Mobile access to PsychiatryOnline

September 1, 2015 – 1:32 pm

You can now access PsychiatryOnline via your mobile device. To set this up follow the instructions outlined in this document. You have to do this on campus in the first instance. The pairing to your mobile device lasts for 90 days and then if you want further access, repeat (most of ) the process!

Our library access to PsychiatryOnline gives you access to

  • DSM™ Library titles including DSM-5™, DSM-5™ Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, and DSM-5™ Clinical Cases
  • Journals including The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, and Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
  • Textbooks including The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, Gabbard’s Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders, Textbook of Psychotherapeutic Treatments, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Geriatric Psychiatry, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment, The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychopharmacology, and Manual of Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines for the treatment of psychiatric disorders (quick reference [subscribers only] and comprehensive [freely available] versions)
  • and more…!

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Pope Francis and other Prophetic Voices: Calling Us to Reshape the Public Sphere

August 31, 2015 – 11:09 am

A conference to reflect on and respond to Pope Francis’ pontificate.
Thursday 17 to Friday 18 September 2015.

Pope Francis’ vision of faith challenges us to renew our commitment to the public good, be inclusive and just and to welcome the poor and the vulnerable. It is a vision which embraces people of all faiths, cultures and all people of good will.

The conference speakers include:
• Fr Frank Brennan sj AO
• Dr Rachael Kohn
• Professor Patrick Dodson
• Fr Jerry Rosario sj (India)
• Dr Jenny Te Paa Daniel (New Zealand)

Who should attend?
Members of all faiths, cultures and communities are warmly invited to join us in this unique event where together we will listen, speak, reflect and engage in a common effort to renew the public sphere. Post conference conversations and reflections will ensure together we continue to action conference outcomes.

Conference Details
Pope Francis and other Prophetic Voices:
Calling Us to Reshape the Public Sphere
Thursday 17 to Friday 18 September 2015
St Michael’s on Collins, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne
Two options: Registration $125 or Registration-PLUS at $150 or $200 (see website for details)
Supporting Events
Youth Forum: 9am-4pm Wednesday 16 September 2015
Registration: $35
Venue: St Michael’s on Collins, 120 Collins Street, Melbourne
Public Forum: 7.30pm – 9.30pm Thursday 17 September 2015
Venue: Australian Catholic University, Cathedral

Register now at

For more information:


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Pope Francis, 2013

Pope Francis, 2013. [Photo]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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Do you learn better by hearing? Read and Write Gold: now on student computers

August 28, 2015 – 11:26 am


Do you learn better by hearing information? Read&Write Gold is for you!

Read&Write Gold reads text aloud to you, or converts your spoken word into text. You can then proof read your essays or assignments. Listen to those online textbooks…

Read&Write Gold does so much more!

Look for this icon on desktops on student PCs on campus.


There are short videos on Read&Write Gold for PCs or MACs.

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Six alternatives to PowerPoint!

August 27, 2015 – 3:24 pm

Of course you can use PowerPoint, but there are other options, so here are six more!

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  1. Storybird
    Write a short, art inspired story! Visual storytelling.
  2. Prezi
    Totally different to PowerPoint, Prezi uses a single zoomable canvas and focuses on images, graphics and motion to get your attention.
  3. Google Slides
    Google Docs/Drive is not just for word documents and spreadsheets. You can also create slideshows on any system, share and collaborate with other students with Google Slides.
  4. Zoho Show
    Online presentation application that allows you to collaborate, present remotely and embed your presentation in blogs and websites.
  5. Sliderocket
    A slick flash-based webapp that lets you produce media rich collaborations online.
  6. Canva
    A simple, drag-and-drop, design software that’s completely online and free to use
  7. Haiku Deck the free version
    Promises presentations that are simple, beautiful and fun.

Wait! That’s seven….

What do you use?

Do you have other suggestions for presentation tools/software??

Share them!

See also Mashable: 5 must-have tools for a killer presentation

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Meet Tania: our student shelver in Brisbane

August 26, 2015 – 12:29 pm

Photo of student shelver Tania

Tania Briggs is a ACU student but also works part time as a shelver at Brisbane library. We wanted to know more…

What sort of work do you do in the library?

Tania: The majority of the work that I do in the library involves shelving returns and generally tidying up. I sometimes also help with the mail and with finding books to be put on hold.

What are you studying/interests?

Tania: I am studying a Bachelor in Early Childhood and Primary Education. My interests include reading (of course!), discovering new places that make great coffee and spending time with my friends and family.

What is your top tip for using the library?

Tania: My top tip for using the library is: Always ask a librarian for help if you are having trouble finding a particular book, even if you have already looked on the shelf where it is meant to be. It is possible that the book you have been looking for is in the library – it just might not have been re-shelved yet or is on display somewhere. The librarians are really friendly and will be happy to help you.

Is there anything else that you have have noticed or learned, or a surprising aspect – since you started working in the library?

Tania: Until I started working in the library I did not realise how many educational resources are available to borrow, and that education students can extend the length of their loans during their practical placements.

Thanks Tania :)

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Book of the year 2015 winners!

August 24, 2015 – 10:17 am

The Children’s Book Council of Australia for 2015 winner’s were announced on Friday: full list with winner and honours.

The winning books were…

Older readers: The protected, Claire Zorn

Younger readers: The Cleo stories: the necklace and the present, Libby Gleeson, and illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Early Childhood: Go to sleep Jessie!, Libby Gleeson, and illustrated by Freya Blackwood

Picture book of the year:  My two blankets, Freya Blackwood, text Irena Kobald

Eve Pownall Information book: A-Z of Convicts in Van Diemen’s Land, Simon Barnard

Congratulations to all winners and nominees!!

We have all the books – both winners and nominees. Happy reading!

It’s also Book Week from Saturday 22 August – Friday 28 August, and the Book Week theme will be “Books light up our world


logo for children's book week - books light up our world

Some of our libraries will have displays around this theme, so keep an eye out! For instance…Strathfield Campus Library has all the awarded books displayed in their Education Resource Centre on Level 3 of the library. But, you will have to be quick to view them as they are going…going….(and will soon be) gone!

Book week display of books at Strathfield Library

Strathfield Library

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Update on the Canberra library and the move to the modular building

August 18, 2015 – 1:50 pm

We are now moved in! Here is an update on the move to the modular building and what that means to Canberra students and staff.
A big thankyou to IT, Campus Operations and Library staff for all the hard work, and to all students and staff for your patience over the last few weeks.

What is different:

• wireless capacity has been doubled
• more powerpoints for you to bring your own device
• the width between shelves complies with disability requirements (and the disability workstation has been moved into the information commons area)
• the modular building is better insulated than the old library space, with a more modern design and feel
• more bookable group study rooms
• more quiet study carrels upstairs in the mezzanine level
• a more logical layout of the print collection (and the shelves will be labelled soon!)
• security cameras have been mounted inside and outside the modular facility

What stays the same:

• entry to the library will be the same (through the Antill St entrance or through the Rose Garden)
• information commons area (where most of the PCs are)
• library loans/information desk
• autoloader to charge your card
• self-check machine
• print/copy room
• upstairs mezzanine level (and the quiet library spaces)
• out of hours return chute

What is happening to the old library space:

• Work will start very soon on the Nursing labs to be completed for S1 2016.

Will there be a new library?

• Yes. There will be a new building between the Signadou and Blackfriars buildings to be opened in 2017.

Please let us know if you can’t find anything, or have any comments or suggestions…and come in and have a look around!


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Study space

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Brisbane Library After hours facility is now open!

August 17, 2015 – 11:44 am

You have asked about it, you have seen all the preparations for it, don’t wait out in the weather to print before class, so come into the library before it opens! Enter through the side door, with the new (blue)student card and get your printing done before the library officially opens!

The library computers on the main level will be available after hours between 6am-7:45am and 9-11pm weekdays and weekends between 8am-5pm.

Brisbane opening hours

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Morning sunshine at Brisbane library

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On trial: The Philosophers Index with Full Text

August 17, 2015 – 11:08 am

We have The Philosophers Index with Full Text (through Ebsco) on trial until 11 October.

What is The Philosophers Index with Full Text?

Access key full-text titles for Philosophy scholars. Subjects covered include Aesthetics, Axiology, Ethics, Logic, Philosophical Anthropology, Philosophy of Education, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science and many more. Essential journals featured in this comprehensive database include:

  • Analysis
  • Anuario Filosofico
  • British Journal for the History of Philosophy
  • Canadian Journal of Philosophy
  • Deutsche Zeitschrift fűr Philosophie
  • Ethics
  • Journal of Chinese Philosophy
  • The Journal of Philosophy
  • Monist
  • Nous
  • The Philosophical Quarterly
  • Philosophical Studies
  • Philosophy Compass
  • Review of Metaphysics.

We would love your feedback!

On trial until 11 October, take a look at The Philosophers Index with Full Text and let us know if we should subscribe to this database by completing the quick online feedback form.

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Downtime today: ProQuest database, 13 August

August 13, 2015 – 8:39 am
ACU Library

Proquest Logo

The ProQuest database will be down for maintenance today (13 August, 2015).

This will occur between midday (12pm) and 2:00pm (AEST), affecting primarily the ProQuest platform (

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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