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The library at your fingertips

By Chloe Lyons 9 May 2011 News & events Comments off

The Curtin University Library app has arrived, providing you with quick and easy access to library resources directly from your iPhone or iPod Touch.

You can:

  • Search the library catalogue. Check for items and discover where they are located
  • Find out when items are due back
  • View maps of the various Curtin library branches
  • Find out how many computers are available at the Robertson Library before you get there
  • Check out library news to keep up to date with everything happening in the library
  • Get in touch with the library via email or phone

All you need is an OASIS login and an Internet connection.

Visit the App Store and search “Curtin University Library” to download the app.

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Print from your laptop with ease

By Chloe Lyons 9 May 2011 News & events Comments off

The new printer packages for laptops are available for download from the library website. 

Click here and follow the instructions provided to install.

Please note that while the printer packages should work on Windows Vista and Windows XP these operating systems are no longer supported by the library.

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Study anytime with 24/7 access to e-books

By Curtin Library 3 May 2011 News & events Comments off

With over 30,000 different titles available, why not try an e-book next time you need information? Search the library catalogue by title or subject, then limit your results to Books, Full Text Online and read directly from your mobile device or computer.

Other ways to find e-books for your particular subject:

  • To browse e-book packages in your subject area, from the library website click on Find books and resources, then click Databases and select Databases A-Z list. You will have access to CRCnetBase, Ebook Library (EBL), Knovel, NetLibrary, Wiley Online Library and more, or
  • Check your subject area LibGuide, located under Study and research tools on the library’s website, for links to some of the latest titles.

And remember you can also access e-Reserve from the library catalogue for readings in your particular unit.

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POLAR update

By Chloe Lyons 2 May 2011 News & events Comments off

Curtin students and staff can now change their POLAR pins and view transactions. To find out how click here.

If you are a non-Curtin user please see the Enquiries Desk on level 2 for assistance.

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Facebook in the library

By Michelle Taylor 14 April 2011 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library

Is it at all possible to block Facebook and social networking from Library computers?  It is quite frustrating as a number of times in recent weeks it has been impossible to find a spare computer to complete assignments and I notice that some users are on social networking sites

The library responds

What is allowed or banned on University computers, including those in the Library, is determined by the University ICT use policies. The University realises that social networking sites such as Facebook are tools used by students in everyday life.  Teaching areas at the University are increasingly using these tools in their units and courses to make use of the skills and experiences already held by students. Therefore it would also be extremely difficult to police any purely personal use of Facebook etc as opposed to academic use.  In addition, the University ITC policy does allow for a small amount of personal use on University computers.  What the University has done is ban Facebook gaming on University computers.  I think the broader problem for Library users is having immediate access to a computer at high demand times in the Library.  This is something we are aware of and the Library does look for opportunities to increase the number of computers we make available.

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Flexible Delivery and Lending Services

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Lifts and lockers.

By Stuart McDonald 14 April 2011 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library

Priority lifts definitely need some extra work. The doors did not wait for 18 seconds.

The library response

Thank you for alerting us to this. I will ask the lift contractors to check the door closing times.

From the Suggestion Box @ your library

Get laptop lockers and general lockers to rent like UWA. We are breaking our backs carrying so much.

The library response

Have you investigated the laptop lockers provided in the Abacus labs?

The Library is aware of the desire for general lockers for student use. However, the Library has limited space and resources and we feel that provision of lockers for the large number of students on campus at Bentley would not be the best use of those resources. Have you raised this with the Guild?

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Flexible Delivery and Lending Services

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Need to chat to a librarian?

By Curtin Library 13 April 2011 News & events Comments off

We know there are plenty of times when you have questions such as when you can’t find a particular journal article or you need help locating resources to complete an assignment. Library staff are happy to answer your questions, whether you are on or off campus. Our Contact Us link (see Top Links on the library homepage) lists a number of options. Here are some:

  • AskOnline: Chat online in real time with library staff. This service is available 9am to 5pm weekdays, exclusively for Curtin students and staff.
  • Email: we welcome your queries, comments and suggestions. We’ll get back to you within 24 hours in most cases.
  • Phone: +61 8 9266 2145 for help to find journals, books, etc.
  • SMS: you are welcome to contact the library on 0421 261 139. This service is available from 9am to 5pm weekdays.
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Books, books, books and books.

By Stuart McDonald 7 April 2011 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library

Can we please have more copies of books.  There are a million students but less than five copies for some text books.  We pay so much in fees and can’t buy books

The library response

Thank you for the suggestion. 

The assumption is that students will in the first instance, consider purchasing the text book.  A copy of the  textbook should be on Reserve and if it isn’t, you could ask the lecturer to place it on Reserve for your unit.

The Library tries, wherever possible, to provide electronic access to items in high demand such as textbooks and a link to the text will be included in Reserve.

In addition the Library uses a formula when purchasing print textbooks which is :
•  one copy of a textbook for every thirty students, to a maximum of seven copies.
•  one copy of each book on the recommended reading list for every thirty students to a maximum of five copies.

In addition, the Library monitors usage, recalls and requests and if required, does provide additional copies of high demand items.  The Library will also purchase equivalent numbers of newly-recommended editions where we hold multi copies of the previous editions of a title.

If you have concerns about a particular title please let us know the details and the unit and we will check to make sure  it is in Reserve and the appropriate number of copies have been added to the collection.

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Flexible Delivery and Lending Services

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Please be considerate

By Curtin Library 14 March 2011 News & events Comments off

The start of semester is a particularly busy time of year so we ask you to be considerate of your fellow library users.

Please avoid consuming food and drink which may disturb other library users. Drink spills can damage library equipment and materials and have the potential to cause dangerous accidents such as slipping on stairs.

You can take uncovered drinks and hot, messy, smelly food to the lounge on level 2.

Please report any drink spills in the library to library staff.

Library users who do not comply with staff instructions may be removed from the building and may face fines.

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Help for students

By Curtin Library 7 March 2011 Highlights Comments off

What are the most relevant resources to help me find information for my assignments? What is a journal article? How do I find items on my reading list?

For answers to these questions and more, check out our online LibGuides:

  • LibGuides conveniently connect you to library resources relevant to your subject area.
  • Each LibGuide has been carefully customised to your subject area or unit and includes relevant databases, e-books, journals, and much more to help you find information for your assignments.
  • Our generic LibGuides provide you with additional skills in using EndNote, referencing and finding statistics.

LibGuides also hosts our short interactive tutorials covering 7 core information skills for students. Learn through step-by-step instructions and quiz questions about:

• Understanding a reading list
• Finding items on a reading list
• Analysing your assignment topic
• Finding items on your assignment topic
• Searching databases on your assignment topic
• Evaluating resources and
• Understanding referencing.

New students, please visit our Starting Library Research LibGuide to find out all you need to know about using the library.

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