Downtime: Taylor & Francis Online May 22-23

May 19, 2017 – 9:49 am

Some features of the Taylor & Francis Online database will be down for maintenance on Monday 22 May 2017.

This will occur from approximately 1.30pm (AEST) Monday 22 May until 4.30am (AEST) Tuesday 23 May. 

The features which will be unavailable during this period are Your Account, search, payment options and informational pages. Articles will still be available to view or download.

You can still access our other eResources online. Find them through databases or subject guides.

Have any questions? Contact us! 24/7 online chat available during semester.

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Posters on display in Strathfield Library

May 15, 2017 – 4:14 pm

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Strathfield Design students created posters exploring the influence typefaces have had on modernist art or design movements. Basing their design on research into their chosen style, they produced a poster advertising a modernist art exhibition with type as one of the major design elements.

These are on display on the ground floor at Strathfield library, so come and take a look!


NEW: Library Search Upgrades

May 15, 2017 – 10:34 am

Last year we upgraded to our new Library Search, and we’ve been working hard on improvements to make it easier to use.

Over the weekend, we released an update and you might notice some of the changes:

1. Based on your feedback, we changed the wording of the Refine my results feature to make it easier to understand:

Old wording New wording
Availability Show Only
Creation Date Dates
Full Text Online Online Resources
Print Books Physical Resources

It used to look like this:

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Now you will see this:


Online Resources
limits your search to show resources that are available online. This includes journal articles, ebooks, online videos and more.

Physical Resources limits your search to show resources that are available in our libraries. This includes hard copies of books, DVDs, kits and more.

Hint: If you would like to find physical books, you can use the Resource types filter to narrow your search by clicking “Physical Resources” then “Books & E-books”


2. You can now view your search history by clicking the icon in the top right hand corner of the page


Click on a search to re-run it:

Searh history in Library Search

Or sign in and save your search history for later:

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3. New look A-Z Ejournal searching, making it easier to find the journal you want



Share your feedback!

We are always working to improve our services and your feedback is important to us! If you have any suggestions or comments about Library Search please let us know by submitting a feedback form.

If you ever have any questions about the Library we’re here to help. You can contact the Library by phone, email or chat.

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Library Search Upgrades: 13 & 14 May

May 12, 2017 – 1:43 pm

We will be working on upgrades to Library Search this weekend.
This will cause downtime between 12am-2am on Sunday 14 May

Once the upgrades are complete you might notice some changes to Library Search.

If you have a question or experience any issues, please contact us! 24/7 chat operates throughout the semester.

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Past Exams Available Online

May 10, 2017 – 10:01 am

Exams are coming up and it’s time to get studying! Past exam papers are available online from the Library through the Exam Repository.

Sign in to the past exam papers site with your student number and password, then use the Exam Repository to track down a past exam paper you’re after.

The best way to search for the exam you are looking for is to select the ‘Filter’ button and keyword search using your unit code (e.g. EDLA204)

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The repository is a useful tool for students to assist with their revision and exam preparation, and the only place from which past exams are to be accessed.

If you have any further questions we’re here to help! Contact us by phone, email or chat.


On Trial: SAGE Research Methods

May 8, 2017 – 11:20 am


The Library has SAGE Research Methods on trial until 30 June 2017.

SAGE Research Methods supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process; from students learning how to conduct research to faculty conducting research for publication to librarians delivering research skills training and doing research on the efficacy of library services.

SAGE Research Methods includes:

  • quick dictionary definitions
  • case study examples from a researcher in the field
  • downloadable teaching datasets
  • full-text title from the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences series
  • video tutorials showing research in action.

SAGE Research Methods includes more than 1000 books, reference works, journal articles, and instructional videos by world-leading academics from across the social sciences, including a large collection of qualitative methods books available online.

The Sage Research Methods trial include:

This resource was requested by the Faculty of Education and Arts and is on trial until 30 June 2017.  Please take a look, fill in our online form and let us know what you think.

Upcoming Changes to ARTstor

May 5, 2017 – 9:00 am

There are some upcoming feature changes to ARTstor which may require you to save some of your work in the ARTstor Digital Library:

  • The upload and metadata entry functions for Personal Collections will be paused between June 1st and early September this year. During this time you will be able to share, download, and save your existing images to groups as usual. However, you will not be able to add new images to your Personal Collection or edit any of the text associated with your existing images.
  • Uploading of OIV presentations into Personal Collections will be retired. If you need to share OIV presentations, please convert them to PDFs. An enhanced option for exporting your OIV presentations to other formats is being explored and will be available soon.
  • Personal notes and instructor notes are being retired. If you need any information saved in your personal or instructor notes, we recommend copying and pasting this information into your image group descriptions by June 1st.
  • The citation generator and saved citations will be temporarily removed and added back into the Digital Library after the new release. If you have saved citations that you need, please download them before June 1st.
  • Saved searches are being retired.
  • The date filter for search results will be temporarily removed in late May (prior to the release of the new site). It will return, with improvements, as part of the updated site.

You can learn more about the planned upgrades here.

Find ARTstor in the A-Z Database list at the Library.

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Are you graduating soon? Keep in touch!

May 4, 2017 – 12:39 pm

Are you graduating this semester?

If so, then congratulations on what is a fantastic achievement and celebration of all your hard work!

We’ve put together some useful information for graduation and beyond:

1. Graduate from ACU

Organise your graduation with information on registering to graduate, ceremony dates, graduation documents and more.

2. Keep in touch with ACU Alumni

With ACU Alumni you can connect with fellow graduates, attend networking opportunities and hear about professional development and further study. ACU Alumni is your lifelong link to Australian Catholic University.

3. Become an Alumni borrower with the Library

For a small annual fee Alumni Borrowers are still able to use the Libraries’ hardcopy collections, and have access from home to the Academic OneFile database.

4. Get support for your career development with the ACU CareerHub

ACU Alumni have access to ACU Career Hub for up to 2 years after graduation. With CareerHub you can find out about employment opportunities, upcoming events and career resources to help you find the right path and make the most out of your career.

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Happy Star Wars Day: May the Fourth be with you

May 4, 2017 – 9:00 am

It all began back in 1979 Friday May 4

Margaret Thatcher won the election and became Britain’s first woman prime minister.

To celebrate the victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News.

The message, referring to her win, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.’  Proof of the extent to which Star Wars has influenced us.

Today May 4th is celebrated around the world as “Star Wars Day”

May the force be with you!

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Library Search now working as normal

May 1, 2017 – 4:55 pm

We are pleased to announce that the issues with our Library Search have been resolved and it is now working as normal.

Thank you for your patience. Apologies again for any inconvenience caused.