Saturday, March 25, 2017

Earth Hour 2017

Earth Hour 2017

2017 will mark the 10th anniversary of Earth Hour as a global phenomenon. What started as an Aussie idea has grown into a global force of nature, that is now celebrated in over 172 countries and over 7,000 cities and towns worldwide. The symbolic hour has grown into the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, with beyond-the-hour projects and initiatives happening throughout the year.
Earth Hour is a great home-grown success story: an Aussie campaign designed to draw attention to tackling global warming and get people talking about what we can do to help.

In Australia, Earth Hour is something that really brings communities together, with 1 in every 4 Aussies taking part. In 2016, millions of Australians took part in Earth Hour to show their support for a low pollution, clean energy future, one in which we can continue to enjoy the best of nature and our great Aussie outdoor lifestyle.
Millions of Australians are expected to take part in Earth Hour at 8:30pm on Saturday March 25, 2017 as a symbol of support for a low pollution, clean energy future for all generations.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

2017 CHASS Australia Book Prize

Applications are now open for the 2017 CHASS Australia Book Prize. This is a cash prize of $3,500 for a non-fiction book/e-book in any Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) area published between 1 January and 31 December 2016.

The prize will be awarded to the author whose book, in the opinion of the judges, contributes most to cultural and intellectual life in Australia.

 Books should be by a single author or, at most, two authors - edited collections are not eligible. Any author can submit up to four books.

Like to nominate yourself, or someone or someone else for the prize? Head to the CHASS website for details. 

Klaus Neumann won the prize last year for his book, Across the seas: Australia's response to refugees: A history. You can find it online at the JCU Library.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

New books by JCU author: Nichola Corbett-Jarvis

New title by JCU author: Nichola Corbett-Jarvis

Effective Legal WritingEffective Legal Writing: A Practical Guide by Nichola Corbett-Jarvis and Brendan Grigg
Call number 808.06634 COR 2017

This practical, student-focused text introduces writing skills essential for successful study in law and explains how to apply them in a legal context. It is designed as a course book for first year law students with ongoing relevance as a resource in subsequent years at law school and beyond. 
It includes many examples, case-studies and exercises and is supported by extensive online resources for lecturers.

  • Basic literacy, legal literacy and writing skills are explored in a way that is fully integrated into legal content
  • Contains many examples, case-studies, opportunities for revision, questions and exercises
Nichola Corbett-Jarvis is a law lecturer at James Cook University.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Get your essay references checked at the Library.

We have reached that time of semester when the first assignments are due. Are you having trouble with the referencing component of your assignment...?  You can ask a library staff member at the InfoHelp desk in Cairns or Townsville for assistance.

You can also come along to the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library (Townsville campus) and consult with a dedicated referencing expert on weekdays at the InfoHelp Desk, ground floor between 11am to 3pm. Please bring a printed copy of your reference list and essay to note the correction advice.

Don't forget that you can always cross check your references against the examples in the Referencing LibGuide and find out how to format APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA or Vancouver in-text citations and reference lists.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Assignment Help: Literature Reviews

Did you know the JCU Library has a Literature Review LibGuide?

The LibGuide provides at in-depth look at the literature review process and provides step-by-step advice in researching and writing a literature review.

 For more help with literature reviews please contact the InfoHelp Desk, or see the Learning Centre website for advice on writing literature reviews and other assignments.

New Book Recommendation: Ancient Aboriginal aquaculture rediscovered

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 book title of interest is:
Ancient Aboriginal aquaculture rediscovered: The archaeology of an Australian cultural landscape by Heather Builth
Call number: 994.945700909 BUI

An extract from the publisher states:

This book challenges the notion of pre-contact Australian Aboriginal groups as merely hunter-gatherers surviving in a harsh, drought-prone continent. Four years of intense archaeological and ethnographic research across a weathered lava flow in South-west Victoria has revealed that long ago a cultural transformation occurred here. By harnessing springs and moving water throughout the landscape via excavated channels (thereby managing both drought and flood); controlling movement of the catadromous Shortfin eel between the ocean and culturally-constructed wetlands on the lava flow; building villages; and finally developing the means to process and preserve thousands of captured high protein mature migrating eels, the Mt Eccles lava flow had become the hub of an extensive aquaculture industry for Gunditjmara clans complete with hundreds of permanent dwellings. These long-forgotten past landscape modifications and their purpose were rediscovered by using GIS to map archaeological features and simulate pre-drainage water movemement. Undertaking bio-molecular analysis and revisiting ethnographic records revealed this extraordinary complex which was destroyed by British occupation.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Australian Literary Studies Updates

Whether you're studying literature or not, Australian Literary Studies (ALS) is well worth a browse!

A fully refereed journal focusing on Australian literary criticism, ALS is one of the primary sources for knowledge about Australian literature. New volumes are available as Open Access for roughly a month before becoming part of the ALS Archive. As JCU has a current subscription to the Archive, JCU users are able to access any content from ALS back to its beginning in 1963. The most recent issue, Volume 32, No. 1, has just been published, and is well worth a look with two new articles on Gwen Harwood and Tim Winton.

‘Having Fun with the Professors’: Gwen Harwood and Doctor Eisenbart by Ann-Marie Priest discusses the career of Australian poet Gwen Harwood and the struggles she faced in breaking into the male-dominated world of Australian poetry. Throughout her career, Gwen Harwood published over 420 works, including 386 poems and 13 librettos and she is widely considered one of Australia's greatest poets. If the article above piques your interest, JCU holds numerous copies of Gwen Harwood's works in our print collection at 820A HARW 1B BES to 820A HARW 3 TRI, including The best 100 poems of Gwen HarwoodGwen Harwood: collected poems 1943-1995, and Gwen Harwood, a biography by Stephanie Trigg.

Peter Mathews's Who is My Neighbour?: Tim Winton’s ‘Aquifer’ and the Ghosts of Cloudstreet is a study on the psychology of guilt as debt in Aquifer, a short story by renowned Australian author, Tim Winton. Those interested in reading the short story can find it in The Turning, a collection of short stories by Tim Winton held in the JCU Library print collection at 820A WINT 1B TUR. If it is Tim Winton himself you're interested in learning more about, JCU also recently acquired a copy of The boy behind the curtain, a series of essays on parts of Winton’s life, written by the man himself which can be found at  820A WINT 3 BOY.

JCU users might also recognise some names while browsing ALS, with articles and book reviews contributed by various JCU staff, such Michael Ackland, Victoria Kuttainen and Richard Lansdown, included in the archive.

The ALS archive can also be browsed by subject. You're bound to find something of interest to you in the trove of information provided. Happy reading!