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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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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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From 1st May 2015 the Building Code of Australia (BCA) will be available online for free!

To access the codes visit the Australian Building Codes Board website and create your own free account.

As a result of this change,  we will no longer have print copies of the current BCA which were available in the Library’s Short Loan Collection.

We will continue to provide access to the Building Code of Australia Illustrated and the Building Code of Australia plus  Links to relevant Standards, available online via the Library’s Database Password page.


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UpToDate is an on-lA red heart with heartbeat line through itine database of evidence based and clinical information for use at the point of care. UpToDate covers over 10,000 clinical topics in over 20 medical specialties and includes links to full text articles, drugs & drug interaction databases, patient information, medical calculator and much more.

UpToDate also has a ‘What’s new?’ section for selected updates in a variety of areas. You choose what specialty you are interested in.


You can Log in via one of the following routes:
Students Access UpToDate at MyUC Student Study Tools page
Staff access UpToDate at MyUC Staff Library page

Note: Staff are not permitted off-campus access to UpToDate

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Semester 1 may not have started, but it’s never too soon to learn new things.

UC students can use to gain business, IT, and creative skills using easy to understand video tutorials.

First go to’s University of Canberra account creation by clicking here!

You can then log into the regular site and learn how to…..

These tutorials and many more are available free for UC students from


The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides access to over 10,000 Open Access Journals.

Designed to give easy access to high quality open access Research, the DOAJ insists all journals listed use peer review or exercise editorial quality control.

Sponsored by respected publishers such as Springer, Wiley, and Taylor & Francis, the DOAJ can keep you updated with quality free research information in your field, throughout your studies and beyond.

With Halloween coming soon we searched the DOAJ for Vampires, and found a few open access articles from various fields that might interest you….

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Kluwer Arbitration

This database contains the text of major international agreements, rules, and information about the key arbitration organizations. It includes national laws, national rules, case law of awards, and even some submissions or interim orders under various arbitral regimes. Kluwer Arbitration includes case law, including ICC cases and awards, commentary, conventions, legislation, rules, and investment materials. This database also links to the Kluwer Arbitration Blog which provides news and information on ICA written by leading experts from law firms, academia, and ICA institutions. The blog focuses on current and upcoming events, trends, and major arbitration awards.

The database contains over 100 key arbitration publications and 10 journals, including two well-known Kluwer print publications: Yearbook: Commercial Arbitration(containing selected cases and arbitral awards) and International Handbook on Commercial Arbitration(containing reports about arbitration developments in specific countries and texts of countries’ arbitration laws).  It also provides Asian Journal of International Arbitration, Arbitration International, Journal of International Arbitration and Revue de l’arbitrage.

Kluwer Arbitration covers 115 countries.  The Practice Tools include IAI Arbitrator Tool and Kluwer Arbitral Institutions Smart Charts.

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Now that semester has started, are you wondering how to find information for your study and research?

Try our new discovery service UCanFind.

Use it as your starting point to check out what information there is on your topic – journal articles, books, reports, images, media, and more – all in one spot.

Go to to try it out:  UCanFind tag cloud

  1. Enter your search terms (remember, putting in more specific terms will give a more specific result).
  2. On the results page, refine your search by selecting what you need in the left-hand navigation menu under Content type (e.g. journal article, book/eBook, etc.), Discipline (e.g. psychology, etc.), or Publication date, etc.
  3. As you browse the results, you can store items you are interested in by clicking on the folder icon on the right of its title. This stores the selected items in a temporary folder. To view, email or print the list of items, click on the folder icon at the top of the page.
  4. Click on online links to view electronic items, but for print material, first check it’s availability, then take note of it’s location in the Library e.g. UC Library General or Short Loan and it’s call no. e.g. RT41.M493 2011.

Happy searching!


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Cordell’s Building Cost Guide for Housing in New South Wales is now available online via Cordell’s eCosting database.

To access this resource, please go to the Database password list.

This resource only allows 1 user access at a time. Please log out immediately after use.


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