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Orientation Week starting 24 February 2014

We’re excited to welcome new and returning students with some fun activities and competitions. So come along and join us to Learn, Play and Win!


Enter the Library’s quick online quiz HERE
for your chance to win a NEXUS 7 tablet!
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For the sake of a song: Wangga songmen and their repertories

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Published on: 21 February 2014
Cover image of For the Sake of a Song: Wangga Songmen and their Repertories The songs and threatened languages of one of Australia's most prominent genres of Indigenous music, wangga, from Australia's Top End, are presented in a new book published by researchers at PARADISEC. Songmen from the Daly region of the Northern Territory who created and performed songs for their communities and general public over the past fifty […]



Information Futures Series
Please join us at the Library to hear lightning talks from four academics about how they promote their research. Bring questions and share your own experiences. Stay to connect with colleagues and chat over lunch.

Venue: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher North Fisher Library
When: 11.00am-1pm, Thursday 27 March 2014
RSVP: Due to overwhelming demand this event is now fully booked. We are taking reservations for possible places that may come up due to cancellations.
T 9114 0866
Lunch and refreshments will be provided

New look Catalogue

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Published on: 14 February 2014

We have listened to your feedback and made changes to the Catalogue interface to make it easier for you to use. The layout is clearer, there are more help links where you need them, and you can now switch to mobile view.

We value your comments so let us know what you think.

New look




Research Data Management Policy 2014

A supernova in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which lies about 160,000 light years from Earth.The University has a new Research Data Management Policy. The University is working on a number of initiatives to help researchers manage their research data, including:

  • Electronic Lab Notebooks (ELN):  the University is working to implement a University-wide ELN service. A pilot will run from March-May 2014.
    Researchers: register your interest in the ELN pilot.
  • Research Data Store: the University has data storage available for researchers, and is undergoing a large project to upgrade our research data storage infrastructure.
    Apply for space on the Research Data Store
  • Research Data Management Guidelines: The Research Data Management Guidelines provide information for researchers, students and research support staff.
    Contact the Research Data Manager for further advice.

The Research Data Management policy sets out the responsibilities of the University, Faculty representatives and individual researchers with regard to the management, storage, retention and ownership of and access to research data, and assists researchers and the University to meet the requirement of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Search the University Policy Register or download a copy of the Research Data Management Policy 2014.

Image credit: NASA/CXC/SAO: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Great Novels of 1814: Austen, Burney, Edgeworth and Scott

6 February to 17 April 2014

This year we celebrate the bicentenary of four great novels published in the same year. Jane Austen is widely known and loved by a vast audience and this exhibition celebrates her novel Mansfield Park and works by her favourite authors: Frances Burney’s The Wanderer, Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage and Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465

> Library Exhibitions

Image: From Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott (Hurst, Robinson & Co 1821), one of the Three-Decker Collection at Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Sydney Library.

University Library: Survey of Academics

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Published on: 31 January 2014

imageThe University Library is conducting a survey of academics and researchers to gather information about emerging trends in academic and researcher attitudes and practice. The survey will run from Monday 3 February to Friday 21 February 2014.

The survey is part of a collaborative effort of the participating Go8 university libraries, and the results will allow for benchmarking between the participating institutions.

The survey is being conducted by Ithaka S+R ( Ithaka S+R is a research and consulting service that helps academic, cultural, and publishing communities in making the transition to the digital environment.

The survey covers four major topics:

  • the ways that scholars discover and access needed scholarly materials in their teaching and research;
  • the evolving role of the library and of library collections;
  • research and teaching practices, with a particular emphasis on how these are changing in light of opportunities created by new technology; and
  • the ways in which scholars communicate the findings of their research through a variety of media.

Academic and research staff will receive an email invitation from Ithaka S+R to participate in the survey. The University Library appreciates your time in responding. Your responses will offer important guidance for the University of Sydney and the Library in developing strategies to support your research and teaching in an environment increasingly shaped by digital technologies. Thank you for participating in this important study.

If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Michael Arndell.


Do you use SciFinder?

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Published on: 28 January 2014

scifinderRoughly two thirds of all structure searches in SciFinder now originate from the new Non-Java CAS Structure Editor. Find out about new features and enhancements in the latest Non-Java CAS Structure Editor Update:




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