Library News is moving!

November 20, 2017 – 9:45 am

You might have noticed some changes to Library news this morning.

From 11am on Monday 20 November this Library News blog will no longer be active.

Instead, we will post updates and information to our brand new Library news site.

How do I find the new site?

Just like the old blog, you will see the most recent updates on the Library homepage. If you want to see more, the new URL is:

Screenshot of new Library news site

How will I know if an update is posted?

Unlike the old Library news blog, you can’t subscribe by email to receive alerts when a new story is posted.

If you want to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the Library, you can subscribe to the news RSS feed by clicking on the “subscribe” link at the bottom of the website page.

If you have an RSS subscription to the old blog, you will need to update it.

Screenshot of new RSS button

Keep in touch

Another great way to stay in the loop is to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We regularly share information about new resources, scheduled maintenance and opening hours changes to our social media.

Questions, comments or problems?

Please contact us to let us know, and we’ll do our best to help you.


Celebrating ORCID Week

November 20, 2017 – 8:44 am

The Library is celebrating ORCID Week from 20-24 November. Join us to learn more about ORCID and how it can benefit your research.

Your ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor Identification) is a unique identifier which allows you to keep track of your research. It helps people to identify you as the correct author/researcher for your research outputs and is also a way for you to connect with other researchers worldwide.

Having an ORCID iD is now a requirement when submitting a grant submission to the ARC and NHMRC.  Publishers such as PLoS are also requiring an ORCID iD upon submission of an article for publication.

If you’re a researcher, we in the Library can assist you with any questions you have on how to create your ORCID iD and how to populate your ORCID record with your research outputs. Our Library Academic and Research Services staff on each campus can provide assistance and answer any questions you may have about ORCID.

Celebrate ORCID Week with the Library

  • Visit your local campus Library or contact us online for assistance in setting up your ORCID profile.
  • Check out ORCID library guide to learn more about ORCID and how it can benefit your research.
  • Enter our competition and go into the draw to win a personalised ORCID iD mug. See your local campus Library for details.

Head to the ORCID website for further information, videos and support.

Scheduled downtime: Taylor & Francis online Monday 20 November

November 17, 2017 – 8:38 am

Some features of Taylor & Francis online databases will be down for maintenance on Monday 20 November.

This will occur between approximately 3.30pm Monday 20 November- 6.30am Tuesday 21 November (AEDT).

You will still be able to search, browse and read articles. However, you will be unable to register or edit your account during this time.

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New resource: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion

November 16, 2017 – 9:53 am

ACU Library has a new resource, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion.

What is it?

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion contains articles written, peer-reviewed, and edited by leading scholars. This database includes information on a number of world religions including Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism, as well as Islamic studies and the theology and philosophy of religion.

How can I find it?

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion is available online here. You can also find this and other online resources through our A-Z Database List, and Library Search.

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RESOLVED: Sign in to Library Search to find journal articles

November 13, 2017 – 10:49 am

This issue is now resolved. Please contact the Library if you experience any further issues.

Our online resources are available whenever you need them, wherever you are—whether you’re in Library, on the train or at home.

However, if you’re trying to access journal articles off campus, you may have been experiencing some issues.

What’s the problem?

When you use Library Search off-campus you will only see local collection items, such as books that are held in our Campus Libraries. That means you won’t be able to see journal articles or newspaper articles that are available online.

How can I fix it?

When studying or working off campus, sign into My Library to see full results. This will allow you to find and access online journal articles, as well as books and other items in our collection.

What next?

We’re working hard to resolve the issue, and it should only affect you when you’re off-campus. However, if you have any questions or experience issues, please let us know.

You can contact the Library online, over the phone, in person or via 24/7 chat and SMS during the semester.

Thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this issue.


Trial extended: Business Source Ultimate

November 13, 2017 – 8:54 am

The trial for Business Source Ultimate has been extended – now available until 24 November 2017.

Students can access:

  • full-text journals
  • case studies
  • country economic reports
  • company profiles
  • interviews with executives and analysts.

Business Source Ultimate aims to provide students with a broader, more global perspective in their research to track business trends and topics worldwide with thousands of English-language and native-language full-text journals from Asia, Oceania, Europe and Latin America.

The Content in Context feature allows students to investigate a company through contextual access to related information including:

  • Case studies
  • Industry profiles
  • SWOT analyses
  • Books/Monographs
  • Articles from business journals, magazines and trade publications
  • Market research reports
  • Product reviews
  • News articles
  • Country reports

Have a look at our trial resources via the Library A-Z Databases list.

Complete our feedback form to let us know what you think.


Ballarat Library closed for Ballarat Show Day: Friday 10 November

November 8, 2017 – 1:56 pm

It’s Ballarat Show Day on Friday 10 November.

This means that the Ballarat Campus Library will be closed.

The after-hours facility will be open from 6am-11pm though, so you can still get some studying done on campus.

All other Libraries will be open as usual.

Don’t forget, our online resources never close.

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RESOLVED: Service Disruption TR Westlaw

November 7, 2017 – 4:01 pm

This issue has now been resolved. Please contact the Library if you experience any further problems.

TR Westlaw is currently unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience, and we apologize for any inconvenience caused.

 Westlaw AU and our other online resources are still available.


Open Access continues year round

November 7, 2017 – 2:28 pm

Library staff, with help from our friends, led ACU’s celebration of International Open Access Week from October 23- 29 this year. We sincerely thank and acknowledge everyone who contributed to its immense success.

Staff from all over the University participated in events including Library displays on all campuses, a Library video conference for researchers and an eLearning session run by the Learning and Teaching Centre on using Open resources in LEO.

A number of academics also contributed information for posters, Library displays, articles in the staff bulletin and videos outlining their own approaches to Open Access.

We are incredibly proud of the work that has been done to promote Open Access at ACU. It demonstrates a strong commitment to the principles of equality, fairness, and justice that define us as a University.

While International Open Access Week might be over, there are many ways you can continue to engage with Open Access on a continuing basis.

Participate in making ACU more Open:


Melbourne Library closed for Melbourne Cup Day: Tuesday 7 November

November 6, 2017 – 10:56 am

It’s Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 7 November.

This means that the Melbourne Campus Library and after-hours facility will be closed.

All other Libraries will be open as usual.

Don’t forget, our online resources never close.