Friday, September 22, 2017

New Book - The Extra Mile

When is it good to have a fly crawl up your nose, down your throat, be coughed out your mouth and fly away? When your colleagues's fly comes out of their mouth in two pieces. 

The Extra Mile: The Essential Guide for Health Professionals going bush (362.104257 FRA)

The publishers website states that The Extra Mile: The Essential Guide for Health Professionals Going Bush is designed to help make your transition to rural practice as smooth as possible.

As with all journeys worth taking, careful preparation will be crucial. Written with wit and wisdom, this book covers everything you need to know to prepare you for the challenges that lie ahead.

"Rural health has the potential to take you places you may never have imagined possible. It will push your boundaries and stretch your capacity. And before you know it, your knowledge base will have extended beyond the scope of your discipline, outside traditional boundaries of health, across sectors and across the community - and it will change you." Christine Franklin - Author

 Topics covered include:

• Cultural Matters

• Communication skillset - Intrapersonal skills and Interpersonal skills

• Essential self care skills

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.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

International Translation Day - 30 September

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 30 September as International Translation Day to celebrate the role of professional translation in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding, and development. 

Why September 30? 
September 30 is also the feast of St. Jerome, the Bible translator who is considered the patron saint of translators, as well as of scholars, archaeologists, and librarians. 

You can participate by contributing to the the most translated video in history , by recording an article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in your own language. 

Interested in a career in modern languages? 
The United Nations is one of the world's largest employers of language professionals, who work in New York, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi, or at the United Nations regional commissions in Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Beirut, Geneva, and Santiago. 

Languages education 
If you intend to travel or work overseas, you could start with a short course offered by the Academy of Modern Languages at JCU.  Elementary and intermediate courses run for 12 weeks in Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Arabic, and Thai.  
JCU also offers a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in modern languages (French, Italian, German or Japanese). 

Resources in other languages 
The library doesn't offer a translation service but we do provide access to resources in many different languages. Use Advanced search and choose a language from the drop-down list to see works published by international authors, in international journals or in other languages. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Need Help With Your Assignments?

Is your assignment deadline approaching and you need some help?

Never fear, the Library is here!

We have lots of services in the library that can help you with your assignments.

Go to the InfoHelp Desk for help with your research and your references. There's someone at the desk whenever the library is open.

See the Peer Advisors for writing and editing help. They can also help to make sure that you answer the assignment question. They are available Monday to Friday in Cairns Library (10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm) and in the Mabo Library (Townsville) (10am - 4pm). Their web page also offers valuable advice.

If you're feeling stressed, please have a chat with JCU Counselling Service, also located in the Cairns and Mabo (Townsville) Libraries.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

YourTutor Now Available for ALL students

Good News! YourTutor is now offered to all diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate (HDR, GRS, course work) students.

Just click on the YourTutor link in your LearnJCU subject site.

YourTutor is an online after-hours academic assistance service available through LearnJCU subject sites and it’s FREE to JCU (Australia) students.

This includes:
• access to 150 mins of support per student per month
• access to LiveChat and/or written work uploads.
• access to afterhours online support.
• all internal and external Townsville and Cairns students

Talk to your lecturer if you do not see YourTutor in the Tools area of your LearnJCU subject menu.

Friday, September 15, 2017

New book: The ageless Agatha Christie : essays on the mysteries and the legacy

Agatha Christie fans will be pleased to know that the library has purchased a collection of new essays edited by J.C. Bernthal which bring fresh perspectives to her work, including readings and discussions of little-known aspects of her life, career, and legacy.

When Agatha Christie died in 1976, she was the bestselling mystery writer in history. The contributors explore her relationship with modernism, the relevance of queer theory, television adaptations, issues with translations, information behavior theory, feminist readings, postcolonial tribute novels, celebrity culture and heritage cinema. The final word is given to fans in an editorial that collates testimonies from readers, collectors and enthusiasts (McFarland Books).

The ageless Agatha Christie is a valuable addition to our extensive collection on Christie's scholarship. If the book is not currently held at your campus, you can place a hold request and the book will be delivered to either the Townsville or Cairns Library. We also provide an off-campus loan service for students living more than 50kms from either Townsville or Cairns.

To browse more great new titles, click on the New Books tab in Tropicat or subscribe to our New Books weekly email.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HELP!!!! How to get in touch with the Library

Whenever you need help  using the library, referencing, and with basic IT you can get in touch with the us by checking out our Get Help page, which has details on how to reach us through:
  • The InfoHelp contact form
  • In person at Townsville & Cairns InfoHelp desks
  • Via the Chat service
  • By calling - Townsville +61 7 4781 5500 (option 2);  Cairns +61 7 4232 1777 (option 2)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Study Spaces in JCU Libraries

The library buildings in Townsville and Cairns have different zones on each floor.

Please choose a zone that is appropriate for your study needs, and remember that the library is a shared space.

Our patrons are expected to comply with our Client Services Charter, the Library Use Policy, and the Acceptable Use Policy for university facilities.

At all times you should ensure that your valuables are not left unattended.

Ground Floor - Collaborative Zone 

  • Group discussion spaces 
  • Cold food and covered drinks (except in cafe areas or kitchenettes) 
  • Phone friendly (but be mindful of your neighbours)

First Floor - Quiet Zone 

  • Quiet discussions (be mindful of other users) 
  • Cold food and covered drinks 
  • Switch your phone to silent (and take phone calls downstairs) 

Second Floor - Silent Zone 

  • No talking Silent study 
  • Cold food and covered drinks 
  • Switch your phone to silent (and take phone calls downstairs) 

Food and drink in the library 

When using the study spaces in the library, please ensure your food is “library friendly”. 

  • Cold, quiet food (such as sandwiches and sushi) and covered drinks are welcome on all floors of the library, as long as they do not disturb other library users. 
  • Hot, noisy or “aromatic” food is welcome in the cafe, kitchenette and outdoor areas. 

Please help us keep our spaces clean and tidy by: 

  • Putting your rubbish in the bins provided 
  • Cleaning up after yourself 
  • Letting us know if something needs our attention

Find out more at  JCU Library Zones 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Referencing Websites

Referencing is the bane of many students' existence, but it is a necessary skill in the academic sphere.
Despite how it feels referencing books and journal articles is relatively straight forward- the author, date, and title are usually clear.

However, when it comes to online resources it can get tricky to find the information you need to fill in your reference.

How to identify the author/date
  • Check the top and bottom of the article/page
  • Look for an 'Updated' note (AMA), do not use this for APA
  • Check the About/Contact information
  • Check the Copyright information ( note this may be the owner organisation, not necessarily the author)
  • Check the URL
  • A lot of websites will have a Copyright date, this is not necessarily the publication date. 
There is no author! The title takes the place of the author (see examples below).
There is no date! (n.d.)

Also Check the Title
Most web pages will have 2 titles the name of the overall site, and the name of the individual page.
For example the image to right shows a page from State Government of Victoria's (author) Better Health Channel (Website name), with the individual web page title being Environmental health.

Format (How it should look)


Web Page

Author, A.A. (year). Title of web page. Retrieved from URL

Animals Australia. (2013). Think like a cat. Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.html

Web document

Author, A.A. (year). Title of document. Retrieved from URL

Animals Australia. (n.d.). Think like a cat. Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.pdf

No author 

Web page

Title of web page. (year). Retrieved from URL

Think like a cat. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.html

Web Document

Title of document. (year). Retrieved from URL

The cat who pretended he didn't eat all the cream. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.pdf


  1. Author(s) [or organisation responsible for the site]. Title of page or object. Name of website. URL. Published [or Updated] date [at least the year, if available]. Accessed date. 
  2. State Government of Victoria. Anaphylaxis. Better Health Channel. Updated July 16, 2013. Accessed January 8, 2014.

Other Styles

If you're really not sure how to reference something you find online get in touch with the Library; In person, via the InfoHelp contact form or Chat service, or by calling.

It helps if you include a link to the source you want to reference.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Formatting: Microsoft training resources

So, you have written that assignment and are doing your final proof and editing. You discover; all your writing is different fonts and sizes; you are using APA referencing style and the reference list is supposed to have hanging indents; that page number one has to start on the second page.

The library can help by directing you to some resources to teach yourself how to use Microsoft Word better, Powerpoint, even Excel.

Our first recommendation would be log on to and do a quick search for a training video. The great advantage of training videos is they have a transcript that are searchable and link to the same part of the video. You just log in with your JC number and regular password.

In general though, as long as you know what you are looking for you can use the help feature on Word itself. Library staff often help students figure out the term to look up. My favourite are keyboard shortcuts that help people quickly do things like cut and copy, italicise, bold, undo mistakes, hanging indents which help proof and edit quicker.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Book: Routledge international handbook of visual criminology

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 books to a digital bookshelf. Most eBooks can be read online without downloading extra software.

A title of interest is 
Routledge international handbook of visual criminology
Edited by Michelle Brown and Eamonn Carrabine.
Call Number: 364 ROU

An extract from the publisher's website states

Dynamically written and richly illustrated, the Routledge International Handbook of Visual Criminology offers the first foundational primer on visual criminology. Spanning a variety of media and visual modes, this volume assembles established researchers whose work is essential to understanding the role of the visual in criminology and emergent thinkers whose work is taking visual criminology in new directions.

Monday, September 4, 2017

International Literacy Day - Literacy in a digital world

The theme for this year's International Literacy Day on 8 September is Literacy in a digital world

“Digital technologies permeate all spheres of our lives, fundamentally shaping how we live, work, learn and socialize,” says UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. She emphasizes the importance of rethinking and improving skills required to take part in the digital world: “These new technologies are opening vast new opportunities to improve our lives and connect globally—but they can also marginalize those who lack the essential skills, like literacy, needed to navigate them.”

The UNESCO International Conference in Paris will bring together stakeholders and decision-makers from different parts of the world to examine how digital technology can help close the literacy gap and gain better understanding of the skills needed in today’s societies. This is particularly important considering that 750 million illiterate people around the world, 63% of whom are women, still lack basic reading and writing skills.

In addition, UNESCO International Literacy Prizes will be awarded to laureates from Canada, Colombia, Jordan, Pakistan and South Africa for innovative and effective programs which encourage the promotion of dynamic literate societies.

Digital literacy is core business for the JCU Library. Librarians can help develop your skills in classes and workshops, at the InfoHelp desk and via online Chat. Our LibGuides are designed to help build your information literacy skills and include videos on finding, evaluating and referencing information. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Indigenous Literacy Day 6th of September

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 is Indigenous Literacy Day which is a national celebration of Indigenous Australian culture, stories, language and literacy.

Indigenous Literacy Day is a great day to support the Indigneous Literacy Foundation. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation ia a national not-for-profit charity focussed on improving literacy levels in very remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. They run a a variety of programs such as supporting the publishing of books by Indigenous Australian authors.

JCU Library has a large collection of Indigenous authored titles. A children's book recommendation is Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna Bell and Dion Beasley.  The book is illustrated by Northern Territory based Dion Beasley who was appraoched by Johanna Bell  after she saw an exhibition of his cheeky dogs' art in Sydney, New South Wales. Apart from the distances in their hometowns, Dion and Johanna also communicated their ideas in sign language as Dion is profoundly deaf.