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Open Access Week: Swinburne Research Bank

Posted October 22, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

 Meade, Bernard Seeing the big picture

Swinburne's research repository, Swinburne Research Bank is an online open access collection of research published by Swinburne authors.

We like to think of Swinburne Research Bank as a researcher's best friend. It provides a citation for each of your publications across your career (before and after arriving at Swinburne), making it easy to find, manage, link to and access your research. Where copyright permits, we also make the full text of a publication available. This is particularly valuable for older work, which might otherwise be very difficult to track down in print.

Research made available on open access can be more frequently cited and have greater impact than research published only through traditional scholarly media. There is a whole network of research databases like Swinburne Research Bank across Australia and all over the world. Our content is harvested by Google and other search engines, which means that scholars everywhere can discover your work without ever needing to know Swinburne Research Bank exists.

We can also help with your research in other ways. If you're funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) or the Australian Research Council (ARC), your research may be subject to an open access mandate. This is a great initiative, as it makes sure that Australian research is openly accessible to those who paid for it: Australian taxpayers. But it's a significant change in process for many of you, so make sure you contact the Swinburne Research Bank team for help. We are experienced at interpreting publishers' copyright policies and will help you determine which version of your work to make available to meet the conditions of your grant.

If you've recently published your research, we want to hear from you! Just send the details of your work to on acceptance, and attach the accepted manuscript (the final Word or LaTeX draft you sent to the publisher after peer review but without the publisher's formatting and logo).

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Open Access Week 2014: Swinburne Image Bank

Posted October 22, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Image Bank banner

To celebrate Open Access Week (#swinoa #oaweek), this post features Swinburne Image Bank - Swinburne's collection of digital images illustrating the rich history of learning and teaching at the institution.

The collection spans over one hundred years, tracing Swinburne's evolution from a technical college to its status today as a centre of teaching and research excellence. The searchable collection includes all aspects of university life, including portraits, architectural images, events and student life. The collection is accessible from the National Library's Trove, and most images are made available under Creative Commons licensing.

Newest additions to the collection include:

Featured images

 Swinburne Image Bank: Engineering students visiting gasometers

Engineering students visiting gasometers, 1950s - Les Gorrie Photography

Swinburne Image Bank: Burwood Road frontages at dusk

Burwood Road frontages at dusk, 2012 - Tom Rutter (cc by-sa)

How to contribute

Contact to contribute your own Swinburne-related images.

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Open Access Week 2014: Swinburne Commons

Posted October 20, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons banner

To celebrate Open Access Week (#swinoa #oaweek), this post features Swinburne Commons - the Library's centralised service for the management and distribution of Swinburne digital media.

Swinburne Commons draws together quality digital media from across the University, highlighting research strengths, teaching excellence, student accomplishments and unique aspects of Swinburne.

Over 1,500 open access resources are available, many of which are available for re-use under Creative Commons licenses. The service ensures discoverability for its open access content via Google, YouTube, iTunes U and Swinburne Library. Featured content includes:

  • public lectures
  • video tutorials
  • instructional course material
  • researcher interviews
  • graduation ceremonies

Your content
Swinburne Commons is constantly on the lookout for interesting material to add to Swinburne Commons. If you have video or audio material that you would like to make available more widely, please contact the team.

Featured video

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Join us for Open Access Week

Posted October 16, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Monday is the start of International Open Access Week the global event that promotes Open Access (OA) in scholarship and research.

Join us for a series of lunchtime discussions at Hawthorn campus library, hosted by the Copyright Office. All sessions run from 12.30pm to 2.00pm and include a light lunch.

Come along for a lively discussion or join the twitter discussion using #swinoa @swinlib

Venue and program
Penang room, Hawthorn campus library, level 3

Monday 20 October

OA at Swinburne Library including Swinburne Research Bank and Swinburne Commons

Tuesday 21 October
Roundtable on Open Access in Learning & Teaching

Wednesday 22 October
Join Leon Sterling and George Collins as they debate: Should researchers publish in OA journals?

Thursday 23 October
Open Access, public policy and the value of grey literature: Amanda Lawrence and Julian Thomas

Friday 24 October
Roundtable on Open Access and data

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Paul Gaultier

Posted October 14, 2014 in category General by Gordon Turnbull


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier

At the National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road,

17 Oct 2014 - 8 Feb 2015

The unconventional and playfully irreverent designs of Jean Paul Gaultier will be celebrated in the first international exhibition dedicated to this groundbreaking French couturier.

The National Gallery of Victoria will be the only Australian venue for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, which will feature more than 140 superbly crafted garments in addition to photographs, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from runway shows, film, television, concerts and dance performances.

This spectacular overview of Gaultier's oeuvre features the first dress created by the designer in 1971 to his latest haute couture and ready-to-wear collections, costumes worn by Kylie Minogue and Beyoncé and haute couture dresses worn by Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett.

The exhibition is organised by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in collaboration with Maison Jean Paul Gaultier, Paris.


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Listening to Design

Posted October 14, 2014 in category General by David BRADLEY


Want to hear more about design? There are a number of great free podcasts available to download that discuss a number of contemporary and recent design issues and ideas.

99% Invisible describes itself as, 'a tiny radio show about design, architecture & the 99% invisible activity that shapes our world'. Each week the program explores the process and power that design and architectures holds in our lives.

ABC Radio National's By Design looks at the places and things we imagine, build, use and occupy, explaining how creative ideas take tangible form through the design process.

In Melbourne, Triple R's The Architects is a weekly discussion show that discusses architecture, sustainability and design.

Image credit: Ben Kure/flickr


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Uncover the Secrets of the Supermarkets

Posted October 09, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

Supermarket Secrets

supermarket photo

This documentary series from the BBC goes behind the scenes with Britain's biggest food retailers, to discover how they source, make and move the food we find on the supermarket shelves.

Looks at how the supermarkets are studying what we look at to help structure their stores.

Also how the weather affects what food we buy. Episodes focus on;
Autumn - Winter - Spring - and Summer

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Design classics: Volkswagen Beetle

Posted October 08, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Recognisable everywhere, the Volkswagen Type 1 was designed to be a cheap, simple car that could be mass-produced. Manufactured by the German company Volkswagen (VW), it was released in 1938.

Production was put on hold during World War II but large numbers were manufactured from 1945, when the car was called simply the Volkswagen. In Germany it became known as the käfer (German for beetle). It was eventually marketed as the Volkswagen Beetle.

The Beetle remains the longest running and most manufactured car of a single design platform worldwide. It was last manufactured in Mexico in 2003. It was called 'El Ray' (Spanish for 'the king' after a song by Jose Alfredo Jimenez. The New Beetle was released in 1997 and a version of that car is still manufactured today.

For more on the Volkswagen Beetle, read The people's car: a global history of the Volkswagen Beetle.
Or watch Volkswagen Beetle (Design classics)

Image credit: flickr/Walmink

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Swinburne Library News

Posted October 07, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

Swinburne Library News is out now.

Meet Mike Marriott, our new law librarian and read about our plans for the Swinburne law collection.

Students: find out everything you ever wanted to know about using copyright-protected material in your assignments.

Read about the Library's big plans for 2015, the new look Swinburne Commons, the results of this year's Library survey and more.

Swinburne Library News


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Design classics: Stanley Morison

Posted September 29, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

We all know him even if we think we don't. Stanley Morison designed the serif font Times New Roman.

Morison worked for the London Times as a typographical consultant. When he criticised the quality of the paper's printing, he was commissioned to design a new typeface. It was Times New Roman, developed with graphic artist Victor Lardent. The paper first used the font in 1932 and it was released commercially in 1933.

For more on Morison and the history of typography, read: The art of the printer: 250 titles and text pages selected from books composed in the Roman letter, printed from 1500 to 1900 and Graphic design: a history.

Image credit: flickr/Stefan Unkovic

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New on Swinburne Commons (September 2014)

Posted September 25, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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

7th Wave Conference 2014

Jim Barber, Maree Conway, Dennis Macnamara, Linda Kristjanson, Ray Fleming...

Two-day conference inspiring innovation in learning, teaching and technologies...

Swinburne login required


Eliza Russell and Andrew Peters (Swinburne Story)

The 'Swinburne Story' series takes an inside view into the journey of inspirational members of the Swinburne community...


Professional Insights series

Advice on IT start ups, business, Australian workplace culture, and entrepreneurship...


September 2014 Graduations

September graduation videos are now available!

9 SEP 11AM

Retrieving references: Scopus
(EndNote X7 basics for Windows and Mac)

Swinburne EndNote Team

Export references from Scopus into EndNote X7.


STEM Blitz

John Grundy, Ajay Kapoor, Christopher Fluke
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology

New monthly lunchtime seminar series featuring three talented Swinburne researchers...


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Celebrate the freedom to read! 21st - 27th September is Banned Books Week

Posted September 23, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Books have been censored, banned or burned at various times due to to perceived obsenity and permissiveness, or for their pro-civil rights, anti-war, anti-government, or anti-corruption stance.  Authors have been harassed, imprisoned, and even killed by authorities around the world.

The most famous case of book banning in Australia was Frank Hardy's Power without glory which was withdrawn in 1950 when the author was accused of libel, but it was re-released in 1951 when Hardy was found not guilty.

Think that censorship was only a problem for Australians in the conservative 1950's and that it cant happen in this day and age?

Last month the Aldi supermarket chain removed Roald Dahl's iconic children's book "Revolting Rhymes" from its shelves after complaints from a customer. It sparked outrage on social media, especially as it was just a week prior to the annual World Ronald Dahl Day, and a fortnight before Banned Books Week.                                                    Image credit: Mystic Politics    

Free your mind!

You can find many banned books in the Library.
  Look for our special banned books display this week at the Hawthorn Campus Library.

Have you read any of these?

Bret Easton Ellis, American psycho (1991) - sale and purchase was banned in Queensland.

Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (1996) - was initially rejected by publishers as being "too disturbing" - it remains one of he most challenged books in schools and libraries.

Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988) -  banned for blasphemy in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Kenya, Kuwait, Liberia, Malaysia, PNG, Pakistan, Senegal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Thailand.

Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1962) - removed from public schools in several USA states in the 1970s.

Allen Ginsberg, Howl (1955) - in 1957 the 1st edition was seized by San Francisco Customs for obscenity. Ginsberg won his obscenity trial.

Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1951) - withdrawn from schools and libraries when it was first published because of racial mixing, drug use and drunkenness.

J. D. Salinger, The catcher in the rye (1951) - between 1961 and 1982 the most censored book in schools and libraries in the USA.

Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman  (1949) - challenging American consumerism was seen as pro-communist so Miller attracted the attention of the McCarthyist House of Un-American Activities Committee. The play was banned on charges of profanity. It was also banned in the USSR in 1969 because Miller campaigned for freedom of dissident writers.  The Crucible (1953) - Miller used the witch trials of Salem as an allegory for McCarthyism ... he was blacklisted.

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath (1939) - attacked by the Associated Farmers of California and banned in much of the USA
until 1941, especially in California for its unflattering portrayal of inhabitants.  East of Eden (1952) - has been subject to many attempts to remove it from libraries in several USA states.

Truman Capote, In Cold Blood (1966) - was banned in Georgia due to violence and profanity.

Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) - is on the top 50 challenged books list, in 1977 it was temporarily banned in Minnesota due to "objectionable words".

Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852) - banned by Confederates during the American Civil War because of its anti-slavery message ... also banned in Russia by Tzar Nicholas I under the premise that it "undermined religious ideals" but really because of its pro-equality stance.

Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago (1957) - banned by the Communist Party in the USSR and forbidden right up until 1987. Pasternak was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature but declined because he was afraid that if he left Russia to receive the award he would be exiled.

Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front (1929) - banned and burned by the Nazis in 1933 for its anti-war stance. Nazi propaganda claimed Remarque was of French Jewish descent. 

Ernest Hemingway, A farewell to arms  (1929) - banned in Italy in 1929 for its description of the Italian retreat after the Battle of Caporetto during World War I.  For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940) - was banned in Spain for its anti-Franco views.

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five (1969) - there have been many attempts to censor it in the USA due to obscenity and its irreverent tone.

Joseph Heller, Catch-22 (1961) - banned in several USA states ...  in Ohio 1972, Dallas 1974, and Washington 1979.

George Orwell, Animal Farm (1945) - Orwell had trouble getting published because the USSR was Britain's ally in World War II. After publication the USSR banned the book. It is still banned in Cuba and North Korea, and censored in China. In 1991 Kenya banned a play adaptation because it was critical of corrupt leaders. In 2002 it was banned in the UAE because of the talking pig character. 1984 (1949) - was banned by the USSR in 1950 for satirising Stalin. It was almost banned by the USA and UK during the 1960s Cuban Missile Crisis.

Aldous Huxley, Brave new world (1931) - set in a world in which books are banned was itself banned in Ireland and Australia in 1932.

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
It is frequently challenged in the USA by parents who declaree it anti-Christian - listed as one of the 100 most frequently challenged books.

James Joyce, Ulysses (1922) - banned in the UK until the 1930s and temporarily banned in the USA until 1933. It was banned in Australia from 1929 to 1937, then from 1941 to 1953 restricted to readers over 18years. 

Anthony Burgess,  A Clockwork Orange (1962) - was banned in the United States and Britain due it its ultra-violence.

Philip Roth,  Portnoy's Complaint (1969) -
Australia's National Literature Board of Review declared it a prohibited import in in 1969.

Gore Vidal, Myra Breckinridge (1968)  - the USA edition was banned in Australia from 1968-1973, only an expurgated British edition was available. 

Grace Metalious, Peyton Place (1956) - banned in many USA states for its depiction of adultery, abortion, incest, domestic violence and homosexuality.

Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955) - 
banned in several countries including France, Britain and South Africa.

Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure (1895) -
banned for dealing with loveless marriages, illegitimate children and suicide.

Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis (1915) - all of Kafka's books were banned under the Nazi and Soviet regimes.

George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession (1905) - controversial for its portrayal of prostitution, it was suppressed in London.

D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's lover (1928) - banned in Australia from 1929 to 1965 because of its sexual content. Sons and Lovers (1913)  was also banned in many countries.

Oscar Wilde, Salome (1892) - banned in England by the Lord Chamberlain for its depiction of Biblical characters, also banned in Boston.

Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) - at the time of publication it was banned in many areas of Europe.

Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856) - banned and the author prosecuted for "offenses against public morals". Flaubert was acquitted in 1857 - the re-released book was a bestseller.

Choderlos de Laclos, Les liaisons dangereuses  (1782) - deemed immoral and banned from the 19th century up until 1937.

Lewis Carroll, Alice's adventures in wonderland (1865) - banned in the province of Hunan, China, from 1931 for its portrayal of humanized animals. 

Charles Darwin, On The Origin of Species by means of natural selection (1859) -
Tennessee passed the Butler Act in 1925 banning schools teaching evolution in favour of creationism. As recently as 2001 the Santorum Amendment encouraged teaching of anti-Darwinian "Intelligent Design" in USA schools. Adolf Hitler listed Darwin in Die Bucherei (the Nazi guide on which books to remove from libraries) because Darwinism clashed with Hitlers racial purity and eugenics theories.

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818) - banned in apartheid South Africa in 1955 for containing "obscene" material

Victor Hugo, Hunchback of Notre Dame (1834) - banned by the Catholic Church's Index Librorum Prohibitorum, not for its anti-clerical scenes but because it was "sensual, libidinous or lascivious."  Les Miserables was also placed on the Index for similar reasons.

Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man (1791) -  banned in the UK and Paine was charged with treason for supporting the French Revolution ...  also banned in Tsarist Russia after the Decembrist revolt.

Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders (1722) - banned in the USA under the Federal Anti-Obscenity Act (1873 Comstock Law).

John Cleland, Fanny Hill (1748) - Cleland and his publisher, were arrested in 1749 charged with "corrupting the King's subjects".  Cleland had to publicly renounce the book and withdraw it before he was freed. It was also banned in the United States in 1821 until 1966.

Voltaire Candide (1759) - placed on the Catholic Church's Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1762 because a fictional Pope is the father of one of the characters and because it pokes fun at the theory that God is perfect and as God created the world, everything in the world is also perfect.     

John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667) - a reflection on the defeat of Cromwell's revolution and the restoration of the monarchy using Satan as a metaphor. The Catholic Church listed it in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum until 1758.

Francois Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel (1533) - a comic masterpiece where giants Gargantua (the father) and Pantagruel (his son) satirise religion with crudity and scatological humor - censored in France. 

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (14th century) - banned in the USA as "inappropriate"  under the Comstock Law.

Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron (1353) - banned and burned in Italy in 1497 & 1553 ... also banned in the USA under the Comstock Law.

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex (429 BC) - banned in England in the 1800s because of its sexual themes. 

Aristophanes, Lysistrata (411 BC) - was banned in the USA during the civil war - up until 1930s, by the Nazis in 1942, also banned in 1967 in Greece because of its anti-war message.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day is on September 19th

Posted September 18, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Talk Like A Pirate Day encourages you to inject pirate-speak into all your activities.

Find out more at the Official site for Talk Like A Pirate Day

Why not get some tips from some piratey books in the Library's Recreational Reading collection?

Including:  Aron's Absurd Armada, Black Lagoon, Cupcakes of Doom - A Collection of YARG! Piratey Comics, Cursed pirate girl, Destiny's Hand, Isaac the Pirate, Peter the pirate squid, Pirate Club, Pirate Eye, Pirate Pwanda, Polly and the pirates, The Littlest Pirate King, The Pirate and the Princess, Wanted


Polly and the pirates  by Ted Naifeh
Polly Pringle lives at a boarding school. Her friends say she is "the dullest girl I've ever met". But one night Polly is captured by the crew of the famous Pirate Queen Meg Malloy.
Like Ted Naifeh's work? The Library Recreational Reading Collection also has his Gloomcookie series! 

Peter the pirate squid by Roman Dirge
Peter and his crew of oysters, sea horses, crabs are the scourges of the sea on their tiny ship Barnacle Booty.
Like Roman Dirge's style?  We also have his complete Lenore series including Swirlies, Noogies, Cooties, Wedgies, and Purple nurples.

Image Credit: Flickr MMortAH 

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Swinburne student magazines now online (1928-1970)

Posted September 16, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

The Open Door 1956 cover

The Library's latest digitisation project makes available student magazines from the 1920s to the 1970s - representing student issues, commentaries and creative works.

Visit Swinburne Image Bank to access these familiar titles:

  • The Swinburnian (1922-1923)
    Journal of the Swinburne Technical College Junior School

  • The Open Door (1928-1968)
    Magazine of the Swinburne Technical College

  • Swinopsis  (1963-1970)
    Swinburne Senior Technical College Magazine

The magazines are text-searchable, and are also available through the National Library's Trove.

Other online publications from Swinburne's history include:

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Need help designing your research project?

Posted September 12, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

 Sage Research Methods Online


The books, reference works, journal articles, and case studies in SAGE Research Methods provide everything you need to design and execute a research project.


From verifying that your research question is a good one to conducting a literature review, to choosing and applying a methodology, the content in SAGE Research Methods will inform every step of your project.


 Video: What is Sage Research Methods



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