Friday, December 02, 2016

Library resources for online students

Hey online students! Did you know you can get your library books posted to you and portions of books scanned and emailed to you?

books ready to be posted out to Distance Education students
Books ready to be parcelled up and sent out
We will post and scan books to Online students nationally and enrolled through an Australian CSU campus. To find out if you are eligible for these service you can find more information on our eligibility for home delivery services page. Once you've worked out you are eligible for home deliver services you can find out what you can borrow on our borrowing webpage.

To request books and loan books you will need a CSU student card created to activate you in our Library Management System. 
Then, you'll be all set!

To request a book to be posted to you:

 Watch our Introduction to Primo Search video to find out how.
  • When selecting where you want the book sent to, you'll need to select the home address option
    Request your books through Primo selecting home address option (available only to Online students*) and we will post them out to you the next business working day.
    We will mail the requests to you using the address you have given CSU 
    • you can check what it is through the Administration tab on your student webpage 
  • If the book is already on loan we will post it to you as soon as it is returned.
Enclosed with your books will be: 
  • your loan receipt, showing the date the book was lent to you and when it is due back
  •  a reply paid library addressed label to return your books.
Keep the original packaging the books came in so when you are ready to post back your books you can put them back into the original package with the reply paid label on top of your original address label and put it straight in the post.

The time needed to deliver a parcel from/to the library will vary depending on your location. Please allow plenty of time for your books to get back to us by their due date!

To request a book digitisation (scan)

It's a similar process to requesting a book loan to request scans/copies. Student studying face to face can also put in requests for a scan if the item they want scanned is on the shelf at another campus library, or currently out on loan.
Please note that Copyright law means we can only scan 10% or one chapter of a book (whichever is the greater amount) 
    Need help with any of this? Ask Us!

    * Unfortunately these services are not available to Study Centre students or students studying through one of our off-shore partners. Students living overseas and studying with CSU will have to pay for the return postage to Australia.
    These services are also available to Port Macquarie students studying internally.
    To help you make full use of library resources we also offer: 

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    How to find your eReserve readings

    We're a couple of weeks into Session 3 and you have probably been directed to readings in eReserve. But what is eReserve and how do you access it? Well we've got the answers.

    EReserve contains scanned copies of book chapters and journal articles that are not otherwise available online. They have been requested by your lecturer specifically for your subjects.

    Find your eReserve readings in Primo Search. It's as simple as entering your subject code, no spaces, and clicking "Search".

    Anything your lecturer has asked us to scan in for your subject will be available here.

    Click on ‘View Online’ to access the document. You will need to use your usual CSU username and password to get past the paywall and into DOMS – our Digital Object Management System. The login screens will look like either of these two:

    You will then have a lovely PDF file of the reading that you can read, save, and print as you require.

    Remember to contact us if you have any questions or trouble locating your readings.

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Managing your online information: keeping track of social network updates

    Would you like to keep track of information and updates coming your way from your Personal Learning Networks (PLNs); Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, etc? 
    The Library will be hosting a one hour workshop to show you how:

    Learn to connect: Managing your online information 

    Thursday, December 1 6:00-7:00pm (AEDT)
    This workshop will demonstrate and explore:
    • the OneNote and Pocket applications and how to use them for study and collaboration
    • how to evaluate online material using the CRAP test (currency, reliability/relevance, authority, and purpose/point of view)
    • the legal issue of Copyright, and how you can re-use online material without getting into trouble!
    To register for this workshop, please go to our Online Library Workshops webpage.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016

    All About DOIs

    Anyone who'se familiar with APA referencing has probably seen a DOI before. DOIs are used when referencing digital objects, like online journal articles. In an APA reference for an online journal article, they'll appear at the end of the reference.

    What is a DOI?

    DOI stands for Digital Object Identifier, and refers to a string of characters assigned to different types of electronic objects. These can be journal articles, eBooks, datasets, or even images and tables found within another item. All DOIs begin with 10, and are constructed of two different parts separated by a slash - the first identifies the organisation responsible for the item, such as the journal or the publisher, while the latter part is unique to the item.

    How do we find them?

    You'll usually find the DOI on the database summary page of an electronic item, or on the PDF of the publication itself. Alternatively, if you're unable to locate the DOI, you can check the DOI lookup services at CrossRef. The simplest way is by entering the title into the search box, and clicking "Search". Watch the video below to see a CrossRef Search in action!

    Why do we use them?

    URLs are not generally permanent. They have the potential to move about over time, meaning links that once worked, will potentially stop working. One of the fundamental parts of referencing is that whomever is looking at your work can trace back the information. DOIs allow them to do this. They are persistent and permanent.

    How can I locate an article using a DOI?

    If you have a DOI, you can locate an article within the CSU collection by following the instructions on CSU Library's DOI Linking page.

    If the item is held in the CSU collection, you'll be authenticated and granted access. If the link that is generated does not take you to the full text of the item, or if you find yourself hitting a paywall, then the item is likely not held in the CSU Library collection.

    For more information about DOIs, visit And as always, if you need a hand locating any of the CSU Library resources you're after, Contact Us and we'll be happy to help!

    Monday, November 21, 2016

    Happy World TV Day!

    It's the day to celebrate the fantastic medium that is television!
    Why not use this special occasion as an excuse to explore some of your CSU Library's Video Collections, like Informit EduTV, where lecturers and students can find and instantly watch content from free-to-air Australian television!

    Or, if you're a communications student, looking at television from another angle, we've got you covered with our Communications Journal Databases as well!

    You can find out more about World Tv Day here!
    Happy Viewing!