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.

FIXED: Library Search

May 1, 2017 – 3:11 pm

**Library Search issues have been fixed and it should now be working as normal**

We are currently experiencing disruptions to Library Search.

Engineers are currently working to resolve the service interruption and we will keep you posted.

Many apologies for any inconvenience caused.


Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker : 1 May

May 1, 2017 – 9:00 am

May 1 is the Feast Day of Saint Joseph the Worker, who is the ACU Patron Saint of Corporate Services.

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.

On the Feast Day of Saint Joseph, let’s thank the lovely staff on all campuses who do such a brilliant job maintaining and enhancing our campus spaces.

Painting of Saint Joseph and Baby Jesus

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

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Library Scheduled Maintenance: Wednesday 3 May

April 30, 2017 – 9:00 am

There may be disruption to some Library services and resources between 8.20 – 9am (AEST) on Wednesday 3rd May due to regular maintenance. If you are working on Library computers during this time please make sure you save your work regularly just in case you are logged out.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your patience as we improve Library services.

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Public Holiday: Brisbane Library Closed Monday 1 May

April 26, 2017 – 12:11 pm

Brisbane library will be closed on Monday, 1st May 2017 for the Queensland Labour Day public holiday.

You will still be able to use the after hours facilities at the library, which will be open from 8am to 5pm.

Don’t forget, though – our online resources never close!

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Anzac Day Tuesday 25 April: Campus Libraries Closed

April 21, 2017 – 12:39 pm

ANZAC Day is Tuesday 25 April

All campus libraries will be closed on Anzac Day, but will reopen on Wednesday 26 April. After Hours facilities at Ballarat and Brisbane will remain open.

Check opening hours for times.

If you would like to learn more about Anzac Day, the Library has some excellent resources. Type ‘Anzac Day’ into the library search box and you’ll get links to books, audio, DVDs and more:

  • Anzac Battlefields: More than 80 per cent of Australians killed during the First World War lost their lives on the main battlefield, facing the formidable force of the main enemy. This documentary explores their stories.
  • ANZAC Girls: Honouring the centenary of the commencement of WW1, ANZAC Girls is a moving new six-part series based on the unique, and rarely told true stories of Australian and New Zealand nurses serving at Gallipoli and the Western Front.

Don’t forget though – our online resources never close:

  • Our 24/7 chat continues to be available all day, every day.
  • Access online books and journal articles through your subject guide


Photograph of landing at Anzac cove

Image credit: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Anzac_Cove#/media/File:Troops_disembark_on_the_beach,_25_April_1915.jpg