Friday, April 29, 2016

The Children's Collection is back in the Bathurst Library

books on a trolley

We are pleased to announce that the children's books are back in the Bathurst library after a temporary relocation off site while building renovations took place.

The children's books are now located on the main level in the library, with our other book collections.

To find the children's books and our kits, puzzles, games and other audiovisual items, turn right at the top of the main stairs, walk through the door into the main collection, turn right again to walk past the journals and look for the children's books.

Jordan helping move some of the books
Our Bathurst Children's collection consists of books for that can be used as teaching resources by teaching students. We also have some impressive puppets, puzzles, games, and musical instruments available for loan next to the Children's books.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

CSU Copyright videos

CSU educators are a creative bunch, adept at engaging students by incorporating a diverse range of audio visual, text and digital material into their teaching resources. But navigating the sometimes rocky terrain of copyright can be confusing. That is why our Copyright Team has developed a series of short instructional videos to help academics and educational designers sift through some of the finer points of what can – and can’t – be done.

The CSU Copyright videos cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to copyright and teaching
  • Screening and recording videos
  • Using copyright images and TV and radio broadcast in teaching
  • Using internet material in teaching
  • Using copyright text material in teaching
All these videos and more can be found in our Copyright @ CSU Library Guide, which hosts a handy FAQs page!

If you have questions on copyright in teaching, or suggestions for topics you would like covered in future copyright videos, email

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

All About eBooks!

Is your bookshelf beginning to feel the weight of those bulky texts? Perhaps it's time you got to know your CSU Library's many eBook collections!

We've recently expanded our eBook collections to include many Health, Law and Education texts which were previously only available in print. That's exciting because it means less waiting, less hassle, and less lugging for you guys. And so we thought we'd use this moment to run you through a refresher course on all things eBook.

Benefits of eBooks

There are loads of advantages to using eBooks over hard copies. These include, but aren't limited to:

  • Round the clock access to the books you're after. Library isn't open? No big deal, just get online and there the book is!
  • Many eBook vendors allow multiple users to access the same book at the same time. This means no placing holds, and no long waits!
  • No fines, damage or replacement costs. Want to make notes in your eBook? You can bookmark and highlight without damaging the book! And you don't need to worry about returning them on time!
  • No more carrying around a stack of heavy texts books. eBooks can be read on eBook readers, computers, and even smartphones and tablets. That's a big weight off your shoulders!

Finding the eBooks you want

There are a couple of ways to find the eBooks you're after. The first is Primo Search. All of your CSU Library's eBooks can be found using a general search, or by limiting to eBooks. Try it in the box below!

Another option is to go straight to our eBook collections. You'll find them all listed on the Library's eBooks webpage. You'll also find information about the subject areas each collection covers, software requirements (if any), how much you can print, and more!

Using eBooks

Once you've found the eBooks you're after, using them can seem like a daunting task, but it really shouldn't be. While many of the collections have their own distinct appearance and features, the fundamentals are often the same across the board. The big decision is whether to download, or to read online. As with any decision, each option has advantages and disadvantages. Reading online is great if you have a stable connection. It often means that you don't need any specific software, and that any notes you make to the item will remain there, whenever you access it. Downloading is ideal if you'll be heading somewhere without reliable internet access, and want to get some work done while you're there.

Lastly, eBooks aren't just about work and study. We have extensive collections for recreational reading as well. Not to mention the many options for free access to openly available works, such as Project Gutenberg and Bibliomania.

If you're still feeling overwhelmed, you can find loads more information by checking out our eBook Library Guide. And of course, if you get stuck, Contact Us, and a library staff member will be happy to help you through it!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Avoid referencing meltdowns by using Endnote

Endnote can free up a lot of time and frustration that comes from manually entering references into your word documents, particularly if you are writing lots of essays and reports and like to include well researched and correctly cited academic material.

Endnote is a computer program that can be used to

  • automatically download references from the Internet 
    • including book details from Primo Search,
    • journal articles from Google Scholar and journal databases
  • create references in the right referencing style
    • including APA 6th, Harvard and hundreds others
  • insert citations into your word documents 
  • automatically compile reference lists and bibliographies
  • store downloaded journal articles (as PDFs) with the reference details in your Endnote Library.

Installing Endnote

CSU students and staff members can download Endnote for free onto personal Windows and Mac computer. Endnote can be installed on:
  • personal computers from the DIT web page
  • CSU staff computers though the install software desktop icon

Getting started with Endnote

To help get you started with Endnote we have an Endnote Library resource guidevideos and user manuals for both Windows and Mac Computers.

The library runs Endnote workshops during the academic year and they are an excellent way to learn how to use Endnote. Information on our Endnote workshops in May are available on our website

Questions about Endnote

Our librarians can help you with using Endnote. 
  • Contact us for personal help
  • If we're aren't open try the Thomson-Reuters website, the creators of Endnote

Questions about Referencing

For general questions on how to reference correctly you'll need to consult our referencing guidelines webpage.

ALLaN (Academic Literacy, Learning, and Numeracy) Advisers can help develop your referencing skills with: 
Library staff can also help with basic referencing questions through our Contact us services.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Free return postage for Online Students

Are you aware that CSU Library offers a free postage service for students enrolled through online study mode? This helps ensure that our off-campus students have easy access to the same resources as our on-campus students.
Not only will we deliver library books and other materials to your home address free of charge – we also provide free return postage!

How does it all work?
  • Request your home delivery items through Primo by selecting ‘home delivery’ in the drop down menu (only eligible students and staff will have this option).
  • Remember: you will need a CSU card to request books.
  • If the book is available we will post it out to you the next working day. If it is on loan we will post it to you as soon as it is returned.
  • We post to the address you have given CSU.  Check or change your address by logging in to ‘Your Personal Details’ under the Administration tab on your student webpage.
Brigid getting books ready for the post
  • Look for your reply paid slip inside the front cover of your book - we provide one in each parcel. 
  • If items are not requested by other patrons, they can be renewed for up to 20 weeks for undergraduates and 60 weeks for higher degree students.
  • Keep the packaging the books came in. When you are ready to return your books, bundle them up in the original package, stick the reply paid label on top and put it straight in the post.
  • The time taken by Australia Post to deliver a parcel will vary depending on your location. Please allow plenty of time for your books to get back to us by their due date!
The Bathurst mail van; loaded up and ready to go
CSU Online students, enrolled through an Australian campus, can have books posted to them overseas, but return postage costs from overseas are covered by the student.

We would love your feedback!

Have you used our free reply-paid postal service? Do you like it? Do you have any suggestions for how we can improve it?

Please let us know what you think by filling out a Comments & Suggestions form.

Any Questions?  Ask a Librarian!