Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Carlton Library now open earlier on weekends

In response to weekend construction noise at Swanston Library, Carlton Library is now open from 10am on Saturday and Sunday.

Student studying at Carlton Library

We apologise for the noise at Swanston Library but encourage you to study at Carlton Library, which is only a five-minute walk from Swanston Library in Building 94 in Cardigan Street, Carlton. 

Monday, 22 August 2016

RMIT authors showcase - Buxton, Goodman and Moloney

At RMIT we are extremely proud of our academics and their contributions to research in their fields of expertise. As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are delighted to feature a work that has been authored by three academics within the School of Global, Urban & Social Studies at RMIT University, titled,“Planning Melbourne: Lessons for a sustainable city”

Book cover Planning Melbourne : lessons for a sustainable city
Professor Michael Buxton has been at RMIT University since 1998 and now heads a research team carrying out extensive research into peri-urban regions; Dr. Susie Moloney’s background is in the area of urban planning and environmental sustainability and Professor Robin Goodman's research focuses on a range of aspects of urban planning and public policy.                                                                   
Their recent publication “Planning Melbourne: Lessons for a sustainable city” is held at RMIT University Library. The book explores Melbourne’s identity and identifies the city as a socially integrated and environmentally sustainable metropolis.

Current issues, including housing affordability, transport, protection of green areas and heritage and urban consolidation are considered. They focus on the past two decades of development and call for a new approach to governance and spatial planning in the city.

Read the book online or find it in the Library:

Buxton, M; Goodman, R and Moloney, S, (2016) Planning Melbourne: Lessons for a sustainable city, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, Australia

Other publications by these academics, available at RMIT University Library, include:

For more information about these authors, including a comprehensive biography and list of their publications, view their staff profiles here: Professor Robin GoodmanProfessor Michael Buxton and Dr. Susie Moloney.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Textbook on loan? Three easy ways to borrow from another Library

To borrow from another academic library, you will need a CAVAL card. Ask for this card at any RMIT University Library or the other academic library, when you visit.

RMIT University Library already provides you with access to millions of diverse resources. But did you know that RMIT students can access even more? When your textbook is on loan, or the Library doesn't hold the book or journal article you need, there are three fast and easy ways for you to borrow from other libraries.

Borrow it yourself

When you really need your textbook fast, the best way to access books at other libraries is to borrow them yourself. First, just search the other library catalogues link from our Library homepage to see which other library has the book.

Request online

When the Library does not have the book you need, another option is to request the book using CAVALborrow. Just log into LibrarySearch and search for the book you want.
If we don't hold it, select the CAVALborrow button and choose the RMIT Library site you wish to collect the book from. Simple!

Use Document Delivery Services

If you can't find the item you want using the options above, you can make a Document Delivery Services request.

How can I find out more?

Find out everything you need to know about borrowing from other libraries.

Remember whatever Library service you choose, you're in good hands. We're here to help.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Study smarter

Set yourself up for success. The Library’s online tutorial iSearch will give you a head start into the world of finding, evaluating and using information for your uni assignments. Watch a video, take a test and learn some great tips and tricks to give yourself the edge.

To get you started our liaison librarians have selected some highlights from iSearch:

Image of owlWhat is referencing?
Referencing is when you acknowledge or cite the source
of the information or idea you used in your assignment. Play against the Referencing Ninja

Analysing your assignment 
It's important to understand what your assignment topic means before you start your research. Don’t waste time and save confusion! Develop your skills in the analysing an assignment topic activity.

Identifying keywords
To search effectively you will need to learn how to identify keywords and think of alternative words. This exercise will help you identify keywords and alternative words.

Evaluating information sources
Do you want to know whether the information you have found for your assignment is credible and reliable? Take the CRAAP Test

What's a scholarly source?
Have you been asked to use scholarly sources for an assignment but you’re not sure exactly what this means? This super video explains what a scholarly source is, and where to find them.

Searching Library databases
Through the Library you have access to many databases of online resources. Discover what a Library database is, how to choose a database and how to search them effectively.

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

New HDR students: book now for Library Research Skills workshops

Are you a new higher degree by research student? Do you want to discover how to find the best resources for your literature review? Do you want to know how to establish good reference management habits from the start of your research? Do you want to know how to make yourself and your research visible to the research community?

Boost your research skills with these 60 minute workshops specifically for new HDR candidates.

A Candle In The Dark exhibition - Swanston Library

The beautiful and evocative photographic exhibition 'A Candle In The Dark' is now on display at Swanston Library. The exhibition showcases work Save the Children undertook in Uruzgan, Afghanistan. The evocative images by Elissa Bogos Mirzaei and Mats Lignell introduce the people who are changing Uruzgan’s future for the better through the Children of Uruzgan program, a partnership between the Australian Government and Save the Children Australia.

Lucy Setti, an RMIT final year Social Policy degree student, undertook an internship with Save the Children in which she promoted this wonderful exhibition.

Photograhic image of young boy on a bike

The exhibition includes photos tracing Save the Children’s Children of Uruzgan program, a four-year program, in one of Afghanistan’s most conservative and insecure provinces. Every year in Uruzgan, about 300 mothers and more than 3000 children under the age of five die.

Photographic image of young girls at school

The program aimed to improve access to basic health and education for children and their families. It is trained 300 community health workers, as well as 50 midwives to ensure women had access to skilled birth attendants during childbirth. The program improved basic education for children by building community schools and training 1000 teachers, including females, to encourage more girls to attend school.

Photographic image of an old woman kissing young boy on a cheek

A Candle in the Dark will be exhibited at Swanston Library until 10 September. 

Friday, 5 August 2016

Library subject guides - here to help you, so you won't lose your way

Need help getting started with your research? Beginning an assignment, but not sure where to start?

Library subject guides are here to help you, so you won't lose your way!

How will Library subject guides help me?

Don't waste any more time searching in the wrong place. Use your Library subject guide to find the best information available in your subject area.

Our expert librarians have created these guides to assist you in your research - so you know what you’re searching will be good quality.

Best of all, the Library has online subject guides for all subject areas taught at RMIT. 

So, what are you waiting for - pick your subject guide and get started! You can access your guide anywhere, anytime, using any device!

How do I find out more?
This video shows you how Library subject guides can help you find the information you need

Whatever Library service you choose, you're in good hands. We're here to help.