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Credo: A really useful database

We have blogged about Credo before, but if you're new to study, this database is definitely worth adding to your research toolkit. Credo is an online, full text reference library which 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 find definitions and gain an overview of a topic. For example, a search for "climate change" will return a list of subject-specific sources (science, history, geography, tourism etc) that you can choose from according to your research focus. Results can be filtered by subject, media, date and even length. Some searches link to a Topic Page that curates relevant resources from a range of source types, while others include a Concept Map that you can use to find related topics to refine or expand your research. Audio, citation, print/export, email, and translation tools are located at the top of each article. Credo also

Reading Challenge Reviews:

As March and it's theme of Languages and Literature is winding up, we take a look at a wide variety of books for this week's reviews in the 2019 Reading Challenge . Special guest reviewer Theresa Petray read Margaret Atwood's retelling of a Shakespearean play. Scott reviewed Don DeLillo's novel about a man learning German. Sharon revisited Jasper Fforde's mind-bending trip into a world where literary characters can pop out of their books (and people on the outside can pop in). What's the common thread? Why, languages and Literature, of course. Theresa Petray read Hag-Seed: The Tempest Retold , by Margaret Atwood . Hag-Seed is Margaret Atwood’s re-telling of Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest . It is part of a series of modern Shakespeare remakes published by Hogarth Press. Shakespeare is a key name in the world of literature, and his work has influenced contemporary storytelling and even language in really interesting ways. Hag-Seed is a bit t

Harmony Day 2019

Harmony Day (21 March) is a day of cultural respect, participation and inclusiveness for everyone who calls Australia home. The libraries in Townsville and Cairns were proud to host a 'Crafternoon' to celebrate Harmony Day. Did you know: 49 per cent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was we identify with over 300 ancestries since 1945, more than 7.5 million people have migrated to Australia 85 per cent of Australians agree multiculturalism has been good for Australia apart from English, the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi more than 70 Indigenous languages are spoken in Australia  (ABS 2016 Census Data) You can explore more of our multicultural flavour using the Australian Bureau of Statistics database.

Reading Challenge Reviews: Complicated Families and Easy Languages

March is marching on in our 2019 Reading Challenge . With this month's theme being Languages and Literature , we have the chance to explore works from the 800s and works from the 400s - both of which provide us with some good reading. This week Brenda explores a family saga, while Sharon goes on a treasure hunt with grammar lessons. What have you been reading? Brenda read The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy If you enjoy late Victorian/Edwardian English literature, you are in for a treat with The Forsyte Saga. Spread over several generations, this three-part novel explores the fate and fortunes of the Forsyte family and those who marry into it. The Forsytes are a family to be reckoned with. Although they are not part of the aristocracy, they have accumulated wealth through trade, mining and professional occupations, and wield huge social influence due to the extent of their possessions. Possession and the lack of it is, in fact, a major theme throughout, in regard t

Take a (Info Skills) Road Trip!

Are you looking at an upcoming research assignment and wondering, "where do I even start?" The Info Skills Road Trip is a self-paced series of online modules which walk you through the assignment research process. Getting Started gives you an overview of the library's services (our locations, opening hours, etc). Ideas Town walks you through the process of unpacking your assignment question so you can find some keywords to use for your research, and then get a good idea of where you should look for the information you need. Finders Way shows you the basics of searching. You'll find the section on search strategies particularly useful (especially if you couldn't get to one of our library sessions in O Week - or even if you did  make it, but you need a recap). Source City is one of the most important modules in the Road Trip. It doesn't matter how good your searching skills are if you can't tell the difference between a good source of info

JCU Library collecting history: Environmental Advocacy in North Queensland

JCU Library Special Collections continues to collect documentary evidence and records pertaining to the history of North Queensland across many fields of research, including environmental studies. The Library Archives feature a number of archives which pertain specifically to this theme including notably the John Busst Archive and the Nelly Bay Archive .  Explore our complete listing of holdings for the Library Archives here . Donor, Ben Trupperbaumer in the studio of Monsoon Publishing in Townsville, signing his new folio of limited edition artist prints (woodcuts) connected to the Newsletters of the MRCD. This year Ben Trupperbaumer's generous donation, currently on display in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville Campus), enriches this aspect of our collections as it includes, not only a beautiful artist print folio and matching wood blocks, but importantly a complete set of the Newsletters of the MRCD: The Movement for the Responsible Coastal Development which was the

Reading Challenge: Shakespearean Things

For our first round of reviews for March, we looked at the theme of Languages and Literature  and got a little bit Shakespearean. Just a little bit. Not to the extent of actually reading Shakespeare, but by looking at a couple of books that nod in his direction. Tasch read Virginia Woolf's classic extended essay A Room of One's Own , which uses Shakespeare's (not entirely real) sister to explore issues faced by women in a male-dominated society. Sharon played Hamlet (and Ophelia, and the Ghost of Hamlet's Dad) in a book that starts with Shakespeare's original play, and then goes all over the place. What are you reading for the 2019 Reading Challenge ? Natascha Kucurs  read A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf If you are in the market for a light read then this is definitely not the book for you. A Room of One’s Own, written in 1929, explores aspects of gender equality through the lens of female fiction; it considers both the portrayal of females i

Successful Students Ask Questions

It's Student Success Week here at JCU, and we'd just like to share our top tip for successful studies: Ask Questions. As a student at JCU, you have access to all sorts of support services and highly skilled professionals who are able to help you find the answers you need. But first, you have to ask. At the library, we have a crack team of information professionals who can answer all sorts of questions about the information you need to find and reference for your assignments Where can I find the best information for my nursing assignment? Ask a librarian. How do I set out my reference list in APA ? Ask a librarian. Can I see past exams for my subject? Ask a librarian. Can I get books when I'm off campus ? Ask a librarian! How can I find my username and password ? Ask IThelpdesk@jcu.edu.au  (but if you can't remember that, ask a librarian and we'll point you in the right direction). Asking your librarians for help: On our contact page y

Reading Challenge - March: "Languages and Literature"

Our Reading Challenge for 2019 spins into a new month with a new theme (and a new "bonus challenge"). The theme for March is "Languages and Literature." So you can read books about languages (check out the 400s) or books about literature (the 800s) or works of  literature (also the 800s). If you wanted to read books about a language and then works of literature that were written in  that language, that would be perfectly thematic. Or play with this theme however you like. Now, as per usual, the core challenge is to read as many books as you can this month which fit the theme in some way, shape or form. And, as per usual, there are "extra" challenges, in which we dare you (no - we double dare  you) to read: A book by an Australian author A book by an author you've never read before A work of fiction A work of non-fiction And for this month's theme we have a bonus challenge: Read a book that was originally written in a language o

Join us in celebrating Ben Trupperbaumer's generous donation

Ben Trupperbaumer signing his new Folio of prints with master printmaker, Ron McBurnie of Monsoon Publishing in Townsville. See our first exciting exhibition for 2019 in the Special Collections display cases on level 1 of the Mabo Library in Townsville this month as we celebrate Ben Trupperbaumer's recent donation.  You won't regret taking the time to explore this artistic gift of great historical importance to North Queensland. Ben Trupperbaumer Artist, Gerhard Bentrupperbaumer was born in Bielefeld, West Germany, 1948.  Between 1968-72 he studied art at the Kunsthochschule, Bielefeld.  In 1973-74 he joined the German Volunteer Service abroad in Cameroon, West Africa, where he worked on a project to reintroduce traditional arts and crafts into the community.  Further overseas experience followed with a period teaching in Kathmandu, where he met his future wife.  On moving back to Joan’s home region at Mission Beach in 1979, he commenced exhibiting his artworks unde

Reading Challenge Reviews: February's Last Hurrah

We've had another guest review from one of the fabulous members of our JCU community! Dr Ro Hill has sent us a parcel of mini-reviews for books she read during February for our Reading Challenge . Remember, we love getting your reviews, so please share them with us at library@jcu.edu.au . Please keep in mind that we prefer reviews for books that can be borrowed from a library in our region (especially if it's ours). Ro Hill read I heard the owl call my name , by Margaret Craven ,  Emotions revealed and The Face of Man , by Paul Ekman , and  Mindfulness with Breathing A Manual for Serious Beginners , by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. For February I chose “understanding emotions” as the topic for the fact/fiction challenge. I read a fiction ( I Heard the Owl Call My Name  by Margaret Craven);  two books of “fact” ( Emotions Revealed   and  The Face of Man  by Paul Ekman); and one religious treatise ( Mindfulness with Breathing AManual for Serious Beginners by Buddhadasa Bhikkhu).

JCU Databases 101

You're new to JCU and you can't find the resources you need in OneSearch or the catalogue? OneSearch does not index everything that the library subscribes to. Some ebooks and ejournals can only be found by searching our Databases pages.  Check your subject Libguide for handy hints on how to use subject specific databases. Getting to know the databases and how to search them efficiently will save you time in the long run. Still stuck? Contact your friendly subject librarian. Their contact details can be found in the relevant subject Libguide .