Friday, July 25, 2014

Clean Energy Week 2014 - Walk the Walk

Clean Energy Week  is on this week in Sydney.

Renewable energy is generally defined as energy that comes from resources which are naturally replenished on a human timescale eg sunlight, wind, rain. (Wikipedia).

Clean energy may also be called renewable energy or green energy, and it specifically refers to energy produced from renewable resources without creating environmental debt. There are several other ways that this term can be defined. It may refer to energy processes that pollute less or, alternatively, to energy that doesn't pollute at all and doesn't use resources that can't be easily renewed. (WiseGEEK).

We at CSU can do more than just "talk the talk". If you are on the Bathurst Campus you can "walk the walk".

Visit the Learning Commons and jump on the Ride And Recharge bike and pedal up the green power to charge your iPhones.

Future Moves program students from Middleton and Kandos Primary Schools check out the Ride and Recharge bike while CSU student Stephen pedals away

A CSU Green Sustainability grant was the motivation to install the human powered bike.  Ride and Recharge was launched back on 30 April.

Join CSU Media student Brody Hollis in supporting Clean Energy Week. 

Get together with your fellow students and make a commitment to ride the bike regularly - we are all on a shared journey to clean energy. 

Show your support by taking a selfie and post using #rideandrecharge.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Why the pen is mightier than the keyboard!

Research recently published in the Psychological Science journal has found that students who took notes by hand (as opposed to a laptop), performed better when asked questions about the factual content and concepts they had been taught.

In the paper, those using a laptop wrote more, but when quizzed 30 minutes later they had understood less than those who took notes by hand. Those taking notes by hand also out-performed the others in both factual recall and concept understanding a full week later when quizzed on the topic again! The paper demonstrates that taking notes by hand does appear to encourage both more concise note-taking and encourage conceptual processing of the information at the time to assist you to recall the information (in both the short and long-term). To view the paper, student and staff click here.

Do you prefer pen or paper? Have your say in the comments section below!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Endnote X7 now available

EndNote, a Thomson Reuters product.  Copyright ©2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved.

Endnote X7.1 has arrived and is now available for all staff and students!

What is Endnote for?

Endnote is used to manage references, insert citations in MS Word documents, compile reference lists, and store PDF documents. 
Our video explains more about what you can expect Endnote to do for you.

New features in EndNote X7

  • Improvements to Find Full Text, PDF handling and reference updates during PDF import.
  • Compatibility with Windows 8 and Mac OS 10.9.X 
  • Expanded PDF Support, including management of file names and auto-import to groups
  • Drag and drop columns
  • Improved Quick Search with multi-phrase search of all fields, including PDF and PDF notes
  • Improved Endnote Online syncing, including background syncing. 

Installing Endnote

If you have any previous versions of Endnote they will need to be uninstalled first. There are three different ways Endnote can be installed.
  • On CSU staff computers though the install software desktop icon  

  • or borrow an installation CD from the Library 

How do you use Endnote?

  • Information and guides for using EndNote X7 can be found in our Endnote libguide
  • A short video on how to use endnote
  • We also run Online Workshops (see below)
Introduction to Endnote 
Thursday 31 July 2pm and again at 6pm

Endnote Part 2 
Thursday 7 August 2pm and again at 6pm

New features of Endnote X7 
Thursday 14 August 2pm and again at 6pm

Questions about Endnote?

  • Contact us!
  • Or, if we're aren't in try the Thomson-Reuters website, the creators of Endnote.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Online Library Workshops are back!

Having trouble finding online resources for your last assignment? Did typing out all of your references take longer than writing the essay? Why not sign up for one of our workshops?

 Workshops will be held for:
- Online Journal Articles
- eBooks
- EndNote

Staff and research students can sign up for the Library's Faculty Liaison training sessions.

Workshops are for Undergraduate and Postgraduate coursework students.

INTRODUCTION TO LIBRARY SERVICES - More than just a place to borrow books, the library offers a wide range of resources and services designed to support you in your studies. Find out how to get the most out of library.
JOURNAL ARTICLES - You've spotted the words "journal article" and "peer reviewed" in your subject outline. What do these things mean, and how do you find them?
eBOOKS - a student's best friend. Learn how to access and use the library's extensive and growing eBook collections.
INTRODUCTION TO ENDNOTE - Take the pain out of referencing and get better marks for your assessments by learning how to use EndNote. Designed for students who have never used EndNote, will have you up and running in no time.
ENDNOTE FOR MAC - This session is designed for students who have never used EndNote and who use a Mac, will have you up and running with EndNote in no time.
ENDNOTE PART 2 - Are you getting the most out of EndNote? More than just a referencing tool, EndNote is also invaluable for organising and managing your references, saving you valuable time and effort. This workshop builds upon the basics covered in EndNote 1.
CONNECTING TO LEARN - Learn about online tools and technologies that will enhance your learning, create an online presence and assist in your professional development.

Register now!


Monday, July 14, 2014

Did you read the book or see the film first?

Welcome back all students for another semester of study! As it is the first week back, let's look at something a bit fun. The release of the film adaptation of John Green’s super popular The Fault in Our Stars has reignited the always controversial debate - is it better to read the book or see the film first? Here are some titles you may like to check out in both film and book modes:
* Trainspotting: It follows the antics of group of heroin addicts in an economically depressed area of Edinburgh.
*The Hunger Games: Set in a dystopian North America, children are forced to participate in an annual televised death match known as The Hunger Games.
*The Silence of the Lambs: FBI trainee Clarice Starling seeks the help of brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer, Hannibal Lecter, to track down and apprehend another serial killer called Buffalo Bill.
*Atonement: It explores the consequences of a young upper-class girl’s half-innocent but ultimately life ruining mistake.
*The Notebook: It looks at the love story of a young couple who fall in love during the early 1940s from a present day narration.

So what do you think or prefer? You can search some titles here at the Library Catalogue. Let us know your preference in the comments below.