Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Joondalup Library Early Closure

When: This Friday MAY 6 2011
Due to a scheduled overnight Electrical Outage in the Library Building, the Library and E-Lab will need to close at 5pm this Friday. The e-lab will reopen to students with access cards at 9am Saturday May 7, and the library reopen as normal at 10am Saturday.
We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Top 10 used books at Joondalup Library this year.

1. Smeltzer and Bare's Textbook of Medical Surgical nursing.

2. Understanding Nursing Research : Building an Evidence-Based Practice.

3. Managing Business Ethics : Straight Talk About How to do it Right.

4. The Battered Women Syndrome.

5. Ulrich and Canale's Nuring Care Planning Guides : Prioritization, Delegation, and Critical Thinking.

6. Torts : A Practical Learning Approach.

7. An Introduction to Psychodynamic Counselling.

8. Nutrition Through the Life Cycle.

9. Brunner and Suddarth's Textbook of Medical Surgical Nursing.

10. social Research Methods.

Monday, 2 May 2011

Document delivery - requesting via VDX

We have been receiving a lot of requests via VDX for items which are already available in the ECU library system (e.g. books, and journal articles which we already have either in print or electronically via our databases).

If you place a VDX request for something that we already have, the request does not get processed, and will remain in VDX until we reply to you and advise that the item is in the Library. This takes time, and delays you obtaining the requested item..

The best way of avoiding this is to check Library One Search and / or the library catalogue prior to placing a VDX request.

VDX is available to staff with university related research needs; graduate, honours and higher degree students; remote and off-campus students; and offshore students. Further information is available in the document delivery user guide at or by emailing

Silent Study Room Joondalup Library

In response to student requests for a dedicated silent area to study in, a Silent Study Room has been created on Level 3 of the Joondalup Library. Individual large desks with lamps provide accommodation for 19 people. In keeping with your suggestions and feedback, no eating, drinking, talking or use of audio devices are permitted in this room.
The Library would very much like to offer more silent areas for students when space is made available – this is likely in 2 to 3 years when a major service centre facility building is constructed on campus.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Science Online

The journal Science is now available online, with access to online issues from 1983 - present. Science provides news of recent international developments and research in all fields of science. It publishes original research results, reviews and short features.

To access this journal online, simply do a 'journal' search in the library catalogue.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Tips for solving problems with access to library material online

Some library users who are trying to access library materials via Library One Search or the Library Catalogue from off-campus may be unable to do so.

We suggest using the latest Firefox browser. Download Firefox here.

Please try the following instructions to fix any access problems. If you continue to experience problems please contact us at for more assistance.

(These instructions are for Internet Explorer 7 but they should be similar for other versions)

  1. Ensure that you only have one Internet Explorer window and one tab open.

  2. Go to Tools, Internet Options, Security tab. Bring the Security level to Medium.

  3. Go to Tools, Internet Options, Privacy tab. Bring the Settings down to Accept all cookies

  4. Go to Tools, Internet Options, Privacy tab. Unclick “Turn on pop-up blocker” to turn it off.

  5. You MUST be away from the error/login page, then clear cache by going to Tools, Delete browsing history, Delete All
If this does not work,

  1. repeat step 5 above and go to Tools, Internet Options, Security tab. Click on Sites button to the right of Trusted Sites.

  2. Add the following two urls: and

  3. Click Add button after each one.

  4. Click Close when finished.

  5. Click OK from Internet Options screen
Note: Lowering your Security to Medium may open up your PC to possible security threats. If you do not want to do this, a less extreme version is as follows:-

  • In Internet Explorer, go to Tools, Internet Options, Security tab. Make sure that in Select a zone... window that Internet is selected.

  • Click Custom Level and scroll down about half way to Display mixed content in the Miscellaneous section. Check if this shows Disable. If so, change it from Disable to Prompt.

  • Click OK, Yes, and OK.

  • The change should take effect immediately.
If you are only having problems with one or two databases, try this.

  • When you click on the database URL, you may get a message similar to the following:-

If you click on 'Continue to this website', you may get a bar in the top of your screen similar to this

You can click on this bar and choose 'Display blocked content'.

To prevent future problems, you can install the certificate in your browser. You do this by clicking on the words 'Certificate Error' in the page header:-

Then click 'View Certificates' from the dropdown box which appears, and choose 'Install Certificate' button. This will start the wizard to import the certificate, and after this you should not get any error message with the database.

How to link to electronic journal articles (held by ECU) directly from Google Scholar search results

Google Scholar is a search engine that indexes the content of scholarly material published on the internet and in electronic books and journals.

Google Scholar has made arrangements with a number of publishers to allow the Google spider robots to index the content of the publisher's books and journals. But not all publishers have agreed to allow Google access to their content — a great deal of scholarly literature is still only available through the various databases and web sites to which the Library subscribes.

When you use Google Scholar on-campus (within ECU's IP range), a link to Find It @ ECU automatically appears against every citation. (If you are off-campus, you need to go into Scholar Preferences to set up the library links - see instructions below).

If we hold the electronic fulltext of the article, the Find It @ ECU link will appear to the right of the citation (For example, the first citation below). If we don't hold fulltext, the Find It @ ECU link is at the bottom of the citation. (For example, the second citation below).

Click on the 'Find It @ ECU' link to locate databases which provide the article in fulltext.

To set up access from off-campus:-
Internet Explorer

  1. Go to Google Scholar and click on Scholar Preferences

  2. Under 'Library Links' section, type 'Edith Cowan University' in the search box and click 'Find Library' button.

  3. Click checkbox in 'Library Links' section for Edith Cowan University Find It @ ECU. (Ignore any entry for Edith Cowan University - FullText@IngentaConnect)

  4. Click 'Save Preferences' button

Mozilla Firefox

  1. In order for the journal article link to appear in Mozilla Firefox, users have to install a browser extension:-Click here to download the extension. If Firefox brings up an installation prompt, click "Install". If it asks you if you want to open or save the file, open the file with Firefox as the application. Alternatively, you can save the file to disk and drag it on to the Firefox window.

  2. Restart the browser, and the extension is installed!

  3. Enter ECU's linking information. The first time you restart the browser after installing the extension, the following configuration window will appear. This needs to be completed as in the screenshot below:

  4. You can choose to display the local library link as text or an image. Select one of these options, and specify either the text to be displayed (example above) or a URL pointing to the desired imageMore information about the extension is available at

Monday, 17 January 2011

Persistent Links to Items in the Library Catalogue

Are you interested in regularly returning to a particcular item listed in the library catalogue, or may be you wish to refer someone else to the resource?

There is an easy way to do this, using a persistent link to the item.

Each ECU Library catalogue record has an image listed on the right side titled: Further information

The last option provides a live link to the Persistent link to this item .
Clicking on the link takes you to a URL that can be copied and used for ongoing access to the item.

For example is the persistent link for the ISI Web of Science database

The mental measurements yearbook now online

The Library now subscribes to the Mental Measurements Yearbook online:

Segments and Years of Coverage
Name Years of Coverage
MMYB 9th-Present Yearbooks
MMYBT 9th-Present Yearbooks

Mental Measurements Yearbook, produced by the Buros Institute, contains full text information about and reviews of all English-language standardized tests covering educational skills, personality, vocational aptitude, psychology, and related areas as included in the printed Mental Measurements Yearbooks.
The limit of databases that you can select for a multi-file search session is based upon database segments rather than actual databases. The Ovid multi-file segment limit is set at 120 to avoid impacting your search sessions. This database includes 2 segment.
This database is updated online semi-annually.