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Showing posts with label e-resources. Show all posts
Showing posts with label e-resources. Show all posts

13 February 2017

Track the evolution of legislation

Did you know we have Law databases that will help you research the history of legislation? Subject Librarian Caroline Knaggs says it's handy and really easy to use.


Are you researching the history of legislation? TimeBase databases will help you with you research. Just select the area you wish to research and the date(s) you are investigating, TimeBase will do the rest!

TimeBase has point-in-time services in Australian corporations, competition and consumer law, employment, GST, income tax and intellectual property law.

You can:

  • Create complete legislation pictures based on the date you are researching at any date - past, present or future
  • Access comprehensive, date-sensitive related materials linked at the relevant date
  • Instant comparison of versions of provisions as they were at different dates
  • Access version history of all sections, across all versions, irrespective of legislative instrument
  • Search for legislative material related to a problem occurring at a certain date - past or future.

TimeBase also produces LawOne, which gives comprehensive national legislation coverage in Australia. LawOne has over 65,000 legislative items, access to full text legislation across all nine jurisdictions. It includes amending, subordinate and repealed legislation, Bills, Explanatory Memoranda and Second Reading Speeches along with detailed legislative histories.

These databases can be accessed through Library Search, and our Databases A-Z pages.

To discover more resources to research legislation go to the Law Resources Library Guide.


Please contact Law Library staff if you would like more details or need help in using these databases.




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1 February 2017

Women’s Letters and Diaries databases

The two resources featured here provide a valuable way to see into the past, says Melanie Thorn, Subject Librarian. 



Mary Queen of Scots is one of hundreds of writers whose
experiences are published here. 
British and Irish women's letters and diaries: 1500 to 1950, and its companion North American women's letters and diaries: colonial to 1950 are databases that reveal the personal experiences of over 400 British and more than 1300 North American women from various historical eras.

For example, the American database includes the story of Loreta Janeta Velazquez, who enlisted in the confederate army as Harry T. Buford in the 1870s. She wrote of her experiences in battle and as a Confederate spy, and her arrest for ‘being a woman in disguise’. "There was, evidently, something suspicious and mysterious about me; and, suspicion having once been excited, some lynx-eyed detective was not long in noting certain feminine ways I had, and which even my long practice in figuring as a man had not enabled me to get rid of." [1] 

Not only does the story point out that women fought in the Civil War, but provides insight into cultural and social understandings of women and femininity.

Gerda Lerner, an American historian who was involved in the creation of the first graduate program in women’s history in the United States, was unimpressed at the lack of interest in the topic when she entered academia in the mid 1960s.  “In my courses, the teachers told me about a world in which ostensibly one-half the human race is doing everything significant and the other half doesn’t exist.” [2] This was replicated in terms of research, with Lerner noting that the number of historians interested in women's history “could have fitted into a telephone booth”. [3]

Thankfully this has changed, but primary sources written by women can still be difficult to find and this is what makes these databases so valuable.

The search tool in these databases is incredibly powerful and allows you to easily search for very specific content, for example, content written by widowed women who lived in New York city in the 1860s, or for women who were writing about a particular historical event, like the bombing of Pearl Harbour. A good example of the latter is the American, Natalie Stark Crouter, who was confined in a Japanese civilian camp in the Philippines with her businessman husband and their two children throughout World War II.

She writes,  "After the children left for school, we turned on the radio about 8:15 -- and heard of the attack on Pearl Harbor. While listening, we heard planes and went out as usual to see them. Almost over the house, quite high, came seventeen big bombers in formation. We could see them plainly and thought they were American. I remarked, "Well, we probably won't be standing here looking up at planes like this much longer. As they passed almost opposite the house, we heard a long ripping sound like the tearing of a giant sheet and saw an enormous burst of smoke and earth near officers' quarters at Camp John Hay -- the first bombing of the Philippines before our eyes." [4]

In addition to the raw material like this, the database also includes biographies of many of the authors, providing the context of people who would otherwise be little known in history.

The two Diaries and Letters databases are available through Library Search, and the Databases A-Z. Please contact your subject librarian if you would like more details or help in using the databases: Melanie Thorn (Clayton) or  Rod Rizzi (Caulfield).

To discover more primary source databases for history see the Primary Sources library guide.






[1] Loreta Velazquez, The Woman in Battle: A Narrative of the Exploits, Adventures, and Travels of Madame Loreta Janeta Valazquez, Otherwise Known as Lieut. Harry T. Buford, Confederate States Army, (Hartford, CT: T. Belknap 1876) 278,  [accessed 10 January]

[2] William Grimes, ‘Gerda Lerner, a Feminist and Historian, dies at 92’, The New York Times, 3 January 2013 [accessed 16 January 2016], (para 4 of 24)

[3] Grimes, New York Times

[4]Natalie Stark Crouter, Forbidden Diary: A Record of Wartime Internment, (New York, NY: Burt Franklin & Co. 1980) , [accessed 10 January]

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23 January 2017

Statista – a new source of data

Subject Librarian David Horne tells us in this article about an online statistics portal that can provide very useful information for many areas of research.  



Statista is a portal for data relevant to business, economics, media and social topics, with international coverage. Its content, ease of use and range of output options make it a key Library resource to consult when seeking data for written assignments, presentations and lectures.

The data encompasses statistics, forecasts, industry reports, dossiers (topic overviews), studies, and infographics. Statista’s intuitive search interface provides easy sorting and filtering of results, and links to the information providers for a given search result.  An example of the kind of clear information Statista provides is given in the graph below showing the change in the number worldwide Internet users between 2006 and 2016.

Data can be customised using Statista’s style options, and exported in PNG, XLS, PDF or PPT formats. This allows easy inclusion of images and data from Statista in presentations and documents.

Access Statista from its record in Search, or from the Databases A-Z menu. http://guides.lib.monash.edu/subject-databases


Can’t find the data you need? Consult your library’s Research & Learning Point or local Faculty Team librarian. http://www.monash.edu/library/skills/contacts


An example of a Statista graph, available to Monash staff and students.






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3 January 2017

SAGE Research Methods Online

Undertaking research for a project is an exciting prospect - but it can also be intimidating, especially when starting out, says librarian Romney Adams. SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a powerful tool researchers can use throughout their journey - from familiarising yourself with methodological concepts via the Methods Map, to materials designed to inform your practice.


For new researchers, a fascinating place to begin is with the Methods Map - an interactive component of SRMO which allows you to ‘drill down’ to a set of methodologies that may best suit your needs. For example, perhaps you are undertaking a qualitative study, but are unsure of the data collection options available to you. Using the Methods Map, you can obtain an overview of a number of qualitative data collection methods - including ethnography, narrative research, and interviewing - and determine which may be best-suited to your needs. Or, perhaps you’d like to learn more about research design? Again, using the Methods Map, you can explore different research design theories and principles - including phenomenology, longitudinal research, and systematic reviews. You can choose to get a basic overview, or drill down to more specific information concerning these types of research design.

When beginning your research, you can move on and access some of the materials housed in SRMO. These include case study examples from researchers in the field, video tutorials showing chosen research methods in action, and full-text items. SRMO houses over 1,000 academic books, reference works, and journal articles, all with full-text online access - with a particular strength in the social sciences. To access these materials, enter your search terms into the simple box on the SRMO homepage - you’ll be able to tweak your search by specifying date ranges, material types, and other limiters once your results have been returned.

By running a simple search on ‘ethnography’, for example, you can then refine the returned materials by using the limiters. This will make the results more relevant to your needs - from ~4,000 items relating to ‘ethnography’, to ~150 eBooks relating specifically to ethnographic research in the field of education, published in the last 10 years. As you can see, a quick and easy way to be connected to high-quality materials!

If you think your search is complex, just use the Advanced option to use multiple terms and construct a more robust approach to exploring SRMO’s collections.

SAGE Research Methods Online can be found through Library Search, and Databases A-Z.

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2 December 2016

ASTM online standards collection

Hilary Luxford, subject librarian, explains how to use the ASTM online standards available through the Library's databases.


Standards in  materials are important in construction 
A range of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) publications is available to staff and students. After logging in through the Library’s ASTM Digital Library, users need to create their own profile to use these particular collections, ASTM standards through 'IHS Standards Expert' and a wide range of other ASTM publications through the 'Digital Library' interface.

About American Society for Testing and Materials

ASTM, began in 1898 and has become one of the largest standard bodies with offices worldwide, now known as ASTM International, written by experts for experts. ASTM standards and allied publications main users are from the engineering fields which include: aerospace, biomedical, chemical, civil, environmental, geological, health and safety, industrial, materials science, mechanical, nuclear, petroleum, soil science and solar engineering but also used by other STEM disciplines.

Why do we need standards?

“Standards are documents setting out specifications, procedures and guidelines”.  Forty percent of ASTM standards are updated annually, and now Monash staff and students can access the latest standards 24/7, anywhere from lab or home. Formerly, researchers had to visit the Library to consult individual volumes, which because of their value, could not be removed from the Library, copyright law would not allow users to scan or photocopy the entire standard.

Users are now able to access the active standards online, and download a copy for their research and study purposes.

Two different platforms

ASTM standards (1931 to present) can be searched also from the 'Digital Library' interface which has useful features for searching exclusive to this interface. If searching for standards for a particular area, where the title/number is unknown, the 'Digital Library' search interface may be more effective, but also a reconnection to 'IHS Standards Expert' will be required to access the full-text of the 'active' standards. One of the peculiarities of this platform is that to access ‘IHS Standards Expert’ will require you to log out, log in again and go to the ‘IHS Standards Expert’ heading in order to access the full text of the standards.

About the ASTM Digital Library

ASTM Digital Library is accessed by choosing ASTM Digital Library, then Digital Library after logging in and registering. ASTM Digital Library provides full text to a range of publications including:
  • eBooks and manuals
  • symposia papers, and peer reviewed papers known as 'Special Technical Papers' which address the latest research from which the standards are developed
  • journals
  • data series
  • bulletins containing technical papers
  • retrospective proceedings (1909-1965).
Hover the mouse over these publications to see a description of the publication.

In addition, the ASTM Digital Library interface searches but does not provide full-text to the ASTM standards, but the search features unique to this interface such as the ‘Refine the results’ options may be advantageous if the user wants to explore standards by combining one or more of the following :
  • category such as materials, properties, test methods and the like
  • technical committee – these specialise in areas such as ‘Corrosion of Metals’ that produced the information in the publications eg. Corrosion of Metals, Concrete and Concrete Aggregates
  • topic eg. consumer product safety and evaluation
  • industry sector, such as ‘building and construction’, ‘mining and mineral processing’
  • date range.
These same filters/options for refinement can be combined to search for the other publication types available on this interface as outlined previously.

In addition to the ‘Refine your results’ options outlined, these filters can be combined or searched separately with the search box located above labelled 'ASTM Compass'. This enables search functions such as search for keywords within a type of publication or you may choose the ‘Advanced Search’ to search within Titles, abstracts or the full text

The ‘Advanced Search’ is useful for searching for known elements of a particular publication eg. DOI, author details, which can be combine with keywords

Searching ASTM standards accessed from the ASTM IHS interface


Here you can locate and access the ASTM standards in full-text for ‘active’ standards. Retrospective standards can be searched on this interface, but only the record will be provided. A search option for a known standard, "ASTM C1582/C1582M-11 Standard Specification for Admixtures to Inhibit Chloride-Induced Corrosion of Reinforcing Steel in Concrete” could be simply searched by the prefix ‘ASTM C1582’ in the document number box. After locating the record, you can view the ‘Document Details’ tab where you can view ‘Document abstract’, Document history which shows the earlier and
current versions. The full-text of active standards can be accessed by scrolling down to the ‘Document History’ and clicking on the blue page icon , or alternatively choosing the ‘View Document’ tab at the top of the screen. To locate standards that reference or relate to your standard, eg., "ASTM C1582/C1582M-11”, choose the ‘Related Documents’ tab.

Also from the ‘IHS interface’ you can also search within titles, abstracts, and within the full-text, referred to as ‘All document text’. Another key feature of this interface is the ability to alert users to the when a particular standard has been updated, referred to as ‘Watch list’.

Getting help

Please contact your subject librarian if you would like any further details:
  • Ms Nhan Le, subject librarian for Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering. Email: Nhan.Le@monash.edu
  • Ms Hilary Luxford, subject librarian for Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Systems Engineering, Materials Engineering. Email: Hilary.Luxford@monash.edu
To find out more about standards resources at Library refer to the Standards guide.

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3 November 2016

The Lyell Collection – a wealth of valuable Earth Science resources

Jennifer Kain, Subject Librarian, lets  us know about a specialist geology resource, that includes information from the early nineteenth century.

Named after Charles Lyell, the eminent nineteenth-century geologist, the Lyell Collection is a highly regarded and comprehensive online collection from the Geological Society (London).  It includes journal titles, Special Publications & Memoirs, along with key Book series and material published on behalf of other related societies.

Cutting edge science sits alongside important historical material, all captured and presented via the HighWire Press platform, and available to us as HTML or high quality PDF.

Content, from 1811 onwards, covers a wide range of topics in the Earth Sciences, including; Geology, Hydrogeology, Geochemistry, Palaeontology, Geo-engineering, Petroleum, Mining, Environment, Climate, Volcanology, Planetary sciences and many other related areas of interest to Monash reserchers.  You might be surprised to find what gems could be discovered!  Try a search on your own topic.

For each item found you may also discover fully linked references embedded, enabling users to navigate from the original journal article to other cited references.  These may also be available in full-text if these cited references are part of our wider HighWire Press collections, or be available as part of another Monash subscription.

Lyell Collection is an excellent resource for the Earth Sciences in particular, but includes some valuable material for the wider Science/Engineering areas as well.  Enjoy exploring the Lyell Collection from the Monash University Library.

Contact the Subject Librarian with any enquiries.  jennifer.kain@monash.edu

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5 October 2016

A welcome resource: New LGBTQ database


The Archives of sexuality and gender : LGBTQ history and culture since 1940 gives access to a range of resources surrounding the social, political and health issues relating to the LGBTQ movement since the 1940, by Rod Rizzi


The Library has acquired a subscription to a new database that contains a wealth of information and resources across the social science, humanities and health subject areas.

The Archives of sexuality and gender: Part 1, LGBTQ history and culture since 1940 database provides access to articles on a broad range of political, social and health issues that have previously not been available as part of the mainstream media. It allows us to look back at stories as they broke from a perspective that has not always been available via our traditional and indeed existing databases.

Using the unique ‘Term Clusters’ visual wheel to look at related subject areas can uncover relevant information that a simple search may have overlooked.

The database content is drawn from more than 35 countries sourcing relevant material in the form of reports, policy statements, articles and the like. The coverage of the AIDS crisis is a particular feature, but equally the inclusion of material in relation to feminism and women’s rights are notable features.

Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity can be found by going to Library Search and the Databases A-Z page.


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1 September 2016

Migration to new worlds

Migration to New Worlds is a digital primary source collection that explores the journeys of 19th and early 20th century immigrants from around the world to the United States, Canada and Australasia. ... by Melanie Thorn



'Canada Docks', 1860, watercolour. 
Most of the material is from the period 1800 to 1924, the ‘Century of immigration’, and comes from institutions in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, with a small number of items from Museum Victoria and the Maritime Museum of Tasmania included. The material incorporates Colonial Office files, manuscripts, watercolours, rare printed books, ship logs and plans, legal papers, maps and scrapbooks, and objects related to migration. There is also a significant collection of first hand accounts in the form of letters, diaries and oral histories. The database includes an interactive Migration Map which allows you to analyse and visualise migration trends using data from around the world, and also provides some secondary research aids such as the biographies of major immigrant agents and Tasmanian migrant stories. Content can be discovered by browsing thematic areas such as ‘Motives for Emigration’, ‘Departures: Port Conditions and Organisation’ and ‘Journey Conditions’, or browsing or searching the Documents, Galleries, and Oral History sections. Migration to New Worlds is available through Library Search and the Databases A-Z. For other primary source databases, the Primary Sources for Humanities Library Guide is a great place to start!



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12 August 2016

Engage your students with high quality images



We live in an increasingly visual culture, where a powerful image can be an effective way to create engagement with teaching presentations and elearning content. A quick trawl of the web would suggest that loads of visual materials are available freely at your fingertips, but these may not necessarily be academically sound or of high quality. Carlie Nekrasov breaks down how to find images through the Library's database.




Some of the questions to ask before using a random image in an academic context include;
  1. What are the copyright requirements? i.e. what are the terms/conditions associated with using particular images?
  2. How do I cite and reference them?

There is a better way

Forget about attempting to navigate these questions via a Google Images search. The library provides access to hundreds of thousands of high resolution images within databases that have been copyright cleared for educational use (which means they can be used for teaching purposes or within moodle sites, just not in a wider context such as in publications and/or open access materials). We have also created a dedicated Digital Images Library Guide.


Once you bookmark these resources it becomes easier to source images for teaching purposes as you are not required to hunt down permissions and agreeable terms/conditions.




The Digital Images library guide is a whole guide dedicated to the use of images within the academic environment, so dive in and take a look here. It is a treasure trove for researchers and teachers, including information on image search engines, databases, open access images, citing images, tools for editing and how to comply with copyright.

Explore the library’s most extensive image databases:
ARTstor is a stellar image database containing an extensive collection of millions of images from 290 collections around the world. So if you are putting together a presentation on ancient cultures, ARTstor has you covered with a high resolution image of an ancient Egyptian mural painting circa 1400 B.C.


Other gems available via this database include; Kandinsky paintings, photographs of Andy Warhol’s brillo boxes and classical medieval manuscripts to name just a few. Along with arts subjects there is also access to images related to science and technology, geography, and many more subject areas. The keyword searching feature helps you to refine your results, and the easily exportable citations in various styles and functions enable you to use it with PowerPoint and embed image details with captions directly into your presentations.


Click here to explore the database.


Bridgeman Education provides access to over 1.2 million digital images ready for you to use and copyright cleared for educational use. Some of the subject areas include art, history and culture from global museums, galleries, private collections and contemporary artists.


Click here to explore the database.



Further help?

Contact the MADA Subject Librarian or the Copyright Advisor for further advice on where to find images and how to use them when creating academic materials.


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29 July 2016

Find your chemical information in ACS Publications

ACS Publications, including Sci Finder,  are the go-to resources for any research involving  chemistry, writes Nhan Le, a subject librarian from the Library's Science faculty team.

It has been said that chemistry, within our own times, has become a central science, from which all things emanate, and to which all things return*. The American Chemical Society (ACS) concurs with this mantra.

Monash University Library subscribes to all ACS Publications.  The database consists of:
  • Journals  -  nearly 50 peer-reviewed journals contain cutting-edge articles across a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines. The ACS began the publication of chemical research with the Journal of the American Chemical Society in 1879.
  • Chemical & Engineering News  - the weekly trade magazine
  • eBooks - the peer-reviewed ebooks contain essential research conducted by the world's leading scientists across all disciplines and applications. They now include more than 1,400 titles developed from ACS-sponsored symposia. Approximately 30 new ebooks are published each year.
Selected features
  •  Browse the Journal  - this option allows researchers to browse the journal via either “List of Issues”, or precisely select a specific issue of interest via the option “Select Decade”, “Select Volume”, then “Select Issue”
  •  Article ASAP (As Soon As Publishable),  that are edited and published online ahead of issue
  • Graphical abstracts, which are displayed on the journal table of contents
  • SciFinder database,  that can be accessed directly on the article level.
Also, when searching in SciFinder, if a graphical abstract is displayed on the search results page, researchers can be sure that the reference is one of the ACS journal articles. Therefore researchers can access it electronically.

You can access all the scholarly material on ACS Publications through the Library-managed subscription - via Search or the Databases - chemistry page.

ACS Publications and Figshare

As ACS Publications partners with Digital Science’s Figshare** to promote open data discovery and use, the scientific community can expect to retrieve chemistry-related datasets on the Figshare research data management tool.


*The Literary and Scientific Repository, and Critical Review, vol. 2, p. 221,
**ACS news release, 2015 

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4 July 2016

UpToDate - the key to evidence for doctors

Subject Librarians Penny Presta  and Anne Young let us in on an invaluable source used by doctors. Medical and other students can now access this database and practice using it for when they are a professional.



Have you ever wondered what it is your doctor is looking at on their mobile device? You’ll be pleased to know that it’s probably not their share price or their next trip on Expedia.com! Doctors rely heavily on evidence to make the best decisions for your care.

Using decision support tools such as UpToDate means that doctors can find the evidence they need quickly, rather than spending hours reading articles in library databases.

UpToDate makes it easy for health professionals to find symptoms, tests, diagnoses and treatment options for medical conditions. If they need more information they can link through to further information in references provided in each entry.

UpToDate is an indispensable tool, in fact it is like Google for doctors, but with all content written and reviewed by a team of physicians and clinical experts in each specialty. Enthusiastic feedback from one of our Medical students indicates that it is “an absolute lifesaver ….”.

Find out more in UpToDate tutorials

Access: All students can access UpToDate anywhere, anytime with their Monash username and password from the library databases page. However staff are restricted to accessing UptoDate from some Monash campuses only.

Please contact a member of the Library's Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences team  if you would like any further details



Image by Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
 



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3 June 2016

History, culture and politics in Russia and the Soviet Union

From Comrade Stalin to President Putin, you can access a compilation of Russian media articles translated into English through this unique database, says Anna Rubinowski, Subject Librarian for Slavic Studies.


Since its first publication in 1949, the Current Digest of the Russian Press, formerly published under the title Current Digest of the Soviet Press (1949-1991), and The Current Digest of the Post-Soviet Press (1992-2010), has provided a representative selection of Russian language press materials translated into English on all aspects of Russian history, culture and politics.

As a digest it offers a weekly compilation of articles that illustrate the topics of interest discussed in the Russian press. In this aspect it is a unique source for original material usually only available for Russian language speakers, as articles are translated into English as close as possible to the original Russian and without any elaborations or commentary added. This makes it one of the few sources available for English language speakers to access the Russian point of view, not only in regards to current issues but also in the historical perspective.

Established during a time when information from the USSR was inaccessible to the rest of the world, the digest became an essential resource for news from the Soviet Union and provided access not only to newspaper articles but also to significant speeches, documents from all meetings of the Communist Party Congresses, all five-year plans, and important Soviet laws and foreign policy development. It still continues to publish articles on economics, politics, foreign policy, international affairs, social and legal issues, public health, and culture.

Available on the East View databases platform, the interface is easy to navigate and content can be discovered through browsing individual issues of the digest or by searching for particular names or topics.

The Current Digest of the Russian Press is available through Library Search and Databases A-Z. If you are after more analytical or scholarly material, the Slavic Studies Library Guide is a great starting point for your research on Eastern Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union. Use the guide to access resources such as the American Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies, the Stalin Digital Archive, and other English and Slavic languages materials.

Please contact Anna Rubinowski, Ada Booth Librarian and Subject Librarian for Slavic Studies, if you have any questions.



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5 May 2016

What a busy clinician needs to know for patient care

eTG complete is an industry standard resource used by clinical practitioners at the point of care. Our Pharmacy librarians Madeleine Bruwer and Mario Sos give the low-down on this resource.


Therapeutic Guidelines (eTG complete) provides unbiased, high quality, reputable guidelines for the treatment of common conditions observed in clinical practice.

Each guideline provides a broad overview of the disorder followed by recommendations for therapy, including drug recommendations and dose regimens. The structure of the guidelines makes it easy to assess, interpret and distil the relevant evidence for making decisions regarding patient care.

The guidelines are developed by a group of experts comprising medical specialists as well as general practitioners, pharmacists, nurses and librarians. The guidelines are frequently updated to provide the most recent information and are designed for use in Australia.

The new upgraded version of eTG complete features a dynamic and user friendly searchable interface. Search by keyword or browse by the index or contents list.

New and unique features
  • Browsable drug index - find drugs and their indications and quickly verify the drug dose for an indication
  • Drug recommendations - View additional information about the corresponding drug including its suitability during pregnancy and breastfeeding as well as its availability through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) 
  • References- Each article contains a reference list with links to PubMed and other sources to follow up on the research. Also provided are the members of the expert group responsible for the topic and endorsements.
  • Tutorial Video - A quick start guide to searching and browsing eTG complete
  • Unlimited user access for Monash students and staff.
eTG complete is available though Search and through Databases A-Z. If you have trouble accessing it please contact Mario Sos or Madeleine Bruwer.


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5 April 2016

Keep track of parliaments, policy and legislation

LexisNexis Capital Monitor provides expert monitoring of Australian parliaments, policy and legislation and is at your fingertips, says Caroline Knaggs, a subject librarian at the Law Library.




Parliament House, Canberra
Capital Monitor is a long established, extensive database which collects parliamentary, policy, legislative, regulatory and judicial news and information from both Federal and State Governments. 

It includes:

● Press releases, transcripts and additional related statements by government, opposition, and other parties, as well as industry reaction;

● Parliamentary papers, committee and inquiry reports, digests, and other official documents;

● Legislation and associated information such as second reading speeches, explanatory memoranda and/or statements, schedule of amendments, etc;

● Hansard;

● Cases from a range of courts including the High Court, Federal Court and the Victorian Supreme Court;

● ... and much more!!!

Capital Monitor is a great way to obtain a broad overview of an issue which conveniently brings information together. It enables you to research the background and context of a topic and track its development through to implementation and legislation.

Materials are added in full text almost as soon as they are made available. Coverage starts from 1996 for many of the materials.

Keyword searching is the most effective way to access this extensive collection. You can search across everything or limit your research to specific collections and jurisdictions. You will be presented with a selection of results, with your keywords highlighted. Browsing is also possible over a specific selection of resources

Access LexisNexis Capital Monitor through the A-Z Databases page or Search.

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8 March 2016

MarketLine a major source of company data


MarketLine Advantage is useful to anyone studying business, international finance or globalisation, says David Horne, a subject librarian in the Business faculty team.


MarketLine is a leading producer of worldwide company, industry/market, and country information.
The MarketLine Advantage database provides extensive coverage via an intuitive interface which allows for both effective browsing and rapid pinpointing of required content. Its key components are:


·         More than 5,700 industry profiles, which include Porter’s Five Forces analysis;

·         Over 32,000 company profiles providing SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analyses, with separate sections of MarketLine Advantage focusing on company news, case studies and financial deals;

·         Country reports analysing the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) situation in 50 major countries;

·         A Databases option, where various types of customised data, such as country statistics and fast moving consumer goods market analytics, can be generated from the data sets in MarketLine Advantage.

While some MarketLine reports are accessible via other interfaces (e.g. Business Source Complete) these represent only a small fraction of the content of MarketLine Advantage. You may also have known these reports by their former brand, Datamonitor.

MarketLine Advantage will be of interest not just to Business School staff and students but potentially to anyone studying aspects of globalisation, and the global marketplace.

Access MarketLine Advantage from:



If you have questions or comments about using MarketLine Advantage, contact a librarian in the Library Business and Economics Team

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1 February 2016

Art Source: A gallery of resources for art, design and architecture research

Art Source is the go-to database for research in art or architecture, writes Romany Manuell, subject librarian for Art, Design and Architecture.


Have you heard about Art Source?  There’s no other database with as much high-quality content for your art, design and architecture research. Art Source is based on a merger of databases from EBSCO Publishing and H.W. Wilson, but it also includes a bunch of fresh, new sources never previously made available.

If you attended the MADA exhibition “The Abstract” last October, you’ll already be familiar with the peer-reviewed journals in our print collection. Did you know that many of those journals are also available online through Art Source? 

Art Source covers a broad range of related subjects, including:
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture and architectural history
  • Art history
  • Contemporary art
  • Costume design
  • Decorative arts
  • Folk art
  • Graphic arts
  • Industrial design
  • Interior design
  • Landscape architecture
  • Museology
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Television
  • Textiles
  • Video
Many of the articles in this database are full-text, but Art Source also provides detailed indexing and abstracts for journals, books, podcasts and more. If you’ve previously used the databases Art and Architecture Complete, Art Full Text or Art Index Retrospective, you’ll be happy to know that these are all now included in Art Source.

Art Source is available to Monash staff and students via the Databases page and through Search.

Be warned! Many people get Art Source confused with ARTStor. Both are excellent resources, but Art Source will give you top quality journal articles and art news, whereas ARTStor is an image library.

Art Source: your first stop for art, design and architecture research!











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4 November 2015

Factiva - News and information from round the world




Find out what is happening in Australia and internationally with Factiva, writes David Horne, Subject Librarian for Business and Economics.


Factiva is an invaluable tool for keeping up to date with current and business affairs in a particular part of the world, for investigating past events, or for studying the way news is reported.  It is a database of over 30,000 news sources, encompassing print, electronic media transcripts and free Web-based publications.  Content is added daily.

Australian coverage includes not only the major city and national papers, such as The Australian and The Australian Financial Review, but regional and local newspapers.

Search results can be readily sorted by date, or filtered according to a range of criteria, including source, article author, company, industry, and region. The articles from print publications do not include images.

While the key content is news, Factiva also provides brief company and industry profiles and global financial market data.

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7 October 2015

Math Tutor

Get a handle on those concepts in maths that you missed out on at school, or can't remember, writes Tracey Whyte, Subject Librarian for Education at Berwick.


If you want to build your mathematical skills and confidence then go to Math Tutor online.

The Library provides access to this excellent resource via the Kanopy streaming database and you can access it via the Library's Search tool.

"The Math Tutor Collection offers a selection offers video tutorials on topics from secondary mathematics, aimed at students who wish to revise these topics in preparation for study at University, but equally useful for those meeting this content for the first time.

"I recommended some of the videos in the 'Sequences and Series' topic to my students, because I thought the content was clearly and thoroughly explained, and might support those students who were meeting this content for the first time."

(Monica Baker, lecturer, PhD student and maths teacher)

The content covers over 80 mathematics topics and provides diagrams and worked examples to clearly explain mathematical concepts. There are a series of eight videos to watch:
  • Geometry and Vectors
  • Algebra
  • Integration
  • Arithmetic
  • Trigonometry
  • Functions and graphs
  • Sequences and series
  • Differentiation
Each topic describes the subjects taught within each video and displays between five and 11 clips ranging from 10 minutes to over an hour.

For those who want to challenge their skills a bit more, Math Tutor has created a website that contains these videos with diagnostic tests, exercises and a pdf text version. These resources are available from the Math Tutor website.


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2 September 2015

Explore old texts in new ways

Read old texts as they were originally intended by their famous or non-famous authors, with Oxford Scholarly Editions Online , says Anne Melles, Subject Librarian for Literary Studies.


Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (OSEO) has recently added three new modules of literature to its collection. These are extensive collections of Romantics Poetry and Romantics Prose, and a very limited collection of Romantics Drama.

Works from the most famous English and European Romantic authors and poets are included, for example, Byron, Goethe, Shelley,  and Dorothy and William Wordsworth.  In addition the modules contain the works of selected philosophers of the time, including Bolzano, Godwin, and Hegel.  The collection contains fascinating insights into the world of that time:
• Lord Byron saw the waltz as "a sign of indecorum, even depravity", and his poem, Waltz: An Apostrophic Hymn By Horace Hornem, Esq, conveys his distaste.
• What did Percy Bysshe Shelley have to say of Frankenstein, the famous Gothic horror penned by his wife, Mary Shelley? Read his review of her book.
• An alderman meets his untimely demise during a fantastical feast in this prose, attributed to William Hazlitt and inspired by the opulence of the Lord Mayor's Banquet.

Primary texts in OSEO are annotated by respected scholars, for example many of the Shakespeare texts are edited by Stanley Wells.  The annotations are both textual and background in nature and provide a much useful information for students working on assignments and scholars researching this period.

Oxford provide some excellent material to help researchers learn about OSEO. You can browse A-Z and chronologically by Author, Work and Edition. Click here to take a tour of the collection. 





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18 August 2015

Academic resources

For most of your assignments at Monash, lecturers will ask you to use academic resources to conduct your research. But what exactly are academic resources? This post will give you some quick hints and tips to help you recognise strong academic resources, and know where to find them....by Romney Adams.


Finding resources

The amount of information available for you to access is phenomenal, and can be found through a variety of different portals - some good, and some not so good. When looking for academic resources, start by searching through a reliable platform. This includes:
  • Library Search:  Search is the Library’s discovery platform, and is the best place to start your research. It will look for items held physically at the various campus libraries, as well as e-resources, including journal articles, e-books, conference papers, and more
  • Specialised databases: The Library subscribes to a multitude of specialised subject databases, which your lecturers will direct you to - some common databases include ProQuest, EBSCO, Scopus, and JSTOR. Like Search, their content come in a variety of formats, but are often faculty- or discipline-specific.
While a search engine, such as Google, or online encyclopedia, such as Wikipedia, can be useful for obtaining background or explanatory information regarding your assignment topic, they are not good to use for research purposes. Check out the Library’s interactive guide to conducting academic research on the Internet, to ensure you’re using quality online sources as part of your research.

Evaluating resources

It's important to remember that just because a resource is held in Search, or a specialised database automatically makes it an academic resource. It is up to you to evaluate a resource you find, to determine whether it can be considered a good academic article. Some things to look out for are: the length of the resource, its publisher, and the authors’ affiliations and qualifications.

The following video will show you other areas to look out for when evaluating a resource:




Evaluating resources can be tricky, especially if it’s not something you’re used to. If you need any help searching for resources or evaluating them, speak to a librarian at your library’s Research & Learning point.

Good luck! By following these tips, you should be off to a great start with your research.




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