Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Catalogue and database outage from 5.00-5.40pm 15/12/10 now cancelled

The outage of the Library catalogue and databases scheduled from 5.00-5.40pm today is now cancelled. The problem has resolved without the need for an outage.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Catalogue and most databases unavailable from 5.00-5.40pm 15/12/10

There will be an outage of approximately 40 minutes duration for the catalogue and most databases from 5pm tomorrow, Wednesday 15th December. This is to investigate a problem with connecting to Informit databases.

Monday, 13 December 2010

Library catalogue and most databases will be unavailable from 5pm - 5.40pm (approx) 13 Dec 10

The Library catalogue and most databases will be unavailable from 5.00pm - 5.40pm (approx) on 13 December 2010. This is to move the catalogue to a new server, which will mean that future changes can be carried out without any interruption to services.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

VDX down for maintenance 5pm - 7pm on 4 December

We have been advised that due to scheduled maintenance work, the VDX system will be unavailable for two hours on Saturday 4th December. The maintenance work is scheduled to commence at 5pm (WA time) and should be completed by 7pm.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to improve VDX managed services.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Renew Reserve readings for 2011

Do you have Unit Reserve Readings posted on the Library website for 2010?

Do you want these unit items renewed for next year 2011?


Then email a list of your unit codes NOW to and your reserve readings will carry through to the end of next year.

We will be removing any Unit Reserve Readings which have not been renewed after Summer School 2011 (approximately at end of January 2011)

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

MetaQuest service to cease Nov.30, export your saved data now

The MetaQuest service will cease on November 30, 2010. MetaQuest has been replaced by the new discovery service, Library One Search. If you have saved journal articles or searches to the "My Space" area in MetaQuest, you will need to export them from MetaQuest and save them to your own computer before November 30.

e-Shelf Journal Articles
If you have saved favourite journal articles to your e-Shelf, and you wish to retain them, you will need to save them to your own computer. One option would be to export the citations to EndNote:

1. Login to MetaQuest and click on My Space.
2. For each of your folders in the e-Shelf, select all of the records, then click on the "Selected" link.
3. Click on the Save button.
4. Select the EndNote record format from the list, and follow the prompts to save.

Saved Searches and Alerts
Saved searches and email alerts in MetaQuest will not be retained after November 30 2010. You can set up saved searches in Library One Search, which uses RSS feeds to deliver alerts.

My Databases
It will no longer be possible to save your own list of databases. Library One Search indexes content from multiple databases. For a direct way of accessing a database, click on the A-Z Databases link from the Library home page.

Friday, 22 October 2010

Extended Opening Hours

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

From Monday 25th October until Friday 19th November, Joondalup and Mt Lawley library hours of opening will be:

Monday -Thursday 8am-10.00pm
Friday 8am-6.00pm
Saturday - Sunday 10am-5.00pm

Monday, 18 October 2010

Change of authentication method for library catalogue

From tomorrow (Tuesday 19 October) the use of staff or student number for authentication in the Library catalogue will be replaced by the use ofstaff or student barcode.

Community and reciprocal borrowers using the Library catalogue currently use name plus barcode for authentication. This is currently used by users with no ADS login, and they use the right hand side of the library catalogue authentication screen.

Users with an ADS login (e.g. staff and students) are advised to use the left hand side of the authentication screen, and input their ADS login. If for any reason they cannot use this login, they can still use the right hand side of the authentication screen as an alternative authentication method, and input their name and staff or student number.

However, it is easy to obtain a staff or student number e.g., it is displayed prominently on ID cards which staff and students wear on a lanyard. This makes this method of authentication less than ideal. We are aware that barcode is also printed on the staff and student card, but is in much smaller type and thus more difficult to obtain and thus more secure.

This change will only affect staff and students who currently use their name and student / staff number to authenticate in the Library catalogue. They will need to change to using name and barcode.

This change will also be publicised by notices on the Library catalogue authentication screens.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Accountants: eIFRS is now available online at ECU Library

The good news is that you can now access the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) online through the A-Z databases list, or the accounting subject guide. Standards are available in PDF and help in interpreting standards is available in the Educational eIFRS volumes.

Friday, 10 September 2010

Library Online Survey

From September 13th to September 27th, 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.

Please help us by completing the survey.

Monday, 23 August 2010

ECU library launches new institutional repository during Research Week

ECU library launched a new institutional repository, Research Online last week in conjunction with the research week schedule of events.

Research Online is a publicly accessible, permanent and searchable digital repository of research output produced by staff, postgraduate students and affiliated authors that will allow ECU research to be viewed on the world stage.

Items in the repository are fully indexed in Google and have generated over 6000 downloads for the 1000 items currently available online

Senior Librarian, Lisa Billingham, believes Research Online is a great tool for the ECU research community.

“The research online repository will make ECU research available to the world and develop increased citation rates for our researchers via improved discoverability and access, with more content to be added over the coming weeks.”

For more information visit the Research Online webpage, or see the see the Open Access Policy and Author Guidelines.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Track research using the Scopus database

Scopus, published by Elsevier, is a large citation and abstract database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources, with smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Disciplines include Life Sciences (> 4,300 titles), Health Sciences (> 6,800 titles), (with 100% Medline coverage), Physical Sciences (> 7,200 titles), Social Sciences and Humanities (> 5,300 titles).

Coverage is worldwide, with more than half of Scopus content originating from Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific region.

Access via the Library homepage, A-Z Databases: Scopus

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Lecture Notes in Computer Science

The series "Lecture Notes in Computer Science" is now available online via the Library.

This is an e-book collection of conference papers and proceedings, reporting new developments in all areas of computer science and information technology research and teaching.

Access via the Library homepage:

A-Z databases: Lecture Notes in Computer Science or

Library Catalogue: Connect to e-journal via Lecture Notes in Computer Science: 1997 to present

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Research Week library seminars

This year there will be a series of library seminars and displays during ECU Research Week August 16-20th. Come along and hear about:

Discovering library research collections in the 21st Century
Campus: Joondalup
Tue 17 Aug. JO31.113 at 1230-1330

How does your research reach an audience? Discover Research Online
Campus: Mount Lawley
Wed 18 Aug. ML8.306 at 1230-1330

Ensuring your research makes a difference: measuring research impact
Constance Wiebrands
Campus: Joondalup
Thu 19 Aug. JO31.113 at 1200-1300

To find out about all the other exciting events happening during the week check out the Research Week website

Friday, 23 July 2010

BONUS+ makes more books available for ECU students and staff

The ECU library is now offering all staff and students access to a huge database of publications, thanks to the new BONUS+ interlibrary loan service.

The service gives staff and students access to over 4 million items from the catalogues of libraries such as Murdoch University, Deakin University, Melbourne University, and University of Technology Sydney, if the book is not available within the ECU library catalogue.

Staff and students simply need to click on the BONUS+ icon next to the unavailable book, to request a copy from another university. Your requested book will then be delivered to the campus library of your choice, free of charge.

The service is open to all ECU students and staff, and is the first time an interlibrary loan service has been available to undergraduate students.

If the book you require is not available at ECU or via BONUS+, contact the library staff for more information.

Monday, 12 July 2010

Library catalogue upgrade Tuesday 13th July 7.30 am

There will be an upgrade to the library catalogue tomorrow, Tuesday, 13th July. This is to introduce new services for users and also to improve reliability of the software.

To keep disruption to a minimum this will be started at 7.30am tomorrow. Library catalogue services and databases will be unavailable from this time until an estimated 10.00am tomorrow. This also includes on-campus access.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the upgrade.

Friday, 4 June 2010

New human anatomy books available in the library

Here are some new human anatomy books that have just arrived in the library.

Anatomy and physiology for the manual therapies / Andrew Kuntzman, Gerald J. Tortora. Kuntzman, Andrew J. (Andrew Jacob), 1939-Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons, c2010 [i.e. 2009].

We also have new electronic copies of anatomy books that you can access via the library catalogue.

Anatomy & physiology made incredibly easy! [electronic resource]. Philadelphia : Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2009.3rd ed.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

ABS Population Clock

Did you know there is an Australian Population Clock? Visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website to check it out.

Population clock

On 3 June 2010 at 03:25:45 PM (Canberra time), the resident population of Australia is projected to be:


This projection is based on the estimated resident population at 30 September 2009 and assumes growth since then of:

  • one birth every 1 minute and 46 seconds,
  • one death every 3 minutes and 42 seconds,
  • a net gain of one international migrant every 1 minute and 46 seconds leading to
  • an overall total population increase of one person every 1 minute and 10 seconds.

These assumptions are consistent with figures released in Australian Demographic Statistics, September Quarter 2009 (cat. no. 3101.0).

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Opening hours during ANZAC Day weekend

We are open normal semester hours this weekend, and restricted hours on Monday:-

Joondalup and Mt Lawley
Saturday 24th April - 10am - 5pm
Sunday 25th April - 10am - 5pm
Monday 26th April - 10am - 5pm

Saturday 24th April - 1pm - 4pm
Sunday 25th April - 1pm - 4pm
Monday 26th April - 1pm - 4pm

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Easter Opening Hours

The following are our opening hours over the coming Easter period:

Easter Saturday (3 April) and Monday (5 April):

Joondalup and Mt Lawley 10.00am-5.00pm
Bunbury 1.00-4.00pm

All campus libraries are closed Good Friday and Easter Sunday.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Mt Lawley Campus Library closed Saturday 17 April

Mt Lawley Campus Library will be closed on Saturday 17 April for some important work that is required on the building’s power supply. The Library will be open as usual on Sunday 18 April. Joondalup and Bunbury Campus Libraries will be open normal weekend hours on Saturday 17 April, so please do contact either of those libraries if you need any help with library resources on that Saturday. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monday, 8 March 2010

Requesting now available again in Library Catalogue

The Request button has been put back in the Library catalogue. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Tuesday, 2 March 2010

Requests placed on Library Catalogue

We are currently having problems with the Request function in the Library catalogue when used off-campus.

The Request button has been removed from the catalogue until this problem is solved. Library users should contact Library staff to have staff place requests on their behalf.

Library users who have searched the catalogue from off-campus, and placed requests should contact Library staff to check that the requests have been placed on the system. If the requests have not been recorded, staff can redo them on behalf of the library users.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused, and our supplier is working to solve this as a top priority.

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

New VDX version now available

The new VDX document delivery software is now available. This upgrade improves the VDX service and the screens have been changed to be more intuitive.
Please look at the revised VDX User Guide and update your bookmarks for the VDX service.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Health Collection – a new Australian health database

Informit’s new Health Collection database replaces Meditext, which ceased publication at the end of 2009.
Health Collection content includes research articles, reports and case studies of practical support to anyone studying or working in therapeutic, diagnostic and preventative health roles.
Subjects covered include:
· Aboriginal and indigenous health
· Addiction
· Ageing and age care
· Child health
· Dietary and nutritional services
· Disability
· Disease prevention and control
· Mental health
· Nursing
· Rehabilitation
To access the Health Collection database link from A-Z Databases, relevant Subject Guides or from the Library Catalogue (title option) and click on “connect to database”.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

VDX upgrade 9-16 February

To improve services, the VDX document delivery software is being upgraded so will be unavailable from Tuesday 9th February 5 p.m. until Tuesday 16 February 9 a.m. We would recommend that you either send your requests prior to Tuesday 9th February 5 p.m. using VDX, or wait until the system is upgraded after Tuesday 16 February 9 a.m.

If you have urgent requests during the upgrade period, please email them to Please include full citation details (full title, no abbreviations) including ISBN/ISSN if known. Please also include any other information which may help us locate the item.

Alerts will not be sent out from VDX during the outage period. If you have requested an item on loan using document delivery, and you are expecting it to arrive before Tuesday 16 February, feel free to email to check.

We apologise for any inconvenience however this upgrade will provide a much improved document delivery service.

Monday, 1 February 2010

Library Tours & Workshops

The Library is offering tours and a range of workshops to introduce students to the resources and services available in the campus libraries. New students are encouraged to attend the introductory sessions and all students may be interested in some of the more specialized workshops on Finding Journal Articles, Referencing, etc., that will be advertised later in the semester.
Sign up via the Library’s Workshops & Tours page or the Event List. Even if the class is fully booked, there are often places free on the day.

Registrations are now open for introductory sessions at Joondalup and Mt Lawley libraries:

Tours: Orientation week, Weeks 1 & 2
On a tour you will be given information on Loans and Services (borrowing, holds/recalls, printing, photocopying, Reserve, etc.), as well as shown the location of collections, computer terminals, photocopiers, printers, study spaces in the Library.

Workshops: Orientation Week and Week 1
In the introductory workhops you will be shown how to access the Library’s print and online resources that you’ll need to use for your assignments. These workshops are held in the Library Training room which allows students to have hands on practice using the library’s online databases.

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

eReserve unavailable in afternoon of 27 and 28 January

eReserve is updated each year for copyright reasons. This involves eReserve being unavailable for approximately half an hour. After this time, the units which have been renewed for 2010 courses will be available.

If your eReserve course readings are not available, please contact your lecturer in the first instance for advice.

Friday, 22 January 2010

Library One Search

ECU Library offers Library One Search, a new unified discovery service using Summon from Serials Solutions.

Through one simple search, it provides access to the digital and print, audio and video, and full text of single articles to entire e-journals in the ECU Library collection.

Library One Search provides one search box for a researcher to enter any terms they want and quickly get credible results in one relevancy ranked-list.

For best results:
To search for phrases use double quotes (eg, "duty of care").

Refine your Search with the options on the left of the results screen. You can limit:
· To items from scholarly publications (peer reviewed), or Limit to items with full text online.
· To Content Types or by Subject Terms. Click more options to exclude various Content Types or Subject Terms.
· To Publication Date or Library Location

For a more specific search, eg, by author or title, use the Advanced Search link inside Library One Search

Check the top right of each result record and use the magnifier to get a preview or the addition sign to save the item to a folder. See the bottom of the screen to open the folder. From within the folder you can format the reference to various styles, email, print, or export items to EndNote.

See the Help link inside Library One Search on the top right for more search tips.

Your feedback is welcome
Use the Feedback link inside Library One Search to tell us what you like and dislike or leave your comments on the Blog. Feedback contributes to product enhancements.

Monday, 18 January 2010

Google Scholar References & Find It @ ECU

The Library's new article locater Find It@ECU is now fully functional.

Staff and students, particularly those who are off-campus, will need to check and reset their Google Scholar preferences.
Please refer to the guide.

Contact the library should you have any questions.