Want to blitz your exams this semester?

May 22, 2015 – 12:57 pm
ACULibrary

Help your exam preparation and access past exam papers online.

You can search for old tests to help with your exam prep. This is a great way to see what types of questions you may be asked and to even practise taking exams.

A few points:

  • log in with your network user name and password to access the PDF exam papers
  • enter the unit code without spaces, e.g. EDFD454 or an asterisk after the letters, e.g. EDLA*
  • only exams from the past four semesters are held
  • not every exam is there, this depends on the lecturer
  • multiple-choice questions have been removed

 

Bonus tips and tricks:

  • Each library has quiet library spaces for study. Plan your study sessions and book a PC or group study room online.
  • Libraries are open normal semester hours in exam time.
  • Listen to relaxing music in Naxos Music Library to help reduce background noise.
  • Check out Lynda.com for online videos on exam preparation.
  • Don’t freak out if you forget your calculator, borrow one from the Library.

 

Some books/eBooks with strategies to help improve your study skills and cope with exam pressure:

 

Got a question? Ask us including 24-hr chat in semester.

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Don’t leave your MyLibrary favourites behind!

May 20, 2015 – 10:13 am
ACULibrary

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Something is happening in the background, and it’s got library staff just a little excited.
We are moving to a new library management system on June 22.

This move will mean all items saved in MyLibrary will be deleted.

Loans History

Your loans history will disappear after June 15. It will not be reinstated in the new system. If you wish to keep a copy, sign in to MyLibrary, click on the Loans History link and print/save it.

My Basket

My Basket items will disappear after June 15. If you want to keep a copy, sign in to MyLibrary, go to the My Basket tab and use the Email, Print or Select How to Save drop-down and select one of the options (Push to EndNote Web, RefWorks or EndNote/RIS). You can then manually re-enter these details if you choose, after we move to the new system.

Saved Searches

Saved Searches will disappear after June 15. You will need to re-save searches after we move to the new system.

Also, from June 15, there will be no access to MyLibrary until the new system is up and running on June 22.

This means you will not be able to:
• Renew loans
• Place holds.

Please email the Library Electronic Services Team if you have any questions or concerns.

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Need quiet in the library?

May 18, 2015 – 11:11 am
ACULibrary

It’s getting so close to the end of semester! Assignments are due… exams are around the corner.

Do you need quiet study time in the library?

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Each campus library has a quiet area where you can work in peace and quiet.

Ask at your local campus library – there are also signs that let you know you are in a quiet area.

And please…if you are working in a designated quiet area of the Library – please be quiet…shhhhhhhhhhh!!

 

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Snap, crackle, pop and stop: at Strathfield

May 15, 2015 – 2:09 pm
ACULibrary

From providing frames for selfies to simulating a pile of burning books, bubble-wrapping tables and chairs, and creating no-go signs, students from Sculpture and Object Design at ACU Strathfield Campus are generating a buzz.

Two groups of students chose the Library as the site for the installation of artworks. One group, inspired by artists Rebecca Lowry, Richard Tipping and Clet Abraham, created a sign post drawing attention to the Library as a place attendant with rules. While Library visitors are accustomed to seeing signs forbidding certain activities such as “No talking”, “No eating” or “No smoking” – and we really do try to keep these to a minimum – the work’s humour derives from highlighting activities that would be out of place in any library, for example, “No diving”.

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The other sculpture was designed to comment on the high cost of education and textbooks and serves as a reminder of the importance of libraries. The work, influenced by artist Jayne Dyer, featured a stack of discarded books painted black and dotted with small flickering lights to resemble a bonfire. No library books were harmed in the making of this display!

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Spaces around the Library also served as a “canvas” for artworks. Fallow garden beds were transformed into a burial site reminding us that death is the great equaliser. From the playful idea of creating snowballs and imagining the campus under a blanket of snow emerged a contemplation on the impact of plastic on the environment.

Waste was the theme for another installation that featured discarded plastic bottles suspended in a rope mesh. Another work, comprised of various frames and connected by sisal, comments on the role of social media in our lives. People were welcome to photograph themselves, transform their images – in turn creating new art – and post them to #ACUFramagram.

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On trial: SAGE Video

May 12, 2015 – 10:45 am
ACULibrary

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What is SAGE Video?

SAGE Video is a series of online collections developed in partnership with leading academics, societies and practitioners, including many of SAGE’s own authors and academic partners, to deliver cutting-edge pedagogical collections mapped to disciplinary curricular needs within the social sciences.

Available alongside our book and reference collections on SAGE Knowledge, content supports a range of levels from reference content for research, to pedagogical content for undergraduate teaching, to higher level academic interest material.

SAGE Video combines originally commissioned and produced material with licensed videos and co-productions, to provide a complete disciplinary resource for students, faculty, and researchers.”

 

Current subject collections available (launched in 2015):

 

We have SAGE Video on trial until 14 July 2015.

Please take a look and send us your feedback via the quick online feedback form.

 

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Law Week, 11-17 May: events and resources

May 11, 2015 – 8:25 am
ACULibrary

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National Law Week 2015 will be held from 11-17 May, to promote public understanding of the law and its role in society. The theme is “Law and Justice in your community”.

Knowing where to obtain information about the law can be an overwhelming experience.

Law Week is about bringing information directly to the public in their local community.

Law Week is aimed at helping people know more about the law, the legal system and how to get answers to common legal problems.

Law Week links:

ACU links:

  • Library Law subject guide - the best place to start your research!
  • Student Legal Service - a free, independent and confidential advice service on areas of law common to university students, and is provided by the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre.

Resources:

  • Survive Law - Australia’s leading community of law students online
  • JobWatch – an employment rights legal centre which provides assistance to Victorian workers about their rights at work.
  • Lawstuff - provides legal information to children and young people in Australia.
  • Youthlaw - Victoria’s state-wide free community legal centre for young people under 25 years of age.

 

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Image above: Melbourne Library law collection

National Law Week logo: used with permission from The Law Society of New South Wales.

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Downtime Sunday 10 May: JAMA eJournals, Aclands Anatomy, Bates Visual Guide

May 8, 2015 – 4:45 pm
ACULibrary

We have been advised that there will be downtime to the following resources due to vendor network maintenance:

1. JAMA resources from 1pm Sunday 10 May – for up to 4 hours

We subscribe to the following JAMA eJournals:

  • JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
  • Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine
  • JAMA Pediatrics
  • JAMA Psychiatry

2. Wolters Kluwer resources from 1pm Sunday 10 May – for up to 4 hours

We subscribe to the following Wolters Kluwer databases:

  • Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy
  • Bates Physical Guide to Physical Examination

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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On trial: additional modules in SAGE Research Methods

May 4, 2015 – 1:17 pm
ACULibrary

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ACU Library already subscribes to SAGE Research Methods Online (SRM), but this trial is for Cases and Datasets, which are new components in the SAGE Research Methods suite of products.

What are SAGE Research Methods Cases?

SAGE Research Methods Cases (SRMC) is a collection of case studies of real social research that faculty can use in their teaching. Cases are original, specially commissioned, and designed to help students understand often abstract methodological concepts by introducing them to case studies of real research projects.”

What are SAGE Research Methods Datasets?

SAGE Research Methods Datasets (SRMD) is a collection of teaching datasets that can be used to support the teaching and independent learning of quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences. These are datasets taken from larger national and international data sources, cleaned and reduced in size and complexity for teaching and self-study purposes, perfect for researchers learning a new method or brushing up on an old one.”

We have SAGE Research Methods Cases & Datasets on trial until 31 August 2015.

Please take a look and send us your feedback via the quick online feedback form.

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Downtime: Ulrichsweb, Saturday 2nd May

May 1, 2015 – 12:24 pm
ACULibrary

Proquest are doing some maintenance… expect some downtime/interruptions to service for Ulrichsweb.com database from:

Saturday 2nd May 2015 – 10am to 8pm

Apologies for any inconvenience.

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Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker: 1 May

April 30, 2015 – 12:31 pm
ACULibrary

May 1 is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker, who is the ACU Patron Saint of Corporate Services. So let’s thank the lovely staff on all campuses who do such a brilliant job maintaining and enhancing our campus spaces.

The feast of St. Joseph the Worker was established by Pope Pius XII in 1955 in order to Christianise the concept of labor and give to all workers a model and a protector. By the daily labor in his workshop – offered to God with patience and joy – St. Joseph provided for Mary and Jesus, and so became an example to all labourers on the dignity and value of work as part of the human condition.

The naming of Patron Saints for Professional staff areas serves to further embed the University’s mission and identity, by drawing on the strengths and experiences of prominent Catholics and aligning them with relevant University functions.

The Patron Saints provide a spiritual link to the role each area of the University plays in serving our Mission.

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Image credit:
Altarpiece Of St Joseph The Worker, By Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988). Chapel Of The North Aisle, Basilica Of St Lawrence, Florence. Italy, 20th Century.. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/images/126_133480

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