The Library does not send out account expiration emails

November 17, 2015 – 10:51 am

ACU Library does not send out account expiration emails.

If you receive any such emails please delete them.

If you have followed the links in any such emails, please contact us via and change your ACU login password immediately by following the below:

  1. Go to
  2. If you have not previously enrolled into the SSRPM tool, please do so now, otherwise proceed to the next step. After enrollment you can reset your password without needing to contact IT
  3. Once enrolled go back to and select ‘Change Password’. Please choose a password that offers your accounts suitable security.
  4. Once your password is reset it will be synchronised with your email. If you experience any difficulties please contact your local IT team.


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Chega! Report on display at Melbourne

November 16, 2015 – 10:53 am
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“Chega” is a Portuguese word, meaning “No More.”

Chega! is also the title of the Report of the Commission for Reception, Truth and Reconciliation in Timor-Leste (CAVR).

The Report’s five volume set is now on display in our Melbourne Campus Library, after being presented to Dr. John Ballard, Associate Vice-Chancellor of the Melbourne Campus (on 6 October, 2015).

A photo of the Chega! Report display at the Melbourne Campus Library.

The Report itself details the creation of CAVR, its activities, and the human impact of the East Timor conflict from 1974 to 1999.  Although it is an exploration of human rights violations during a troubled time in Timor-Leste’s history, the report also offers a message of hope, with suggestions for reform and practical steps to prevent further tragedy.

The display is located near the Service Desk on the ground floor of the Melbourne library.  For further information about the report itself, you can visit the CAVR Chega! Report webpage.

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New: The Philosopher’s Index with Full Text

November 10, 2015 – 11:22 am
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After a successful trial with great feedback from everyone, we are very pleased to announce that we now subscribe to The Philosopher’s Index with Full Text!

What is it?

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.

Where do I find it?

Search for “Philosopher’s Index” in Library Search


From the Library homepage, go to Databases then ‘P’ under Databases by Title.

Note: If you are off campus, you will need to enter your ACU username and password to gain access.

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Problems accessing Library Search

November 9, 2015 – 1:17 pm
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We have had some reports that users are experiencing problems using Library Search.  So far the reports have come from those using the following Internet Service Providers (ISPs):

  • iiNet
  • Internode
  • Vodaphone
  • Zettanet

Temporarily, if you are having these issues you should be able access Library Search via

Alternatively, databases can be accessed directly via the A-Z database list and the Subject Guides.

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Ballarat Library closed Friday 13 November for Show Day, but…

November 9, 2015 – 12:58 pm

… the library after hours service IS open 6am to 11pm as usual.

So Ballarat library staff will probably be at the Ballarat Show for the day and the library is closed, you can still go to the after hours space and work and study!

And remember – 24/7 chat all through the exam period.

eResources – ebooks and journal articles available online through the databases or through your favourite subject guide!


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Feast day Saint Albert the Great: 15 November

November 9, 2015 – 12:09 pm
ACU Library

This Sunday, 15th November is the feast day of Saint Albert the Great.

Saint Albert the Great is one of the patron saints of The Faculty of Education and Arts. A Dominican Friar, Albert was a scientist long before the age of science, and an adviser to popes, bishops, kings, and statesmen. He is one of only 35 Doctors of the Church.

painting of face of Saint Albert the Great

What are Patron Saints?

Patron Saints are often touted as those who can intercede in heaven on our behalf, or advocate for a cause.  Yet more importantly, our Patron Saints help and inspire us to follow the example of their lives.

At Australian Catholic University (ACU) traditions are important, and to that end, we have decided that the University have a Patron Saint, and that each of the University’s faculties will have a Patron Saint – to help us carry the spirit of faith, learning and justice in all that we do.

These Patron Saints are deemed to be special protectors in a specific area, through either tradition, custom, or by declarations of the Church (taken from the ACU Patron Saint webpage)


Text and images relating to Saint Albert the Great from:
Australian Catholic University. (2015). Faculty Patron Saints. Retrieved from

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A patch above

November 9, 2015 – 10:38 am
ACU Library

Think of the word patchwork and chances are it brings to mind something old that needs repair to last a little longer. The petite quilts currently displayed on level 3 of Strathfield Campus Library defy this notion in their novelty, but their beauty will see them being treasured and enduring.

Sewing by hand and machine, TECH209 students combined pieces of fabrics, which they also designed using a minimum of three surface techniques – screen printing, dyeing and digital sublimation printing.

Individual quilts respond to various cultural references and are inspired by visual artworks. Students were also required to work in small groups to develop a colour palette upon which they each base a quilt which are then assembled as a set.

Students will gather on Monday evening, November 9 with their fellow students, teaching staff, parents and friends to view the works. The quilts bring a welcome splash of colour and interest to the library walls, so if you’re at Strathfield, stop by and enjoy the display.

Photograph of 29 individual petite quilts

The individual petite quilts designed by TECH209 students

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Tech Expo at Strathfield

November 4, 2015 – 10:24 am
ACU Library

Last week visitors were surprised to see a Game of Thrones-style chair in the entrance to Strathfield Campus Library, which was a show piece for the Medieval Fayre library festivities. This week we have an outdoor buffet serving table with an inbuilt cooler capacious enough to keep any large gathering fed and hydrated! No, this is not part of Melbourne Cup celebrations. This work, comprising three types of timber, merbau (kwila), spotted gum, radiata pine, plus gaboon marine plywood, is one of the pieces on display in the 2015 Technology Exhibition, hosted by the Library.

The exhibition showcases the work of third-year technology students in the areas of textiles, resistant materials and food technology. The works are the culmination of an industry internship during which students complete a practical technology project under the guidance of a mentor. Works range from swimming and theatrical costumes, to fashion and a range of furniture – everything from desks to dog beds – plus recipes, there’s even one for the humble sausage that gets an Aussie makeover with the inclusion of bush tucker spices.

The exhibition launched on November 3, 2014 with an event for students, their parents and Technology teaching staff. The expo will remain in the Library until November 16, so if you’re on Strathfield Campus, please stop by and view these outstanding creations.

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Sadik Zraika’s outdoor buffet serving table

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Stretch yourself at exam time

November 4, 2015 – 8:55 am

During exam time, it’s important to exercise your mind and body. When you sit for long periods, your concentration can wander, making it harder to retain information.

Gentle stretching has been shown to have positive benefits that help to maintain focus, including:

  • increasing blood flow to your brain
  • releasing your body from aches and pains
  • reducing stress levels
  • increasing energy levels

Follow these tips to make the most of your study session:

Set regular intervals to move or stretch. For example, stretching every hour or at the end of an article, chapter or lecture is a good habit to get into.

During your rest interval, put your pen down, close your computer and put your phone away. Use this time effectively and spend a few minutes performing some stretches at your desk. Why not start with the six simple stretches

illustration of a stretch


Performed correctly, you’ll start to notice a difference in your studying ability and concentration levels.

Remember, not all stretches are suitable for everyone. If you feel any serious discomfort during certain stretches refrain from that stretch. Do not push yourself past your limits.

Thanks to Michael Psarakis, Associate Lecturer (Clinical Exercise Physiology) and Annelisa Sipos, Liaison Librarian at Strathfield for this post :)

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On trial: Capital Monitor

October 29, 2015 – 12:00 pm

We have Capital Monitor on trial until 1 December.

Capital Monitor, from LexisNexis “…provides parliamentary, political, legislative, regulatory and judicial news and information to its subscribers almost as soon as it is available. The team are located in the Press Gallery within Parliament House in Canberra where they filter news and information before distributing it by e-mail to subscribers according to their monitoring briefs”.


Product details…

Federal – Bills Monitor, Federal – Acts Assented, Federal – Proclamations, Tax Rulings, High Court, Federal – Budget, Federal – Election, Parliamentary Directory, Federal – Regulations and Federal Court

NSW – Bills Monitor, NSW – Acts Assented and NSW – Proclamations

Vic – Bills Monitor, Vic – Acts Assented, Vic – Proclamations and Vic – Budget

Qld – Bills Monitor and Qld – Acts Assented

WA – Acts Assented and WA – Bills Monitor


SA – Acts Assented and SA – Bills Monitor

Newsletters (including state newsletters and topic e-newsletters).

So, please take a look at the Capital Monitor, and let us know what you think via our quick online feedback form.

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