Save time researching by using our subject guides

Photo of heavy metal band

Iron Maiden are heavy metal like the music, not the elements…

Are you finding that researching for your assignment takes ages? Like, longer than the wait for the new season of Game of Thrones to be released?

Wouldn’t it be such a great time-saver if all the databases and resources for your study area were in one, easily accessible place?

Well, they are. Our discipline librarians have worked hard to compile all the databases and key information resources you’ll need for your subject area into one centralised area. Just go to the Borrowing and Resources library page, and select your subject area under Library guides.  

You can select a broad area, such as Health, to see all relevant databases. Or you can further narrow your selection to a specific discipline area, such as Nursing and Midwifery for more detailed information.

Using the resources in these subject guides can help ensure you’re finding information relevant to your specific subject area.

For example, if you were wanting to find information on the chemistry of heavy metals, you’d take a squiz at the Chemistry guide. However, if you wanted to find information on the musical genre of heavy metal, you’d want to be looking at the Music guide.

Take care of business with new online resources

Are you studying business? You should check out the new business resources available online via the library catalogue. Whether you need an eBook on finance, accounting or banking, or an encyclopedia of economics, we’ve got you covered.

There are hundreds of new eBook titles available in Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO). Oxford Scholarship Online is an online library with over 13,000 academic books from Oxford University Press.

90 new titles have been added to the Business and Management collection in OSO. This includes books on industrial relations, accounting, knowledge management, marketing and more.

Or if economics and finance are more your thing, there are 126 new titles to browse, search and read in the Oxford Scholarship Online Economics and Finance collection.

From econometrics and financial economics to economic history and macroeconomics, the Economics and Finance collection provides a comprehensive coverage of the topic.

There’s also a brand new online encyclopedia available to you. The SAGE Encyclopedia of Economics & Society is a ‘non-technical resource for students and researchers within social science programs who seek to better understand economics through a contemporary lens’.

Emphasising the contemporary world, contemporary issues, and society, the encyclopedia features four volumes with approximately 800 articles ranging from 1,000 to 5,000 words.

For more online business resources, be sure to have a look at the business and government Library Guides.

Advertising you actually want to see

Girl waking up to music from clock radio

Vintage ads are awesome! Wake up to music! © The Advertising Archives. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.

Advertising is prolific.

They interrupt your favourite shows on television, they are literally every single page of the last mag you purchased and don’t even get me started on Facebooks ads (those sponsored posts featuring products you just viewed are super creepy).

But ads can be a delight. Especially when they are of the vintage variety and feature old fashioned products with politically incorrect slogans. Whether it’s for cigarettes, canned soup or laundry soap, old-school advertisements can be comical, kooky or just plain questionable.

Want to see some ads from yesteryear? Take a look at the American Consumer Culture database and view hundreds of advertising images in the Ad Gallery.

American Consumer Culture ‘is a treasure trove of information on some of America’s best-known brands’. The Ad Gallery features American advertisements from the 1920’s through to the 1960’s. Think brands like Clairol, Cadbury, Coca-Cola and Colgate. Barbie also makes an appearance but she doesn’t quite look herself in one of the ads.

Oh, and since the database features advertising from days of old when cigarette advertising wasn’t taboo, you’ll also find well-known tobacco brands like Lucky Strike and Marlboro (you must have heard of the Marlboro Man?)

But the database is more than just advertising images. American Consumer Culture provides a unique insight into the American consumer boom of the mid-20th century through access to the market research reports and supporting documents of Ernest Dichter; the era’s foremost consumer analyst and market research pioneer.

Basically, it contains heaps of information on advertising, such as a creative research memorandum on the psychology of hot dogs, a report on how to get more people to go to the movies, a pilot study on the Bird’s Eye logo, and more.

Not that you’ll need more. Once you understand the mind science of a sausage, your consumer culture education is complete. No, not really. Check out American Consumer Culture today.

Music eResources and all that jazz


Without music, life would B flat. That’s why you should visit Alexander Street and treat yourself to streaming music, videos and scores.

Whether you are into jazz, hip-hop, pop or opera, Alexander Street will surely have a tune or two for you.

So where is this musical street? West End? The Valley? Or some exotic destination, like Havana, Seattle or Ibiza? Actually, it’s an online music platform and available via the Library Catalogue.

Alexander Street is a massive collection of music databases that you can easily search and browse. Want to search across all the collections for a particular composer, performer, genre or subject? You totally can.

Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer:

Classical Scores Library

Scores for all major classical musical genres and time periods, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, composition and theory for a variety of scholars. Scores are great to use when listening to a recording!

Classical Music in Video

Classical music performances, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances. There’s also masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music 

A comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples. You can browse and search hundreds of articles about the music of every continent. Articles are enriched with audio tracks, musical illustrations, photographs, drawings, song texts, score examples, charts and maps.

Jazz Music Library

The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.

Opera in Video 

Five hundred hours of the most important opera performances captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

Popular Music Library

A wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.

5 awesome open access titles from Knowledge Unlatched

Check out book #4!

Be sure to check out #4!

Knowledge Unlatched (KU) is releasing its second collection of open access titles throughout 2016.

The collection includes 78 new titles covering topics in the Humanities (Anthropology, Literature, History) and Social Sciences (Politics, Media & Communications) from respected scholarly publishers including many university presses.

Knowledge Unlatched is an award-winning organisation enabling libraries and publishers to work together to create a sustainable route to Open Access for scholarly books.

Check out our top 5 books from the new collection:

1. The Insecure City
What is ordinary life like for urban dwellers in a city terrorized by political sectarianism and the threat of bombs? The Insecure City is an ethnographic exploration of traffic in the Middle East, focusing on Beirut. The author, Kristin Monroe, highlights the ways in which transportation is about more than merely getting somewhere; it is also about how people encounter civic culture in a city on the edge, wounded by war.

2. Engines of Truth
During the Victorian era, new laws allowed more witnesses to testify in court cases. At the same time, an emerging cultural emphasis on truth-telling drove the development of new ways of inhibiting perjury. Wendie Schneider’s examination of the Victorian courtroom charts this period of experimentation and how its innovations shaped contemporary trial procedure.

3. Worker Voice
This book informs debates about worker participation in the workplace or worker voice by analysing comparative historical data relating to these ideas during the inter-war period in Australia, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US. 

4. Digital divas: putting the wow into computing for girls
In 2007, the authors of this book trialed a new and revolutionary program in schools: ‘Digital Divas’. The Digital Divas program is based on the idea that it’s possible to change girls’ perceptions of IT careers with educationally sound materials that tapped into their interests and were delivered in all-girl classes within the school curriculum.

5. Making Refuge
Catherine Besteman follows the trajectory of Somali Bantus from their homes in Somalia before the onset in 1991 of Somalia’s civil war, to their displacement to Kenyan refugee camps, to their relocation in cities across the United States, to their settlement in the struggling former mill town of Lewiston, Maine. Besteman asks what humanitarianism feels like to those who are its objects and what happens when refugees move in next door.

Let’s talk about climate change

Photo of hands framing the sun

Um, maybe not. The topic of climate change is a bit controversial these days so we will keep our lips firmly locked on the subject.

But we can recommend an open source repository where you can find information on climate change, and other important issues impacting the developing world.

The World Bank Open Knowledge Repository (OKR) is The World Bank’s official open access repository for its research outputs and knowledge products.

By extending and improving access to World Bank research, the World Bank aims to encourage innovation and allow anyone in the world to use Bank knowledge to help improve the lives of those living in poverty.

The OKR contains thousands of research works including: World Bank Group Annual Reports and Independent Evaluation Studies; books published by the World Bank Group including flagship publications, academic books and practitioner volumes; and journal articles published in the World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO). And there is so much more.

The OKR is updated on a regular basis as new research outputs and knowledge products are published and released for publication.

We browsed the OKR’s publications to see what climate change titles got our temperature soaring. It was hard to pick our top 3 (because there were 104 items in the list!), but here they are. Enjoy! Read the rest of this entry »

Where is sugar hiding?


Apparently, it’s quite the ninja.

According to a recent article in the Healthy Food Guide, you could be eating up to 24-teaspoons of sugar everyday without even realising it.

The article, ‘Where is sugar hiding’, shows you where the sweet stuff may be sneaking into your diet and what you can do to cut back (June 2016, page 40).

Here are 5 sweet things, we learnt from the story:

  • The World Health Organization recommends a limit of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day
  • Sugar hides behind names such as honey, syrup, and agave nectar
  • Baked beans have added sugar (Nooooooooo!)
  • 1 thick slice of banana bread contains 5 – 7 tsp added sugar
  • All that sugar makes you feel cranky by mid-afternoon (we are totally paraphrasing here)

The Healthy Food Guide is available via PressReader. The PressReader app provides access to thousands of popular newspapers and magazines.

One awesome feature of PressReader is that you can read a publication online that looks exactly like the hardcopy. Yes, it means the mags come with pictures and page numbers. Bonus!

Check out other Aussie health and fitness publications on the PressReader app, such as Good Health Australia and the Great Health Guide.