#exambusters pt 4: productive study spaces

May 27, 2016 – 12:39 pm

Everyone has different needs when it comes to studying.  Do you study best on your own, or are you more productive in a group?

Sometimes it takes a silent environment to get your brain moving.  Are you an early bird or find night time the most inspiring?

Whatever you need ACU libraries provide great study spaces.

Work out when your best “ah ha” moments are, find a study space that suits you and hit the library.

All ACU libraries provide a combination of:

So make the most of these spaces and get to the library!

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On trial: Eighteenth Century Drama

May 25, 2016 – 11:57 am
ACU Library

Logo of the Eighteen Century Drama website

We have Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage on trial until 30 June 2016.

You can search Eighteenth Century Drama to find almost every play submitted for a licence in England between 1737 and 1824.  This also includes hundreds of documents that provide a social context for the plays, such as papers of prominent theatrical figures of the time; correspondence; financial document; and portraits.

The unique collection of 18th-century primary sources cover the following themes:

  • Censorship and politics
  • Satire, political endorsement, and social commentary
  • Celebrity culture and fashion
  • The rise and development of the opera in British theatre
  • The business and legalities of theatres
  • Women in drama and society
  • Key figures in theatre
  • Relationships between theatre managers, producers and government
  • Staging, technology, and performance
  • Representations of conflict, war, race, religion, and historical events in drama
  • Representations of domestic, familial, and pastoral scenes in drama

Please have a look and let us know what you think!

Head to our website and you can also see what other trials are underway.


Header image adapted from:

Adam Matthew Digital. (2016). Eighteenth Century Drama: Censorship, Society and the Stage [Screenshot of Header-Logo]. Retrieved from http://www.eighteenthcenturydrama.amdigital.co.uk/

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#exambusters pt 3: look after yourself!

May 20, 2016 – 10:13 am

Reboot yourself with study break stretches.

When you sit for long periods, your concentration can wander, making it harder to retain information.

Gentle stretching has been shown to have positive benefits that help to maintain focus, including:

  • increasing blood flow to your brain
  • releasing your body from aches and pains
  • reducing stress levels
  • increasing energy levels

Follow these tips to make the most of your study session:

  • Set regular intervals to move or stretch
  • Stretching every hour or at the end of an article, chapter or lecture is a good habit to get into.
  • During your rest interval, put your pen down, close your computer and put your phone away.

Use this time effectively and spend a few minutes performing some stretches at your desk.

Here are six simple stretches to get you started:

Arms-wrist   Lower back   illustration of a stretch   Side bends   shoulders

Performed correctly, you’ll start to notice a difference in your studying ability and concentration levels.

Remember, not all stretches are suitable for everyone. If you feel any serious discomfort during certain stretches refrain from that stretch. Do not push yourself past your limits.

Stress Less

University students often experience high levels of anxiety and stress – particularly at exam time – but studies show that exercises in mindfulness and relaxation can help to reduce stress. Coping strategies such as self-hypnosis, positive affirmations and disputing negative thoughts can also help.

To find out what might work for you, read on:

Thanks to Michael Psarakis, Associate Lecturer (Clinical Exercise Physiology), Annelisa Sipos and Vicki Bourbous, Liaison Librarians at Strathfield for this post :)

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Book of the year

May 17, 2016 – 12:54 pm

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe has won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award Book of the Year for 2016. Pascoe’s work uses a range of evidence, including the journals of early explorers, to challenge the label of pre-colonial Aboriginal people as hunter-gatherers. Read Dark Emu online via ACU Library.

Cover of Dark Emu book by Bruce Pascoe

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#exambusters pt 2: exam preparation workshops weeks 10 & 11

May 16, 2016 – 3:20 pm

Missed the exam preparation workshops in Week 10?  Don’t worry Academic Skills are running some in week 11 (next week!) as well. These hour long workshops help you formulate a plan to make the best use of your time for preparing for exams.

Go to http://leo.acu.edu.au/course/view.php?id=12421&section=8 to see when the workshop is on for your campus.


Image credit:

Taking An Exam. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.

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On trial: Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

May 16, 2016 – 1:54 pm

We have Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) on trial until 12 June 2016.

Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) currently contains digital equivalents of over 750 scholarly editions, dating back to the early years of the twentieth century, of works written by authors principally active between 1485 and 1837, plus Classical Latin poetry, history, and drama.

That’s over 750 online editions of:

  • Latin drama, history and poetry
  • Renaissance drama, poetry and prose
  • Shakespeare
  • Early Seventeenth Century drama, poetry and prose
  • Restoration drama, poetry and prose
  • Eighteenth Century drama, poetry and prose
  • Romantics drama, poetry and prose

Please have a look and let us know what you think!

Take a look at Oxford Scholarly Editions Online and let us know what you think by completing the quick online feedback form.


Image credit: Image from Oxford Scholarly Editions Online

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Resolved: Library Search technical issues

May 15, 2016 – 3:10 pm
ACU Library

Update (18/05/2016): The technical issues with Library Search have now been resolved.  Thank you to everyone for your patience.

Due to technical difficulties, you might be experiencing trouble accessing journal articles through Library Search. Alternatively you can find journal articles via databases within your subject guides.

image of computer server, hammer, and spanner

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#exambusters pt 1: where are the past exams again?

May 11, 2016 – 12:18 pm

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).

Screenshot image of exam repository filter option


The past exam repository includes past exams from the previous two years as provided to the library by faculties and schools under the Examinations Policy.

The repository is the only place from which past exams are to be accessed.

Past exams – Quicklink also on the library home page!

Remember, library staff are here to help! So if you have any further questions, feel free to contact us (in person, via chat, through an email, or over the phone).

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Award-winning TV wherever, whenever

May 10, 2016 – 1:08 pm

Image of boat from the TV series The Secret River

And the winner is … you. You can watch award-winning TV programs for free anywhere, anytime.

The following shows or actors picked up a gong at the 2016 TV Week Logie Awards and are available to view via EduTV. Just click on any of the links to start watching now:

  • The Secret River – Most Outstanding Mini series or Telemovie + Most Outstanding Supporting Actor (Tim Minchin)
  • The Principal – Most Outstanding Actor: Alex Dimitriades
  • Redfern Now: Promise Me – Most Outstanding Actress: Deborah Mailman
  • Gogglebox – Best Factual Program
  • Gruen – Most Outstanding Entertainment Program
  • Ready for This – Most Outstanding Children’s Program
  • The Project – Best News Panel or Current Affairs Program with Waleed Aly (Best Presenter + Gold Logie for Best TV Personality)

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#diveintodatabases: “Love EBSCOhost databases!”

May 5, 2016 – 10:50 am


Continuing ACU Library’s promotion of databases to which students and staff have access, Canberra Liaison Librarian Francesca Higgins talks about EBSCOhost Databases.

“I absolutely LOVE EBSCOhost databases – I have worked in multiple discipline areas and have always found that there is a database in EBSCOhost that will cover the subject area”.

Sometimes we are too busy looking for a specialised database that we forget about some of the general databases.


  • the search screen is user friendly
  • indexes millions of articles
  • easy to select more than one database to search
  • has an excellent multidisciplinary database – Academic Search Complete

Just search for “EBSCOhost” in Library Search, follow the link to EBSCOhost and happy exploring!


Image Credit:  http://quest.eb.com/search/139_1993644/1/139_1993644/cite

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