29 January 2015

How to check your work before it is finalised

When you have finished writing your assignment and you think you're ready to submit it, you may want to do one final check. 

If your lecturer wishes you to submit assignments through Turnitin, they will have created a ‘Turnitin assignment drop-box’ in Moodle.

Turnitin is software which checks whether text in your assignment is too similar to that in your textbook or other references.

The software identifies passages of text in your assignment that are too similar to original texts that you have used. It is designed to allow you the opportunity to amend your work prior to submission.

The Turnitin Library Guide is provided to help you. It demonstrates how to access and use Turnitin and provides FAQs on the process: 

The guide is divided into six sections:
  • What is Turnitin?
  • How do I use Turnitin?
  • The Originality Report
  • How do I increase originality?
  • Faculty policies, and
  • Frequently Asked Questions.
The Library provides this and other Library guides and online tutorials for you to use when preparing and presenting your academic work.

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27 January 2015

Retro sounds a hit at Matheson

Arts Faculty Music students have been making good use of the Matheson Library’s records.

Teams of Creative Music Technology  students were given a mission to create their own original compositions, using nothing but vinyl samples from the Matheson's collection of records.

Coordinator Ben Grayson says this was pretty much the coolest assignment ever!  ”Students spent their time fossicking around in the world of vinyl (the unique, dare-we-say-retro collection housed in the Matheson Library) and produced the slickest, devilishly creative works imaginable.”

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Orientation 2015

The year starts for new students properly in Orientation Rosemary Miller

It is wonderful to see students who have recently accepted an offer to enrol in a course for 2015 visiting their campus.

Links from the Orientation page to Academic orientation and the Orientation ePlanner will introduce you to Library services, resources and programs. Orientation is held between  23-27 February.

You are welcome to visit the libraries on campus at any time; please feel free to call in.

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20 January 2015

Social inclusion at the library

Academic staff interested in developing programs to improve participation and retention for low SES students may wish to contact the Library.

As a result of Monash University’s receipt of Federal Government funding through the Higher Education Participation and Partnership Program (HEPPP), the Library is developing services and programs that focus on improving access, participation, retention and success for students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds.

The social inclusion-related programs, whilst being led through a regional focus across Berwick and Peninsula, may also be implemented at other campuses. These programs are developed in consultation with academic staff and students.

Faculty staff should contact Learning Skills  Adviser Anita Dewi or Subject Librarian Tracey Whyte to find out more.

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19 January 2015

Learning about academic integrity

The Academic Integrity online tutorial is available to assist students in developing the knowledge and skills required for good academic practice...By Heidi Binghay

As a student, you need to learn and adhere to the ethical principles relating to your use of ideas, knowledge and information. 

The Academic Integrity interactive modules set is an important part of the implementation of the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures at Monash.

You will appreciate how the concept of academic integrity is connected with the real world through case study examples. As an interactive online tutorial, you will THINK and DO rather than just read.

When you go through the modules, you will get:
  • an overview of the main principles of academic integrity;
  • ways to develop skills to ensure integrity in your academic work;
  • information on plagiarism, collusion and academic misconduct.

The Library encourages you to complete the online modules. Academic integrity is a set of skills you can take with you beyond university into your future employment and career.

You can access the online modules in the Library Resources block within Moodle and on the Library website.

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15 January 2015

A Library guide to Moodle

Moodle, the learning management system used at Monash University, was upgraded to the newest version (2.7) in November, 2014...... By Heidi Binghay

While there are few changes to the 2.7 ‘look and feel’ of Moodle, students may notice some differences to features and functions. Highlights of these changes include:
  • A new assignment module offering group assignments and built-in originality declaration statements
  • The option to use the new ATTO text editor with improved equation editing functionality
  • The addition of anonymous forums.
A new Moodle Library guide has been developed to provide students with more information about the changes and their impact on the use of Moodle.
A quick start guide to Moodle version 2.7 is also available to download from within the Library guide.

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eThesis - Managing copyright podcast

If you are a postgraduate by research student, you can download the eThesis - Managing copyright podcast for help in the preparation of your thesis so that it meets copyright requirements in accordance with University policy and Australian copyright law.

The podcast is part of the exPERT seminars and workshops of the Monash Institute for Graduate Research . Visit the Copyright  intranet site for more information and advice.

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13 January 2015

Ready-made answers to library questions

If you're new to Monash, the service provides answers to many of the queries that commonly concern students about using the Library or library resource.

Ask.Monash pre-prepared questions are known as frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Popular library -related questions for students include “Where do I return my books?”, “What happens if I have overdue items or fines?”, “What are lectures online?”  and “Where can I find past exam papers?”

Particular FAQs are also provided about library facilities and resources for Monash staff and for other groups including visitors, alumni and students from other universities.

You may also lodge an online enquiry of their own, on any subject relating to the Library. An answer will be sent by email within two days.

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Individual consultations for honours, postgrads and research students

Advice on how to conduct preliminary research for your thesis can be very valuable, and the Library has staff that can provide it.

Librarians with subject and discipline responsibility can provide expert advice about research skills, as one very satisfied postgraduate student exclaimed:

"Frankly, I expected a half-hour session with a few good pointers, but it was a 1-hour session chock full of really helpful ideas and practical research advice!"

Make the most of this valuable service. Contact a faculty team librarian and book in for an appointment.

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Asian studies materials in temporary home

Asian studies materials at Sir Louis Matheson Library have moved to a temporary home in the lower Ground Floor.

Japanese magazines are among the ASRC resources in a new home
At the Sir Louis Matheson Library, the Asian Studies Research Collection (ASRC) materials have been moved temporarily to the Matheson store area, where most of it is on open access. The Matheson store is on the Lower Ground floor and is reached via the stairs opposite the Matheson entrance. A lift is also available nearby. Library staff can take users down to explain where everything if they haven’t visited this area before.

A new specialist ASRC area on the first floor will be an important feature of the refurbished Matheson Library. The area where the ASRC was previously located is being redeveloped as part of the refurbishment.

The ASRC materials include Asian language materials with collection strengths in Indonesia and Southeast Asia, Korea, Japan and China. The Asian language collection is complemented by extensive English-language resources relating to Asia, including substantial holdings on South Asia. Items in the open access collection include books and journals, some microfilm and fiche with indexes, multi-volume works and some newspapers. Access to rare and archival ASRC materials can be arranged on request.

Ask for assistance at the Information Point at the Matheson Library.  Specialist ASRC staff can be contacted by phone or email.

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6 January 2015

Hein Online: is there anything it can’t do?

Hein Online is a database that covers so much. It is suitable for people with little or no legal research experience through to those with advanced skills.......By Caroline Knaggs

Conan O’Brien wrote the famous line “doughnuts, is there anything they can’t do?” for Homer Simpson in the episode Marge v The Monorail and it is tempting to apply the concept to Hein Online. This database covers so much (it is the world’s largest image-based legal research collection) and is so easy to use.

HeinOnline is divided into Libraries which cover specific collections of legal material. The most frequently used secondary sources library is the Law Journal Library, an archival collection (i.e. from vol. 1 issue 1 onwards) of law journals from around the world including the US Ivy League and all Australian law schools. Other secondary libraries to note are the Foreign and International Law Resources Database, the Intellectual Property Collection and the Phillip C. Jessup Library which contains international law materials for those involved with the Jessup moot. Hein’s Scholarcheck provides journal article citation details.

For primary sources, Hein contains the (UK) Statutes of the Realm (legislation beginning at the reign of King Henry III) to the current US Code and early UK and US case law through to current cases from the US Supreme Court and much more. US Cases are made easier to find using the Fastcase citator. The World Treaty Library brings treaties from a range of organizations together in one place.

The Search function provides a range of options and documents can be printed or downloaded as a PDF file.

Hein is suitable for people with little or no legal research experience through to those with advanced skills. New content is added monthly, making each search an adventure. HeinOnline: the “go-to” legal research database.

If you are a Monash staff or student, you have free access to HeinOnline as one of the Library’s many database subscriptions.

Caroline Knaggs, is a subject librarian and member of the Law faculty team

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