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Try our new tool for looking up citation and reference list formatting

Posted April 17, 2014 in category General by Thomas Rutter

Whether you need Swinburne Harvard style or APA 6th Ed., our new referencing tool lets you find the correct formatting to use for in-text citations and for your reference list, whatever you're citing.

To use it: 

  1. Choose your referencing style (Swinburne Harvard or APA 6th Ed.)
  2. Choose the item type and sub-type you need to cite.
  3. We show you examples of a correct citation and reference list entry for that item.

The tool is still very new, so please give us your suggestions about feedback about it as we would love to continue to improve it.

Try it now »

This tool is partly based on an excellent tool by Griffith University, and its content can be shared using a Creative Commons license.

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Design classics: Walter Burley Griffin

Posted April 09, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Architect Walter Burley Griffin is best known as the designer of Canberra, Australia's capital city. The city's artificial lake bears his name. But he did much more in Australia, in collaboration with his wife, Marion Mahony Griffin.

Australian projects by the Griffins include the University of Melbourne's Newman College and the Capitol Theatre. Architectural writer Robin Boyd described the theatre as "the best cinema that was ever built or is ever likely to be built".

In 1916 and 1917 Griffin developed a patented modular concrete construction system known as knitlock. The SR Salter House in Toorak is an example of knitlock construction.

In 1919 the Griffins founded the Greater Sydney Development Association (GSDA) with an aim to develop an idyllic community with an architectural feel and bushland setting. Castlecrag in Northern Sydney was the first suburb to be developed by the GSDA.

For more on the Griffins read The Griffins in Australia and India: the complete works and projects of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin.

Or watch City of dreams: the collaboration of Marion Mahony and Walter Burley Griffin.


Image credit:flickr/kewing

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DreamWorks Animation gurus visiting Melbourne

Posted April 07, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Attention Animation and Cinema Studies students

Some of the top people from DreamWorks Animation will be coming to Melbourne as part of ACMI's forthcoming DreamWorks Animation: The Exhibition.

There will be live events with CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chief Creative Officer Bill Damaschke, Visual Effects Supervisor Doug Cooper, and Production Designers Kendal Cronkhite & Christophe Lautrette.

As well as screenings of Dreamworks classics like Shrek, Chicken Run and Madagascar, there will also be talks on "Animating Through the Ages", "Character & Story" and "Creative Careers" plus seminars on "Curation",  "Event Programming" and "Design and Marketing".  To see webpages with a full schedule of the events click here and here


 Image Credit: Flickr Leandro Egon

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New: Wiley International Encyclopedia of Marketing

Posted April 04, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

Instant marketing topic overviews will be at your fingertips, with this new comprehensive resource.

Part 1 Marketing Strategy
Part 2 Marketing Research
Part 3 Consumer Behavior
Part 4 Advertising and Integrated Communication
Part 5 Product Innovation and Management
Part 6 International Marketing

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April 1st is Edible Book Day

Posted April 01, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Have you devoured a good book lately?

The International Edible Book Festival, also known as Edible Book Day, is celebrated on April 1st each year as the perfect day to eat your words and to also commemorate the birthday of French gastronome Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826), famous for his book Physiologie du goût, a witty meditation on food. If you've ever watched Iron Chef, Brillat-Savarin is quoted in almost every episode.

Photos of the Edible Books are submitted to before they are eaten.

Today Wantirna Campus Library has got into the spirit with a tribute to children's book The Very Hungry Caterpillar made entirely out of cupcakes. So get down to the Wantirna Library for a free cupcake!

Have you travelled to study at Swinburne and miss home cooked meals? Swinburne Library has lots of cookbooks aimed at students, with tips on buying fresh produce, shopping on a budget, and basic cooking skills.

Cooking for one; Everyday student cooking; Ainsley Harriott's all new meals in minutes; Jamie's 30-minute meals; Rocco's 5 minute flavor; The new students' veggie cookbook; I can't cook book; The really useful ultimate student curry cookbook; Students' microwave cookbook; & Healthy noodles.

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Design classics: Eileen Gray

Posted March 31, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Neglected in her lifetime, Eileen Gray is now regarded as one of the most important furniture designers and architects of the early 20th century. Gray studied painting at the Slade School of Fine Art. She first worked with lacquer and exhibited her work successfully in 1913.

Later, Gray decorated an Parisian apartment, designing furniture, carpets and lamps and installing lacquered panels on the walls. One of the pieces would become famous: the Bibendum chair.  

Gray went on to develop architecture projects, including the house E.1027 in Southern France.

For more on Eileen Gray see Eileen Gray: design and architecture 1878-1976
and Eileen Gray: objects and furniture design

Or watch the film:
Invitation to a voyage: Eileen Gray, designer and architect

Image credit: flickr/Robert.barney

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Are you using Google Scholar?

Posted March 27, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

It's the thinking person's Google: easy search and a results list packed with academic journal articles, conference papers and book chapters.

Get the most out of Google Scholar: save the settings to find Swinburne Library content as well as anything freely available.

Want to transfer references from Google Scholar into EndNote? Select EndNote in Bibliography manager in Scholar Settings and save.




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New look for Swinburne Commons

Posted March 21, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

If you have visited Swinburne Commons this month you may have noticed some changes. A new software solution has been implemented, which allows for a variety of exciting service improvements.


Open Access collections (Guest access)

Collections which draw together quality digital media and teaching content produced by Swinburne staff and students, and showcase it to a world audience.

  • Enhanced streaming video players
  • Support for more complex objects
  • Continued distribution to YouTube and iTunes U 
  • Enhanced statistics tracking
  • Extra accessibility support

Swinburne Commons 

TV and Radio collection (Swinburne only access)

Complementing Swinburne's database subscriptions, this collection contains more than 1,400 TV and radio programs requested by staff and copied under Swinburne's Screenrights licence.

  • Search across all content
  • Faster availability in Library search
  • Easier options for managing copyright compliance 
Your content

We're always on the lookout for interesting material to add to Swinburne Commons. If you have something that you would like showcased, please contact us and we'll help make it happen!

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Design classics: Ron Arad

Posted March 17, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

Israeli designer Ron Arad is known for his playful, experimental furniture and architectural design and his use of advanced technologies. In 1981 Arad designed the Rover chair. It combined a car seat with a structural tubing frame.

In 1994 he designed the Bookworm bookshelf, still in production by Italian company Kartell. He has also designed tables that climb walls instead of being centered in the room.

Arad's architectural projects include the Design Museum Holon with Bruno Asa. For more on Arad see Ron Arad by Christian Galli or Ron Arad talks to Matthew Collings.

Image credit: flickr/skjdksfkssdflkfsld

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Researchers: last chance to comment on draft ERA journal and conference lists

Posted March 07, 2014 in category General by Rebecca Parker

The ARC is seeking feedback on the Draft ERA 2015 journal and conference lists in preparation for ERA 2015. This is your opportunity to have a say in how your discipline will be represented in the assessment. The ARC is inviting submissions for new journals and conferences, as well as comments on existing journals.

The consultation has been extended until COB 21 March 2014. To register and submit your comments, go to the ERA 2015 journals and conference consultation system.

For more information on the ERA process, see the Swinburne Research website.

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Study space

Posted March 06, 2014 in category General by Kim Tairi

The Library is very busy this semester and until the Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC) is completed there will be increased pressure on study space availability in the Library and on campus. We sincerely apologise for this inconvenience. When the AMDC opens, we will open up additional study spaces in the BA building in rooms currently being used for classrooms. In the meantime, here are some tips for this semester.

Seven tips to find study space

  1. Bookable computers and rooms
  2. A new study spaces app will be available soon from this website
  3. Wifi coverage is good on campus and extends to some of the local cafes
  4. You can use vacant classrooms
  5. The Atrium has power and wifi access too
  6. We are open late - you can get 24 hour access
  7. Croydon or Wantirna campuses are alternative places to study if you live close

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Sage Research Methods Online

Posted March 05, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

Are you a social sciences student, teacher or researcher? Take a look at the Library's newest database, Sage Research Methods Online.

The collection includes over 720 books, dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks from the prestigious publisher as well as selected journal articles and specially commissioned videos.

It also includes the entire "Little Green Book" series (quantitative research methods) and "Little Blue Book" series (qualitative research methods).

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New Special Reports added to IBISWorld

Posted February 28, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

In addition to the 100s of Australian industry reports you can already access, we are adding access to over one hundred specialised reports. 

Specialised reports include; Solar Panel Installation, Smartphone App Developers,  Tattoo Studios, Industrial Design Services, Fertility Clinics, Juice and Smoothie Bars, Online Recruitment Sites and Craft beer Production.  Here's a complete list, Specialised Report Collection.

What is IBISWorld?

IBISWorld industry research reports offers full reports on Australian industries including:

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New Database B2B

Posted February 27, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

Australian Business to Business (Australian B2B)

This database which used to be known as Kompass, is a directory of Australian businesses.

It includes both public listed and private companies. Information includes company name, contact details, product or service range, names of key personnel and brand names.

You can also search for importers, exporters, distributors and manufacturers, and overseas companies represented by Australian companies.

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How to get WiFi access at Swinburne

Posted February 24, 2014 in category General by Lauren Dunstan

WiFi is available to all students and staff on campus. Swinburne uses the eduroam secure wireless network. If you need help setting up WiFi on any device visit the Rovers at Hawthorn Library.

Enter your Swinburne SIMS username in this format:


  • Open your WiFi settings
  • Connect to the eduroam network


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