Thursday, May 25, 2017

Great resources for study!

Forget dusty old books! Have you checked out the amazing study resources on the Library website? Hundreds of thousands of online resources, such as eBooks, journal databases and Libguides, are all at your fingertips, waiting to be read!

eResources, or eReserve, are readings that your lecturer has requested the Library scan and upload for use in your study. These readings are otherwise not available online, and are specifically related to your subjects. You access these readings by doing a "Subject Reserve" search in Primo Search. Check out this Library Blog post for some great information on how to get the most out of eResources, including searching and viewing tips and tricks!

eBooks can be accessed anywhere, anytime, and the CSU Library has a growing collection of quality eBooks to support you in your study! No need to place a hold or wait for an item, No need to worry about bookmarking or highlighting. Explore this eBook Libguide for the lowdown, and remember - eBooks can never be overdue!

Libguides are an excellent resource produced by your Librarians, and designed to help you with your study. There are over 160 different Libguides, which offers subject specific information on specialist resources, assignment topic analyses, and search tools. Our Libguides are constantly updated so you have the best information at your fingertips!

Our Journal Databases contain journal and article records, and can be browsed for material, or searched by using key words and phrases. Some databases cover a particular subject area, while others cover a range of subjects. If you feel overwhelmed when approaching journal databases you are not alone, so we've written a Libguide to help you get the most out of these amazing resources.

Don't forget our old favourite Primo Search, which is a single search tool to find books, eBooks, articles, journals, videos and more. We recommend you log in to Primo search to get the best results, as Logging in allows you to renew loans and place requests, access your library record, save searches and records for future retrieval, and display additional journal database records. this Libguide gives you some great tips on how to use Primo effectively.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Library and Information Week

This week your friendly CSU Librarians are celebrating Library and Information week. This week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia. It gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase their resources, facilities, events, contacts and services through different programs and events to the community. Library and Information week is a great chance for you to:
  • recognise the vital role which libraries and information services play for research and education.
  • debate our information future and government approaches to it.
  • emphasise the significance of libraries in the maintenance of our history and culture at community and national levels.
  • acknowledge the importance of library and information services as providers of services for people who may otherwise be disadvantaged by their lack of access to information and services.
  • consider the role which libraries play in our local community, study, work and personal life.
So why not pop in to one of the CSU campus Libraries this week, and chat to our Librarians about our services and resources. If you're studying online, Contact Us for invaluable help from your librarians - and enjoy Library and information week!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Do you want to use some stats to your next assignment or research project? The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) may be of assistance to you!

The ABS is Australia's national statistical agency, providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters of importance to Australia.

Resources available on this site include free summary information including Key National Indicators, Consumer Price Index, Labour force figures, National accounts, Australian Social Trends, Australian Year Books, papers and articles on topics such as health and education and much much more...

 From the Journal Database link (browse by title - A for Australian Bureau of Statistics), you can also access the following:
Feel free to Contact Us, if you need assistance in using ABS.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Library opening hours extended!

Do you feel you need a bit more support in the lead up to the exam period? Bathurst and Wagga campus libraries are providing extended evening hours for two weeks before exams, and during the first week of the exam period! This means that on top of the existing 24/7 zones across multiple levels at each campus, you'll also have extended access to the staff at the Ask Us service desks, the physical collection for borrowing, and additional quiet study spaces!

From Monday, May 22nd, until Friday, June 9th, Bathurst and Wagga library hours will be as follows:

- Monday-Thursday : 8:30am-9pm
- Friday : 8:30am-7pm
- Weekends : 1pm-6pm

And don't forget, you'll still have your 24/7 spaces as well! Add to that Orange, Dubbo and Port Macquarie libraries which are fully 24/7, and the existing 24/7 zones in Albury, and that's a whole lot of time for you to get a whole lot of studying done!

So come in, and make the most of it! For more information, you can view our opening hours on our website, or Contact Us.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

How to find Peer Reviewed items?

You may have heard your lecturer use the term “peer reviewed”, “refereed” or “scholarly” when they’re talking about journal articles; but what does this actually mean, and why is it important for your studies?

When an article is submitted to a peer reviewed journal, it is reviewed by scholars (peers) in that field of research. This review process determines if the article is appropriate for publication. That’s all very well, but why go through this process? Why not just publish an article that the author(s) have obviously spent a lot of time on? The point of the peer review process is to weed out articles that are either not important for that field of research or are not of sufficient quality to be included for publication.

Why is this important for your studies? If you include peer reviewed articles in the research for your assessments, you are indicating to your lecturer that you know how and where to find quality and relevant information.

Now you know the what and the why, what about the how? Sometimes it can be difficult to look at a journal article and know if it is peer reviewed, the Library has a tool that can help.

Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory (Ulrichs) is a database that lists information about most of the journals published throughout the world. Ulrichs will give you information about the journal in which your article is published, so you need to search the database for the Journal title, not the article title. When you find the journal in Ulrichs, you’ll know if it is a peer reviewed article when a referee’s jersey is displayed next to the title. In the example below, the first two journals are peer reviewed.


 If you are unable to locate the journal title in Ulrichs, you can also search the internet to locate the publishers website. The publishers website is a reliable source of information on whether a peer reviewed process has been undertaken for a specific journal. For example:

Watch our You Tube on "How to find Peer-reviewed article"

If you would like more help with peer-reviewed articles, Contact Us!