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COVID-19: the business impact

Need to keep up to date with the impact COVID-19 is having on businesses around the globe?  IBISWorld is one of the many databases accessible through the JCU library collection providing analysis on the potential global economic impact of coronovirus. Find out how the coronovirus is impacting industry sectors with IBISWorld's Coronavirus Update: Industry Fast Facts, and access the latest analyst reports on the industry impact of social distancing.  

Spanish Flu - the Queensland experience

What can we learn from the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918-1920? Patrick Hodgson's 2017 thesis, "Flu, society and the state: the political, social and economic implications of the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic in Queensland" , explores the historic experience of Queenslanders through official records and first hand accounts. The discussion on how the virus is spread, government response, economic impact, and the effect on everyday Queenslanders draws a striking parallel to our current experience with COVID-19. Dr. Hodgson identifies problems in aligning response strategies between the three levels of government, and discusses the spread of the virus through the free movement of the population despite the closure of schools, hotels and businesses. This thesis is a must read for all who have an interest in the present influenza pandemic.  Hodgson, Patrick George  (2017)  Flu, society and the state: the political, social and economic implications of the 1918-1920 influenza

Studying at home?

If you're currently stuck at home self isolating, you can still make use of our valuable electronic resources. There are a number of databases that are providing textbooks and eBooks freely accessible during the pandemic, to support students and academics in their transition from face-to-face to virtual learning. Elsevier's ScienceDirect now have over 250 textbooks on their platform that are free of charge for three months. There are also over 1000 eBooks freely accessible, so you can stay up to date with the latest science and medical research and study safely in the comfort of your own home! Click here for more information and a full list with links to the free electronic resources available from Elsevier.

50 Treasures: Marjorie Green's Writing Desk and Accessories

Our twelfth treasure is one of the JCU Library Special Collection's few pieces of realia, which in librarian speak is a 3D object from real life that does not fit into the traditional categories of library material. From the Library Archives comes an item that will never fit into an archive box, Marjorie Green's writing desk and desk accessories. Sharon Bryan answers the question "why is this significant?" The Archives of James Cook University Library’s Special Collections contain a number of personal items that offer glimpses into the lives of the people who once owned them. Most of the items are typically archival in nature—photographs, diaries, letters and the like. Some can be surprisingly three-dimensional. Perhaps the most ‘unarchival’ of the items held is a writing desk. Marjorie Green's writing desk. Photograph by Michael Marzik. This desk is a bureau of the secretaire style; it consists of shelves, a cabinet, and a fold-down desktop that reveals

Harmony Week 2020

Harmony Week (15-21 March) is a celebration of Australia's cultural diversity. It is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Now, more than ever, it is a reminder that we are all connected to and depend on one another. The message of respect and belonging can be lived by each of us, every day, not just during Harmony Week. Visit the Harmony Week website to explore resources and see what’s already happening in your area. Harmony Day will be celebrated on 21 March. Why not read a book written about a different culture? For example, searching China-Fiction as a subject keyword in the library catalogue will return 50 titles from our print and ebook collection to choose from. If you're visiting the Cairns campus library, be sure to check out our Harmony Week display. 

50 Treasures: Townsville Hospital

Our eleventh treasure is a beautiful illustration of the Townsville Hospital, situated on Ross Island. Created by the mysterious P.D., from the JCU Art Collection comes the Townsville Hospital watercolour. Trisha Fielding discusses this treasure  This beautiful watercolour depicts an early view of the Townsville Hospital on Ross Island. The artist, who signed the work with the initials ‘P.D.’, is thought to have been Percy Dodgson (1838-1886). P.D., Townsville Hospital circa 1875, watercolour, 14 x 19 cm. James Cook University Art Collection. Photograph by Michael Marzik Percy Dodgson, the second son of Hassard Hume Dodgson, a solicitor, was born in Surrey, England, in 1838. He was a cousin of the author Lewis Carroll (whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson). Around 1865, Percy and his elder brother, Francis Hume Dodgson, emigrated to Queensland in the hope of making their fortunes in the pastoral industry. An entry in Lewis Carroll’s diary in 1864 suggests that he th

The Library without the Library

So, let's say there's a threat of a pandemic and you are doing your best to practice " social distancing ". What can you do about your library-related needs if you are not going to come to the Library? Well, as many of our off-campus students already know, there's actually almost nothing you can do on campus that you can't do off campus, except browse our physical books. You might not be able to access our print collection if youare not on campus, but we have more online resources than print resources, so you should be able to do most (if not all) of your research without touching a single piece of paper. Doing Research You can use the Search Bar on our homepage to use One Search to look through our collection, and when you're in One Search, you can limit your results to Full Text Online, to search through our journals and eBooks. It's not just books and journals, either - we also have online video and audio recordings. If you need a refresh

Finding and using information at uni

There's a wealth of information out there - but how do you find quality information that is relevant to your assignment? The key to finding the right information is developing a smart search strategy. The Info Skills Road Trip is a series of self-guided, online modules that take you through each step of the research process. Along the way you'll learn how to identify the keywords in your question, generate similar and related terms, use strategies such as phrasing and truncation, and create an effective search string. Once you know how to search, you'll need to know where to look for information. One Search is a good place to start; it's like Google for the library's resources. You can find the search box on the library homepage . Searching databases directly is a more targeted way to find scholarly information. Your subject guide  lists the recommended databases for your discipline. The Library Channel has lots of short videos to help you with searching

Avoiding fake news on Coronavirus

The rapid spread of Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has created the need for reliable research to be published quickly and disseminated. There are a number of ways to keep up to date with the latest reliable news and to avoid misinformation and panic. The Wellcome Trust is facilitating this by making relevant articles freely available during the crisis. James Cook University Library also subscribe to many databases and journals, where dependable information can be found. Elsevier's Novel Coronovirus Information Centre includes free health and medical research, which includes articles, videos, podcasts and more on the virus. For more scholarly articles on COVID-19, click here , where ScienceDirect has done the searching for you.

Successful students ask questions

One of the most intelligent things you can do is ask all the “stupid” questions. You know the questions we mean – the ones you’re too embarrassed to ask because you think you should know the answers already. These are the questions you think you shouldn’t need to ask, the questions that you should have asked ages ago and the questions that seem so unrelated to the task at hand you’re not even sure you should ask them in the first place. Ask them all. Ask them as soon as you get the chance. Ask them without worrying about what the person on the other side of the desk or phone or chat button is thinking – because they’re probably just going to give you the answers (or show you where you can find them) without thinking much about it at all. Believe it or not, no one comes to university already knowing everything they need to know – and you will never find out the answers if you don’t ask the questions. Even people who have been studying for years have these “stupid” questions,

50 Treasures: Rose Popham's Autograph Book

Our tenth treasure is a brilliant example of an autograph book created in the 20th Century. From the Library Archives comes Rose Popham's Autograph Book. Liz Downes answers the question "why is this significant?" Now largely forgotten, autograph books have a long history in Australia, and an even longer one in Europe. Though we might now associate them with girls and young women, their use originated centuries ago among university students who, of course, would have been exclusively male. Bound in leather, these little books stored comments and sentiments from friends, tutors or patrons. If the comments were favourable, and from respected sources, they might even have served as character references for their owners. Rose Popham's Autograph Book. Photograph by Michael Marzik While the books’ popularity fluctuated in the intervening centuries, advances in printing and book-binding saw them surge back into favour in the 1800s and by the 1830s they were becomin

Student Success Week

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 7th ? 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 connect wit

International Women's Day - 8 March 2020

UN Women/Ruby Taylor The theme of International Women’s Day 2020 is, I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights .  Achieving gender equity and empowering women is the focus of the fifth Sustainable Development Goal . Despite some advances in women's rights, no country has achieved gender equality. Did you know: Women earn 23% less than men globally Women occupy only 24% of parliamentary seats worldwide One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence and 200 million girls and women have suffered genital mutilation The Generation Equality campaign aims to achieve equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, health-care services that respond to their needs, and equal participation in political life and decision-making in all areas of life. How can I get involved? To see how this might look in community life, read about Equiterra - where gender e

COVID-19 Fact or Fiction

Major publishers are supporting global scientific efforts to understand the Coronovirus or COVID-19 by ensuring research findings are shared openly and as rapidly as possible. JCU library currently has access to over 1500 peer-reviewed articles on the COVID-19 virus many of which have been published as free access articles to ensure the widest dissemination possible. Wiley , SpringerNature , JAMA and BMJ are just a few of the publishers monitoring the outbreak and making the latest information readily available.