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New book: Travelling home, Walkabout magazine and mid-twentieth-century Australia

Travelling   home , Walkabout magazine and mid-twentieth-century Australia   ( ebook: Full-text online ) Travelling home provides a detailed analysis of the contribution that the mid twentieth-century Walkabout  magazine made to Australia's cultural history. Spanning five decades of the twentieth century (1934-1974), Walkabout  was integral to Australia's sense of self as a nation. By advocating travel - both vicarious and actual - Walkabout  encouraged settler Australians to broaden their image of the nation and its place in the Pacific region.  Walkabout   was widely circulated and invariably found in the waiting rooms of dentists, doctors and hair dressers.   Drawing on interdisciplinary scholarship, Travelling Home engages with key questions in literary, cultural, and Australian studies about national identity.   Topics covered include: History of Walkabout magazine Key contributors Racial representation Development and modernity Nature and environme

Open Access Databases at JCU Library

JCU Library has been celebrating International Open Access Week this week, and there has been much discussion about research outputs, publishing and journals which support Open Access publishing. The Library Databases page is another way to discover reliable and authoritative Open Access resources outside of our subscribed collections. Just go to JCU's Databases page , and from the 'All Database types' drop down menu, select 'Open Access'. Alternatively you can look for the Open Access icon found beside database titles. These resources have been selected and reviewed by librarians familiar with your subject areas.  Currently there are 85 open access databases. We have given a small sample below, but there are many more free resources to delve into. We have information here for all disciplines and all levels, from undergraduate to teaching. For statistics in the social sciences, there is the World Bank Open Data  ,  Australian Bureau of Statistics  ,

Exam Week tips

Exam week tips  Minimise exam period stress by controlling the things you can, like finding the exam dates and rooms, the rules about what you can and can't take, or finding good study spaces. Here is a list of tips and JCU webpages to help you get the grades that 13 weeks of steady studying deserve. How does the whole exam thing work?  Exams & results   Use this to find out where to go, what you need, and when to turn up. You can also find information about your grades, how to apply for special consideration and how to maintain a good academic level. Where is my exam?  Students can find their personal exam timetables in  StudentsOnline , and Campus maps to help locate exam rooms. You could even do a visit beforehand to make sure you have the right room. There is usually a blue sticker above doorways with the building and room number on it. What is my lecturer going to ask?  Past examination papers Reserve Online is JCU's central repository for past exam papers. A li

World Teachers' Day 2017

Celebrated in over 100 countries, World Teachers' Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. The first World Teachers’ Day was held on 5 October 1994 by UNESCO to acknowledge the importance of competent, qualified and motivated teachers in society. Internationally World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on 5 October, however as this is usually during Australian school holidays, Australia celebrates the day on the last Friday in October of each year. Show your appreciation on World Teachers' Day,  Friday, 27 October or give a Thank-a-teacher card on Thank a teacher Thursday (26 October) when the Story Bridge lights up for teachers. To all our teachers at JCU and to the students who are completing Education courses - thank you! You really do make a difference.

Library Exam Opening Hours Semester 2 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 until 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 30 October - Thursday 16 November. Mabo Library (Townsville) Monday - Friday: 7:30am - Midnight Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm Cairns Campus Library  Monday - Friday: 8:00am - Midnight Saturday-Sunday: 10am - 10pm


It's a scary time of year when exams are approaching, so why not let your hair down with some cheap thrills? Halloween is celebrated by many on the 31st of October every year, and we have a number of resources to help you learn about and enjoy the day (well night 👀) Books Halloween: from pagan ritual to party night The Gothic edited by Gilda Williams. Journals & Articles The Irish Journal of Gothic and Horror Studies (journal) Halloween by Bernice Murphy (article) Gaming Horror's Horror: Representation, Regulation, and Affect in Survival Horror Videogames (article) Anthropologists in Films: “The Horror! The Horror!” (article) DVDs Halloween (Directed by John Carpenter) Alien (Directed by Ridley Scott) Carrie (Directed by Brian De Palm) The Mabo library in Townsville will have a display of our horror related material from the 26th of October to the 1st of November, come in and take a look.

Credo Reference and the Mind Map

Credo Reference  is an online database of background content. It's full-text and can help you learn the basics of any topic. Credo includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and books of quotations, as well as subject specific titles from art, to literature, to law. It's a great place to commence your research. In addition Credo features a  Mind Mapping functionality to help you focus your research. Type in a keyword and click on Mind Map. Your search is displayed as the central concept in the Mind Map. The concepts surrounding it are related to your search term. You can click on them to draw new maps if this helps and you can bookmark a mind map by copying the link.. The Mind Map helps you expand or refine your research in Credo.

International Open Access Week: October 23-29

The theme for International Open Access Week , to be held from 23-29 October 2017, focuses on the concrete benefits of making scientific and scholarly research and data freely and publicly accessible.  According to  Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, This year’s theme will help focus discussions ... on those benefits of openness that are most compelling locally—whether that’s increasing citation counts, enabling anyone to learn from the latest scholarship, or accelerating the translation of research into economic gains—and encourage action to realize these benefits (Shockey, 2017) . Cairns and Townsville will be hosting events to promote Open Access Week.  Check out OPEN: The Future of Research for more information . To find out more about the Open Access movement, including links to Open Access resources and databases, author rights and policies, see the Open access publishing libguide . You can also find Open Access resources via Onesearch . No JCU login is

Annual Reviews - Getting in touch with your subject area

Wanting to find out the overall outcome of recent research in your area of knowledge?  Look into Annual Reviews from our Databases pages or OneSearch . Experts across a wide range of sciences and humanities compile a critical overview of trends, outcomes and possible future directions in each field. Each journal is updated regularly throughout the year. Full archives are available for all titles, as well as abstracts for the upcoming review. Of topical interest, the latest Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics , published in August, has articles on galaxy formation, life on exoplanets, magnetic fields and dark matter. The latest Annual Review of Analytical Chemistry discusses research into the use of nanosensors in plants tissue to monitor growth conditions . Supplemental material and multimedia are provided, such as video, interviews and lectures.  Locating related articles is a breeze, as Annual Reviews display relevant titles on the right of each open article, and t

Noble Prize in Literature announced

CC  Mariusz Kubik T he British author Kazuo Ishiguro said he was both honoured and “taken completely by surprise” after he was named this year’s winner of the 2017  Nobel Prize in Literature , even initially wondering if the announcement was a case of “fake news”. Kazuo Ishiguro was born in Nagasaki, Japan but his family moved to England in 1960 when he was five years old.  Ishiguro studied creative writing at the University of East Anglia and published his first novel, A pale view of the hills , in 1982. He has since received four Man Booker Prize nominations for Never let me go, The buried giant  and  The remains of the day , winning the award for the latter in 1989. In an interview with Andrew Dunn, Ishiguro reflects on the themes that underpin his writing: I'm interested in memory because it's a filter through which we see our lives, and because it's foggy and obscure, the opportunities for self-deception are there. In the end, as a writer,  I&

JCU Associate Professor Noel Loos latest book added to the North Queensland Collection!

JCU Library Special Collections staff recently had the pleasure of receiving a visit from Associate Professor Noel Loos as we celebrated the addition of his latest book, an autobiographical memoir titled “ In the shadow of holocausts: Australia and the third reich ” published by Boolarong Press, to the North Queensland Collection .    The NQ Collection preserves for future generations of researchers every publication either wholly or partly written about our region. JCU Associate Professor Noel Loos with some of his publications from the NQ Collection , JCU Library Special Collections. With an accomplished career of research and education in the field of black/white history in Australia, A/Professor Loos worked at the Townsville College of Advanced Education (TCAE) prior to joining James Cook University in 1970, where he taught until his retirement in 1996.   A/ Professor Loos lectured on the history of black-white relations and conducted close research into Aboriginal mission

Happy Birthday Cairns Community Garden

It's hard to believe a year has passed since the opening of Cairns Community Garden – and how things have changed! Visitors on their way to the library can't miss the location, thanks to the huge sign organized by the Department of Tropical Health and Medicine. The vision begins The past twelve months have been packed with picnics, market days and workshops, including ‘Growing relationships with PNG food’, gardening with wicking beds, companion planting and making food gardens from pallets. Don’t miss the Really Big Garden Feast on Saturday, 21 October and the next Garden Fun Day on Tuesday, 24 October. 12 months on You can keep up to date with activities and events on the JCU Cairns Community Garden webpage , the Community of Gardeners  Facebook page or email to receive regular ebulletins. The Townsville campus also supports a thriving  community garden at the Rotary International College site .  Want to dig deep

Planned maintenance for Network Access this weekend 7th-8th October

Someone unplugged some things and they need to be plugged back in again.  Over this weekend (7th & 8th of October) you may have problems connecting to network services on Townsville Campus. Between 8am Saturday until 5pm Sunday, you could have problems with services such as: eStudent, SMS, My HR, Staff online and Student Online WiFi Printing Phones Adding credit to accounts Logging into GATCF computers Swipe card room access Service Now Click here for further information.

Colin Roderick Award Nominee: Saltwater

Saltwater by Cathy McLennan  Everyone knows that some of those kids are innocent... your dilemma is not whether the kids are innocent, but which of the kids are innocent.’ When Cathy McLennan first steps into Townsville’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service as a young graduate she isn’t expecting a major murder case to land on her desk. The accused are four teenage boys whose family connections stretch across the water to Palm Island. As she battles to prove herself in the courtroom, Cathy realises that the truth is far more complex than she first thought. She starts to question who are the criminals and who are the victims. Saltwater tells the compelling story of one lawyer’s fight for justice amongst the beauty and the violence of this tropical paradise. Saltwater is available in print ( 820A MACLE 1C SAL ) in Cairns and Townsville, and as an eBook . It has been nominated for the Colin Roderick Award. The Colin Roderick Award is one of Australia'

Free Lockers: Mabo Library Townsville

Need to stash some stuff while you are on the Townsville campus? The Mabo Library has FREE lockers you can use for up to 5 hours, they are located in the 24/7 InfoCommons. You can even charge your phone and laptop in them!

Annual Eddie Koiki Mabo lecture 2017, Wednesday 4 October 2017

 The Mabo Political Settlement: what became of the Social Justice Package JCU celebrates the history making Mabo decision with an annual public commemorative presentation provided by a prominent person who has made a significant contribution to contemporary Australian society. Eddie Koiki Mabo (1936-1992) worked at one time as a gardener at JCU. A Torres Strait Islander, he is a famous figure in Australian history for his role in campaigning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights and his role in one landmark decision of Australia's High Court, overturning the legal fiction of terra nullius which characterised Australian law with regards to land and title. The JCU library in Townsville is named in his honour. This year's lecture will be presented in Townsville by Professor Megan Davis  Wednesday 4 October 2017 , 5:00pm Townsville- Medical Lecture Theatre (Bldg 45) Room 002 Cairns (videolinked)-Room A3.002 Register here Professor Megan Davis is Pro