Friday, December 09, 2016

PM Literary Award Winners!

Another year almost over, which means another lot of winners for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards!

The awards celebrate the outstanding literary talent we have in Australia. Awards are presented in six categories: fiction, non-fiction, young adult fiction, children's fiction, poetry and Australian history. While the judging panels each year are responsible for making recommendations to the PM, the Prime Minister makes the final decision.
So why not spend your upcoming break getting to know some award winning literature?

Fiction - Joint Winners

  • The Life of Houses, by Lisa Gorton (Giramondo)
  • The Natural Way of Things, by Charlotte Wood (Allen & Unwin)


  • The Hazards, by Sarah Holland-Batt (University of Queensland Press)

Non-fiction - Joint Winners

  • On Stalin's Team: The Years of Living Dangerously in Soviet Politics, by Sheila Fitzpatrick (Melbourne University Press)
  • Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather, by Karen Lamb (University of Queensland Press)

Australian History - Joint Winners

  • The Story of Australia's People, by Geoffrey Blainey AC (Penguin)
  • Let My People Go:The Untold Story of Australia and the Soviet Jews 1959-89, by Sam Lipski AM, co-author, and Suzanne D Rutland OAM, Co-author (Hybrid Publishers)


  • Sister Heart, by Sally Morgan (Fremantle Press)

Young Adult

  • A Single Stone, by Meg McKinlay (Walker Books Australia)

Congratulations to all of our wonderful Australian winners, as well as all of their fellow nominees!

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

New Online Library Workshop - "Using Library Databases"

Library databases are great way of getting specialised, scholarly information, but let's face it, they're not always easy to navigate! There are loads of different platforms, all with loads of different features, and each with its own unique appearance. For that reason they can seem like a daunting thing to get your head around.

But have no fear! There are still places available in tomorrow night's brand new Online Library Workshop, "Using Library Databases"!

You'll find out all about Library and Journal Database - what they are, why we use them, and what they can usually do. We'll also delve into an assortment of different individual databases to give you guys comprehensive demonstrations of the databases in action. You'll see all of the neat little tips and tricks that will make sure you're searching like a pro in no time; and we'll hook you up with the best help resources so you know where to turn if you get stuck!

Register now, and as always, if you have any questions, Contact Us!

Friday, December 02, 2016

Library resources for online students

Hey online students! Did you know you can get your library books posted to you and portions of books scanned and emailed to you?

books ready to be posted out to Distance Education students
Books ready to be parcelled up and sent out
We will post and scan books to Online students nationally and enrolled through an Australian CSU campus. To find out if you are eligible for these service you can find more information on our eligibility for home delivery services page. Once you've worked out you are eligible for home deliver services you can find out what you can borrow on our borrowing webpage.

To request books and loan books you will need a CSU student card created to activate you in our Library Management System. 
Then, you'll be all set!

To request a book to be posted to you:

 Watch our Introduction to Primo Search video to find out how.
  • When selecting where you want the book sent to, you'll need to select the home address option
    Request your books through Primo selecting home address option (available only to Online students*) and we will post them out to you the next business working day.
    We will mail the requests to you using the address you have given CSU 
    • you can check what it is through the Administration tab on your student webpage 
  • If the book is already on loan we will post it to you as soon as it is returned.
Enclosed with your books will be: 
  • your loan receipt, showing the date the book was lent to you and when it is due back
  •  a reply paid library addressed label to return your books.
Keep the original packaging the books came in so when you are ready to post back your books you can put them back into the original package with the reply paid label on top of your original address label and put it straight in the post.

The time needed to deliver a parcel from/to the library will vary depending on your location. Please allow plenty of time for your books to get back to us by their due date!

To request a book digitisation (scan)

It's a similar process to requesting a book loan to request scans/copies. Student studying face to face can also put in requests for a scan if the item they want scanned is on the shelf at another campus library, or currently out on loan.
Please note that Copyright law means we can only scan 10% or one chapter of a book (whichever is the greater amount) 
    Need help with any of this? Ask Us!

    * Unfortunately these services are not available to Study Centre students or students studying through one of our off-shore partners. Students living overseas and studying with CSU will have to pay for the return postage to Australia.
    These services are also available to Port Macquarie students studying internally.
    To help you make full use of library resources we also offer: 

    Wednesday, November 30, 2016

    How to find your eReserve readings

    We're a couple of weeks into Session 3 and you have probably been directed 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 have been requested by your lecturer specifically for your subjects.

    Find your eReserve readings in Primo Search. It's as simple as entering your subject code, no spaces, and clicking "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 will need to use your usual CSU username and password to get past the paywall and into DOMS – our Digital Object Management System. The login screens will look like either of these two:

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

    Remember to contact us if you have any questions or trouble locating your readings.

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Managing your online information: keeping track of social network updates

    Would you like to keep track of information and updates coming your way from your Personal Learning Networks (PLNs); Twitter, LinkedIn, blogs, etc? 
    The Library will be hosting a one hour workshop to show you how:

    Learn to connect: Managing your online information 

    Thursday, December 1 6:00-7:00pm (AEDT)
    This workshop will demonstrate and explore:
    • the OneNote and Pocket applications and how to use them for study and collaboration
    • how to evaluate online material using the CRAP test (currency, reliability/relevance, authority, and purpose/point of view)
    • the legal issue of Copyright, and how you can re-use online material without getting into trouble!
    To register for this workshop, please go to our Online Library Workshops webpage.