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April 23rd is Talk like Shakespeare Day

Posted April 23, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

While Shakespeare's actual birth date is not known for certain, many scholars think it was April 23, 1564. He also died on April 23, in 1616 at the age of 52

Methinks talking like Shakespeare it isn't difficult because he contributed more than 1,700 words and phrases to the English language.

But if you need ideas, get thee to Shmooping Shakespeare to translate your 21st-century English into its 16th-century equivalent.

Or prithee consult the random Shakespearean insult generator thou rank white-livered canker-blossoms and vain fly-bitten moldwarps!

Look for our Shakespeare display in the foyer of the Hawthorn Campus Library!

Image credit: Flickr  JéRôMe

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Design classics: the Aga cooker

Posted April 22, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

Swedish physicist Gustaf Dalen invented the original Aga cooker in 1922. It was heated by slow-burning coal.

The cooker used the heat storage principle: a heavy frame made from cast iron components absorbed heat from a low but continuously burning source and the stored heat used when needed for cooking.

The name Aga is an abbreviation of the company Dalen worked for: Aktiebolaget Gasaccumulator. In 1929 the cookers were imported to Britain. They were manufactured there under licence in the early 1930s.

The Aga is still in production today, led by the Aga Rangemaster Group. For more on the Aga, check out the Design classics series.

Image credit:flickr/stijn


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New on Swinburne Commons (April 2015)

Posted April 16, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Marketline Database Demonstration

Posted April 15, 2015 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

Marketline is a database that includes; company profiles and SWOTs, industry profiles, country analysis profiles and statistics.  Also includes case studies, company news, and information on financial deals.

Friday 1st May

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Library Conference Room
Hawthorn Campus

Lunch will be provided



The session will include;

How to search MarketLine - a quick overview of the best practice
Country Statistics Tool - when would you use it?
Market Data Analytics -who is it for?
New Financial Deals Tracker - ideal for accounting & finance students
New Company Report Generator - it's more than just a Company Profile
New Company Prospector - how to build contact lists
Investment Prospector - what is a Heat Map?

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Design classics: the Barcelona chair

Posted April 13, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

 Barcelona chair

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's classic chair has become a symbol of 20th century furniture design. Designed by van der Rohe and Lilly Reich, the chair originally appeared in the German Pavilion at the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain. It was first used in the Villa Tugendhat.

The original design was bolted together and used pigskin. In 1950 the use of stainless steel allowed the frame to be formed by a seamless piece of metal. The pigskin was replaced by leather.

In 1953, van der Rohe ceded his rights and name on the design to the firm Knoll. Knoll still makes the chair today, in chrome and stainless steel. It is almost completely hand-made and van der Rohe's signature is stamped into each chair.

For more on the Barcelona chair, watch the episode in the Design Classics series, or read The modern chair: classic designs by Thonet, Breuer, Le Corbusier, Eames and Others and Mies van der Rohe, furniture and interiors.

Image credit: flickr/janmikeuy



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SAE Digital Library now available

Posted March 31, 2015 in category General by Nicholas Pavlovski

 [Student building a race car]

Swinburne Library now has a subscription to the SAE Digital Library, a database which includes SAE's technical papers from 1998 to the present. This tremendous online collection is of immediate value to engineering and aviation. Science students and staff may also find it a useful resource.

Access the database via this link (

You can use a Basic search or an Advanced search; re-arrange the results in different ways (such as published ascending); download PDFs and import citations into your bibliographic management software such as EndNote.

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Using R for Statistical Analysis

Posted March 25, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

New in 2015: Using R for Statistical Analysis from Dr Lyndon Walker

Originally created to support the Swinburne unit STA80006 Using R for Statistical Analysis, this new video series covers the use of the R statistical software. It includes R syntax, functions, data visualisation, descriptive statistics, statistical inference, RStudio, and Shiny.

Nineteen episodes are now available via Swinburne Commons and YouTube, but viewers can also subscribe via iTunes U or RSS to work through episodes published weekly.


 This video series is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.

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New publications on the OECD iLibrary

Posted March 20, 2015 in category General by Jane O'Donnell


Fit Mind, Fit Job

From Evidence to Practice in Mental Health and Work
Following an introductory report (Sick on the Job: Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work) and nine country reports, this final synthesis report summarizes the findings from the participating countries and makes the case for a stronger policy response.

The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence

This fascinating compilation of the recent data on gender differences in education presents a wealth of data, analysed from a multitude of angles in a clear and lively way.

The Metropolitan Century

The report provides an outline of recent and likely future urbanisation trends and discusses the consequences.

OECD Economic Survey: United Kingdom 2015

This OECD Economic Survey of the United Kingdom examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. Special chapters cover improving infrastructure and ensuring sustainable bank lending.

Forthcoming titles;

OECD Economic Surveys: China 2015
Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2015 Strengthening Institutional Capacity

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March 17th is St Patrick's Day

Posted March 17, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

 Borrow our hand-picked green books this St Patrick's Day!




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New on Swinburne Commons (March 2015)

Posted March 13, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Student access to textbooks

Posted March 11, 2015 in category General by Jane O'Donnell


Have you ever experienced cost as a barrier to students reading a textbook?

How can you make readings free for students to access online?
Here are 3 suggestions that might be possible for you.
Can you think of any others?


  1. Place some or all of your reading materials on Subject Materials Online
  2. Select your textbook from the Library's ebook collection.
  3. Adopt an openly accessible textbook  such as OpenStax or
    BCcampus OpenEd.   (The Open textbook movement is gathering speed.)

 For more information contact your liaison librarian.

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Swinburne Commons - new HTML5 players

Posted March 06, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons is happy to announce the transition to new HTML5 video players.

The new players bring enhanced mobile device and browser support, additional features, and opportunities for future customisation.

See below for new features, and to try them out for yourself.

 Image: Swinburne Commons new video player

New features include:

  • Choose your download quality
  • Preview images while scrubbing
  • Accessible (tabbed) controls
  • Info screen with active links
  • Audio version accompanying every video
  • Leads with HTML5 and falls back to device appropriate player

Try it out for yourself:

Please note: The 'share using embed code feature' has not yet been transitioned - in the meanwhile, please see this guide to embedding.

We welcome any feedback on the new players at

Arrows: All Vectors (CC-BY)

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What is Google Cultural Institute?

Posted March 04, 2015 in category General by David BRADLEY

Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world's cultural treasures online

Here you will be able to search for artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe. 

The site has just launched access to 14 new digital collections of Australian cultural institutions, including those of the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian War Memorial.

The digital collections are available online here:


Image credit: Federal Capital Commission Architects Department | Australia | Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

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Three easy ways to add Swinburne Commons videos to Blackboard

Posted March 03, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Image: Swinburne Commons banner

Add any Swinburne Commons video to your Blackboard units...

1 - PUSH

1. Log into Swinburne Commons with SIMS

2. When viewing any video, click Add to Blackboard on the right

Image: Add to Blackbord

3.  Follow the prompts to 'Add resource summary' to your desired unit/s

2 - PULL

1. From your Blackboard unit content area, click Tools > Swinburne Commons

2. Search for the video and click + Select summary page

Image: Swinburne Commons pull

3. Click Save


1. When viewing an Open Access video in Swinburne Commons, expand and copy the embed code:

Image: Swinburne Commons embed code

2. In your Blackboard unit, click Build Content > Item and give the item a name

3. Click the HTML icon
    (you may need to expand the tools first)

Image: Blackboard html icon 

4. Paste in the embed code

5. Click Submit

> This embed option presents a full video player in your Blackboard content area.
> To obtain embed codes for restricted videos that you have created, contact .
> This option is not available for TV material.

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2nd March is Dr Seuss Day!

Posted March 02, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was born on March 2nd 1904.

He was a an illustrator for advertising campaigns and a political cartoonist during the Second World War, but is best remembered for his forty-six whimsical, rhyming children's books.

Several of the books have been adapted into films, including "Horton Hears a Who!", "The Lorax" and "The Cat in the Hat".

Look, it's a book!

Although he died in 1991, a new Dr. Seuss book is due this July! "What pet should I get?" is based on original manuscripts and sketches discovered in a box when his widow was remodeling her home. Random House plans to publish two further books.

Our Hawthorn Campus Library has a display today showcasing Dr. Seuss books from our Children's Picture Book collection.

We also have some e-books on his life and work including: Dr. Seuss; Theodor Seuss Geisel; and The Man Who Was Dr Seuss The Life and Work of Theodor Geisel.


 Image Credit: Flickr: Broken Simulacra:  Lorax Grafitti, Martin Place St Kilda

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