Showing posts with label Resources. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Resources. Show all posts

4 August 2015

Reading Lists – your key to preparing for a lecture

Your lecturer has asked you to do a whole lot of reading before your lecture, but how do you find those articles or books? Introducing your library reading list… By Catherine Hocking

Luckily, the job of searching for these readings has already been done for you, to produce your Library reading list.

Your reading list is compiled by your lecturer and can provide a great place to start when beginning a new unit. Over the course of a unit you may be asked to refer to articles, textbooks and other materials. For most units the Library has put all these materials together for your convenience so you can get reading now!

Your Library reading list will link you to:

  • ebook versions or electronic journal articles wherever available,
  • scanned copies of articles and book chapters,
  • recommended websites, or
  • the Library catalogue record for books, allowing you to see immediately whether a copy is available.
Scanned materials are available as PDF files, allowing you to search for keywords in the text, highlight sections and add notes. Watch the video below for tips for managing your reading material.

Your lecturer may have integrated the reading list into the relevant sections of your unit’s Moodle site. If not, there are a number of other ways you can access your reading lists – from the quick links on the Library homepage, by entering your unit code into the Library’s Search or by going straight to

Once you have found the reading you need, simply click the title to see Library availability for books or a web address to link you to the full text chapter or article.

What are you waiting for? Get reading.

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8 May 2015

Asian literary gems new and old at Matheson

Books by Nobel Prize winning author Mo Yan are on display at the Matheson Library, along with historic Japanese texts.

Rare Japanese classics from the Suetsugu collection and the works of Chinese literary sensation Mo Yan are currently on display and available for borrowing at the Sir Louis Matheson Library, Clayton Campus.

The displays are part of the Library’s Asian Studies Collection, a leading research facility in Australia. The Collection has a strong focus on Southeast Asia and East Asia.

Suetsugu Collection
The Suetsugu collection―a large collection of over one 1000 volumes of rare 18th and 19th century Japanese books―originally came from Matsue, Japan, and was the library of an old established Matsue family. The historical and cultural city of Matsue is also known, incidentally, as the home of the writer Lafcadio Hearn (Koizumi Yakumo).

Later the collection came into the possession of Captain L. K. Shepherd, an intelligence Linguist with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force from 1947-1956. Captain Shepherd eventually donated the collection to the Monash Library.

The books on display at the Matheson Library include a four-volume history of Japan from 1861 written in the Kanbun style, a Japanese work of classical literature from 1661 titled, ”Essays in Idleness”, Chinese poetry by Li Bai written in calligraphy, and two tiny volumes of Confucian literature. The Suetsugu collection is held in the Rare Books Collection.

Mo Yan莫言 winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature

A separate case displays a selection of books by or about the 2012 winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, the Chinese novelist Mo Yan (莫言), whose works include novels, short stories and essays. His novels were translated into English by Howard Goldblatt (葛浩文), professor of East Asian language and literatures at the University of Notre Dame.

The Matheson Library has collected most of Mo Yan's books and also holds many books about him in both Chinese and English. They can be found through Search under his name “Mo Yan” or under each individual title. Books in Chinese are kept in the Chinese collection and English books are kept in the general collection.

The Asian Studies Collection materials are presently located in the open access lower ground floor Matheson Store while the library is being refurbished. Please visit the collection or enquire with Information staff about accessing items from the collection.

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7 May 2015

Learn new skills via video

Learn some new skills and techniques online through a first class video provider.  In fact we found helpful tips on writing for this blog that way...... by Romany Manuell.

If you listen to a lot of podcasts (I'm a huge fan of This American Life and Serial) you probably will have heard the ads for, a training provider offering online education via video since 2002. But did you know that you can access for free by signing up through the Monash University Library? offers beautifully produced training videos on all kinds of topics. Want to learn how to use InDesign or Photoshop? can help out. Need to keep up to date with the latest classroom technologies? can help you there, too. Each set of videos comes complete with a detailed table of contents, so you can quickly navigate to the information you need. Never again will you be stuck looking for a needle in the YouTube haystack!  

To explore this amazing database of videos, look for in Search and follow the instructions to sign up for an account.

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6 March 2015

Online streaming of 10,000+ television programs

Studying Education and wondering how to give more pep to your lesson plans and engage your students when you are on placement? Or are you a lecturer who wants to ensure your students have  access to particular program content? .... by Ellen O'Hehir

EduTV is for you! It is a TV online streaming resource that makes it easy for both students and lecturers to find and instantly watch television content and embed clips from TV shows into their presentations, projects and lessons.

There are an amazing number of programs (over 10,000!) to choose from including documentaries, dramas, series and shows from both broadcast and pay TV. Each week there are 80 new programs added and the archive spans back to 2006. That’s nine years of television!

EduTV provides content across a huge variety of learning areas such as History, Politics, Languages, Indigenous Studies, Performing Arts, Science, Health, Business, Technology and many more.

The database comes with heaps of features:
  • Recent TV programs can be watched on your computer, tablet or even smartphone;
  • program study guides, found under the ‘Resources’ tab, are created by Australian Teachers of Media. The study guides, which are downloadable, are written by experts in film, documentary and media studies and are an excellent resource for Education students;
  • there are advanced searching options and the ‘Quick search’ box allows you to search for programs by simply typing in keywords;
  • you can create clips from shows to show in your classes or lectures;
  • closed captions are available;
  • you can share videos with other EduTV users via email, Facebook and Twitter.  
Best of all - there are no ads!

If you are a Monash staff or student, you have free access to EduTV as one of the Library’s many database subscriptions.  Get in touch with your subject librarian if you have questions about this or other streaming video databases available through the Library.

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2 March 2015

What’s new in 2015

Welcome back and best wishes from the Library for a successful year. 

Image: Elenapaint (CC BY-SA 2.0)
We hope you had a wonderful summer break. 

So what's up at the Library? There are a few important changes to note this year:

  • If you are a frequent Matheson Library user, you will see that the refurbishment has commenced; building work is taking place in back areas of the building currently. Some collections and areas have been moved or closed, so keep a look out for those popup signs redirecting you to their temporary locations. 
  • Additional seating at Matheson Library is available on Level 5 of the General Collection and Level 2 of the Journal Collection. All levels 1-5 have some quiet seating.
  • The Hargrave-Andrew Library and Law Library have additional seating available to help students find a quiet spot to study over the Matheson refurbishment period.
  • The refurbishment of the Caulfield Library is in the planning phase.

Room bookings

Group study rooms can now be booked by students directly at  Berwick, Law, Peninsula and  Matheson Library. This is a trial and your feedback would be appreciated before we roll out the system to all libraries. To book  a room, go to

New Library blog

This new Library blog you are reading will have articles written by experts to provide you with advice and tips for your studies. You can keep up with the latest about the Library’s resources and services by subscribing to the blog. 

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13 January 2015

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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11 November 2014

Important resources for mapping climate changes

Most of us look at the weather maps in newspapers, or watch the weather on news programs. We recognise the isobars and other features shown and what they mean in terms of weather.

To draw any conclusions about long range climate patterns, a much longer time frame is needed, according to our Reference, Maps and Standards Librarian, Barbara Wojtkowski. Many more such maps, in sequence, along with other information is required. Interestingly, much of this information is freely available via the web.

Check out these resources:


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4 November 2014

Personal experiences from World War 1

The First World War Personal Experiences is a digital resource for students and researchers of history that brings to life the reality of the First World War for the men and women who experienced it first-hand. By Rosemary Miller 

Including a wide range of original documents (diaries, letters, personal narratives, trench journals, scrapbooks, objects and a trove of visual resources), the database provides a rich seam of information on the personal experiences of war. It is designed for both teaching and study, from undergraduate to research and beyond.

Supplementing these primary sources is a wealth of secondary resources including interactive maps, 360° panoramas and walk-throughs of the Sanctuary Wood Trench System. Subjects covered include daily life and routines in the army and auxiliary services; trench warfare and conditions in the trenches; food and suppliers; battles and warfare; training and discipline; weapons and equipment; camaraderies and friendship; death; health and medicine; and thoughts on the enemy. 

The First World War Personal Experiences is one of many resources in History available to staff and students at Monash. Visit the History Library guide or the Australian Studies Library guide for links to further resources including primary narratives from the World War 1 and many other eras.

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