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Referencing – LibGuide of the month

By Curtin Library 13 September 2012 News & events Comments off

If you’re having trouble referencing your assignments, the Referencing LibGuide shows you the four different styles commonly used at Curtin. The guide provides a range of examples of how to cite material such as books, journal articles, internet resources, government publications and more.

You can view the guide online or print a copy.

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New materials for WA Folklore Archive

By Curtin Library 4 September 2012 Library Services JCPML Comments off

The Foothills Connection Community Heritage Project is a rare example of a local government authority encouraging a community to collect its own history.

It was one of the first times in Australia that a project of such breadth was attempted to delineate and document the history, folklore, community arts and crafts, visual record and essential sense of local identity.

The heritage project is a part of Curtin University’s WA Folklore Archive. JCPML staff have been able to locate and receive permission from a large majority of participant families in order to digitise the interviews, held as synopses, transcripts and audio recordings, and make them available through our Electronic Research Archive.

The subject areas are a fascinating insight into life in the Foothills and range from transportation, schooling, farming and home remedies to poetry, racism, gardening and ghost stories.

To view, check out the Foothills Connection Community Heritage Project at and follow the links.

Image: The Kalamunda via Maida Vale bus service, number 361, 1952. Courtesy of the State Library of WA, image ID 240387PD.

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eBooks collection expanding

By Curtin Library 3 September 2012 News & events Comments off

Do you need access to more books for your study or research?

There has been a substantial increase in the number of eBooks available at Curtin Library from our EBL (Ebooks Library) platform, with over 170,000 eBooks recently added to the Library Catalogue. The eBooks can be read online, or downloaded to your personal computer or mobile device for offline use. You can browse the range of available titles by going directly to the EBL platform or by searching the Library Catalogue.

For more information on Curtin’s eBooks, including how to download EBL eBooks to your personal computer or mobile device, see our eBooks @ Curtin LibGuide:

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Curtin Graduate School of Business Library

By Stuart McDonald 3 September 2012 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library :

Great!  It would be good if you were open on weekends!

The library response :

Thank you.  You will be pleased to note that the Curtin Graduate School of Business Library has just increased its opening hours to 9.00am – 9.00pm Monday – Sunday.  Please see

Linda Sheedy, Manager, Flexible Delivery & Lending Services.

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Library Rovers

By Michelle Taylor 31 August 2012 News & events Comments off

From the Suggestion Box @ your library …

The Rovers are the best!!
Helped us so many times
Superman of the Library!!

The library response …

Thank you for letting us know how much you appreciate the Library Rovers.  The rest of the library staff think they are super (supermen and superwomen) as well!

The Rovers, who are all Curtin students, are a very special and important part of how the library supports you to achieve success in your studies.  

Lynne Vautier
Associate Director
Curtin University Library

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Air conditioning in Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 24 August 2012 News & events Comments off

Work on the level 7 air conditioners will take place from Saturday 25 August to Friday 31 August 2012. As the work is only taking place on several units across level 7 we don’t forsee too much variation in the temperature of the area.

As always, we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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A date for your diary

By Curtin Library 16 August 2012 Library Services JCPML Comments off

Put aside October 17 to visit the JCPML and hear our Visiting Scholar for 2012, Associate Professor of History Bobbie Oliver, speak of the secret life of Elsie Curtin, wife of Prime Minister John Curtin.

Not only will the lecture explore the life of this much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, activist, musician, letter-writer and overall sensible and practical woman, but it aims to put to rest some enduring myths about her role as a prime minister’s wife.

Professor Oliver’s research will also be transformed into a website resource which will be available soon after the lecture.

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eBooks@Curtin LibGuide

By Curtin Library 16 August 2012 News & events Comments off

Did you know the library has a large collection of ebooks for study and research?

Find out how to locate, print, copy and download ebooks to your computer, ebook reader or mobile device.

Check out the eBooks@Curtin LibGuide and start reading today!

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Improving the library's public areas

By Curtin Library 14 August 2012 News & events Comments off

It is our aim to make the public areas of Robertson Library an even better place for clients to study.

During our recent LibQual survey, many respondents indicated they like having library staff roving public areas to assist them with enquiries.

Some also commented that they would like more monitoring of:

  • noise
  • food and drink
  • use of study rooms.

Enforcing silence in silent areas and no food seems to be lacking – Undergraduate 4th year
Noise levels need to be monitored and action taken when noise is made. It is not unusual to hear someone on their phone in a silent area. – Academic staff member
Many of the library services would be better if students followed the rules about noise and food – Undergraduate 3rd year

So from this week you will see more library staff in public areas of the library to proactively offer assistance and manage inconsiderate behaviour. If you find you are being disturbed by others, we encourage you to approach a library staff member so that we can take appropriate action.

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Access to Robertson Library

By Curtin Library 9 August 2012 News & events Comments off

Some access routes to the Robertson Library may be unavailable on Sunday 12 August between 6.30am and 12.30pm due to crane works. We ask that all pedestrians adhere to barricades and signage.

The library will be open as per usual but the lounge@your library may be unavailable for some of this time.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

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