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Published: 2017-08-01T17:43:45-07:00


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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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 searchesreading and note-taking strategiesreference management: organising informationliterature review structuringconducting a systematic reviewissues 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 [...]

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.(image)

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 anypublishing 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   [...]

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.

(image) You can provide your feedback by:
  • Using the Feedback button on the website
  • Posting a comment below
  • Writing to us at

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

RP Data login request procedure


Photo courtesy:
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
An RP Data login will then be sent to  the student’s Bond email address.

Staff can contact the library directly at 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.(image)

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. [...]

Let FLOW do your referencing Work


Flow  Reference Manager.Flow makes managing your citations even simpler. Get organised -set up and access your Bond Flow account today!Flow is a cloud-based reference manager that keeps all your journal/book readings and citations in the one place. References, citations and bibliographies are necessary in creating academic papers. Don’t be stuck at the end of your assignment manually inputting citations!Using Flow will help you:       QUICKLY insert and edit citations to your assignment pages, adding them to your bibliography as you go.SAVE your web content files to a dedicated folder for each subject/assignment.READ and add notes to your articles right there in the cloud with 10GB of storage space.CAPTURE citation details from journal databases using the ‘Save to Flow’ bookmarklet.INTEGRATE with Google Docs and DropBox.  COME ALONG to a session in Weeks 2 and 3, and learn how set up an account, and access Flow for free as a Bond Student or Staff member.   View our event calendar This class is suitable for:-        Undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and staff-        Staff and students who aren’t yet using a citation management tool-        Staff and students who are using ProQuest Refworks and want to easily migrate to Flow [...]

EndNote classes in Weeks 2, 3 and 4


Our EndNote classes last semester were so popular we have decided to run loads more this semester! Classes will be held during Weeks 2, 3, and 4. We are also offering classes specifically for Mac users because EndNote works a little differently on a Mac. Visit the Library Events Calendar for the times and dates. Registration is required for the EndNote sessions.If you've never heard of EndNote, it is a powerful piece of citation management software that helps you:gather references from article databasesformat manuscripts and citations in a variety of stylestransfer references among various applicationsshare citations with colleaguesorganise a personal database of referencesgenerate bibliographiesSound good? Come to a class! [...]

Week One Library events


We have a range of events this week for both new and current students.
Learn how to use the library resources and start smart by using our extensive online resources.

Events this Week:

Top Library Tips are held in the Octagon Room in the Main Library. No need to book.

Authors, University copyright surveys and the Copyright Agency


The Licence

As you may know Bond University has a ‘statutory licence’ with the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) which allows the copying of print and graphic works for educational purposes within limits. The CAL licence, as it is known, provides a system for university staff to reproduce copyright material for Bond University students without needing to seek permission from the copyright owner. This licence is also known as Part VB of the Copyright Act and the University pays a substantial annual licence fee for the benefit of the licence.

The Survey

Under the CAL licence the University is obliged to participate in a ‘Copyright survey’ every few years which requires selected faculties and departments to record the photocopying of published and unpublished work every day for up to twelve weeks. The University commenced a Copyright Survey on 8 December 2014 which continues until 1 March 2015 and during this time the Faculties of Business and Health, Sciences and Medicine, Sustainable Development and Architecture from FSD and various administrative units are being monitored.

Authors who have their work reproduced during a survey receive the benefits.

In essence the survey is held to gather information what copyright materials are being reproduced so authors can be identified and receive remuneration from the CAL. This remuneration is drawn from university, school and other collected licence fees.

The record keeping is not excessively onerous as the staff in the selected units only have to record published and unpublished material that is photocopied, i.e. copied from paper to paper. It is the published ‘copyright’ material that interests CAL and it is the author members of CAL that benefit.

Bond University academics as writers are potential recipients of CAL payments and if you are an author you may like to consider becoming a member of the Copyright Agency. Further information on becoming a writer member is available on the Copyright Agency website.


Welcome to O-Week at Bond Library!


We have lots of events this week to show you around the library and get you orientated with the library website: Monday, 10:00am: Library TourMonday, 10:30am: Top Library Tips (in under 30 minutes)Tuesday, 1:00pm: Step 1 to being an Email NinjaTuesday, 3:00pm: Library TourTuesday, 3:30pm: Top Library Tips (in under 30 minutes)Wednesday, 9:00am: Library TourWednesday, 9:30am: Top Library Tips (in under 30 minutes)Thursday, 9:00am: Library TourThursday, 9:30am: Top Library Tips (in under 30 minutes)Thursday, 1:30pm: Step 1 to being an Email NinjaDon't forget your online orientation: it will take you about fifteen minutes and by the end you will be equipped with everything you need to use the library!To hear about what's happening in the next few weeks of semester,  like us on Facebook,or follow us on Instagram. [...]

Library Suggestion Board


HAVE you noticed our RETRO suggestion board as you walk into the Main Library?   Yes we have named it RETRO - harking back to the pre-digital days when suggestion boards were more transparent.  The suggestion board has been in the Main Library for only a few months and has been a popular medium for students requesting services in the Library!  We have received MANY and have responded accordingly.  Here are some suggestions from our Bond students:Drinking fountain... Office supplies ... Coffee late at night ... Adobe software ... Slippery slide! ... Printing... Cleaning... Massage Therapist ... PS3 Fifa Games ... Library bags ... Reserving computers ... Sleep pods ... Silent areas ... Locker loans ... Lighting ... Student kitchen.Would you like to see our responses that we have pinned up?  Come into the Main Library and visit the suggestion board! [...]

Semester break opening hours


Another great semester is behind us, and it's time to take a break!   Now the holidays are here borrow some fiction off our turnstile on the mezzanine floor (Level 3) and enjoy some recreational reading.Both the Libraries and MLC will operate on reduced hours over the semester break. They will be open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm and closed on Saturday and Sunday.Main LibraryMonday to Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday and Sunday: ClosedLaw LibraryMonday to Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday and Sunday: ClosedMLCMonday to Friday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday and Sunday: Closed        The Main, Law Libraries and MLC will close 12 Noon, 24th December and re-open 9:00 am Monday 5th January 2015.Complete opening hours for the Libraries and the MLC can be viewed onlineSee you all in Semester 151!  [...]

Sessions for researchers happening in Week 14


The two sessions below will be useful for Higher Degree Research students and academic staff, however all are welcome.

Searching for a Literature Review
Tuesday December 9, 12.00-1.00pm
Octagon Room, Main Library

Which resources should I be searching for my literature review? How do I make sure I'm searching effectively? This introductory session will provide the foundation which you can then apply to your own research question. Register here

Citation Searching
Thursday December 11, 12.00-1.00pm
Octagon Room, Main Library

This session follows on from the previous session (it's not necessary to attend both though), focussing on the use of citation databases. You'll see how to follow citation trails forward and backward in time and identify highly cited works in your field. Register here.

If you'd like any more information please contact David Honeyman.(image)

Looking for online IT tutorials?


If you have never heard of, it is a self-paced online learning resource for all staff and students to learn key skills in software applications and information technology.Finding on the Bond website is easy. Simply type in the search box and your first result will link you to the portal. You will require your Bond single sign on username and password.You then can search for courses or browse the collection of tutorials. You will find tutorials on SPSS, Excel, Prezi, PowerPoint, AutoCAD, WordPress, Access, JavaScript, Keynote and more.Still not sure? Here is what some staff have said about someone like me who is enrolled in a management subject next semesterManaging teams sounds like a great tutorial to do. Of course there are many other courses to choose from.Access now. [...]

Remembrance Day - The 100 Year Anniversary of World War I.


Reinforcements. The Queenslander. 22 June 1918. On the 11th November nations across the world will commemorate and remember those who sacrificed their lives during 1914 – 1918.This is a special Remembrance Day Post by Tiffany Mitchell – Librarian at Bond University and State Library Queensland digital volunteer.2014 marks the one hundred year anniversary period when the first Australian Expeditionary forces were sent to Egypt in September 1914. This commemorative initiative has been embraced by the National and State Libraries Australasia, as the First World War touched the lives of nearly every Australian at this time. The State Library of Queensland has engaged with communities and libraries across regional Queensland, in digitising photos, letters and ephemera, in helping Queenslanders learn more of the WWI Queensland story.One stage of this digitisation project by the SLQ was to produce high quality scans of all issues of The Queenslander Pictorial, starting with the WWI period.  The supplements from this period contained portrait pages – packed with up to 90 individual portraits per page. An existing index to WWI soldiers is currently being prepared for incorporation into the SLQ online catalogue. The searchable name index will be enhanced with links to the individual portrait of each soldier - putting the image into its context and also a link to the digitised issue of The Queenslander in Trove.Twenty eight thousand individual portraits were extracted from The Queenslander Pictorial over four months representing the total Queensland contingent fighting in the First World War.  Each miniature portrait found within the pages of this broadsheet, had their surnames listed in raw handwritten font and every single portrait page from 1914 to 1918 are listed with the same title: Reinforcements - an unfortunate military description of fresh faced boys and family men. This is the reason for reflection.As one of three volunteers working with the manager of Collection Preservation and the Visual Media Coordinator at SLQ, we extracted thousands of these discerning faces from the digitised pages of The Queenslander, a legacy initiative by the Re-imagining Libraries program.  This legacy program - QANZAC 100: Memories for a New Generation, is a five-year program that will commemorate 100 years of World War I and Anzac history. By digitising this cultural content, we create ease of access in making content available to a bigger audience, most importantly creating a lasting visual legacy. The volunteer work at SLQ merged with a World War I project that was given to me whilst working at the Gold Coast Local Studies library. Donated photographs placed in the filing cabinet titled ‘Portraits’ have recently been researched, catalogued and uploaded to Picture Gold Coast creating a descriptive account of the pioneering Gold Coast family involvement in World War I. The Gold Coast region at this time was a burgeoning farming region of pioneering family communities. Over 100 men enlisted from here. One local family that paid the ultimate price was the Fulton family from Mudgeeraba, six of their sons enlisted and only three returned.Bond Library staff member Angela Keena Bahrij has recently undertaken her own research on her family’s involvement in the First World War. By searching Australian War Memorial records she found digitised military information not previously known to her family.From the National Library, Australian War Memorial and State Library Queensland to the Local Studies Library, and by [...]

Bloomberg Professional in the Main Library


Attention all business students! Did you know that you can access the Bloomberg Professional Service in the Main Library?

We have the Bloomberg software installed on three computers on the ground floor of the library. If you would like to use Bloomberg, just talk to the staff at the Library desk to borrow a keyboard and find out where the computers are located.

Joanna Hare, the Business Faculty Librarian, can help you with setting up an account (free for Bond students). If you would like some training the Business Faculty offers 2 hour workshops every Friday from 10:00 am-12:00 pm on Fridays in the Macquarie Trading Room.

To register for a training session, please click here.(image)

SPSS Books Online


(image) SPSS Survival easy guides - you are not alone!

Access them anytime as eBooks: Full Text Online via Summon.                                  

SPSS Explained, SPSS for Starters, SPSS for dummies, SPSS Workbook, Medical Statistics: A Guide to SPSS, Data Analysis with SPSS, to name a few...

Bond students and staff can also access 'SPSS statistics essential training' tutorials via Use your Bond single sign-on username/password.



Update - The Research Game has now finished...


The Game has been completed and winners drawn from the hat, or in our case library bag!

The winner of the iPad mini was...

Panyawat Lapying!!! Panyawat is a student in Law. Congrats Panyawat!

Panyawat and Ben collect their prizes

The winners of the $50 iTunes voucher went to...

Wolfgang Marx and Ben Tomocek.

Well done all, and particularly to our champions at the top of the board. We have included the Leaderboard link below so you can have a look and can see a run down of the action that unfolded. If you didn't complete the last task of the Game we would really appreciate your feedback, so please get in there and answer a few q's for us :)

Game’s Leaderboard

We hope you enjoyed the Game!!


Extended Main Library Opening Hours


As from Week 6 we have extended our opening hours in the Main Library.

(image) Week 6 - 12

Monday - Thursday:    8:00 - 01:00am

Friday:                          8:00 - 11:00pm

Saturday & Sunday:   10:00 - 11:00pm

Don't forget to activate your student card with Security (Open 24x7) for after hour ID swipe access to the Main Library.
ID Swipe access is required in the Main Library:

After 11pm - Mon - Thur
After   6pm - Friday
After   6pm - Saturday & Sunday

MLC - Opening hours

Monday - Sunday - 24 hours
(ID swipe access required from 6pm - 7am)

Law Library - Opening hours

Monday - Thursday:     8:00 - 11:00pm
Friday                          8:00 -   6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday     10:00 -   6:00pm


New ebrary reader


If you're a user of Library eBooks, you may have noticed that the ebrary reader has recently changed. The reader now has a sleeker design and simpler navigation panes. This 2 minute video shows you all the basics of the new layout:

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Please note that the new reader is supported only on the two most recent versions of web browsers. In particular, it is not supported on Internet Explorer version 8 or earlier. Ebrary have also phased out their ebrary mobile app, and all mobile reading is now supported by the Bluefire app (available for iOS and Android).

We have updated our guide to eBooks at Bond Library to reflect the changes. Our guide also includes lots of general information about getting yourself set up to use eBooks, as well as platform-specific instructions for reading, downloading and printing from eBooks.

If you have any questions about using eBooks, please get in touch.

Visit Ebrary.

Why the World Needs Open Data. Research Week 2014!


  Special guest Belinda Weaver - Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) eResearch Analyst, will present a session to encourage researchers in creating and building upon their data within the research community. Event:   An Open and Shut Case: Why the World Needs Open DataAttend this special Research Week presentation to hear and discuss the benefits of open data, and increase your awareness about the importance of good planning and management of data throughout the research process.Wednesday 15th October            10:30am - 12:00pmRegister here or view the library website events calendar. [...]

EndNote classes in Weeks 3, 4 and 5


Our EndNote classes last semester were so popular we have decided to run loads more this semester! Classes will be held during Weeks 3, 4, and 5. We are also offering classes specifically for Mac users because EndNote works a little differently on a Mac. And if you're a law student or researcher we have specific sessions for you too!

Visit the Library Events Calendar for the times and dates. Registration is required for the EndNote sessions.

If you've never heard of EndNote, it is a powerful piece of citation management software that helps you:
  • gather references from article databases
  • format manuscripts and citations in a variety of styles
  • transfer references among various applications
  • share citations with colleagues
  • organise a personal database of references
  • generate bibliographies

Sound good? Come to a class!