Weekend oplibrary_profile_picening hours in the Library finish this Saturday 21st November 2015 until February next year.

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

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library_profile_picThe Library will be open from 9.00am – 5.00pm from Monday 23rd November to Friday until 24 December.

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

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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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SnakeThere have been a few sightings of the Eastern Brown Snake behind Buildings 21 & 25.

Please do not approach, try to catch or kill a snake as they are poisonous. The ACT Rangers have been notified and as per their advice, the area will be sprayed with water so the snake moves on. As a precaution, the grass is also being mowed and kept short.

If you are bitten, please seek medical advice immediately (Calvary Hospital: 6201 6111 or 000).

Here are some first aid tips in case of snake bite:
Do not wash the area of the bite or try to suck out the venom
Do not make an incision, cut the bite or apply a high tourniquet
Bandage firmly and immobilise limb
Seek medical aid

For more information ACT Territory and Municipal Services website.

Image supplied by Oceanwide images


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Open AcceOpen Access blog postss Week is intended to raise awareness of free open access online scholarly publications.

Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment (SPARC, www.sparc.arl.org<http://www.sparc.arl.org).

Communication of the results of research is an essential component of the research process; research can only advance by sharing the results and the value of research is maximized through wide use of its results. Imagine your article being accessible without the payment of subscription costs. Better accessibility results in more citations.

You can use the following mechanisms to participate in Open Access:

Open Access Publishing – authors can choose to publish their research articles in a growing number of open access journals. A comprehensive list of Open Access journals is provided by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) https://doaj.org/

Institutional Repositories – UC Research Repository: http://www.canberra.edu.au/researchrepository/access/home.do
A comprehensive listing of repositories is available through Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR). http://www.opendoar.org/

Australasian Open Access Support Group (AOASG) has a number of activities and information sessions listed for Open Access Week 2015. Please visit the site if you would like to participate.

The UC Library will be linking to a significant number of additional Open Access books and journals which will be available for searching via UCanFind. There will be over 13,000 open access journal titles and about 6,000 open access books. These will mainly come from Directory of Open Access Journals, De Gruyter, Springer, Elsevier, Nature, OAPEN, Directory of Open Access Books.


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The shortlist fBook short listor the UC book of the year 2016 has been announced.

The six shortlisted novels are:

After Darkness by Christine Piper
After the Fire, a Still Small Voice by Evie Wyld
A Fraction of the Whole by Steve Toltz
Lost and Found by Brooke Davis
The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane
The Strays by Emilo Bitto

The winner will be announced shortly.

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The link to UC Library resources from Google search results has been restored.

If you encounter any further problems accessing Google’s FullText @ UC Library links please contact the Library

We apologise for any inconvenience caused



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Emerald Database competition

Come in and see tDragon 1he Emerald Dragon display in the Library and enter the competition.

To have a chance to win one of the fluffy dragons used in the display find 3 articles with the word Dragon in the title.

Send an email to loans@canberra.edu.au by Friday 9th October with your list of three articles.

Good luck!




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Mental Health WMental Health Weekeek 4-10 October 2015

Mental Health Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia and over 100 countries across the world to help raise awareness and understanding of mental illness. To help reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with people living with mental illness and promote positive mental health and well-being.

The theme this year is Act-Belong-Commit

Act: keep mentally, physically, socially and spiritually active. Go for a walk, go out with a friend, find time to read a book, dance, chat…
Belong: take a cooking class, join a book club, be more involved in the community, call a friend…
Commit: take up a cause, help a neighbour, learn something new, take on a challenge, volunteer…

Being active, having a sense of belonging and committing to a purpose in life all contribute to happiness and good mental health.

For further information

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