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Design Special Collection Digitisation Project

Posted August 17, 2015 in category General by David BRADLEY

Swinburne Library is digitising selected material from the Design Special Collection.

Swinburne staff and students can now view digital flipbooks of early editions of The Home Annual, Decoration and Glass, The Australian National Journal and The BP Magazine.  The project is on going with more titles to be added later in the year.

Log in to view the full collection

Example of digitised magazine in a flipbook format 

Examples pages from the Australia National Journal (1939, July/Aug, No. 1, Winter Issue)


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New on Swinburne Commons (August 2015)

Posted August 13, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons is the central service for managing and distributing digital media resources created at Swinburne. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us

Recent highlights include:

 How to: Easily add Swinburne Commons videos to Blackboard...

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Must see MIFF movies

Posted August 10, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) returns this August

Continue the film fest with these films by directors who featured in this years MIFF...

Jafar Panahi  The white balloon, Offside, The circle, Crimson gold, THIS is not a film

Peter Greenaway Prospero's books, The cook, the thief, his wife and her lover, The pillow book, The baby of Macon, Belly of an architect, Rembrandt's J'accuse...!, Artists At Work: Peter Greenaway, Artscape: Peter Greenaway In Conversation

Fassbinder Love is colder than death, American soldier, Gods of the plague, Fear eats the soul, The merchant of four seasons, The BRD triolgy, The Marriage of Maria Braun, Lola 

Guy Maddin The saddest music in the world, My Winnipeg, My dad is 100 years old

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives, Tropical malady

Zhangke Jia A touch of sin, The World

Takeshi Kitano Boiling point, Violent cop, SonatineOutrage beyond, Zatoichi, Dolls, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

Takashi Miike Audition, The happiness of the Katakuris, Ichi the killer, Hari Kiri : death of a Samurai , Over your dead body, The great Yokai war, Sukiyaki western Django, Crows zero, One missed call, 13 assassins, Dead or alive 

To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password to login.
They are made available for educational purposes under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 and access is restricted to Swinburne staff and students only. 
The material is subject to copyright. Any further copying or communication may be the subject of copyright or performers' protection under the Copyright Act 1968 

Image Credit: Flickr Marta Wlusek


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Check out the newly renovated Swinburne library

Posted August 07, 2015 in category General by Lauren Dunstan

Come in and see the revamped Hawthorn library.  

We've been working hard over semester break renovating the Hawthorn library. 

Our new service desk is front and centre. Visit the library rovers at the service desk for help setting up wireless on your laptop, printing or IT problems.

Check out books yourself with the speedy new self-check machines or at the services desk.

Pick up holds from the reserve room to the rear and borrow laptops from the kiosk beside the service desk.

Subject specialist librarians are on call to help you with research and referencing questions. 


We love feedback, so contact us with any questions or comments

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High quality chemistry photos from Swinburne's history

Posted July 31, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

High quality chemistry photos from Swinburne's history are now available via Swinburne Image Bank.

Swinburne Image Bank is a collection of over 6,000 digital images illustrating the rich history of learning and teaching at the institution.

The Chemistry & Science collection features images of laboratories, teachers, and students conducting experiments throughout Swinburne's history (1940s to the present). Swinburne Library has recently upgraded this collection to include high quality scans.

Use these images to add interest to slide shows and teaching material (many are available under Creative Commons licences, or copyright has expired).

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Our gorgeous new website is here!

Posted July 20, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

Welcome to our brand new website! So, what's new?


Look and feel

Our new website has a new look and feel, but if you're familiar with Courses or Research, you'll feel right at home.

Content structure and navigation

Library homepage
The search box is right where we left it on the homepage so you can quickly and easily find what you need. And you'll find quick links to My Account, room and computer bookings, Latelab registration, opening hours and contacts on this page and others throughout the website.

We've added more options in new Search. Here you'll find A-Z journals and databases listed by subject and discipline area. And there's a brand new section showcasing our Special collections.

Can't find what you're looking for? Check out Help and find out how to search the library, find journal articles, get researching tips and evaluate information sources.

About the library
Find out everything you need to know about borrowing here plus locations, opening hours  and how to contact us.

All your old favourites have a fresh new look: find Swinburne Harvard, APA and AGLC3 guides and EndNote tutorials. Check out our workshops.

Study space and computers
Find out about wi-fi, software on library computers, study spaces, room and computer bookings, printing, copying and scanning here.

Services for teachers and Services for researchers
Develop your course, get in touch with a subject specialist, build your research profile and more in our sections for teachers and researchers.

Tell us what you think! Get in touch with us at:

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How to embed 'Referencing tool' tool in Blackboard

Posted July 20, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Help students reference correctly in Harvard, APA or AGLC3 by embedding the Library's Referencing tool tool in your Blackboard units.

Here's how:

Step 1. Go to:

Step 2. If not already logged in, click on 'Log in to Swinburne Commons' and log in with your SIMS credentials

Step 3. Click on 'Add to Blackboard' (right hand menu)

Step 4. Tick 'referencing_tool.html' and your desired units / sections (see image below)

Step 5. Click on 'Add selected resources'
Image: Swinburne Commons select units

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New look for Hawthorn Library!

Posted July 17, 2015 in category General by Lauren Dunstan

From 15 June until 3 August we'll be creating great new spaces on level 2, Hawthorn library. While the work gets done, most services will continue as usual, but there'll be changes to Library access and location of service points. Read on to find out more or check twitter for updates


Entering the Library
Enter through the Latelab door in the atrium; the main entry door will be closed.

Where will I return my books?
Return books to the staff in the Latelab, level 2; outside return chutes will be closed from 15 June.

How will I borrow books?
Use the self-checkout machine near the level 3 stairs or see the library staff in group study room 3D.

Can I borrow laptops and equipment?
There will be a limited number of laptops available for loan over the exam period.

How will I access the Reserve room and hold shelf?
The reserve collection and hold shelf will be on level 3 near group study rooms 3C and 3D. 

Where will I find the Service desk?
The Service desk and staff will move to level 3 in group study room 3D. 

How can I get research and referencing help?
Librarians will be available on call. See the staff in group study room 3D to arrange an appointment, or contact your Liaison Librarian.

Contact us if you have any questions or check out @swinlib #hawthornrevamp for updates.

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New on Swinburne Commons (July 2015)

Posted July 15, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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July 13th is Embrace your geekness day!

Posted July 13, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Fire up those Star Wars dvds and celebrate  "Embrace your geekness day"

The word geek was originally used to describe people obsessed with or expert in one particular subject such as a science geek, math geek, or computer geek. Recently the terms geek and nerd have become practically synonymous and expanded to include ... music, sci-fi, comic book, video game, RPG, and pop culture geeks.

Get your Geek on with these books and dvds from the Library ...

I Love Geeks The Official HandbookMy girlfriend's a geek; A geek in Japan: discovering the land of manga, anime, Zen, and the tea ceremonyThe Geek Handbook Practical Skills and Advice for the Likeable Modern Geek; Geek chicGeek Rock an exploration of music and subcultureThe art of Star trekEncyclopedia of comic books and graphic novelsNerds FC



Image credit: Flickr Betsy Weber

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Take a sneak peek at our beautiful new website!

Posted July 10, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

Our brand new library website will launch on Monday 20 July. Stay tuned for updates.
Follow us on Twitter @swinlib #newswinlib

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Swinburne Autism MOOC videos now available

Posted July 06, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne's Autism MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) launched on World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2015), and attracted more than 15,000 participants from around the world. The free course took a practical approach to the study of autism, designed for parents, carers and those who work with people with autism.

Did you miss out?

Start by listening to Mick Grimley describe the aims of the Autism MOOC:

View video transcript, or continue to Week 1 - 'Person first' ->

Captions and transcripts are provided for all videos. Most resources are licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence.

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Its World UFO day!

Posted July 02, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

July 2nd is World UFO day!

In 1938 Orson Welles caused a panic in the USA with his radio broadcast of War of the Worlds,  a dramatization of the H.G. Wells book about a Martian invasion of Earth.  Although it was clearly introduced as a radio play, almost a million listeners tuned in late to the program and believed that a real Martian invasion was underway.

Watch As It Happened: War Of The Worlds or The day that panicked America the H.G. Wells War of the worlds scandal  to see how panic broke out across the country. The Library also has the recent Spielberg adaptation of War of the worlds on dvd.

In the decades that followed, Hollywood films used alien invasion as an analogy for the cold war and UFO sightings increased. Check out the documentaries Watch The Skies and Between Paranoia And Science Fiction. UFO reports spiked again after the release of the Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The Library has many out of this world alien movies to look out for including:
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Repo man, Paul, Starship Troopers, and District 9 

Image credit: The Futuro UFO House, Pensacola Beach, Florida  Flickr Rian Castillo

To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password to login.
They are made available for educational purposes under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 and access is restricted to Swinburne staff and students only. 
The material is subject to copyright. Any further copying or communication may be the subject of copyright or performers' protection under the Copyright Act 1968

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Attention Animation and Film Studies students - catch MIAF this weekend!

Posted June 24, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

The Melbourne International Animation Festival (MIAF) returns from 21st to 28th June at ACMI in Federation Square.

Animation arrived in Australia in 1915 in a series of shorts by Harry Julius called "Cartoons of the Moment" so this year MIAF celebrates with a Centenary of Australian Animation Symposium

In addition to screenings and retropectives there will be careers forums and opportunities to meet with filmmakers.

To support Swinburne's Department of Film and Animation, the Library has recently organised online streaming of many animated Disney classics via the EduTV database.

New titles include:

Pinocchio, Bambi, Dumbo, Lady And The Tramp, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland, The Jungle Book, Robin Hood, The Aristocats, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, The Lion King, Mulan, Pocahontas, Tarzan, Frozen, Fantasia, and Fantasia 2000.

Also check out the documentaries Once upon a time Walt Disney  and The Story of Frozen.

Image credit: Flickr Nancy <I'm gonna SNAP!



New on Swinburne Commons (June 2015)

Posted June 22, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes