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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The most famous case of book banning in Australia was Frank Hardy's Power without glory which was withdrawn in 1950 when the author was accused of libel, but it was re-released in 1951 when Hardy was found not guilty.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Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1951) - withdrawn from schools and libraries when it was first published because of racial mixing, drug use and drunkenness.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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Swinburne architecture exhibition online

Posted September 03, 2014 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Artist Peter Garnick's photographic exhibition featuring Swinburne's new ATC and AMDC buildings spans three years of construction - from first designs to final touches.

Thanks to the generosity of the artist, the exhibition images are now available online via Swinburne Image Bank - Swinburne's open access collection of images illustrating the rich history of the University.

Visit Swinburne Image Bank to view the full exhibition.

AMDC Victorian facade

Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC) Victorian façade

The factory of the future, AMDC, October 2013

The factory of the future, Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC)

Melbourne Town Hall clock tower and ATC

Melbourne Town Hall clock tower and Advanced Technologies Centre (ATC)

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World Beard Day is this weekend!

Posted September 02, 2014 in category General by Sue FOSTER

World Beard Day will be on 6th of September this year.

Beard owners and appreciators on every continent are encouraged to celebrate.

Why not invite a few bearded friends over to binge-watch our most hirsute dvd Vikings Season 1   ... or play your favourite sport with Bearded vs Non-Bearded teams (with the beardless team heavily handicapped).

The official website  has more suggestions if you want to organise your own World Beard Day event.

Make sure you check out the display of specially bearded books in the Library this week.                                                                                  

Image credit: Flickr UMBC SEB Fall 2013


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Welcome to OUA students

Posted September 01, 2014 in category General by Susan ROBERTS

As an OUA student you can access over 500,000 eBooks, a broad range of databases and other online materials through the Swinburne University of Technology Library from the comfort of your home.

Most of your course content will be in Blackboard, however you will be required to undertake further research when completing assessment tasks.  Use the library to access online journals, eBooks, newspaper articles and video archives to further deepen your understanding of a specific topic.

You can even borrow books and have them mailed out to you Australia-wide, although if you live close enough you are welcome to use our campus libraries in person.

To find out more please visit the Swinburne Library or if you would like to ask a question of our library staff, contact them here.

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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...


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.