March 2012

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Our Document Delivery/Inter-Library Loans service has been improved and renamed as Document Services. Read more here.

Changes include:

  • Sign in to place requests and track your deliveries from other libraries
  • Streamlined processes may get your books and documents to you even faster than before
  • Each student and staff member will have a generous quota of research or study related requests that they can make (billed to the faculty)
  • Undergraduates may now request up to 3 items per year at no charge.

See the Document Services guide for more details about this service.

Cawston Ostrich Farm: Two-Ostrich Delivery Cart

Cawston Ostrich Farm: Two-Ostrich Delivery Cart, photograph held by South Pasadena Public Library

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The Library will be open as usual during the class-free period (Week 8):

Monday-Thursday: 8:30am-9:00pm
Friday: 8:30am-6:00pm
Saturday/Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm (research help available 1-5)
Library Commons – 24hrs daily.

Week 8 is the last week for our Finding Journal Articles, RefWorks and EndNote sessions – please book to avoid disappointment!

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There are still spaces in the final Library training classes for this semester. These sessions will end in week 8.

Note that RefWorks and EndNote classes will not explain how to reference for assignments – knowledge of referencing systems is assumed. If this is your first semester, you may wish to try using referencing software in Semester 2.

Finding Journal Articles (50 min.) Learn how to find scholarly journal articles using the Library’s online resources

RefWorks (90 min.) Web-based referencing tool which enables you to create and organise your own personal database of references. Ideal for undergraduates or people who use many different computers.
Prerequisite: knowledge of referencing.

EndNote (90 min.) Computer-based referencing tool which enables you to create and organise your own personal database of references. EndNote is suited to the needs of postgraduate students and research staff preparing papers for publication
Prerequisite: basic knowledge of referencing and computer file management.

Small group sessions by request, and online tutorials are also available. See the Research Skills Training page for details.

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Happy Harmony Day :)

Harmony Day 2012We would like to wish you all a very happy Harmony Day! To celebrate Harmony Day, we have a display of books on Level C (near the entry stairs).

For those new to Australia, Harmony Day is celebrated annually on 21 March. It is a day for all Australians to celebrate our rich cultural diversity. It is also the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

Harmony Day’s 2012 theme is Sport- play, engage, inspire. This theme, aptly created in view of the 2012 London Olympics, recognises the significance and positive influence that sport has in our multicultural nation. Whether as a participant, volunteer, spectator or administrator, involvement in sport unites people of all ages and engenders a sense of belonging, acceptance and an understanding of other cultures.

Harmony Day has a continuing message- Everyone Belongs – which conveys that all Australians are welcome to our country, despite their background. It is a time to reflect upon Australia’s history and journey, recognising the traditional owners of this land. Harmony Day is also about community participation, inclusiveness and respect.

So let’s celebrate today the many various cultures which contribute to our sporting talent and make Australia such a wonderful place to live in. UC festivities will be opened by the Dean of Students at 11am, where there will be National performances, games and national dishes on offer provided by the UC Clubs and Societies.

We then encourage you to take a look at the Library’s attractive Book Display on Level C, near the entry stairs. The display showcases a variety of thoughtfully selected titles, relating to the Sport- play, engage, inspire theme.  Interesting titles of note include Paradise of sport : a history of Australian sport / Richard Cashman and the Ten moments that shook the sports world : one sportswriter’s eyewitness accounts of the most incredible sporting events of the past fifty years / Stan Isaacs.

If your studies involve Australian history, cultural diversity or you would just like an interesting read or viewing,  you may also find these resources to be of interest:

This DVD shows the story of how modern multicultural Australia was forged against the odds.

This collection of some of the best Australian writing old and new, from across the continent, reminds us of our heritage and shows we have much to be proud of.” — Provided by publisher.

This book charts the history of migration to Australia from the twentieth century to the present… Richards uses the drama of real stories and experiences to illustrate broader arguments and places Australia’s experience in the context of international migration patterns.”–Provided by publisher.

This book is particularly useful for Education students & teachers. “Time to Celebrate offers and introduction to some of the world’s cultures by examining festivals and associated cultural events. It features a rich background to many of the world’s important festivals, as well as practical ideas and activities that link to learning areas including SOSE/HSIE, Literacy, The Arts, LOTE and Civics and Citizenship Education –Publisher’s website.

We hope you have a pleasant and harmonious Harmony Day :)

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Reference

Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Harmony Day: 21 March: everyone belongs. Retrieved from http://www.harmony.gov.au/

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EDIT: The links below are now out of date – please use the online UC Referencing Guide.

 

The Library has a page of referencing guides to help you with your assignments – this includes:

If you have a particular example which does not appear in the referencing guide for your style, try searching the web – you may find a guide at another university which covers that example. e.g. for an example of how to cite from the Hansard transcripts of Parliamentary debates in APA, search ‘Hansard APA

Remember:

  • Be careful to match your other references when looking at Harvard guides from other universities, there are many different versions of Harvard.
  • Use the referencing style that your lecturer prefers – check your Outline or Moodle

Staff at the Research Assistance Desk can help with your referencing – bring your reference list and be sure to tell us what style you are using. We won’t write your entire reference list, but may help you fix one or two examples so you know how to continue.

After your first semester, you may wish to try an automatic referencing program such as RefWorks or EndNote – please note that you should NOT use a program to do your referencing for you until you know how to write your own references for your assignments (you need to be able to recognise problems!). It is also best to start learning a referencing package when you are not very busy with study – learning the program and entering all of your information can take some time.

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Cycling Canberra

Did you know that it’s legal to ride on the footpath in Canberra (illegal over the border in Queanbeyan), but cyclists must dismount and walk their bikes across pedestrian crossings?

Have a look at these titles and other resources in the Library to learn more, and discover great places to ride in Canberra:

Other useful sources include:

The Canberra and Queanbeyan Cycling Map (free online map)

Open Cycle Map – international open-source map which shows cycleways. ‘Jump to’ Canberra to see local paths.

Pedal Power (also on Facebook) – ACT riding advocacy group which runs regular bicycle maintenance courses and gives discounts at local bike shops.

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A new database packed with multimedia content and tools designed to help you with the study of TV, Radio and online journalism has been made available by UC Library.

 

 

The BBC College of Journalism contains articles, tutorials, briefings and forums which UC staff and students have full access to.

You can access this database of knowledge from the Databases & Other Online Resources  link on the Library’s homepage, or by following this link: BBC College of Journalism

If you have any feedback about the resource please let us know.

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Many students like to use the Library as a quiet place to study, while others prefer to study in groups. The library is split into 3 different study zones to support these needs:

Silent study zone (Level D/Level B Quiet Study Room):  These places are for individual study. Please avoid talking, phone calls or playing music – music through headphones can be an irritation to other students.
Conversations are only permitted on Level D in the Group Study Rooms with the doors closed.

Quiet study zone (Level C):  Quiet discussion. Phones must be set to silent – take any phone calls on Level B

Moderate study zone (Levels A & B / Group Study Rooms / Library Commons): Group discussions, phone calls, and listening to music through headphones are OK. Please keep noise to a moderate level.

Please respect the needs of others.

If you have any problems with noise,  please contact Library staff who will deal with the issue.

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The Dawn, an early Australian feminist journal published by Louisa Lawson from 1888-1905, was digitised and made available by the National Library of Australia for International Women’s Day 2012.

This project was entirely funded by donations via the Digitise the Dawn campaign.

Access The Dawn via the National Library’s Trove database, which is freely available on the Internet. Trove contains the full content of Australian newspapers from 1803-1954, and the Australian Women’s Weekly to 1982.

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The Library will be open for reduced hours on the Canberra Day public holiday, Monday 12 January:

1pm – 5pm

The Library Commons will be open as usual (use your UC1 card to access).

General use computer labs are also available in Building 7 (level A) and Building 11.

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