ProQuest Service Alert

Due to system maintenance the ProQuest Database Platform, including Proquest Dissertation and Thesis, will be unavailable Sunday 14th February, from 2pm – 8pm.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the outage.

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Leigh Hobbs display

Leigh HobbsCome and see the new National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature display on level D of the Library.

The display has original artwork and books by the author Leigh Hobbs. Leigh Hobbs is an author of more than 20 books who has just been announced as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-2017. Many of his cartoons have appeared in the Melbourne Age newspaper but he is recognised for his children’s books including Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig and much more.

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O Week Library Tours

The Library (Building 8) wlibrary_profile_picill run a series of basic Library Tours for everyone on
Monday – Friday in Orientation Week (8-12 February) only.

Library Tours will be at 10:00am and 2:00pm each day, with an extra tour on Wednesday at 4pm.

All you have to do is turn up and we will do the rest.

See you soon!

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Meet the author oThe straysf the 2016 UC Book of the year, The Strays by Emily Bitto.

When: Wednesday 10 February 2016 at  1.30 – 2.30 pm

Where: The Refectory

All students, upon acceptance of their offer of a place at UC, will receive an email providing information about the UC Book of the Year and how to collect a copy.

Present the staff at the Coop Bookshop on campus with your student ID to collect your hard copy or download the electronic version.

For more information see

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7 day books have moved!

7 day stickers

All 7 day loan items are now located on levels C and D.

While integrated within the General collection, 7 day loan period still applies.  Look for the 7 day stickers.

3 day and 3 hour items remain in the short loan collection on level B.

For further information & assistance please see Library Staff.

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WestlawNext logo

On the 1st of January 2016 Westlaw International database will be discontinued.

It will be replaced by WestlawNext. The new platform has a cleaner interface and simpler search option.

You can access WestlawNext now at


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UCanFind Improvements!

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There’s a new way to refine your search in UCanFind.

You have always been able to use the ‘Refine your Search’ column on the left to include only certain subjects, content types, date ranges and more.

exclude option Now you also have the option to exclude certain subjects, content types, and disciplines as well.

Simply click the pencil icon next to the words ‘Refine your search’ and 2 tabs will appear, one for Including and one for Excluding refinements.  The new function is great if you want to exclude just one content type, like Book Reviews, but you don’t want to click include for all the others.

Remember to click apply after making your selections, or the refinements won’t take effect.

If you have any trouble using UCanFind or finding items please contact the Library.

Happy searching!


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Library Opening Hours

library_profile_picThe Library will be open from 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday to Friday until the 5th February 2016.

The Library Commons will be open as usual, with 24 hour swipe-card access.

For more information

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The strays

The 2016 University of Canberra Book of the Year is The Strays, by Emily Bitto

Winner of the Stella Prize in 2015, The Strays is Emily Bitto’s first novel.

Set in Melbourne in the 1930s, the novel centres around Lily who makes friends with Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde painter Evan Trentham on her first day of school. Evan and his wife are trying to escape the stuffy lifestyle of Australia in the 1930’s by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work with them.

Lily an only child is absolutely besotted by the world of these artists and wishes she could be part of this fascinating makeshift family. She finds it difficult to understand the family dynamics between siblings and desperately wants to be part of the family.  Finally she achieves her dream when circumstances at home allow her to move in and live with the Trenthams, a decision she will regret as she reaches adulthood.

As years goes by Lily realises that the children of Evan Trentham and his wife Helena always come second to their art and are often neglected both emotionally and physically. Eventually the children will pay the debt owing, as will Lily.

If you would like to read the book but are not eligible for a free copy, you can borrow one of the Library’s lending copies which will be available soon.


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The Library has aPDQ new database called PDQ-Evidence. PDQ – Evidence (“Pretty darn quick”) provides access to systematic reviews of health systems evidence giving direct connections between systematic reviews, overviews of reviews and their included studies. The linking between the documents make PDQ-Evidence very easy and quick to search.


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