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With exam season upon us, there’s never been a better time to come into the Library.
Featuring quiet study spaces, collaborative group areas, and plenty of places to plug in and study away, the Library has your study needs covered!
Using the Library online room booking tool, a few clicks is all it takes to reserve your study space. Jump online and book a room now at deakin.edu.au/library/book-a-room/.
Need help with your exam preparation?
Student Life’s Language and Learning Advisors are on-hand to help develop your study skills in areas relevant to exams, such as time management and essay writing.
You can make an appointment with them, or just drop in for a chat.
Past exam papers
In addition to all the excellent resources available, the Library also provides access to past exam papers for a range of subjects, allowing you to get a feel for what your exams have in store for you.
To access the available past exam papers, simply select the unit material link in the Search box on the Library home page and enter your unit code.
Please note that not all units have papers available. Examination papers are released to the Library by the Assessments and Graduations Group within the Division of Student Administration upon the instruction of Unit Chairs.
Visit our Collection Guidelines page for more information.
The Library is looking for volunteers to participate in web usability sessions to help improve the Library website and search interfaces. With your feedback and input we can make your experience in using Library services even better!
Want to download an entire book onto your mobile device? With Springer publishing, you can!
Springer publishing has just introduced new functionality that allows full e-book download. With the new functionality, you can either download all chapters of Springer e-books at once or continue to select individual chapters.
Springer is a large, multi-disciplinary, scholarly academic publisher that specialises in publishing science, technology and medicine research books and journals. Deakin University Library currently provides access to over 20,000 Springer e-book titles.
Browse the Springer e-book collection.
For further help on using the Springer e-book platform go to the Library e-book help page.
You might have seen that Digital Literacy is one of Deakin University’s Graduate Learning Outcomes, or GLOs, but what does that mean? The Library has prepared a great range of resources and tools to help you understand it.
At Deakin, Digital Literacy is defined as “using technologies to find, use and disseminate information”.
Digital literacy skills help you to locate and fully utilise critical information sources for your assessments and to communicate your own information and ideas using the most appropriate technologies for your discipline. Digital Literacy knowledge helps you to understand your rights and those of other authors and how to find resources that are copyright-free.
The Library has created a range of Digital Literacy resources, including videos and interactive tutorials, designed to increase your understanding and skills related to this Deakin University Graduate Learning Outcome.
Start exploring the range of resources available now at deakin.edu.au/library/study/digital-literacy.php
Congratulations to the winner of our short story competition - John Hawkins of WA. His story, Dad's Last Words, was our competition winner and for his efforts John receives a $200 iTunes card. Well done John!
Thanks to all those students who entered the competition! We were pleased to receive many great entries.
Read the winning entry, Dad's Last Words, below.
When my father was dying, I sat there in the darkened room holding his hand. The TV glowed busily, but was silent. And the monitor shot his progress across the screen in regular intervals, like tamed lightning in a cage. Otherwise, it was dark and quiet, except for the sound of my own heartbeat, which grew louder between thoughts like the automatic gain of a microphone. Other objects in the room seemed unreal, amorphous. Looking at the tube coming out of my father's mouth, it reminded me of the time he'd taken me to an opium den and lay there almost imperceptibly drawing on a hashish hookah, eyes closed, smoke strands drifting upward in the candle light like question marks in no rush for answers.
And then I recalled the time he talked about his pilgrimage to Gallipoli one Turkish summer with his dad, when the chill and monotony of life in Prahran, the ding-a-ling and electric sizzle of streetcars outside his window, drove Papa "half-mad" and made him restive. Papa circled the bluff, stopping in thoughtful intervals to gaze out at the sea below. A lone gull luffed overhead in the salt seasoned wind, and about a dozen compatriots chatted amiably and respectfully over by the monument that connected two worlds and cultures, now inexorably linked in time by the weird afterglow of survival and courage which binds diggers everywhere. Dad said that while Papa sighed and silently reminisced, he went trudging through the trenches, looking for a place to take a piss, almost falling over the escarpment and tearing his jeans on the rusted barbed wire, which caused him to let out a "Fawwwk!" That night, Papa told stories of gripping fear, of artillery shells strobing the night, dread dancing in their stomachs, while fireflies went on and off in an open field. Overhead, Dad said, the stars didn't seem to so much glow as well, like the sad appeal in our dog Harry's eyes, which turned out to be glaucoma.
Dad told me about this time with Papa during our own trip to Gallipoli many years later. I don't recall many details of that visit, except that there were many Aussies there, circling the monument, like the way you see them do at the Haj on TV. Dad knew one guy in the crowd who he was trying to avoid because he'd lost a bet over the Melbourne Cup and hadn't paid up yet. All I remember of that trip was the long bus ride back to Istanbul, civilians quietly chatting, the diggers all united in something, looking straight ahead; although one old soldier two seats down and across wept silently. Outside, past my reflection in the glass, the landscape rolled by without any real shape or form, like a hologram or mirage. Back at the hotel, in picturesque proximity to the Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque, Mum sat polishing a samovar she'd bargained for at the Bazaar ("Look what I found!" she beamed), and regaled us with tales of carpet shop come-ons and archaeological digs in the ubiquitous Ottoman op-shops. Outside the underground Roman cistern, where our gasps had echoed together as we beheld the marble Medusa's head glaring up at us from the wet depths of the dim cavern, Mum and Dad had a fight, which ended with Mum storming back to the hotel while Dad and I stood there in the heat, cars whooshing by.
We walked, going over a bridge that crossed the Bosphorus, as night fell, and found ourselves in Taksim and the red light district. Cops patrolled with machine guns, looking for terrorists. We came to a booth, where Dad forked over ten lira and received two tickets, which allowed us entry to an alley filled with the sounds of disco music and rap, cigarette smoke and flashing lights. Lip-sticked girls from Romania gestured with their bodies and beckoned us with promises of bliss. It felt like we were caught in a Fellini film, or a cinema playing Fellini, the strands of projected light shifting from frame to frame like currents in the river of Heraclitus. Dad was fond of saying we lived in a world ruled by unseen forces "too big to fail."
On the telly in the hospital room, they were showing images of the golden catfish of the Kalahari, blind and unseen, streaming through the underground sluices beneath the desert's emptiness, like dharma monks in pilgrimage.
As Dad's life left him, I could feel his blood flow seemingly recede like a river going dry with time-elapsed precision. I sat in the silence, the moment's Big Bang, before the alarm sounded and the nurses bustled in, and the darkness was gone in a blink.
Looking for information on how to make your research openly accessible? Not sure where to start? OPAL can now help you!
What is OPAL?
Open Access and Licensing (OPAL) is an online resource designed to help you understand and manage your rights and responsibilities as users and creators of information and learning resources.
OPAL has been developed by specialists in the Library and Deakin Learning Futures. They have distilled the key information in this complex area to help you maximise your research time.
OPAL can help you:
Where to start?
Explore OPAL now and discover the updated range of resources, tools, links and more!
Contact your Liaison Librarian for more information or to provide feedback to improve future versions of this resource.
The Geelong Waterfront Library will soon be transformed as part of the current refurbishment to support the increased campus academic profile, following the relocation of Business and Law from Waurn Ponds.
This new Library will represent the global nature of information access, providing a high-quality environment to work, learn, research and connect with a strong focus on e-resources and ready availability to a collection of core and high-use Library print and audio-visual materials. The Library will increase in size but space will be limited.
Building works have already commenced and the first stage of development will be completed, with new spaces available, by mid-year.
Works on the current Library space form the second stage of development and will commence by mid-year, resulting in the Library relocating to the newly completed area.
The Library project is due for completion by the end of 2013.
We apologise in advance for any inconvenience during the refurbishment.
There are many new learning spaces available on levels 2, 3 and 4 of the John Hay building, Building D at the Geelong Waterfront Campus. Our staff can help you find a space to suit your needs so just ask at the Library Service Desk.
You can also make use of the free Geelong inter-campus bus service, which travels between both campuses, in order to find a space that suits you at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus.
You can access the Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library, located on level 1 of the Sally Walker Building, during and after refurbishments.
Keep informed about what’s happening and when through the Library website, our social media channels and relevant building signage and updates within the Waterfront and Waurn Ponds Campus libraries.
To find out more about the building refurbishment and see the interactive tours of the new Library, visit the Deakin Facilities Services website.
We’re always interested to hear from you regarding our services, or this refurbishment, in order to address your needs or concerns.
Phone: +61 3 5227 1200
Early Experiences in Australasia is a database collection of eclectic Australian history resources comprising of anything from domestic records to material from early explorers.
With over 1,600 maps, letters, photos and documents, covering the period between settlement and Federation, you'll be able to discover items to help you map major events as well as personal experiences.
This resource is perfect for students and staff in the areas of history and Australian studies as well as creative writing and sociology.
Want more information about this resource?
Contact Christine Oughtred, Liaison Librarian – Arts and Education
+61 3 52271441
Need answers about finding and using resources responsibly in the increasingly complex digital environment? Introducing OPAL.
OPAL is a new resource developed by the Library and Deakin Learning Futures to assist you in:
The first release of OPAL is now live. This resource is focused on teaching and learning, and provides guidance in using the rich array of library and open education resources available to refresh and revitalise courses to support LIVE the Future: agenda 2020.
Additional content on using resources in research, publishing and managing your rights as a creator will be added in coming months.
Start exploring OPAL now to discover the great range of resources, tools, links and more! You can contact your Liaison Librarian for more information or to provide feedback to help further develop this resource.
OverDrive gives you on-the-go access to a great range of recreational e-books. You can browse through hundreds of fiction and non-fiction titles, including graphic novels and Lonely Planet guides.
It allows you to access and borrow a large selection of titles in a variety of disciplines, including business, health, history and performing arts.
This new, easy-to-use platform means you can take your latest read with you, to access when you like.
The collection includes practical titles on cooking, decision-making and studying, as well as some light relief titles including a humour selection by authors like Zach Braff, Corrine Grant and Charlie Pickering.
Jump in and get started by visiting deakin.lib.overdrive.com.
Get the best advice and information on how to use this platform by viewing our specially designed Library Resource Guide.Licensing and resource information: http://encore.deakin.edu.au/iii/encore/record/C__Re1001401.
Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B