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May 22nd is World Goth Day

Posted May 21, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Connect with your inner goth this Friday
with these books and dvds from the Library

DVDs: Autoluminescent Rowland S. Howard; Bela Lugosi: The fallen vampire; This must be the place; and Edward Scissorhands

BOOKS:  The ballroom: the Melbourne punk and post-punk scene: a tell all memoirJapanese Goth; Gothic Lolita punk; and Gothic charm school : an essential guide for goths and those who love them

GRAPHIC NOVELS: Lise Myhre's Nemi, Roman Dirge's Lenore series including Swirlies, Wedgies, and Purple nurples, plus Ted Naifeh's Gloomcookie and Courtney Crumrin series.



Image credit: Flickr  Joachim S. Mueller

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Are you looking for case studies?

Posted May 19, 2015 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

Case studies, if used effectively in teaching and learning, are a great way to test new knowledge or demonstrate theories and principles.

Here is a page that will help you to find quality cases, whether you are teaching or learning.

Subject Guide - Case Studies

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Design classics: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Posted May 13, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Scottish architect, artist and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh was born in Glasgow in 1868. His first major project was the Glasgow Herald Building, now known as The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture.

He met Margaret MacDonald in 1892 at the Glasgow School of Art; they married in 1900. Together with their friends Herbert MacNair and Frances MacDonald, they became known as the four, a collaborative art group of the Glasgow School movement. The group exhibited in Glasgow, London and Vienna.

Mackintosh was influenced by modernist design, Japanese art and furniture design and Art Nouveau. The most famous expression of these influences is the Glasgow School of Art.

In 1989, work began on Mackintosh's 1901 design for House for an Art Lover. The house was opened to the public in 1996.

For more on Mackintosh, read Charles Rennie Mackintosh: the complete furniture, furniture drawings & interior designs or watch Charles Rennie Mackintosh a modern man and Glasgow School of Art.

Image credit: flickr/colinjcampbell

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Swinburne Graduation videos (April 2015)

Posted May 07, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne's April Graduation videos are now available on Swinburne Commons:

 All videos are open access. Send your ceremony to friends and family, or download a copy in high resolution (new feature this year).

Graduation ceremonies since 2008 are available on: Swinburne Commons | YouTube | iTunes U

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Swinburne Research Bank milestone: 40,000 records

Posted April 28, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Swinburne University's official institutional research repository, Swinburne Research Bank, added its 40,000th record at 3.30pm on Thursday April 23.

Congratulations to Amirul Islam from the Faculty of Health, Arts and Design's Department of Statistics, Data Science and Epidemiology.

Swinburne Research Bank is designed to help Swinburne research reach a worldwide audience and maximize its potential for citation. The collection has grown rapidly since its inception nearly ten years ago; in 2014 alone we added more than 5000 records!

If you are a researcher at Swinburne, send your bibliography to us at to have your outputs added to the university repository. More information about the collection, and how to contribute, may be found here: About Swinburne Research Bank 

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Swinburne Library News

Posted April 27, 2015 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

The latest issue of Swinburne Library News is out now.

Meet Leanne Trembath, Manager, Library Teaching and Learning Services and our new University Librarian, Kim Tairi.

See what's new on Swinburne Commons, read about our brand new Library vision and discover the work of the Library's Digital Learning Cluster.

Find these stories and more in Swinburne Library News.

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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.

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

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!