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New on Swinburne Commons (November 2014)

Posted November 19, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Paperity is here!

Posted November 17, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Paperity is here!

Paperity is the first multidisciplinary aggregator of open access journals and papers. It includes over 160,000 full text articles from 2000 scholarly journals.

And it's growing: the team aim to cover 100 per cent of open access literature over the next three years. Paperity covers all subject areas, from science, technology and medicine to social sciences, humanities and the arts. It's more than an index: journal references link directly to the full text of articles.

If you're an editor or publisher of an open access journal and would like it included, contact Paperity.

Follow Paperity on Twitter or find them on Facebook.

Image credit: flickr/biblioteekje

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Research student photography and image competition

Posted November 12, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

The winners have been announced for this year's Research student photography and image competition, celebrating National Science Week.

Gravitational doubts

After initial display in the Hawthorn Library foyer, the three winning photographs have been archived in Swinburne Image Bank along with other entries from the 2014, 2013 and 2012 competitions.


Swinburne Image Bank ensures the accessibility of these images over time, but has also provided the opportunity for the photographers to make their photos available under Creative Commons licences.

Almost 40 of the images can now be copied and shared (with attribution and under certain conditions).

 Graphene - making waves

Graphene - making waves - Chris Strathie (cc by-nc-nd)

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Fall of the Berlin Wall

Posted November 07, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


This Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Plans for construction of the wall began in August 1961 when the army and East German police closed the border with West Berlin. Barbed wire and fences were constructed along the divide between East and West Berlin. 

Houses between the fences were removed and this area become known as the death strip. It was covered with raked sand or gravel, making it easy for guards to see the footprints of anyone trying to cross.

It is estimated that at least 138 people died while trying to defect to the West. One was Peter Fechter. He bled to death after he was shot.

The Berlin Wall fell as part of the 1989 revolutions that saw the fall of Communist states in Central and Eastern Europe.

On November 9, 1989, a spokesman for the East German Communist Party announced that, starting at midnight, citizens of the GDR were free to cross the country's borders.

And they did.

For more on the Berlin Wall and life in the GDR, check out the feature films The Lives of Others and Goodbye Lenin! and the documentary and A Wall in Berlin 1945-1989.

Image credit: flickr/gavinandrewstewart

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It's Movember!

Posted November 05, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

It's Movember!

The month when Mo Bros grow and style their facial hair to raise awareness of prostate cancer and male mental health.

This week to support Movember the Library is spotlighting books on men's issues like fitness, diet, sexuality, image, psychology and mental health.

Look for our display in the Library foyer under the big mo!

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Protect yourself from scam emails

Posted November 05, 2014 in category General by Thomas Rutter

We have recently been notified that some Swinburne students or staff have received fake emails pretending to come from the Swinburne Library website, asking people to re-activate their account by logging in. These emails are a scam, and are attempting to steal people's log in details possibly in order to unlawfully gain access to people's accounts.

Staff and students should be aware of this or similar scams arriving by email. 

What to do if you clicked the link already

To be safe, you probably want to change your password at My.Swinburne, whether you think your account has been unlawfully accessed or not.

Your information cannot be stolen simply by clicking the link in the scam email, but clicking the link may have lead you to unknowingly enter your log-in details into a fake version of a Swinburne website thinking it was real.

If you have any problems, or if you suspect someone has gained access to your account, please contact the ITS Service Desk.

Protect yourself from email scams

An email message should be treated as suspicious if you notice one or more of the following:

  • The email informs you that your account may "expire" and need to be re-activated. This is a very common theme for scam emails, along with emails asking you to change your password.
  • The email asks you to log in or input your password into a form, or to input other personal information. Sometimes this is done under the pretence of wanting to "confirm your identity".
  • You follow a link in an email and arrive at a website with an unexpected address. Official Swinburne websites should have an address ending with "" or "", with nothing following this except for optionally a slash, followed by other information.

More information

More information is available from the following ITS guides:

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New on Swinburne Commons (October 2014)

Posted November 03, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Library study space in the exam period

Posted October 31, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


Library study areas are now restricted to Swinburne staff and students until November 23. Keep your ID card with you, as Swinburne Security staff will be checking IDs.

If you're looking for study space, don't forget these venues:

ATC103 Student Common (100 seats)
AD108 Student Common (50 seats)

Dedicated study desks, with extra power and seating are available in the foyers of all teaching floors in the AMDC, BA, TA, TB, TC and TD buildings.

You can also check available study space here or download the study space app

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Halloween is coming!

Posted October 30, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

We've dragged the most bewitching books from the shadowy depths of the Library's vaults for our Halloween display this week

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Mint Global and Orbis company database demonstration

Posted October 29, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

Tony Ventura from Bureau van Dijk will demonstrate how to find global company information
and data from Mint Global and Orbis.

Thursday 30th October 2014

3.00-3.50pm   Mint/Orbis demonstration and search scenarios

4.00-4.30pm   Mint/Orbis Q and A

Library Conference Room, Hawthorn Campus, Level 3.

No RSVP required

Both Orbis and Mint Global carry the same content however Mint Global is a streamlined version of Orbis and is designed as a simple interface for those who don't require advanced functionality.  Bureau van Dijk (BvD) is one of the world's leading publishers of electronic business and company information.

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Celebrate International Animation Day

Posted October 28, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

October 28th is International Animation Day

International Animation day was started in 2002 by the Association Internationale du Film d'Animation (ASIFA) whose headquarters are in Annecy (home of the famous Annecy International Animated Film Festival).

October 28th was selected to commemorate the first public performance of Emile Reynaud's Theatre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris in 1892.

To support Swinburne's animation courses the Library has a collection of online streaming animated features and shorts.

International animated features include:
Who Framed Roger Rabbit; Shrek; How To Train Your Dragon; Wreck-It Ralph; The Croods; Chicken Run; Wallace & Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit 

Some animated shorts include:
Shaun Tan's Oscar winning The Lost Thing (also won Best Short Film at Annecy); Bruce Petty's Global haywire; Harvey Krumpet and Mary And Max by Adam Elliot; The cat piano (narrated by Nick Cave); Bill Plympton's Guard dog; Ryan Larkin's Spare Change; Medusa-the first date; Le Fantome De L'apero; My neighbourhood has been taken over by baboons; Going to the dogs; Chainsaw maid; Testicle; Loose ends; Song for a comb; Murder; One; Fault; Awakening

Image credit: Flickr carlylehold - Jules Chèret poster for Musee Grevin Pantomimes Lumineuses Theatre Optique

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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Design classics: Paul Rand

Posted October 27, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

 "Don't try to be original. Just try to be good."

And he was. Paul Rand designed some of the best known corporate logos, including IBM, UPS, Westinghouse and the now notorious Enron. He produced designs for numerous book jackets and magazines in a modern, expressive style.

Rand attended the prestigious Pratt Institute and Parsons New School for Design in New York. He was inducted into the New York Art Director's Club Hall of Fame in 1972.

For more on Paul Rand check out: Paul Rand: a designer's art and Design, form and chaos.

Image credit: flickr/tchertykovtseva

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Open Access Week 2014: Swinburne Online Journals

Posted October 24, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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To celebrate Open Access Week (#swinoa #oaweek), this post features Swinburne Online Journals - the Library's support service for publishing open access journals.

In providing journal publishing support to Swinburne faculties and research centres, this service offers technical assistance and software hosting (using the open source Online Journal Systems (OJS)), as well as advice on online publishing and copyright issues. Areas of service include:

  • Journal setup
  • ISSN registration
  • Ongoing support for:
    • publication of new issues
    • managing online submissions
  • Scholarly publishing advice
    • open access publishing
    • copyright and licensing

Currently supported journals:

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 Sensoria: A Journal of Mind, Brain and Culture publishes progressive, topical research and analyses from within contemporary psychology and associated disciplines of the mind.

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The Journal of Contemporary Issues in Business and Government aims to advance our understanding of cutting edge issues in theory and practice that inform business decision making and/or government policy.

For a full overview of our support service and contact details, visit Swinburne Online Journals.

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October 23rd is Diwali

Posted October 23, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Celebrate Diwali with some Bollywood DVDs from the Library

Swinburne teaches Cinema Studies so we have many Bollywood DVDs, from the social realism of directors Satyajit Ray and Mira Nair to Bollywood blockbusters featuring megastars like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Aishwarya Rai and Preity Zinta.

DVDs include... 

Sholay; Deewaar; Dabangg; Kabhi khushi kabhie gham; Chakde India; Main hoon na; Don 2; Asoka; Veer-Zaara; Devdas; Parineeta; Dostana; Chalte Chalte; Hulchul; Kuch naa kaho; Bride and Prejudice; Heyy babyy; Love Aaj Kal; Salaam namaste; Munna bhai M.B.B.S.; Lage raho Munna Bhai; Gangs of Wasseypur; Khakee; Kaante; What's your raashee?; 3 idiots; Dil bole hadippa; Hum aapke hain koun; Jodhaa AkbarLike stars on earth; Rang de basanti; Mangal Pandey the rising; Lagaan; Dhoom; Dhoom 2; Kaminey; Masala; Fida; Eklavya the royal guard; Outsourced; Americanizing Shelley; The mistress of spices; Mr. and Mrs. IyerBandit Queen; Salaam Bombay; Monsoon wedding; The Namesake; A tale of a naughty girl; Apron StringsThe damned rain; Kites; Road to Ladakh; Slumdog millionaire; Charulata; Aparajito; Apu sansar;

Some titles are also available as streaming video:

Ra One; Veer-Zaara; Devdas; Parineeta; Salaam namaste; Love Aaj Kal; Kaante; Jodhaa Akbar; DhoomShot in BombaySita sings the bluesHeaven on Earth; The damned rain

Image credit: Flickr  Anuradha Sengupta

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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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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