Friday, August 14, 2015

The End of the L Files?

We are now publishing all Library news and tips on our website in the News section. We hope you have enjoyed the L files. We have enjoyed sharing news and tips with you since 2006.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

Writing literature reviews for PhD students

Bond library has the latest edition of Diana Ridley’s guide - The Literature Review.  This text provides a step-by-step guide to conducting a literature search and literature review, guiding the reader in how to write up a literature review as part of a PhD thesis or Masters dissertation.

It offers PhD students practical strategies for reading and note taking, and guides how to conduct a systematic search of the available literature using cases and examples throughout - demonstrating the best practice in writing and presenting the review.

Contents include:
  • sources of information and conducting searches
  • reading and note-taking strategies
  • reference management: organising information
  • literature review structuring
  • conducting a systematic review
  • issues evaluating quality
  • conducting reviews using online sources and online literature 
  • enhanced guidance in dealing with copyright and permissions issues.
Go to our Library Catalogue to search for this text and its first edition - or for other academic writing /report writing handbooks.

Reference:
SAGE. (2015). The Literature Review: A step-by-step guide for students. Retrieved from http://www.sagepub.com/booksProdDesc.nav?prodId=Book236719

Friday, March 06, 2015

Free images from the CSIRO ScienceImage archive

The CSIRO has released its ScienceImage archive under the Creative Commons Attribution license. This means that anyone can freely use, repost and modify items in the collection. The collection contains over 4,000 high quality images and videos of animals, technology, landscapes and many more subject areas. Some of the images and videos include information about the projects which involved the subject of the image or video recording.

The images are great for using in PowerPoint presentations to give it a professional look and feel. Using a high quality collection like ScienceImage to source images from will ensure you don't waste time trawling through clipart or armature images from Google. All you need to do is ensure you attribute the image correctly by adding a caption under the image and if required by your lecturer adding it to your referencing list.

Here is an example of attributing the CSIRO in the image caption:

A beach in the Northwest Shelf - Image from CSIRO ScienceImage licensed under CC BY 3.0
Check out the Copyright for Students library guide for a list of more Creative Commons image databases.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Your thesis and the predatory publisher


If you are completing your HDR studies, or just starting your academic career as a PhD graduate beware of solicitous emails from predatory publishers that seek out authors of new theses.

The most dominating of these publishers is Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP) a subsidiary of VDM Verlag.   Lambert specialises in the publication of theses, but is not considered a bonafide academic publisher as they merely reproduce theses without any editorial oversight, i.e. they do not apply the basic standards of academic publishing such as peer-review, editorial or proof-reading processes into their hurried production of theses into books.   Lambert has been described as an author mill which bases its business on producing high price print-on-demand books for a large number of new PhD graduates sourced from universities around the globe, exemplified by many of the 106,602 LAP paperback books on Amazon (as at 11 Feb 2015).

As Lambert works on the basis of very fast, low production cost publications without applying any editorial quality controls the thesis is published ‘as is’, in exactly the same format as submitted to the university, where as the submission process requires, the digital version is placed into the university’s open access digital repository e-publications@bond.  As with any publisher there is also the prospect of loss of copyright by the author.  This should be taken seriously in the case of a thesis as any loss of copyright would severely curtail any further publishing spinoffs from the original work which could be the cornerstone of a successful academic career.

It is recommended that before accepting any publishing offer you carefully research and evaluate the scholarly credibility of the publisher and their product and seek advice before making any decision.

Antoinette Cass, Manager Scholarly Publications & Copyright
 
 

Monday, February 09, 2015

Test Drive the New Library Website

Beta release is here. Take the new library website for a test drive and tell us what you think.

New Library Website - beta releaseYou can provide your feedback by:
  • Using the Feedback button on the website
  • Posting a comment below
  • Writing to us at library@bond.edu.au

The new website is responsive to various sized screens and devices, so you can try it on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer.

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

RP Data login request procedure

Photo courtesy: www.sunipix.com
CoreLogic RP Data is the largest provider of property information, analytics and property-related risk management services in Australia and New Zealand.

In order to obtain a login for RP Data students must read and agree to CoreLogic terms and conditions. Students are required to:
  1. Read Clauses 18 to 22 of the General Terms and Conditions on the CoreLogic site.
  2. Send a completed CoreLogic RP Data Agreement Form to library@bond.edu.au.
An RP Data login will then be sent to  the student’s Bond email address.

Staff can contact the library directly at library@bond.edu.au to obtain a login

Please note that due to licensing restrictions access to the library's electronic resources is only available to current Bond staff and students.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

News from the Law Library

During Bond Week new law students were able to compete in the Law Library Challenge - an interactive orientation game in which they had to find information and answer questions while exploring the Law Library.

All students who completed the challenge with enough correct answers went into the draw to win one of six textbooks donated by LexisNexis.

Marietta Gunn from LexisNexis made a special trip to the Law Library to present the books to the winning students:


From left to right: University Librarian Wendy Abbott, Maria Rosa Muia, Lisa Boutilier, Professor Michael Weir (back), Shaila Shafique, Marietta Gunn & Antoinette Cass (Acting Law Library manager).

Congratulations to the winners of the prizes kindly donated by LexisNexis, and thankyou to all who took part in the Law Library Challenge!

In other news, in response to a request posted on the Law Library Suggestion Board, we now have a scanner in the law Library. The scanner is connected to the Express Printing computer near the printing top-up machine.