Friday, February 27, 2015

Proquest journal database downtime

We have been advised that Proquest journal databases will not be available on Sunday, March 1 from 2:00pm to 7:00pm AEDT due to scheduled maintenance.

Proquest journal databases cover many different subject areas, and we advise that during this downtime you may not be able to access any of the Proquest journal databases. 
We apologise for the inconvenience.

If you need assistance finding alternative access to articles please Ask Us. Virtual chat services and our 1800 808 369 phone number will be operating from 1:30 to 5:00 pm, Sunday during the downtime. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

NEW Student Print, Copy and Scan solution - it's so easy!

Your CSU Card enables access to various services and facilities throughout the University.

Most importantly, you must set a PIN to secure the accounts connected to your Card. Want to know more? Visit CSU Card.

 CSU Card implements driverless printing from where the details of your printing can be managed.

Use your Card to pay for printing and copying and other small value transactions throughout Uni.

Instructions on how to print, copy and scan are located in the Library near the MFD of your choice.

There is currently NO CHARGE for scanning and you can scan to USB or email. (This will be reviewed as necessary and is subject to change). For more information visit CSU Card.

Supported devices:
  • laptops (Windows, Apple, Linux, etc)
  • mobile devices such as tablets (Surface Pro, etc) and mobile phones (excludes Apple mobile devices iOS as they do not support the uploading of documents.
  • Home Computers
  • All Learning Commons desktop PCs
If in doubt try

Want to know more - Go to the Library.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Welcome to CSU!

Congratulations on your acceptance, and welcome to Charles Sturt University!

  • Starting University can be a mix of excitement and fear. To get started on your CSU journey, find great information here. From money, to transitioning from school to university, there are many great resources to see!
  • Want to keep in the student know? Here you can keep up-to-date with all the latest student news.
  • Need support? Feeling alone or worried about something? The student support page can help! Counselling, disability support, sexual and gender diversity support, and much more are all here.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Textbooks - what and where?

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 New to CSU and university and worked out you might need some books for class? Not sure what to do next/? We have some answers!

What text books do you need?

  1. Go to the Coop bookshop website for the most up to date listing of textbooks by campus, semester and subject (you'll need the subject code). Look for the "Find textbooks" button in the middle of the page
  2. Your subject outline (listed in interact2) will also list what texts are required, and if they are prescribed or recommended for your subject
  3. Work out if your textbook is a prescribed or recommended item. Your subject outline will list if texts are prescribed or recommended.
  • A prescribed text is considered essential for your subject. It means that a lot of your subject readings will come from this text and you will be coming back to it week after week, and it will probably be a good idea to have access to this book for the whole semester.
  • A recommended text is not considered essential for your subject. As a general rule you might expect some of the subject readings to come from this text but not a significant amount.

Where can you get your text books?

a. Buy brand new from the Coop bookshop, the official supplier of textbooks for CSU. Co-op bookshops are located on the Bathurst, Wagga, Albury and Orange CSU campuses. Details on how to find and contact them are on their website.

b. Buy second hand 

  • The Co-op has a Bucks 4 Books scheme for buying and selling used books. 
  •  Student VIP textbooks sells second hand text books,  
  • Try posting a "textbook needed' message to your course forums. 
c. Borrow from the library
If the library has been advised by subject lecturers of prescribed texts they will be made available for loan. (and if we don't have them ask your lecturers to submit a request for them).
Text books might be available in print or digital versions. Digital versions (eBooks) may be subject to different usage, printing, copying and downloading conditions.
Library copies of text books may be placed on reserve (restricting them to a 4 hour loan to give access to as many students as possible ) next to the Ask Us library desk. Our watchit tutorial has information on how to find reserve and ereserve materials.
If it is a prescribed text, it might be likely that it is in high demand and out on loan for most of the semester. If this is the case you can request a loan or scan of the book. Our watchit tutorial has information on how to request loans and scans.
Confused about how to search for your text books on the library website? Ask Us, or come to the Ask Us desk at any of the CSU libraries.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Kick Start your Studies - Part 4

Are you a local Distance Education student?

If you live near a campus, take this opportunity to be part of Orientation Week. Check out what's available to make your visit a memorable experience. See CSU O-Week 2015.

You can contact the CSU Outreach Team for all sorts of information. They are there to help you.

Visit your Library when you are on campus, and kick start your studies by visiting the Library Home Page.  We can't wait to meet you.