Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Library buildings closed from 5.00 p.m. 24 December

The ECU Library buildings will be closed from 5.00 p.m. 24 December, and staff will not be contactable. The Library will re-open at 8.30 a.m. on 8 January 2009.

The electronic material in the Library (e.g. ebooks and PDFs) are available via the library catalogue throughout the end of year break. Journal articles are also available via MetaQuest.

Information about other Library services isavailable via the Library website, 24 hours per day.

Wednesday, 10 December 2008

MetaQuest Search Tip No. 1 Database access

Library database access at ECU

The library now has a single database management tool called MetaQuest. When selecting a database it offers a number of different pathways to choose from.

Search for a title of the database:

  • in the library catalogue
  • choosing the databases by title option below the Find journal articles(databases) search

Search for a list of databases on a subject

Search across multiple databases – a federated search

  • A quick search

    • enter a search term or string and select a broad subject area from the drop down menu and click search.

  • A MetaSearch – cross searching a number of databases of your choice
For more information, click here for the full tip sheet.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Search ECU Library from your Google Toolbar

You can add a button to your Google Toolbar. This will allow you to do a keyword search in the catalogue by typing a search into the Google search box, and then clicking the ECU catalogue search button as highlighted below.

Thursday, 30 October 2008

Database Access Changes

For a number of years staff and students have been able to locate and access journal articles via Library databases in a number of ways. Primarily these access points have been via the Library Catalogue, the Indoor platform, and our MetaQuest platform.

On the 14th November the long serving Indoor platform will be retired from service and several enhancements made to the MetaQuest platform that will improve its functionality .

Access to Indoor from the Library website will no longer be available and all users will be directed to the MetaQuest platform. If you are a long time Indoor user unfamiliar with MetaQuest, or perhaps you need a refresher on what MetaQuest can do, the Library can help. Students can take advantage of Library training in the use of these resources and should check our Training Timetables for help. Staff should contact their Faculty Librarian and seek assistance.

Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Extended Opening Hours

During the study weeks and exam weeks ECU Metro Campus Libraries will be extending their opening hours.

From Monday 27th October until Friday 21st November the hours of opening will be: M-Th 8am-10.00pm, Fri 8am-6.00pm, Sat 10am-5.00pm, Sun 12.30pm-5.00pm

Thursday, 16 October 2008

Win a prize - Library Online Survey

From October 20th to November 2nd 2008, your library will be running an online customer service survey and this is a great opportunity for all our students and staff to tell us what they think about current library resources and services, and what they would like to see improved for the future development of our library services.

By participating in the survey you will also have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a $100 bookshop gift voucher.

Watch the library website for details from next week and have your say.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008


The Mt Lawley Library refurbishment, which first commenced in December 2007, is nearing completion. Already students and staff are enjoying the welcoming entrance, group study rooms and improved access to the print collections. Still to come are additional computers on level 2, signage and graphics, and new furniture.

It has been a difficult time for students and we would like to thank you for your patience and tolerance during the past year. Mt Lawley Library staff have worked especially hard to provide full library services in spite of the demolition, dust, noise and general upheaval. We hope you enjoy your new Library and will take advantage of the new learning spaces and other facilities. However let us know if there is anything else we can do to improve library services.

Dan Archibald
University Librarian

Friday, 10 October 2008



Do you have any great ideas for improving Library services?

The Library Services Centre is commencing planning for 2009 and we would value your suggestions. Good ideas will be added to our 2009 Operational Plan and you will be kept informed of progress.

Click on "comments" below to record your suggestions.

Many thanks,

Dan Archibald, University Librarian

Friday, 19 September 2008

ebook trial finishes

The student demand driven E-Book project has come to an end for 2008. The project successfully purchased over 600 new e-book titles based on the selection and use of those titles by students. E-book titles that have been purchased by ECU are accessible via the library catalogue. Those titles that we did not purchase (titles used less than three times) will no longer be accessible to staff and students for the remainder of 2008. If you require access to tiles that are no longer available please send through a "suggest to purchase" request to your Faculty Librarian via the "suggest a purchase link" in the Library catalogue or contact your Faculty Librarian direct.

We would also love to have your comments on this trial.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Quote of the day

The quote of the day bowl sitting on the Reference desk at the Mt Lawley campus library has become very popular amongst the library users, providing that extra bit of interest to the library visit. As it has been so popular, we have decided to add a quote of the day option to our blog so those online may also get the experience... let us know what you think.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Budding scientists visit the Joondalup Campus Library

Last Monday afternoon a group of twenty young science students visited the ECU Joondalup Campus Library as part of their Year 10 academic enhancement program. The students were from Irene McCormack College, Mater Dei College, Prendiville College and Sacred Heart College. Greg Bates the Campus Librarian introduced them to our library before they had a brief tour of the library building.

Dr Christine Ormond, Lecturer in Mathematics Education wanted the students to get a feel for the university study environment available in the new purpose built library. Students accessed our library catalogue, searched for material and used the library study spaces to research their science projects.

The culmination of the enhancement program will be the presentation of their topic to an audience including ECU academics, their families and friends on the evening of September 15th at ECU.

Wednesday, 3 September 2008

Researching? Check out the new business database MarketLine!

MarketLine is a newly subscribed library database with a searchable full-text collection (interactive reports & statistical modelling functions are available). MarketLine can be used to “increase sales, improve business planning, track competitors, Identify suppliers and partners”.

The 4 main products in MarketLine are:
*Industries (including industry profiles & a Consumer Markets Database with information such as market size, segmentation, consumption share)
*Companies (including company profiles & a Financial Deals Database)
*Countries (including country profiles & a Base Drivers Database which searches for key macro-economic, social, demographic and industry statistics for 215 countries)
*News with commentary & analysis by MarketLine analysts

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

ECU Library increases access to online information for Exercise and Sports Science

ECU Library now subscribes to SPORTDiscus with Full Text providing access to a greater range of online sports science and allied health journal titles, including some that were previously only held in print. Included in these extra titles are “Journal of physical activity & health”, “International SportMed journal”, “Psychophysiology”, “Journal of musculoskeletal research” and “Isokinetics & exercise science”. Online access is now also available to American journal of health promotion, which was previously only held in print. In addition to the full text of academic journals, SPORTDiscus with Full Text also provides access to the full text of a number of magazines, reports, trade publications and some books. Link to other full text articles available via ECU by clicking the FIND IT icon, listed against each reference in the results.

New Online Books
: the Library has recently purchased a number of online book titles, relevant to exercise and sports science, to add to the Library’s growing collection of e-books. New titles have been added from the EBL collection, as well as additional titles from Wiley InterScience Online Books. To locate these, search the library catalogue and use the drop down on the search box to limit to online.

We welcome your comments and feedback on these collections, as well as any other titles that you would like to be able to access via the Library.

Monday, 1 September 2008

A University Librarian for ECU Library

Major changes are afoot for the ECU Library with two campus library buildings being refurbished to follow the standard set by the new building opened for business at the Joondalup campus last year.

In addition, a recent structural change sees the Library, formerly part of the Knowledge and IT Services Centre (KITSC) becoming the Library Services Centre (LSC) and reporting to the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning).

Mr Dan Archibald, formerly Manager of Library Services has been transferred to the newly created position of University Librarian. Many will be pleased to see the position of University Librarian once again on the establishment. Best wishes Dan..

Thursday, 28 August 2008

New look for Project MUSE database

Are you studying in the Humanities, Arts, or Social Sciences? If so then Project MUSE is a database well worth trying out. It offers an excellent collection of online journals covering many areas of study: literature, history, politics, economics, education, film, and women's studies.

Project MUSE has now launched a new web site interface making it easier for researchers to navigate. It offers a convenient spot where you can search and retrieve current journals.

You can also set up email alerts or RSS feeds to be notified of new issues of your favourite journals. We had information on setting up alerts in a previous ECU Library Blog post. Just contact your subject librarian if need a hand with alerts.

Check it out Project MUSE now by going to the Library website databases page

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Needing help locating information for your assignments?

If you are looking for information for your assignment topics and need some help then don't despair, the library is a good place to check out. At the Joondalup Library, ask the librarian rostered on the level one assistance desk or at Mt Lawley Library as the librarian rostered on level two, at the desk with no name.

Alternatively, you may wish to contact a librarian from your faculty's library team to discuss your assignment topic and strategies for finding some information. Ask for your contact at the front desk or email a query - names and contact details can be located here.

ECU Library increases access to nursing online information ...

ECU Library now subscribes to CINAHL Plus with Full Text, providing access to an extra 42 online nursing titles including the British journal of nursing and the British journal of midwifery.

An additional database, the Nursing Resource Center, gives online access to full text evidence based care sheets, full text quick lessons, full text drug guide information, full text patient education handouts, full text guidelines information, full text legal cases and clinical updates.

It includes animations that bring human anatomy to life, the ability to translate articles into several different languages and it reflects the nursing process by organizing information using clearly defined “tabs” for – Diseases and Conditions, Assessments, Diagnostics, Interventions, Drugs, & Care Plans.

The Nursing Resource Center also includes online encyclopedias and textbooks such as:
Gale encyclopedia of medicine, Gale encyclopedia of cancer, Gale encyclopedia of nursing and allied health, Encyclopedia of drugs, alcohol, and addictive behavior, Foundations of basic nursing, 2007 PDR nurses drug handbook, Fundamentals of nursing, standards and practice, Health assessment and physical examination, Delmar’s critical nursing care plans, Delmar’s nursing clinical skills and concepts, Delmar’s pediatric nursing care plans, Davis’s comprehensive handbook of laboratory & diagnostic tests with nursing implications, Taber’s cyclopedic medical dictionary,Davis’s drug guide for nurses, Diseases and disorders: A nursing therapeutics manual.

Please feel free to leave your comment.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Joondalup campus library as art gallery

Expect to be visually tantalised this semester by displays of student teacher art work in the Joondalup campus library building.

In a partnership between the Education Library team at Joondalup and Julia Wren, Art Education lecturer in the K through Primary Programme, the Library is hosting displays of student work. Keep an eye out for their offerings in the Teaching Collection area and on the desk fronting the stairway on Level 3.
Collage, ceramics, murals and more...

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Laptop Locks available for loan

Due to their portable nature and high cost, laptops are prone to being stolen.

However each campus library now has several Laptop Locks, with cables, available for locking laptops to immovable objects. The locks are available from the Loans Counter for short term use within the library. When used correctly these locks can be extremely useful, but unfortunately the library can take no responsibility for any losses incurred.

Please remember that when using cables the laptop will only be secure if the object they are attached to is secure. There have been instances where a table was lifted so the cable could be slipped off the leg.

Remember also to report any thefts on campus to Security as soon as possible.

Thursday, 31 July 2008

ECU Library catalogue Google gadget

You can now search the ECU Library catalogue from your iGoogle page. A Google gadget is available from You can also test out the gadget from this page.

Alternatively, you can add the ECU Library catalogue gadget from within your iGoogle page. Click on the 'Add stuff' link, and search for ECU Library. Then follow instructions to add the gadget to your iGoogle page.

Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Check out the Library on ECU Open Day

You are invited to a guided tour of the Mt Lawley Library and Information Service.
Tour features includes:
Books, print and online
Journals, print and Online
Music collection, scores and CDs
DVDs and Videos
Teaching collection
Computer facilities
Plus demonstrations

Hourly tours starting from 12pm - meet your guide in the Building 8 foyer.
We look forward to seeing you there.

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Extra borrowing privileges

The ECU library has increased the maximum number of items certain categories of students can borrow.

From 2nd semester 2008 undergraduate students will be able to borrow up to 30 items. This is a 50% increase over the previous 20 items.

We hope students will be able to utilise this increase, but always remember that many items can be recalled by other students hence reducing the length of your loan period.
Please login and check your library record at,

Tuesday, 15 July 2008



New and continuing students! Why not get off to a good start to semester by finding your way around the library and making the most effective use of the library’s resources? Would you like to find out more about the new catalogue and some new options? Then book into one of our Library Tours or one of the Using Library Resources sessions. These are being offered at Joondalup and Mt Lawley Libraries in Orientation week and in Weeks 1 and 2. Details of times are listed in the link -Library Tours and Workshops.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

ECU Churchlands Library Closes

The ECU Churchlands Campus Library will be open for its last day of trading on Friday 20th June 2008.

Books cannot be returned to Churchlands library after the 20th, but may be returned to any of the other ECU Campus libraries, at Mt. Lawley, Joondalup or Bunbury.

If you have any questions about items you have on loan, or where to return them, please call the Loans Desk at any campus library. Joondalup 6304 5525, Mt. Lawley 9370 6195 or Bunbury 9780 7740.

Thursday, 5 June 2008

Watch this space Mt Lawley Library's ground floor opens soon

Refurbishments at the Mt Lawley Campus Library are on track for a partial completion, with the ground floor entrance, staircase, loans services, reserve collection, student lounge & exhibition area, new item display and bookshop due to be finished in the second week of July. Look forward to this floor being accessible soon after....

Premier Alan Carpenter opens ECU’s award winning Library

Thursday 5th June 2008: ECU’s award winning Library and ICT Building at the Joondalup Campus was officially opened today by the Honourable Alan Carpenter MLA, Premier of Western Australia before an esteemed audience including ECU's Chancellor, the Honourable Dr Hendy Cowan and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Kerry Cox.

The four-storey building provides a range of colourful learning spaces including private study areas, computer labs, group meeting rooms, student lounges and a courtyard. Students also enjoy the 200-seat e-lab, extensive print and online library collections, a bookshop and a coffee shop all in close proximity in the one building.

See here for the official media release. Photo of opening: J Andersen ECU Library

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Would you like to be notified when new information in your subject area is published?

Subscribe to an alerting service and you will be informed when newly published material is added to a database or website.
- some alerts have a pre-defined topic, for example, the latest news, marketing articles etc.
- some databases allow you to customize your alert to cover your topic or a journal's latest contents page.

Alerts can be set up for receipt by E-mail or RSS feeds (Really Simple Syndication)

To access more information go to Find Journal Articles (Databases) and select the menu option: how do I set up alerts?

Please leave a comment to let us know whether this service is useful.

What do you think about ebooks?

ECU library has recently been expanding its collection of eBooks (electronic books - books available online). This strategy supports an already extensive online journal collection and is part of an ongoing initiative to assist with the students need for flexible access to library resources. Some eBooks are bought as individual titles and others are selected as part of a package. Some are purchased in addition to print copies. Through the current trial with EBL, access to eBooks is available on a pay by use option, where the book is purchased after a number of usages.

If you haven't used one, then try a search in the library catalogue. Use the keyword option and type in a keyword ebook, for example health ebook.

We would love to know what you think about ebooks. Good or bad, please leave your comment or ask a question if you prefer. We will respond to the Blog.

Extended Study/Exam week opening hours

For students convenience, during study and exam weeks, the library will be extending its opening hours.

From Monday 26th May until Friday 20th June, the library will be opening until 10.00pm Monday to Thursday. In addition the library will open at 10.00am on Saturday mornings.

Friday and Sunday openings will remain the same.

Monday, 12 May 2008

New look JSTOR

JSTOR has a new interface. Now ECU staff and students can set up their own profiles within JSTOR. This allows saving citations to individual JSTOR accounts, where they will be stored indefinitely. Citations can also be exported to EndNote, or sent via email. JSTOR now offers its articles in a single PDF for printing and the new thumbnail images of articles makes it easier to see articles at a glance, and to select particular pages within articles.

JSTOR stands for “Journal Storage” is a trusted digital archive for scholars, preserving over 1000 academic journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences. JSTOR doesn’t usually include the most recent issues of journals (3 to 5 years) Each journal issue included, is scanned in its entirety, from Volume one, Issue one and retains all interesting art, illustrations and graphs. The oldest content in JSTOR was published in 1665. Definitely worth looking at!

Friday, 9 May 2008

EndNote XI training

An EndNote Xl training session for beginners will be offered in the Joondalup Campus Library Training Room Level 1 on the 20th May at 11.00am.

To register,sign-up on the sheet at the Loans desk or email Lynette Hirsch to register interest.

Library priorities document available

The Library and information planning priories for 2008 - 2010 have been outlined in a document just made available today.

Our long term goals are to:-

(1)Continually improve library and information services, increasing student and staff satisfaction and enhancing library support for learning and research.

(2)Improve support for Edith Cowan University’s research by developing efficient systems and processes and enhancing the collection.

(3)Maintain strong partnerships with local schools, community partners, the professions and the wider Edith Cowan University community.

(4)Continue to develop our people with skills, ability and knowledge to equip them to provide flexible services that meet the expectations of our stakeholders.

(5)Build a relevant and accessible collection that provides strong support to the learning and research goals of the University.

Read the complete document here

Thursday, 8 May 2008

Google Scholar links to full text held at ECU

It is automatic if on campus. Off campus users need to change your Google preferences to Edith Cowan University Library to set up a library link in Google Scholar which lets ECU staff and students link directly to full-text journal articles and books held at ECU.

Follow these steps to set up Library Links in Google Scholar on your own computer:

Click on Scholar Preferences

Type Edith Cowan University Library in the Library Links text box

Check the box next to Edith Cowan University Library - Find It@ECU

Click Save Preferences

Next time you search Google Scholar, you will see a SFX Find It@ECU link below the results. This will take you directly to ECU Library's SFX link to resources.

Monday, 28 April 2008

Library resources for School of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Sciences

Check out the online subject guides that are now available for Addiction Studies, Biomedical Science, Human Biology, Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, OSH, Public Health and Sports Science via the Library Resources by Faculty/CHS page

These guides provide a “snapshot” of the range of library resources available at ECU in each subject area. The focus is on online resources accessible via the Library Homepage. Also included are links to information and support materials for Research and Referencing. The guides are updated on a regular basis.

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Taylor and Francis electronic journals unavailable Thurs 1 May 12 noon to 2 pm.

Taylor and Francis electronic journals will be unavailable on Thurs 1 May from 12 noon to 2 pm due to vendor maintenance.

Friday, 18 April 2008

New catalogue to be launched in semester 2, 2008

A re-designed new catalogue is due for launch in second semester, 2008. Features will include:-

(1) Tabbed display of catalogue records
(2) Item availability shown on first tab
(3) "Did you mean..?" spell-checking capability for keyword searches
(4) Automatic relevance ranking of keyword search results, most relevant items can be shown first
(5) Choice of sorting keyword results by date or alphabetically as well as by relevance
(6) Book jacket images shown beside many items - these link to a larger image
(7) RSS feeds - which will deliver the latest information about new library items into your feed-reader automatically
(8) RSS feeds of items due for pickup from the library, plus warnings about overdue items
(9) Ability to view a condensed version of the catalogue on a hand-held device, e.g., PDA
(10) 'Suggest a purchase' forms which allows you to send us details of items you would like bought by the library
(11) 'Star' rating facility for all items, and ability to leave comments against any items.

Ask your library staff for further details

Thursday, 17 April 2008

IEEE database

ECU Library has extended its holdings of IEEE publications to include complete coverage of journals, conference papers, and standards listed in the IEEE database until June 2009.

Access the additional titles using the IEEE database. Locate this database from the title or subject lists on ECU Library's Find Journal Articles (Databases) pages and search for your topic and the full text will be presented in the results.


Those of you who are interested in getting an ISSN or ISBN for your publications may wish to check out this ECU website

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

ANZAC Day library opening hours

Churchlands, Mt Lawley and Joondalup libraries will be open 12.30 - 5.00pm and Bunbury library will be open 1.00 - 4.00pm on ANZAC Day (25th April).

Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Thursday, 10 April 2008

ScienceDirect ejournals downtime notification

Alert: Notification has been received advising that Elsevier ejournals accessible via the library cataogue will not be available on Saturday 12 April, 10.00 am to 12.00 noon.

Library session for postgraduates

There will be a training session for postrgraduate students next week at Mt Lawley Campus:

Library Search Strategies and Document Delivery

Thursday 17th April 4.30-6.00 Mt Lawley level 4 Training Room

There's no need to book for this session, just come along.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Zoological Record

Zoological Record is a library database that indexes over 5,000 international journals, books and other literature from 1978. It covers animal science literature including conservation, evolution, genetics, fossil records, marine and freshwater biology, parasitology and disease, reproduction, taxonomy and veterinary studies. Linking technology provides access to full text holdings if held at ECU. Access via the find databases by tile page.

EndNote XI

Endnote XI is now available for download. Go here to register for access. Specifications for PC and Mac usage is listed on this link. The EndNote XI CD-ROMs for download will be available from each campus library soon.

Self paced assistance using the latest version of EndNote is available for various platforms and in several formats from this link.

All student SOE machines have to access EndNote XI.

Monday, 7 April 2008

EndNote v. 9 and using connect files

Anybody wishing to use connect files to search the library catalogue using EndNote v9 and have downloaded End Note v9 from a CD ROM in the Library, needs to do the following fix. The library catalogue has been moved to a new server, so you will need to modify the ECU Library catalogue connection file to be able to connect to the ECU catalogue.

1. Start Endnote

2. Go to EDIT

3. Connection files

4. Open connection manager

5. Highlight Edith Cowan Uni

6. Then click on Edit.

7. Choose Connection settings

8. Enter the following Server address

9. Exit saying yes when asked if you want to save changes.

Thursday, 27 March 2008

Facebook @ ECU Library

ECU Library now has a Facebook page. You can access our page even if you are not a Facebook user. If you are already on Facebook you can become a "fan" of our page and we will update you with news and events as they happen.

There are now over 3,000 members of the ECU Facebook network. So if you are one of them, then check us out.

ECU Library’s Facebook page includes links to our library website and subject resources, photos, contacts, opening hours, and links to the latest blog posts.

If you have any thoughts or feedback on our library Facebook page then please post us a message on this blog

Thursday, 20 March 2008

Easter Library Opening Hours

We will open at the following times at Easter 2008:-





Mt Lawley

Good Friday (21 March)





Saturday (22 March)

1.00 - 4.00pm

12.30 - 5.00pm

12.30 - 5.00pm

12.30 - 5.00pm

Easter Sunday (23 March)





Monday (24 March)

1.00 - 4.00pm

12.30 - 5.00pm

12.30 - 5.00pm

12.30 - 5.00pm

Friday, 22 February 2008

Library catalogue access anywhere, anytime...

The Library Catalogue is available on your mobile via AIRPAC

You can now access the Library catalogue via handheld wireless devices such as mobile phones. Further information is available at

Access the ECU library catalogue from your web enabled mobile phone at

SMS the Library...

Got a short library question, then you can SMS us on 0421 269 105.

This service operates Mon – Fri 9am to 5pm.
We aim to respond to your questions during this period within 90 minutes.
Messages received outside this time will be responded to on the next working day.

We look forward to hearing from you...

Access to over 65,000 E-books, EBL project continues...

The Library is continuing the successful EBL project into 2008 with a commitment of $100,000 to support the ongoing project.

Over 16,000 recent E-book titles will be loaded into the Library catalogue for ECU Staff and Students to access. In addition 50,000 titles are available from the EBL Portal, giving ECU staff and students access to over 65,000 E-book titles.

E-books within this collection are a combination of title that ECU already own and titles we will be charged for as we use them.
These books can be browsed for 5 minutes free. Once you choose to browse past 5 minutes or select to download the title the library will be charged about 5 % of the total cost of the book. After a title has been selected 4 times the Library pays the full amount and will own the title. In this way staff and students are actively selecting and purchasing titles for the Library collection through “demand driven selection process”.

How can you tell what titles are already owned by ECU when accessing an e-book? The easiest way to tell is to look at your download options. Titles that we do not own and will be charged to access are only offered for a one day download and will need to be downloaded again after this one day. Books we already own have the option to download the item for three days and as we have already paid for the title we will be free of charge.

We encourage you to use the material we do not own and to generate a charge to the Library if you think the material is useful for your studies or research. In this way you get immediate access and you help identify useful titles for the collection.

Titles can be accessed from the Library catalogue at by adding the keyword “ebook” to your search i.e. management ebook or ethics ebook.

To access the full back catalogue of titles you can access the EBL portal from the Library home page at . Click on the “EBL Library Login” link under the quick links section of the home page.

We encourage you to send us feedback on your thoughts about the usefulness of this project and e-books in general at