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Library databases moving to new platform

By Curtin Library 23 February 2012 News & events Comments off

Proquest and CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts) databases will move to a new ProQuest platform by April 16.

You can begin to use the new Proquest platform now via the library’s Database A-Z list. This platform provides access to a number of new databases not currently available.

Links to the new versions of individual ProQuest and CSA databases will soon start to appear in the Library Catalogue and the Database A-Z list, with all access migrated to the new platform by April 16. Links to the current versions of ProQuest and CSA will be retained on the Database A-Z list until migration is completed.

To learn how to find, save, organise and share resources you can watch a ProQuest training video.

If you have a My Research account you will be able to move your account across manually after migration. Log in with your existing account details and click the link ‘Import to My Research’ to initiate the migration. Please contact your Faculty Librarian if you need more assistance.

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Library hours from 27 February

By Curtin Library 23 February 2012 News & events Comments off

From the start of semester, Monday 27 February, Robertson Library will be open:

Monday to Thursday – 7am to 10pm (limited service 7-8am)
Friday – 7am to 10pm (limited service 7-8am and 6-10pm)
Saturday & Sunday – 9am to 6pm (limited service 4.50-6pm)

Between 7-8am weekday mornings clients can use library computers, print, copy, collect books on hold, borrow material and use study spaces on all levels. Rovers will be on hand to assist clients with wireless connection, printing, etc.

Between 6-10pm on Fridays we will offer the same service limited to levels 2 and 3. The other floors will be closed from 6pm.

Between 4.50-6pm on weekends we will offer the same service limited to levels 2 and 3. The other floors will be closed from 4.50pm.

Enquiry desk services will be available from 8am to 10pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 6pm Friday and 9am to 4.50pm weekends.

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National Year of Reading 2012

By Curtin Library 14 February 2012 News & events Comments off

National Year of Reading Logo

The library is a proud supporter of the National Year of Reading 2012.

To show our support we have launched a blog to celebrate and remind people about the importance of reading. Each month we will be posting fun and interesting information about reading, literacy and projects to celebrate this year.

Visit the blog by clicking on the National Year of Reading logo on the library homepage or following this link: To show your support you can follow the National Year of Reading blog via RSS feed.

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Broome 1942 exhibition to open 28 February

By Curtin Library 9 February 2012 Library Services JCPML Comments off

The bombing of Broome, Wyndham and Darwin in the early months of 1942 formed the first physical contact of war within Australia according to Prime Minister John Curtin.

Even more poignant, the majority of casualties included widows and orphans of the Java Sea Battle, evacuees from the Netherlands East Indies (Indonesia) to Australia on that fateful March morning as Broome was bombed.

‘[T]he rat-tat-tat of their machine guns was followed by a spectacular display of fireworks [as the Japanese] used indendiary bullets…In a few minutes the whole of the harbour was covered by a pall of thick, black smoke,’ recalled a Broome resident in a ‘West Australian’ newspaper article on 10 March 1942.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing, and the new exhibition, ‘Broome 1942′, focuses on the relationship between the Netherlands East Indies and the Curtin government following the entry of Japan into World War Two. On display from the JCPML collection will be secret cablegrams, minutes and letters recording negotiations between the two countries, as well as personal items donated from the Dutch community in Perth.

The exhibition will be launched on 28 February 2012 and will be on public display until April in the Robertson Library, Curtin University.

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Library print journals now on level 4

By Curtin Library 3 February 2012 News & events Comments off

The library has relocated print journals which are also held electronically to a library store. The remaining print journal collection is shelved on level 4 of Robertson Library. Please check the catalogue for new location details and to locate an online copy of your journal in the first instance.

If you require a journal that is now in library store, please contact library staff at the Enquiries Desk on level 2. We will be removing the journal shelving on levels 5 and 6 over the next two weeks and apologise for any disruption during this time.

If you require any further information please contact Jackie Hanlon on 9266 4392 or

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Library workshops

By Curtin Library 19 January 2012 Highlights Comments off

The library offers a range of free workshops throughout the year to help you improve your research skills and learn how to use Endnote. Click here to book a workshop.

Additional workshops will be offered during semester.

Along with the workshops, our short interactive tutorials will help you develop research skills and find information for your assignments.

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New Database A-Z listing

By Curtin Library 19 January 2012 News & events Comments off

The new version of the Library’s Databases A-Z listing is now available. The new listing enables you to filter databases by subject and to limit to databases which are available to alumni, to users within the library, or to the general public. Databases with Australian content are clearly indicated and more information about each database is available in a pop-up window.

Here are some examples of the new Databases A-Z pages:

Databases A-Z Page

Databases A-Z Page

Databases A-Z Page

Please note, from Monday 30 January the old Gecko service is no longer be available as the software is outdated. Most of the functionality that was available through Gecko is now available in the new A-Z list or through the Library Catalogue.

You can use the Library Catalogue to search and retrieve databases and other resources including books, DVDs and journals, and to access millions of online journal articles and e-books.

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Room closures in Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 13 January 2012 News & events Comments off

The VC’s List and Staff Room along with the Postgraduate Room on level 4 of the Robertson Library will be closing as of today. A refurbished room on the east side of level 5 which combines these rooms will be available shortly – we will announce when it will be opening.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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2012 Visiting Scholar announced

By Curtin Library 4 January 2012 Library Services JCPML Comments off

Dr Bobbie Oliver, Associate Professor of History at Curtin University, will be the JCPML Visiting Scholar for 2012. As Visiting Scholar she will research the life of Elsie Curtin and present a public lecture on this theme in the last quarter of the year.

Dr Oliver will also write the text for a more comprehensive online biography of Elsie Curtin which the JCPML will publish as a web resource.

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Document Delivery Christmas Closedown

By Curtin Library 20 December 2011 News & events Comments off

Please note that no action will be taken on any document delivery requests between Friday 23 December 2011 and Monday 9 January 2012 (inclusive) due to the Christmas closedown period. 

All requests will be processed consecutively from Tuesday 10 January 2012.

The Document Delivery Team wishes you a Merry Christmas.

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