Friday, November 11, 2016

University Library’s Science Fiction collection explored by visiting fellowship recipient

The University Library is pleased to support visiting CAUL/ASA (Council of Australian University Librarians/Australian Society of Authors) Fellowship recipient, Dr Jessie Lymn, from the School of Information Studies at Charles Sturt University.

Jessie will have access to our unique Science Fiction collection as part her research project on the history of Australian fanzines.

The fellowship is sponsored by CAUL and ASA as part of an effort to explore the richness of special collections at University Libraries and encourage creative engagement by the Australian writing community.

The University Library has an internationally renowned Science Fiction collection which includes rare fanzines. Jessie’s resulting work will improve scholarly understanding and awareness of our collection when published in various journals and an upcoming book on fanzines.

“I am excited by the depth and breadth of the collection. It will give great insight into the materiality and practices of fanzine culture and highlight the importance of their preservation” Jessie said.

Dr Jessie Lymn (middle) explores our collection of Sci Fi fanzines with Library staff, Ross O’Neil (left) and Sharon Beccaria (right).

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Resolved: Access issues with ProQuest, WestLaw, LexisNexis and other databases

Update 11/11: A fix has been applied by Murdoch IT which has resolved the ongoing outage issues affecting Library online resources. If you continue to experience access issues, please contact the Library: Ask a Librarian.

Update 09/11: IT believe they have identified the source of the problem and applied the fix. We will continue to monitor access through the day to ensure no further issues are present.

Update 08/11: We are working closely with IT and continue to work with database vendors to try and identify the cause of this issue. We will provide updates as the situation develops.

We are continuing to investigate the access problems with ProQuest, WestLaw, LexisNexis and other databases.

Intermittent access problems have been reported for Wiley and Web of Science databases.

If you are on-campus, you can use the ‘alternative access, on campus only’ links in each of the records below:  

Again, we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you need assistance, please Ask a Librarian.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Access issues with ProQuest, WestLaw and LexisNexis databases

The University Library and IT Services are investigating access problems affecting ProQuest and LexisNexis databases. We're working with these vendors to identify and resolve the issues. Intermittent access to WestLaw is also an ongoing issue.

We apologise for the inconvenience this has caused and the effect it has on your research and studies.

We'll continue to post updates as the situation changes.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Free to Share

The University Library is excited to announce its latest initiative, Free to Share, which will make it easier to find and share free and open online resources through our website.

A new portal on our homepage will quickly take you to a range of free resources, as well as provide guidance on how to use and share these for a wide variety of purposes.

Click the Free to Share graphic on our homepage or visit

We'd love your feedback about this initiative, and recommendations of resources to add to Free to Share. Email Us with your comments and suggestions.

Selected online resources possibly unavailable - Sunday October 30th

Due to planned maintenance by our service providers, access to selected online resources may be intermittent or unavailable on Sunday October 30th from 12am-7am (Perth time).

Some links to full text in Findit and databases may be affected.

If you experience access problems outside of this time, please contact

We apologise for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

New resource alert - Sage Video: Media, Communications & Cultural Studies

The University Library now has access to the ’Sage Video: Media, Communications & Cultural Studies’ database, a collection of over 600 videos offering academic viewpoints and real-life insights within these disciplines.

Watch tutorials, in-practice examples and theory definitions delivered by experts and academics; very helpful for study and research!

Global & Regional Creative Sustainability Exhibition

Students from the unit ENV245: Global and Regional Sustainability have put together creative works that are now on display at the University Library.

These works tackle complex sustainability issues from a fresh angle and hope to open up different ways of responding to the problem whilst offering possibilities for moving beyond it.

The exhibition will be on display in the Library foyer and Level 3 Learning Common until Wednesday 2nd November.