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More silent study spaces at Hawthorn campus

Posted August 19, 2014 in category General by Kim Tairi

In the recent 2014 Library Client Survey you told us that there was not enough study space on campus. We are pleased to announce that the Library and Facilities have opened two new silent study spaces this semester:

  • BA202 & 203- Silent study space open 24/7. To  get 24 hour access you need to register online
  • SR (formerly Swinergy) - 84 seat silent study space
If you want real time information about study space on Hawthorn campus download the Swinburne app or visit Study spaces.

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Web of Science meets Google Scholar

Posted August 18, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN

Did you know that Web of Science is now connected to Google Scholar?

Search the Web of Science Core Collection and open up the full record of a citation. You'll see a link to Google Scholar via the Look Up Full Text button. From there, you can view any Google Scholar citation counts and access full text if it is available.

The connection works both ways--when you search Google Scholar, the results list will include a link within each citation to any citing articles in Web of Science.

Save your settings in Google Scholar
Have you saved your settings in Google Scholar? This allows you to click through to Swinburne Library subscriptions in your Google Scholar search results. Here's how:

  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Select Settings, then Library links
  • Search for Swinburne
  • Select Swinburne University of Technology - Full Text at Swinburne
  • Click save

Your results will now display a Full Text at Swinburne link for any papers available at Swinburne Library.

For more information on Google Scholar and Web of Science, read the media release

Do you have questions about Web of Science or Google Scholar? Contact your Liaison Librarian

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New on Swinburne Commons (August 2014)

Posted August 11, 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.

Why charity should not begin at home

Peter Singer, Julian Burnside, Jo Barraket, Sandie deWolf

Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics at Princeton University and Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, says charity should not begin at home...


e-Research Symposium 2014

Swinburne Research
and representatives from Swinburne faculties

This one-day multi-disciplinary event brought together Swinburne staff, researchers, and PhD students...


John Hopkins (Swinburne Story)

John Hopkins
Faculty of Business and Enterprise

The 'Swinburne Story' series will take an inside view into the journey of inspirational...


Digital Aquarium Deep Dive Innovation Events

Learning Transformations Unit

Includes flipped learning presentations from Blackboard, Microsoft, and Swinburne's Lyndon Walker...


Code testing for researchers
(HPC and GPU Webinar Series)

Luke Hodkinson
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing

This seminar targets: C/C++ and Python developers. Topics covered: motivating examples, testing methods, unit testing...


Patriotism and US public opinion on foreign policy (Swinburne Institute Seminar Series)

Karen Devine
Dublin City University

Discusses whether ordinary American citizens have espoused greater levels of patriotism...


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Cinema Studies Students! Huge Asian stream at the Melbourne International Film Festival

Posted August 07, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Attention Cinema Studies students ... this year MIFF has lots of new Japanese, Korean, and Chinese offerings.

There are new releases from festival favorites like the proliffic Takashi Miike [The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji], also mind-bending auteur Hitoshi Matsumoto [R100] and the legendary Wong Kar Wai's long awaited new epic [The Grandmaster].

Check out the back catalogue of these directors with dvds from the Library's Audiovisual Collection...

Wong Kar Wai :  2046, In the Mood for Love, Days of Being Wild, Fallen Angels, Chungking Express , As Tears Go By

Hitoshi Matsumoto : SymbolBig Man Japan

Takashi Miike  : 13 Assassins, Crows Zero, Sukiyaki Western Django, The Great Yokai War, One Missed Call, Dead or Alive, The Happiness of the Katakuris, Audition

 Image credit: Flickr canburak

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Posted August 05, 2014 in category General by Lauren Dunstan

For a long time now we've been keeping an eye on what you type into the library search, and how well our search does in bringing you back relevant results. Typing in the name of a book and its author (or even giving more details, for example Interaction design Preece 2011, has never worked all that well--we know and we're sorry!

This is especially bad because about 5-10% of all the searches you do are this style. Recently, the company that provides our search has made some changes, and these searches should work much better now! 

Let us know how you get on, and if you try one of these searches and it doesn't work, let us know about that too. Happy searching!


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Must see MIFF movies for Animation students.

Posted July 28, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) has lots on offer for animation students.

As well as the popular Animated Shorts programme some highlights of the festival will include ...

-Cheatin' - the latest feature from Bill Plympton
The Library has online streaming of his Oscar nominated short film Guard Dog, plus one of his most famous features Hair High.

-Patema Inverted directed by Yasuhiro Yoshiura - which tells the gravity-defying love story of rebellious underground teenager Patema and surface-walker Age.

-The Tale of the Princess Kaguya - the new anime from Isao Takahata who often collaborates with Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli.
The library has dvds of Takahata's most famous films, Grave of the Fireflies; Pom Poko; Panda! Go Panda!; My Neighbors the Yamadas & Nausicaa of the Valley of the Winds.

-The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness - a new documentary about Hayao Miyazaki.
The Library has dvds and streaming of many other Studio Ghibli films and also another documentary about Studio Ghibli  "Ghibli the Miyazaki Temple".
Streaming: Ponyo; Howl's Moving Castle; Spirited Away; Porco Rosso; Kiki's Delivery ServiceLaputa Castle in the Sky;  DVDs: Princess Mononoke; My Neighbor Totoro; Whisper of the Heart; The Cat Returns; Ocean Waves; Arrietty

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 katarina w

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New on Swinburne Commons (July 2014)

Posted July 21, 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.

Our people, our prosperity... (Chancellor's lecture series)

Jennifer Westacott

Explores why and how we need to transform the VET system...


Leadership tools for wicked problems
(Swinburne Leadership Dialogues)

John Fien
Swinburne Leadership Institute

Leadership for the public interest is not easy to achieve. Many of the issues leaders...


Sarah Maddison (Swinburne Story)

Sarah Maddison
Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing

The 'Swinburne Story' series will take an inside view into the journey of inspirational...


Merging Word documents into a larger document (EndNote X7 basics for Windows and Mac)

Swinburne EndNote Team

We advise that you write larger projects in chunks of 50 page Word documents...


Twitter for education

Anne-Marie Chase
Learning Transformations Unit

In this video, we hear of a practical, real world use case of Twitter in education.


Innovation, scaling and impact in microfinance
(DataBlitz 2013)

Liz Branigan
Faculty of Business and Enterprise

Discusses assessing the social and economic impact of microfinance loans and...


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Rare Book Week

Posted July 21, 2014 in category General by Jo Gillespie

Rare Book Week is on now and finishes on 27 July.  See an original copy of the Gutenburg Bible, the first book made using moveable type, at Melbourne University's Ballieu Library.

Swinburne also has a Special Collection of rare materials related to Australian design history.

One of the interesting items in this collection is the Australia National Journal. First published in 1939, it's widely considered to be the first Australian journal to focus on design issues.

The Australia National Journal was a high quality journal that aimed to give expression to our progress in Art, Architecture and Industry? (Ure Smith 1939, p.15).The publication was a major contributor to the discussion of modernism at the time and is still used by students and staff.


Reference: Ure Smith, S 1939, The Aims of this journal, Australia National Journal, vol. 1, no. 1, p.15.

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Discover Weng Weng

Posted July 10, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

At this years Melbourne International Film Festival, Andrew Leavold pays homage to the movie career of Weng Weng in "The Search for Weng Weng".

Imelda Marcos intended the 1981 Manila International Film Festival to be a showcase of Filipino culture. To everyone's horror, the only film that was successful was a low budget, midget James Bond spoof that ended up selling all over the world in countries as far apart as Iceland, Uganda, Tonga, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea and even out-grossing Star Wars films the West Indies.

Weng Weng became a star, appearing on TV,  at film festivals, shopping centres, and political rallies. He was presented with a customised 25-callibre pistol and made an honorary Secret Agent by General Ramos.
At the presentation ceremony for a citation for services to the Filipino film industry, he joined Imelda Marcos in a karaoke duet of "My Way"- the bootleg of their performance later sold 200,000 copies.

Leavold (owner of Trash Video in Queensland 1995-2010) toured Weng Weng's most famous film, "For Your Height Only" around Australia in the 1990s. I remember going to a screening in a cafe in Melbourne's Manchester Lane ...  then buying a VHS copy at "Inferno" in Elizabeth Street.

"For Your Height Only" had a Docklands drive-in screening at MIFF2010 as part of a a double feature with Mark Hartley's "Machete Maidens Unleashed" documentary about Filipino exploitation movies of the 1970s and 1980s.

Weng Weng fans can find dvds of "For your Height Only" and its sequel "The Impossible Kid" in the Library's Audiovisual Collection.


On the back of Mark Hartley's first documentary "Not quite Hollywood" - many Australian Genre films are being remade. First there was "The Long Weekend", then "Patrick", now a remake of "Turkey Shoot" will screen at MIFF2014. Make sure you check out the original "Turkey Shoot" on dvd in the Library.

Also get in quick for tickets to Hartleys 3rd doco screening at MIFF ... Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.
Featuring interviews with Eli Roth, Tobe Hooper, Franco Nero, Bo Derek, Olivia d'Abo, and Dolph Lundgren. It tells the story of Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus who bought low-rent Cannon Films, and injected ninjas, nudity, and Rambo clones into their threadbare plots. They upped the output of shlock films to the point that the very sight of the Cannon logo made audiences boo throughout the 1980s. When Menahem insisted on getting ?that Stone woman? for a rip-off of Indiana Jones, instead of securing Kathleen Turner star of Romancing The Stone, he inadvertently booked Sharon Stone and launched her career.


Image credit: Flickr fantasticfest


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One of Melbourne's Best Kept Secrets

Posted July 03, 2014 in category General by David BRADLEY

The Design Special Collection is one of Melbourne's best-kept secrets.


Located on level 1 of the Hawthorn library, this unique collection holds magazines such as, Art in Australia, Australia Today, The Australian Home Beautiful, Architecture and Arts and many others from the early to mid-twentieth century. The collection also includes some contemporary material and design tools such as colour charts and samples of printed objects in unusual formats.

Built up over many years, the collection provides a valuable source of publications of design significance. Both staff and students of Swinburne's School of Design frequently use these primary resources for research into the history of design in Australia.

If you'd like to use the collection, you can get the key from the Level 2 Library Service Desk. The room can be booked online.

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Perspectives on Global Development 2014 Boosting Productivity to Meet the Middle-Income Challenge

Posted July 03, 2014 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

 New Publication on the OECD iLibrary.

Developing economies continue to grow faster than more advanced countries.

Non-OECD countries' share in world GDP surpassed that of OECD countries in 2010.


Since its first edition in 2010, the annual Perspectives on Global Development has investigated the trends in "shifting wealth", the increasing economic weight of developing countries in the world economy.

"At average growth rates over 2000-12 several middle-income countries will fail to converge with the average OECD income level by 2050. Their challenge is deepened by the slowdown in China, where rapid growth has up to now benefited its neighbours and suppliers, in particular natural-resource exporters."

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More Exciting Events for Film and Cinema Studies Students!

Posted June 30, 2014 in category General by Cleve Carvalho

Melbourne International Film Festival 2014

The ACMI features exciting events for Film, Cinema Studies and Animation students. Some of these events include the upcoming Melbourne International Film Festival which will run from Thursday 31 July to Sunday 17 August 2014.The  Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) will feature Cannes highlights, critics' favourites, award winners, emerging stars and cult classics.


One of the unique features will be the screening of Out 1: Noli Me Tangere, a 12 hour magnum opus of French New Wave, starring Jean-Pierre Leaud. 


Check out the Library's DVD and Online Streaming Video Collection for past films MIFF has screened over the years.

 Image Credit:  Flickr Tick Tock Tom

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Welcome to the Camberwell Art Show

Posted June 30, 2014 in category General by Kim HODGMAN


 Emma Niehof: Near Bendigo

The 49th Camberwell Art Show is now showing at the ATC building in Burwood Road. This year, our very own Liaison Librarian, Emma Niehof is one of the exhibiting artists.

The art show began in 1966 at the Camberwell Grammar School. It now attracts up to 7000 visitors annually and raises money for local national and international humanitarian and charitable projects.

We invite all art lovers to come along. The show runs until 6th July.

Emma Niehof: Wildflowers

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Australian Furniture Desgin

Posted June 27, 2014 in category General by Jo Gillespie

Delve into Australian modernist design history. 

If you're thinking of venturing out into Melbourne's wild weather this weekend, why not go to the NGV and see Mid-Century Modern: Australian Furniture Design.

 Listen to Swinburne lecturers Carolyn Barnes and Simon Jackson talk on ABC Radio National about the Australian furniture company 'Fler'. This program was recently re-broadcast on Hindsight to coincide with the opening of the exhibition.  

Audio reproduced with the kind permission of the ABC.


 Featherston Furniture in Boyd designed Walsh Street house.

Image credit: bobarcpics 

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New on Swinburne Commons (June 2014)

Posted June 24, 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.

Reimagining ethical leadership
(Swinburne Leadership Dialogues)

Helena Liu
Faculty of Business and Enterprise

The presentation articulates a radical reimagination of ethical leadership research...


Scholarship ceremony

Student Operations

Held on Monday 26th May 2014, 5.30pm.


Syncing EndNote X7 with a new EndNote online account

Swinburne EndNote Team

Link your EndNote X7 library with a new EndNote online account to automatically...


Time lapse building videos

Time-lapse videos of the construction of the AMDC, George, and ATC buildings...


A scheme to make integration by parts easier - Part 1 (MathsCasts)

Stephen Bedding
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology

Integration by parts using the formula is briefly revisited, then we look at how to code use...


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