Scholarships and bursaries: closing 8 March

January 23, 2015 – 3:04 pm

ACU offers nearly 100 scholarships and bursaries ranging in value from $1,000 to $20,000. Many are now open and will close on 8 March 2015.

Why not have a look and check if something suits you?!?

There are a range of scholarships and bursaries open to all types of applicants from various campuses and disciplines… undergraduate, post-graduate & research students… new, current & international students as well as alumni.

The grants are aimed at providing financial support to ACU students from different walks of life, such as those who have:

  • overcome disadvantage and excelled in their undergraduate studies
  • demonstrated a commitment to student life, social justice and the common good
  • shown Indigenous leadership
  • have plans to study abroad and need help with costs
  • come from a rural area
  • achieved academic excellence

Stay tuned to the scholarships website for any updates and additional scholarships that may be added during the year:


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Internet application. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.


Welcome 2015!

January 23, 2015 – 9:12 am

Welcome to 2015!

There will be some changes and upgrades to services, facilities and resources in our Libraries this year. Watch this space (our website & social media channels) for all the latest news.


All Library staff are pumped for the start of semester, getting our campus libraries in top shape and implementing new projects.

We are excited and hope you will be too!


We look forward to seeing you on campus and online :)


“This is a new year. A new beginning.

And things will change.”

- Taylor Swift.


Australia Day long weekend: campus libraries are closed

January 22, 2015 – 2:41 pm

All campus libraries will be closed for the Australia day long weekend – this means Saturday 24 January, Sunday 25 January & Monday 26 January.

All campus libraries reopen on Tuesday 27 January.

And remember, our online resources don’t take a holiday, so check them out.

Enjoy the long weekend :)


Perhaps watch an Australian movie over the break? We have heaps on DVD, but we also have some classics available online, streamed straight to you… easy!


Australia Day display at Canberra Library:

Australia Day display Canberra Library



Koala with Young

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Koala with Young. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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New: PhilPapers, Philosophical Research Online

January 15, 2015 – 12:10 pm

PhilPapers home

We have a new resource for 2015 : PhilPapers – Philosophical Research Online

PhilPapers is a comprehensive index and bibliography of philosophy including journals, books, open access archives, and personal pages maintained by academics.

  • Monitor current research – browse new issues of over 1000 philosophy journals, view the latest papers from online archives and authors’ home pages
  • Explore the literature – browse PhilPapers’ extensive structured bibliography of philosophy, find papers using the advanced search engine
  • Contribute your research – submit your work to the directory, discuss philosophy in the forums

Find PhilPapers under ‘P’ in the A-Z list of databases.

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Rodin / The Thinker (Helsinki) / 1889. [Fine Art]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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Ballarat Paramedic lecturer selected to attend National Youth Conference

January 14, 2015 – 1:33 pm

Bre Jennings, a lecturer in Paramedicine at ACU’s Ballarat Campus, has been selected by Youth Link Australia leaders to attend the 2015 National Youth Conference.

Bre will be one of 200 young Australians attending the five day conference in Canberra from the 14 – 18th April 2015.

The conference creates opportunities that help to shape the future of Australia, as well as enabling attendees to network with like minded young leaders and gain the skills to make a positive change in their local communities.


Congratulations to Bre on being selected to attend this prestigious and important event.


Bre Jennings

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On trial: Adam Matthew, First World War Collections

January 13, 2015 – 12:07 pm


We have the following collections, from Adam Matthew Digital Collections from Sage, on trial until 3rd April.

The First World War, including:

  • Visual Perspectives and Narratives
  • Personal Experiences
  • Propaganda and Recruitment

The First World War portal showcases a wealth of primary source material for the study of the Great War, complemented by a range of contextual secondary features.

We have these on trial until 3rd April, so take a look and then provide feedback using the online form.

(Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials)

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Old pair of binoculars in brown leather case. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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New: Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination

January 12, 2015 – 12:27 pm

Want to see a video to show you how to examine the posterior thorax? We now subscribe to Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination.
Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination delivers dynamic, clinically oriented, head to toe assessment videos that use interactive OSCE (objective, structured clinical examinations) style exercises to prepare students for exams and patient encounters.

The site features more than 8 hours of video content – all evidence based and presented with a patient first approach to the physical exam.  Attention has been given to clinical accuracy and there is a range of patient types profiled in the series.

Health Sciences staff and students – check out Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination!





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Downtime: Emerald & Psychiatry Online, Sat 10th Jan

January 9, 2015 – 9:02 am

A couple of our vendors are doing maintenance this weekend, so expect some downtime/interruptions to service for the following resources:

Emerald – Saturday 10th January, 10am-2pm AEDT (11am-3pm AEST Brisbane time)

Psychiatry Online - Saturday 10th January, 10am-2pm AEDT (11am-3pm AEST Brisbane time)

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Summer reading & viewing guide

December 22, 2014 – 1:25 pm

Ah, summer. What’s better than relaxing at the beach or by the pool with something interesting to read?

ACU Library has you covered… recreational reading and videos are all here to get you through the holidays!

Reading book on the beach, windsurfing and islands in the distance, the Maldives, Indian Ocean


Here’s our Summer Reading/Viewing Guide:

1. OverDrive - eBooks and audiobooks

We are loving The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion.


2. Kanopy - streaming videos

Re-watch a favourite recent-classic: Mean Girls, The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook…anyone?!


3. Naxos Spoken Word Library - audiobooks

From Children’s Classics, Classic Fiction, to Shakespeare’s Plays, and many more… Listen to Miss Bennet & Mr Darcy all over again *sigh*


4. Visit us! – *real* books and DVDs

Just come in and browse the shelves – our campus libraries are still open until Christmas Eve and reopen in early January.

We suggest looking around Dewey numbers 813 and 823 for good reads.

See 791.4372 for movies and 791.4572 for TV shows on DVD.

Plus, there are so many children’s books – use the catalogue to find exact locations!


For more inspiration, check out lists of classic summer/beach reads by the State Library of Victoria and the ABC TV show The Book Club.

Enjoy your holidays :)

Monty the cat looking at books on OverDrive using an iPad

Photo – My cat Monty, browsing the OverDrive collection. (Yes we have an eBook called “Grumpy Cat”!)


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Reading book on the beach, windsurfing and islands in the distance, the Maldives, Indian Ocean. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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Christmas spirit at Ballarat library

December 19, 2014 – 9:55 am

Talented Ballarat campus artist Leo Casey has added to the Christmas spirit at Ballarat library.


Leo Casey