Mabo Library (Townsville) Monday - Friday: 7:30am - Midnight Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm Cairns Campus Library Monday - Friday: 8:00am - Midnight Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm

Human Kinetics journals - Sports and allied health - now Online Only

Human Kinetics journals specialise in the physical activity, sports and allied health fields. From 2017, JCU Library will subscribe to these journals in online format only.  We currently have access to ten journals with subject areas ranging from sports physiology, psychology, health, therapy and nutrition. Their range is international and covers all age and gender groups. The journals are all peer-reviewed with ThomsonReuters Impact factors of 0.6 to 2.3 in 2015. Human Kinetics also have a number of free webinars  on their website relating to well-being and physical fitness. These journals are not only of use to students and staff in the area of Sports Sciences, but contain relevant information for students from Medicine, Nursing and Education. With the growing awareness of sedentary habits and health, there is much here for everyone generally concerned with their own health or wellness. Your Human Kinetics eJ ournals@JCU are below- there is sure to be something here for all

Happy Birthday Shrek! Can you believe that it has been 16 years since Shrek was released? Doesn't that make you feel old bring back happy memories? Yes, on May 18, 2001 the world was introduced to the story of a grumpy ogre, a talking donkey, and a cursed princess. It also won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. It just so happens that the JCU Library has copies of Shrek and Shrek 2, along with many other DVDs located in the 791.433 section. So if you need a break from studying, check out our DVD collection, it's cheaper than Netflix.

Hoax emails claiming to be from the library

A few people have been receiving emails claiming to be from "" and asking them to click on a link to fix something in their account. This is not from us, it is a hoax . Sending someone an unsolicited email asking them to click on a link to "save", "fix" or "reactivate" an account is a popular technique for scammers. Never trust an email that does this , and always check by going directly to the website of the company involved (DO NOT click on any links in the email) to check if it is legitimate. A few things to check: How have they addressed you? We should have your proper name on file, and we should address you like a normal person. If it looks like a form letter that was generated by scanning your email address, it's not from us. The email address they give you may look okay, but does it match the email address on the company's contacts page? "" is not our email address. Our

New Book Recommendation: Not Without a Fight - The Story of the Friends of the National Museum of Australia

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide. Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software. A book title of interest is: Not Without a Fight: The Story of the Friends of the National Museum of Australia by Louise Douglas made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the An extract from the publisher states: The National Museum of Australia was almost 100 years in the making. Over the course of the twentieth century, proposals for a national museum were intermittent, interrupted by wars and financial downturns and stifled by government inaction. This book tells the story of tha

Johnson Matthey Technology Review - Open Access Journal Review

Looking for an Open Access journal on industrial technology? Or on Greenland’s Unique Kvanefjeld Multi-element Rare Earth Project ?  Look no further than peer-reviewed Johnson Matthey Technology Review , formerly Platinum Metals Review, published since 1957 and now online only. The article above is from their latest issue and looks at the mining and processing at one of the world's largest deposits. Johnson Matthey Technology Review  also has a large focus on environmental emissions. The parent company is involved with engineering and research across a wide range of mineralogy and chemistry products in industry including spacecraft and additive technologies such as 3D printing and medicine. If you have a 3D project planned, have a look here for ideas before using the Library's new 3D printing service! Johnson Matthey Technol. Rev., 2017, 61, (1), 52 doi:10.1595/205651317x693624 You will also find print journals and books about these topics in the 669's on our s

New Book Recommendation: Indigenous Archives: The Making and Unmaking of Aboriginal Art

Each week recent purchases are placed on the new book displays inside the library, and eBooks are made immediately available to use. You can view and subscribe to the New Library Books list online. For instructions on how to borrow an eBook by downloading it; check out our eBook LibGuide . Some eBooks require logging in with your JCU username and password; additional software will need to be installed to download and loan books to a digital bookshelf. Alternatively most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software. A title of interest that is relevant to the library as our Eddie Koiki Mabo Art Exhibiton is occuring: Indigenous archives: The making and unmaking of Aboriginal art edited by Darren Jorgensen and Ian McLean. Call Number: 704.039915 IND An extract from the publisher states: The archive is a source of power. It takes control of the past, deciding which voices will be heard and which won’t, how they will be heard and for what purposes. Indigenous

CCH 2017 Tax and Accounting Federal Budget Report

Are you interested in learning more about what the 2017 Federal Budget entails? Looking for a more in depth analysis? If so, you're in luck - CCH Wolters Kluwer has just released its  Federal Budget 2017-18 Report ! The report examines the  2017 Federal Budget , with a run down of all of the important tax and superannuation developments and insights from the CCH Wolters Kluwer budget team. CCH has also put together a Highlight Report , and a  9 Key Tax Facts You Need To Know  update, both of which are worth a look. And if you're not so keen to sit and read all the details, they're also offering a  complimentary webinar  on the 16th of May at 3:00PM AEST to discuss key tax insights from the budget and how it may impact you. CCH has a lot of great resources for anyone studying or interested in learning more about taxation, accounting or the legislation surrounding these areas. Head over to  CCH IntelliConnect  and  CCH eBooks  for journals and eBooks on topics ranging fro

Wear Orange Wednesday

May 10 is Wear Orange Wednesday . This is a day to say thank you and show your support for the State Emergency Services (SES) throughout Australia. The SES operate slightly differently in each state and territory of Australia but they are consistent in offering support to areas in need – and they’re orange all over the country. The SES were there to assist when Tropical Cyclone Debbie recently hit the Queensland coast and when flood waters were rising in New South Wales - they are there whenever they are needed, right across the country. The State Emergency Services constantly assist those in need, responding to many types of disasters and emergencies. May 10 is a day to recognise these volunteers, to say thank you and to show your support. Head to the library to learn more about the SES and the work they do.

2017 Eddie Koiki Mabo Library Art Exhibition: Gail Mabo's Reflections: 25 Years On

The annual 2017 Eddie Koiki Mabo Art Exhibition will showcase artist Gail Mabo's exhibition titled Reflections: 25 Years On from Friday May 19th to June 12th 2017. Each year the James Cook University Library hosts an art exhibition by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander artist to celebrate the official naming of the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library and, the official launch of the University’s Reconciliation Statement on 21 May, 2008. Nationally significant dates that occur during the exhibition include National Sorry Day (May 26th), Reconciliation Week (May 27th 1967 Referendum to June 3rd Mabo Day) .  2017 is an important anniversary year being 25 years since the 1992 Mabo Land Rights case decision, 50 years since the 1967 National Referendum, 20 years since the Bringing Them Home Report and locally will also mark 60 years since the 1957 Strike by Indigenous Australian members of the Palm Island community . These dates and actions are considered landmark dates for Indigenou

Happy Vesak Day, May 10th The JCU Library would like to wish all staff and students a happy Vesak day. Informally known as "Budda's Birthday" Vesakday is the day of the full moon in the month of May, this year Vesak falls on May 10. Vesak is the most sacred day to millions of Buddhists around the world. It was on the Day of Vesak two and a half millennia ago, in the year 623 B.C., that the Buddha was born. It was also on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha attained enlightenment, and it was on the Day of Vesak that the Buddha in his eightieth year passed away. "For Buddhist everywhere it is indeed a felicitous opportunity, while commemorating the birth, enlightenment and passing away of Guatama Buddha, to celebrate his message of compassion and devotion to the service of humanity. This message is today perhaps more relevant than ever before. Peace, understanding and a vision of humanity that supersedes national and other internatio

New: Open Access filter in One Search

Ever wanted to help someone not affiliated with JCU find credible academic research without paywalls? Well that is now simpler with the release of the 'Open Access' filter in One Search. Anyone (even if you're not currently studying or working at JCU) has always been able to search One Search from our Library home page -  but now you can avoid being asked to login to see our subscription resources by ticking the Open Access filter: You can share a link to a resource you find by using the 'Permanent Link' feature: You can combine the 'Open Access' filter with any other combination of filters, for example 'Scholarly & Peer-Review', 'Full Text Online' and 'Results beyond your library's collection'.

Off Campus Library Service

Are you a JCU Townsville or JCU Cairns student or staff member who lives more than 50 km from your nearest JCU campus? You might be eligible for the library's Off Campus service. Funded by the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) and designed to prevent distance from affecting your study, the library's Off Campus service allows staff and students residing within Australia and living more than 50 km from the Townsville or Cairns JCU campuses to borrow library materials. Best of all, the service is free ! Library items are supplied via the postal service and a pre-paid postage bag will be included with sent items to allow them to be returned free of charge. An extension is added to the loan period to allow for postage. If you've been bemoaning the fact that your lecturers keep recommending texts that aren't available online and you're too far from either campus to pop in and borrow them, take advantage of the Off Campus Service now! To request an item via

World Press Freedom Day 3 May 2017

World Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually on 3 May 2017. This day focuses on the fundamental principles of press freedom, and defends the independence of the media from attacks. This day is also a time to pay tribute to those journalists who have lost their lives during the course of their work. The UNESCO theme for World Preess Freedom 2017 is Critical Minds for Critical Times: Media's Role in Advancing Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies. This focuses on strengthening free and quality journalism. The JCU Library has Libguides that relate to media. The Multimedia Journalism Libguide focuses on resources and materials for studies and the News makers/News fakers Libguide examines what is fake news and how to identify it.  

News Makers and News Fakers

Unless you slept through 2016 and missed the 2016 US Presidential election, you’ve probably heard of fake news. But what is fake news? Why should we care about it? And how can we identify it? Our newly published News makers/news fakers guide is a great starting point when it comes to answering these questions. Go through the guide to learn about different varieties of fake news including disinformation, hoaxes, clickbait and native advertising. You’ll learn what these types of fake news are and how to spot them in the wild, wild web and beyond. Ever found an article online and wondered if you can use it in your assignment? The guide provides tips on how to check news sources to see if the stories are legitimate. We’ve also included some interactive activities to get some practice in evaluating online news and develop your fake news radar. You can find News makers/news fakers within our How to Guides .