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Welcome to EndNote X9! The latest version of EndNote is now available to download from the EndNote Guide. EndNote X9 is designed to work with Windows 7 (SP1), Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 or macOS 10.10 Yosemite and above. Not sure what EndNote is or what it does? Check the EndNote Guide to find out more. Installing EndNote on Windows Close all Microsoft products before installing the software (quit the programs if using a Mac). The file download comes as a Zip folder. Once the file has downloaded: Open the file to extract the contents.  Go to the Downloads folder and open the ENX9 folder.  Click on the .MSI file in this folder to install the software. Updating EndNote for current users Upgrading the software to a new version should not affect your Library. However it is a good idea to make a backup of your library and any styles you have edited just in case. Before you install the new software, ensure that you have uninstalled any older versions of

Gender Equality: Kicking (Sustainable Development) Goals

The UN's Sustainable Development Goals are designed to identify objectives that will tangibly improve the lives of people all over the planet (and the quality of life for the planet itself, as well). The fifth goal is Gender Equality  - specifically, achieving "gender equality and empower all women and girls". It has been measurably shown that improving the health, education and employment of women and girls has a flow on effect that improves the entire society. If you want to improve the quality of life in a given community, send the girls to school. For this week's showcase on JCU research and UN SDGs, we'd like to highlight a recent publication by three JCU lectures and researchers in collaboration with a researcher from ANU: Re-engineering the "leaky pipeline" metaphor: diversifying the pool by teaching STEM "by stealth" , by Theresa Petray , Tanya Doyle ,  Ryl Harrison,  Elise Howard, and  Rhian Morgan . This article explores the

Reading Challenge Reviews: How Things Work

To quote the great modern philosopher, David Malki ! (the exclamation point is part of his name - and technically he's a cartoonist, but they are the philosophers of our generation): The insides of things are beautiful - let's see what they look like. We're seeing out August's theme of " Science and Mathematics " in our Reading Challenge by showcasing a number of books that look at how things work. Oh, and Louise has also squeezed in a shameless plug for the upcoming Great Book Swap for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Good job, Louise! Louise Cottrell read  A Short History of Nearly Everything , by Bill Bryson   Did you know that after much controversy Pluto is now classified as a dwarf planet, and that the diagrams of the solar system that appear in textbooks are not to scale? Apparently if Earth was the size of a pea than Pluto would be over 1 kilometre away. Did you know that we base our theories of human evolution on the fragmented rema

Lynda by any other name

JCU subscribes to, an online, course-based video instruction website for information technology, business, communication, design, education and creative skills. The 3,000+ courses and 130,000+ videos are geared to beginner, intermediate and advanced users. Lynda: tracks what you’ve done takes you back to where you left off stores playlists of courses you want to do allows you move sequentially through a course or just pick the bits you need Lecturers can also embed Lynda learning content into Learn JCU. Some of the courses include software like Microsoft Office or Photoshop, programming languages, video editing, project management, presentations and many more. Lynda has just undergone a name change and is now known as LinkedIn Learning. If you previously had an account with Lynda, you will receive an email confirming the transfer of your previous course enrolments to LinkedIn Learning. if you haven't used Lynda before, now would be a great time to start. You ca

Reading Challenge Reviews: Bamboo, Cancer and Water

We have an interesting selection of science-related books for this week's Reading Challenge in the theme of " Science and Mathematics ". Deb (who is quite fond of bamboo) found a book about bamboo, Special Guest Reviewer Theresa Petray read a novel in which the main character has cancer and a deep love of science, and Sharon read about a drop that went plop. Deb King read  Bamboo: The plant and its uses edited by Walter Liese and Michael Köhl . If you are lucky enough to research bamboo for any of your assignments, this is the book for you. If, like me, you are fascinated by bamboo, this is the book for you. And really, what’s not to love about bamboo? Bamboo is used for food, medicine, musical instruments and building products to mention only a few. This book covers all this and so much more.  Each chapter presents a different aspect of bamboo according to a scientist. Here are some things I read in this book: Bamboo is native to all continents except Antar

JCU Open Day

Staff from the Mabo library and English Studies joined forces to promote the written word during JCU Open Day. Members of the community were invited to discover exciting new units in the English Major, to learn about the study of Australian literature in the tertiary sector, and to participate in a poetry competition linked to research by scholars associated with the Roderick Trust and the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies (FALS) . Thomas Bristow and Helen Hooper at JCU Open Day (zoom in for Helen's fine spine poem) Book Spine Poetry is something you can do in your local library, your university library, or at home. These competitions are popular right across the world. A book spine poem is a free verse poem, using words from spines of books stacked on top of one another! You simply have to carefully stack a lot of books, scan the spines for words that attract or interest you, write those words down on a piece of paper, sit down and bring the words together

Quality Education: JCU Kicking (Sustainable Development) Goals

The United Nations  Sustainable Development Goals  are a collection of 17 objectives that we can work on together to achieve great improvements in the quality of life for all people, and support the planet while we're at it. James Cook University is a proud supporter of the UN SDGs, and there are many ways in which JCU researchers, teachers, students and alumni are working to help make these goals happen. The fourth goal is  Quality Education . The aim of this goal is to improve the education of all people across all socio-economic groups, genders, cultures and ethnicities. No one should have the quality of their education adversely impacted by who they are or where they're from. In a recent report by the Times Higher Education University Impact Ratings, JCU was ranked 10th in world for supplying Quality Education. Not only does JCU provide education to people in regional areas, with a unique focus on the tropics, but we also have a commendable level of first-in-fami

Reading Challenge Reviews: Comedians and Rock Stars

This week for our 2019 Reading Challenge , we're exploring the world of " Science and Mathematics " through two people who managed to turn their science degrees into TV careers. Adam Spencer graduated university with a Bachelor of Science (majoring in pure mathematics) and built a career as a TV and radio presenter and comedian. Professor Brian Cox is arguable the rock star of physicists, but he actually was a rock star at one point - being a keyboard player in the bands Dare and D:Ream. He's also fronted so many TV shows about science that it's hard to keep track of them all. Samantha Baxter read Adam Spencer's Big Book of Numbers , by Adam Spenser . “How can a prime number be ‘sexy’ and ‘safe’ at the same time? Why shouldn’t Aussie cricketers be scared of the number 87? And how many bacteria live in your pants … All the answers and more are in Adam Spencer’s Big Book of Numbers . This is a book for readers of all ages who love numbers, who want

Great Book Swap - 4 September

JCU Library is hosting a Great Book Swap at the Townsville and Cairns campuses on 4 September 2019, Indigenous Literacy Day . The Great Book Swap celebrates reading and raises funds to support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s (ILF) purchase and supply of books and literacy materials to remote indigenous communities. You are invited to help us with this fundraising activity by: 1. Donating books for the Book Swap – We will be accepting donations at both campus libraries from now until the Book Swap on 4 September. The Book Swap will be for books aimed at adults and excludes textbooks. 2. Donating directly to ILF via our event listing on the Great Book Swap website: Cairns Townsville 3. Coming to the Book Swap Event between 11.30am -1.30pm on 4 September (on the Library Lawns at both campuses) and donating a gold coin for a book, as well as enjoying some lunch provided by the Student Association. We look forward to your participation in this event. Please se

Good Health and Wellbeing: JCU Kicking (Sustainable Development) Goals

Human health and well-being is central to the prosperity, sustainability and stability of human communities in the Tropics. The third United Nations Sustainability Development Goal of " Good Health and Well-Being " is a key research focus at JCU. On the 27th June this year, the JCU State of the Tropics team released the following report: Health in the Tropics - State of the Tropics report 2019 This report takes stock of the current and historical status of health and wellbeing across different regions of the Tropics. It presents a broad ranging, statistical analysis of a set of indicators relating to health, based on data collated from existing datasets from several authoritative, multi-lateral sources including United Nations agencies, The World Bank, and World Health Organization. This report considers infectious disease, non-communicable disease, maternal and child health, mental Illness, substance abuse, and accident and injury. It also explores the health

Student Success Week: Use Your Support Team

It's Student Success Week for Semester 2, 2019! Back in Semester 1, we told you our top tip was to Ask Questions . After all,  Successful Students Ask Questions. It's still our top tip, and we thoroughly recommend you ask many questions, ask them often, and ask them early (there's no point in struggling on by yourself for weeks when you could just ask someone a quick question and get on with things). Our second top tip (appropriate for "second" semester, don't you think) is: Use your support team. JCU has a bucket load of support services which are here to help you with every aspect of doing the university thing. Most of them are located in the library building. The Learning Centre has Peer Advisers for quick consultations ("Does this sound like I'm on the right track?") and Learning Advisers for longer one-on-one study help ("I don't think my writing and editing skills are up to snuff - can you help?"). Student E

Reading Challenge Reviews: Numbers

So we're off to a flying start for August's theme of Science and Mathematics , with two books that look at numbers. Tasch read a book that will make you (hopefully) fall in love with numbers, while Sharon read a book where a man named "The Number" did a real number on the main character. Natascha Kucurs read Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths , by Eddie Woo . So for those of you who are wondering why you would pick this up; in his own words Eddie describes this read as, “A book about maths for those who say they don’t like maths”. Gottcha Eddie, that would be me! Eddie is a highly revered math teacher who gained serious traction as a ‘WooTube’ sensation, after sharing video of his math lessons online.  I can’t find any evidence of Eddie stereotypically having to resort to slapping rulers on desks or pegging chalk. Quite to the contrary, Eddie has won a bucketload of awards for his teaching prowess. It may just be this perspective that means he is able t

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: 9th August

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous people in the world, living across 90 countries. They make up less than 5 per cent of the world's population but account for 15 per cent of the poorest. They speak an overwhelming majority of the world’s estimated 7,000 languages and represent 5,000 different cultures. In order to raise awareness of the needs of these population groups, the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is celebrated on 9 August every year. This date was chosen in recognition of the first meeting of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations, held in Geneva in 1982. The large majority of endangered languages are spoken by indigenous peoples. It is estimated that, every two weeks, an indigenous language disappears, placing at risk the respective indigenous cultures and knowledge systems. The goal of this day is to draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote them at both n

Zero Hunger: JCU kicking (Sustainable Development) Goals

We're currently taking a look at how JCU Researchers, teaching staff and students are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals , highlighting work from different researchers or Disciplines across the university. This week, for Zero Hunger , we're shining a light on the work of Professor Joe. Professor Zhang-Yue Zhou (Professor Joe) from the JCU College of Business, Law and Governance was born, brought up and worked in rural China.  Professor Joe understands the hardship farmers have to go through and endure. His rural experience has led to devoting his expertise to work that can help to improve the lives of farmers and the development of rural communities. Over the past three decades, his research has focused on food production and consumption, food security, rural development, agricultural trade, and agribusiness institutions. Professor Joe's ultimate desire is to conduct research towards making a contribution to the exploration of possible ways t

Discovering the Yonge Collection - James Barbut

Barbut, James (1783), The genera Vermium exemplified by various speciments of the animals contained in the orders of the Intestina et Mollusca Linnaei, drawn from Nature / by James Barbut = Les Genres des Mers exemplifies par divers echantillons des Animaux contenus aux Ordres des Intestins et Mollusques de Linne Defsines d’apres Nature / par Jaques Barbut, James Drixwell, London. James Barbut published this work in London in 1783 (RB0040) , with a second part (sometimes described as a second edition) released in 1788 (RB0127) . This smallish attractive 1783 book holds 11 coloured plates of great detail showing representatives of animals from Linnaeus’s Intestina and Mollusca. The title page is shown in English and French, and the full book text follows in English and French throughout. An illustrated plate from James Barbut's 'The genera Vermium exemplified'. Barbut was not a wealthy man. He financed his book through a long list of subscribers, including Sir Jo

Reading Challenge, August: Science and Mathematics

Do you think you're good at mathematical matters, or do numbers leave you cold? Was science your favourite class in school, or did you just barely get through? Was Biology bothersome, Physics far-fetched and Chemistry confounding? Or did you sail through STEM with style and panache? It's a fun fact that our attitudes towards who we are in regards to maths and science can influence how well we do in those subjects. If you think you're bad at maths, you'll struggle with it - even though secretly you can  actually do more that you think. So maybe this month's theme in the 2019 Reading Challenge is the opportunity you've been looking for to change the way you see yourself? For the theme of the month is (drum roll, please): Science and Mathematics. If you already love science and mathematics, you'll get a real kick out of this month. If you don't love these subjects yet , this is your chance to say "I'm not bad at maths/science - I just ha