Friday, July 21, 2017

There's a new way to apply for credit!

Planning to apply for credit or a course transfer? The Credit Pathways Management (CPM) project team is pleased to announce the production release of the ‘Credit and Pathways Planner’ (CPP) module.

This module replaces the Application for Credit PDF form and allows you to:
  • Build your learning portfolio, assess and request credit * 
  • Use your learning portfolio to submit a petition for credit
  • Track the progress of your petition(s)
You will find the Credit and Pathways Planner in the Admin widget on the Student Portal

Alternatively you can access the CPP directly via the web address

If you would like additional information or require further clarification on any aspect of the CPM project please reach out to the CPM project team.
* Credit is recognition of prior learning and is made up of previously undertaken or currently in progress awards, subjects, assessments or work experiences.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Additional Online Library Workshops.

You asked and we answered, new dates are now available for some of our most popular Online Library Workshops.

Register now and secure your place.

Introduction to Library Services Wednesday 26 July 4 pm AEST
Finding Online Journal Articles Tuesday 15 August 4 pm AEST
Using eBooks Thursday 17 August 4 pm AEST
Using Library Databases Tuesday 22 August 4 pm AEST

The workshops are free and run for approximately 1 hour. All you need is your internet connected device and a pair of headphones.

If you have any questions please contact us.

See you in the workshops!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Need help finding your readings in eReserve?

We're making our way through Session 2, and you've probably been directed plenty of times 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've been requested by your lecturer specifically for your subjects.

Find your eReserve readings in Primo Search. It's as simple as clicking on the "Subject Code" radio button, entering your subject code (with no spaces) and clicking "Search".

If you're trying to access your eReserve readings through the Student Portal, Click on the "Library" tab, then click on the "Search Reserve" tab. Type your subject code (with no spaces) into the search bar and hit "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'll need to use your usual CSU username and password to get into DOMS – our Digital Object Management System. The login screens will look like either of these two:

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

Can't locate your reading?

  • Check in Primo Search for the reading, it may have been replaced by an ebook.
  • Check in your email inbox. Due to copyright restrictions, some subject readings are emailed directly to students.
  • Not every subject has readings in eReserve! Check with your lecturer. 
And as always, Contact Us if you have any questions or trouble locating your readings.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

EndNote: making referencing easier!!

Have you ever had a headache from trying to manually enter your references into your essay?

To help avoid these referencing headaches, CSU offers free downloads of EndNote software to students and staff.

So you may be asking, what exactly can it do for me?
EndNote can  be used to manage your references, insert citations and reference list into MS Word documents and annotated stored PDFs. EndNote can be used on PCs and Macs.

To help you make the most of EndNote the Library is running a series of EndNote Online Library Workshop via Adobe Connect for undergraduate and postgraduate students. These workshops are suitable for students studying online or on campus.

Getting Started with EndNote (PC Users) Tuesday 18 July, 1pm & 6pm
Take the pain out of referencing and get better marks for your assessments by learning how to use EndNote. Designed for students who have never used EndNote, will have you up and running in no time. 

Getting More out of EndNote (PC Users) Tuesday 25 July, 1pm & 6pm
Are you getting the most out of EndNote? More than just a referencing tool, EndNote is also invaluable for organising and managing your references, saving you valuable time and effort. This workshop builds upon the basics covered in Getting started with EndNote (PC users).
EndNote for Mac Thursday 27 July 1pm & 6pm
Are you a Mac user and would like to learn how to use the bibliographic management software EndNote? This workshop will get you started and show you more, all in a single workshop!

Curious about EndNote? Want to get a head start? have a look through our EndNote Library Guide
Have a specific EndNote questions? Ask a Librarian 
Need general referencing help? Contact ALLaN

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Getting ready to Reference!

New semester, new classes -  most of you are probably getting ready to start your first assignment and experience the joys of referencing! Referencing is the acknowledgement of information sources in your work; it is the appropriate way to give credit to the original owner of an idea, piece of writing or creative work. All assignments at CSU are expected to be fully referenced unless advised otherwise. If you're having trouble with referencing the Library has a few tips that might help!

The Academic Referencing Tool (ART) provides detailed referencing examples for the referencing style APA 6. The tool includes examples of in-text referencing, direct quotations, paraphrasing and footnoting. There are dozens of different resource types covered, whilst Bibliography/ Reference List and detailed style notes are also available.

Another great tool is the CSU APA Referencing Summary, A guide to referencing based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). This summary gives examples of the APA referencing style for a number of commonly used information sources. 

If you would like to explore using the EndNote software, you can check out the Library's EndNote resource guide. EndNote can be downloaded for free from the Library website, and can help you to cite your sources correctly and to organise your research and notes.

If you're in the Student Portal, try reading the Library's Referencing at CSU page for the whats, whys and hows of referencing, and a great range of links and videos that may help you with your sticky questions. If you have additional questions about referencing, please contact the ALLaN team, who are your resident referencing experts! The ALLaN team, STUDY LINK, and the CSU Outreach team deliver a range of workshops to assist you to develop your academic literacy and learning skills, including online referencing workshops. Good luck!