Downtime: ProQuest, eBrary, RefWorks Sunday 1 March

February 26, 2015 – 7:42 pm

Proquest are doing maintenance/systems infrastructure work on Sunday 1 March for 5 hours.

There will be no access to

  • ProQuest databases
  • eBrary eBooks
  • RefWorks

from 2pm- 7pm Sunday 1 March AEDT (1pm-6pm AEST Brisbane time).

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Our online library is 24/7

February 25, 2015 – 9:22 am

We love seeing you in our local campus libraries, but did you know there are also a lot of things that happen 24/7?

  • chat is 24/7 in semester – look out for the chat box on our webpages
  • our eResources are also 24/7 – search for eBooks and journal articles in the Search box on the library home page. If you are off-campus, you will be prompted to login – just use your ACU username and password.
  • not sure which online database, eJournal or eBook is best? …check out a specific subject guide – these provide links to the best resources – as picked by your liaison librarian.
  • you can also email us


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On trial: Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC)

February 23, 2015 – 10:57 am

We have the Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) from OVID on trial until 20 March.

What is Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC)?

From OVID: “The Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) database brings together the bibliographic database of two UK health and social care management organizations: the Department of Health’s Library and Information Services (DH-Data) and King’s Fund Information and Library Service”

Records include books, pamphlets, government reports, abstracts of journal articles, and a wide range of grey literature.

This database is very focused towards the NHS (UK National Health Service) and UK healthcare issues.

So…if you are a Health Sciences staff or student, please take a look, and let us know your feedback via the online form.


Image credit:

National Health Service ambulance crew green uniform. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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Welcome! Here are our top tips for using the library

February 23, 2015 – 8:19 am

New to ACU? Want to get started using the library? Here are 5 top tips to get you started….

Top tip #1 Leap into Learning

Leap into Learning (LiL) an online tutorial that helps you develop the skills you need to make the most of the Library’s services and resources and succeed at university.  LiL gives you a great head start when it comes to searching and analysing information, so Leap into Learning as soon as you can!

* you must self enrol into LiL :)


Top tip #2 Check out our Subject guides

If you want to find good quality, scholarly information on a particular topic, but don’t know where to start – have a look at the Library’s Subject guides.  The guides are put together by subject Liaison Librarians who really know their stuff and they point you in the right direction to find the best databases, journals and ebooks, and much, much more for a particular subject area.  You’ll find a link to the Subject guides on our website.

Top tip #3 Get to know the Library website –

It’s your starting point to access the more than 450 databases, 189,000 ebooks and over 108,000 ejournals available to you while you study at ACU. The Library website never sleeps and you can access the Library’s high quality resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week anywhere you are online.

Top tip #4 Your student card is your Library card

Use your student card to borrow from campus libraries.  Sign in to MyLibrary using your ACU username (student number) and password (date of birth in the format ddmmyyyy unless you have changed it) to check loans, request and renew items or pay fines. Add credit to your card in any campus library.

Top tip #5 Keep up to date

Check your email & Library social media channels to keep up-to-date. The Library sends important notices about loans, overdue books, etc. to your ACU student email, so check your email regularly.  Keep up-to-date with Library happenings via Library News (ACU Library’s blog), Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter.  So read, like, watch, see or tweet us today!

And if you are a continuing student or an experienced library user, please tell us your top library tip or trick!



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Downtime: Emerald, Sat 21 Feb

February 20, 2015 – 3:46 pm

Emerald are doing some maintenance this weekend, expect some downtime/interruptions to service on:

Saturday 21st February, 10am-2pm AEDT (9am-1pm AEST Brisbane time).


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Year of the Sheep: Chinese New Year

February 18, 2015 – 12:39 pm

Chinese New Year, one of the most important Chinese holidays, this year falls on 19 February 2015.

This year is the Year of the Sheep, also known as Year of the Ram or Year of the Goat… are you or anyone you know born in 1979, 1991, or even 1967 or 1955?

Characteristics of people born in the Year of the Sheep:

The Sheep is the eighth sign in the Chinese calendar, and as the number eight is particularly lucky, so is the sign of the Sheep. People born in the Year of the Sheep are tender, polite, clever, gentle, creative and compassionate and are fond of quiet living. Sheep are also very creative, but can be very shy, overly-sensitive, indecisive and anxious about their appearance.

2015 is the Year of the Wooden Sheep. Under the influence of the Wood element, the Sheep is a witty thoughtful, generous and has high morals.

Most compatible careers:

A Sheep is creative in any job and will usually gravitate toward more artistic endeavors. If something goes especially wrong in their careers or other aspects of life, they become very sentimental and pessimistic, even world-weary.

Famous people born in the Year of the Horse:

Keith Urban, Miranda Otto, Nicole Kidman, Heath Ledger, Daniel Johns, Sophie Monk, Judy Davis, Elizabeth Chong, Tina Arena, Iva Davies, Gail Jones, Michelangelo, Rudolph Valentino, Mark Twain, Bruce Willis and Julia Roberts.

Kung Hei Fat Choy (May prosperity be with you)


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Chinese New year. . [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

Information sourced from Sydney Chinese New Year


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Are you ready to Leap into Learning?

February 16, 2015 – 9:40 am

Getting started on assignments can be difficult…

make is easier by completing the online Leap into Learning program.

Leap into Learning logo

Do you know what a peer reviewed journal article is?

Where is the ‘right’ place to start looking for information?

Are you confused about referencing correctly? … Then you are ready to “Leap into Learning”!


What is Leap into Learning (LIL)?

The online tutorial aims to equip you with essential library and referencing skills which will help you succeed in your university studies and beyond.

There are five modules which include topics such as identifying keywords in assignment questions, academic integrity, using evidence & how to reference and searching databases.


What’s in it for me?

Students have told us their positive feedback about the LIL program:

“When I got my assignment, I didn’t know where to start or what to do. Leap into Learning really helped me figure it out step by step”.

“The best part of doing Leap into Learning was that it gave me confidence when doing research – I knew where I could find what I needed and who I could go to for help if I got stuck.”


I’m excited, sign me up!

Just visit the LIL webpage and click on ’self-enrol’. You will be directed to enrol via LEO. Easy!


Need help?

If you get stuck, library staff can help, and you’ll see some libraries have drop in sessions just to help – check the calendar of training and events.

What’s more, Leap into Learning contains loads of videos accessible throughout your degree to help you to get the hang of library searching and referencing skills.


Want more?

Check out the LIL FAQs.


Tip #1 – your lecturer or tutor may ask you to complete Leap into Learning from home or in tutorial time as part of your assessment, but anyone can complete the online tutorial.

Tip #2 – you may hear people referring to the program as LIL or just ‘leap’.


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On trial: Social Work Tool Kit

February 13, 2015 – 3:00 pm

We have Social Work Tool Kit on trial until 2 March.

The Social Work Toolkit is a UK resource, and helps students develop the knowledge, core skills and confidence to succeed on their course and placements. The resources include videos, case studies, book chapters and expert opinion articles that are available on or off campus.

The Social Work Tool Kit has various themes that you can explore:

  • communication skills
  • professionalism in practice
  • ethics, values and diversity
  • assessment and intervention
  • lifecourse perspectives

Why a trial?

Trial access to new resources gives students and staff an opportunity to have a look before we (possibly) buy. Is this trial a great resource that we should have? Take a look at Social Work Toolkit and then send us through your feedback via the online form.


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Young People. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.


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Spread the #librarylove

February 12, 2015 – 11:56 am

February 14th is usually celebrated as Valentine’s Day … but did you know it’s also Library Lovers’ Day and International Book Giving Day?

ALIA, that’s the Australian Library and Information Association (the professional association for the library sector) celebrates the 14th of February as Library Lovers’ Day – a day to celebrate all things that you love about the library!


So what can you do to share the #librarylove on Library Lovers’ Day?

Some suggestions….


And it’s also International Book Giving Day - a day dedicated to getting new, used and borrowed books in the hands of as many children as possible. You can also download and print the loveliest bookmarks!

So on Valentine’s Day share your #librarylove by:

  • giving a book
  • leaving a book
  • donating a book


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New law resource:

February 6, 2015 – 12:31 pm
ACULibrary offers both a free resource library of current trade news and resources, as well as a subscription service (the DSC Service).

The subscription service that we now have provides:

  • a summary and analysis of all WTO reports and arbitrations;
  • a current keyword index;
  • a database of dispute settlement tables and statistics;
  • and a user-friendly search tool for WTO cases, legal texts, and other documents.

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

Photo of Justitia (Lady Justice) statue - lady holding scales

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Dublin / City Hall / Justitia. [Fine Art]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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