Category Archives: Library News

Free lunch? Come to an Auchmuty Learning Lawn Consultation session

This Thursday @ 12pm 17 August 2017

UON Library is looking for student feedback on the proposed Learning Lawn renovation.
Have your say in a consultation session (free lunch included). The first 20 participants to
register will also get a $20 gift Voucher.



SPARK Board pilot

Do you need a virtual meeting space?

Need to connect, work together and share content at a distance? Want to keep brainstorming after the meeting is over?

We’re piloting the use of the new SPARK boards in the Auchmuty Library Learning Lounge, and at NeW Space.

Download the Spark app and test the SPARK Board. Tell us what you think, how you’re using  the boards and whether you want more throughout the University.  We know you’ll think of lots of innovative things to try.

Take the SPARK feedback survey

Need to know more?

Cisco Spark is an app-centric, cloud-based service enabling teams to create, meet, message, call whiteboard and share. Download the Spark app  on your Windows,OSX, Android and iOS device today to take advantage of the Spark Board features.

SPARK Board Quick reference guide


Suffering information overload and need to keep better track of your references?

Are you suffering information overload when trying to manage your references? Do you find formatting citations consistently for your discipline frustrating?

What about a tool that can format and insert citations, list references, document annotations and store full text? Endnote can help!

Attend our workshop ‘Introduction to Endnote’ and see how it works.

This workshop will cover the basics of using EndNote, including:

  • adding references manually and via database searches
  • organising libraries using groups
  • searching and sorting records
  • inserting and editing citations in a Word document, and creating reference list entries.


  • Callaghan
    • Friday, August 11, 2017, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    • L321 (Computer Lab), Auchmuty Library
  • Callaghan
    • Thursday, August 17, 2017, 10:00am-12:00pm
    • L321 (Computer Lab), Auchmuty Library
  • Ourimbah
    • Friday, August 18, 2017, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    • TL1 (Ourimbah Library Lab – upper level), Ourimbah Library
  • HMRI
    • Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
    • HMRI (Cameron Level 4), HMRI

Register to attend:  Places are limited so register for your preferred workshop today

For more information read our EndNote Research Guide or contact your Senior Research Librarian

How to request items between UON Libraries

All University of Newcastle staff and students can request material from our other UON campus libraries including: Newcastle City campus Library, Callaghan (Huxley and Auchmuty Libraries), and Central Coast (Ourimbah Library).

The exception is for items held at the UON Sydney Library.  Students studying at UON Sydney Library can request from any campus library.

For example, to request items that have been shifted to the Auchmuty Library as part of the move to NeW Space including DVDs and CDs, music scores, and records just click on the ‘Request It’ button on the item via the Library Catalogue, (NEWCAT+)

These should be available the next business day.

Congratulations to our Higher Degree Research students

Congratulations to our Higher Degree Research students who had their thesis published in NOVA during July. All of these theses are available as full text and cover a variety of topics, from the representation of Islam in Australian newspapers, to customer satisfaction with sommelier services. Congratulations to all on the completion of their thesis!

Masters of Clinical Psychology (MClinPsych)

The role of dispositional mindfulness and self-compassion as buffers in the relationship between negative life events and symptoms of depression
Arentz, Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Education

“‘The results of this study suggest that individuals with higher levels of either mindfulness or self-compassion are less likely to report depressive symptoms in general, and that both groups are less likely report such symptoms as a result of negative life events. However, the current findings also suggest that the moderating effects of mindfulness occur via self-compassion. It appears that having high levels of both self-compassion and mindfulness is no more effective as a buffer against negative life events than being high in self-compassion alone. These findings suggest that self-compassion may be particularly useful as a resilience-building strategy because it creates a buffer against negative life events”.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Representations of Islam: a comparative critical discourse analysis of Australian newspapers
Caitlin Parr
, Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Creative Industries

“This original research contributes valuable insights and new knowledge about how representations of Islam and Muslims in news media discourses may influence community perceptions of Islam and Muslims, and subsequently have real world effects in respect of proposed Islamic property developments in specific locations.”

Judas Iscariot, betrayal and idolatry
Richard Harvey, Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Humanities and Social Science

“This thesis will assess the evidence for Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. It has three main original contributions to knowledge and presents sufficient evidence to show that Judas is a traitor and a blasphemer who has all the essential literary features of an idol.”

Developing a post-apostolic identity: examining the influence of education within the Ancient Church and its role in the development of a Ductu in Primitiva Ecclesia
 Ross Tucker, Faculty of Education & Arts, School of Education

“The aim of this thesis is to provide a deeper perception and understanding of the place of education and teaching that was at work in the early church and its role in the development of the leadership in the early church.”

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Customer satisfaction with sommelier services in Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong
Wing Tong Lau, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“Wine consumption in Hong Kong largely increased after the abolishment of the wine tax in 2008. This scenario resulted in a high demand for wine professions and sommeliers. Studies on the role and responsibility of sommeliers are mostly focused on Western restaurants. The service quality of sommeliers in Chinese restaurants should be explored because Chinese food is a major part of the diet in Hong Kong. This research investigates the relationship between the service quality of sommeliers and customer satisfaction, and loyalty in Chinese restaurants in Hong Kong.”

The relationship between transformational leadership and organizational learning in a Japan based electronics firm in Hong Kong
Ka Man Chan, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“This paper examines how the transformational leadership style influences the occurrence of organizational learning in a Japan based electronics firm in Hong Kong. The main focus of this study is to investigate the relationship between transformational leadership of middle managers and their influence on the employees in terms of knowledge sharing.”

To investigate the use of influence strategies in Hong Kong electronics industry
Chun Cheung Lo, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“This research is dedicated to examine that the use of influence strategies would be affected by interdependence and moderated by environmental uncertainty in the supplier-buyer relationship in Hong Kong electronics industry. This research provides both theoretical and managerial insights into the applicability of influence strategies and managers need to understand the effective use of influence strategies under different interdependent relationships and uncertain environment to make appropriate decisions.”

The link between the profiles of Independent Non-Executive Directors (INEDs) and adoption of best corporate governance practices in Hong Kong listed companies
Piu Keung Cheng, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“Hong Kong regulatory authority has put in considerable effort to increase directors’ accountability due to recent scandals in Asia. As a result, Hong Kong regulatory authority revised the Listing Rule to enhance corporate governance by increasing the number of Independent Non-Executive Directors (INEDs) on the board of directors and also revised the code of conduct and accountability of INEDs.”

Examining the effect of cost orientation on RMO adoption in the hospitality industry
Howard Lee, Faculty of Business & Law, Newcastle Business School

“From a managerial perspective, the research highlights the importance of understanding the possible tradeoff between relational and transactional strategies, assisting managers in making more informed decisions regarding the development of more consistent and effective RMO strategies, less vulnerable to the influence by competitive pressure on price/cost.”

Calling all Alumni

If you’re interested in publishing your UON theses in NOVA please contact our repository team. We’d love to tell you more about open access and help you get your thesis online.

Gale Database Trials

We now have some new trial databases available from Gale Cengage Learning:

Archives of sexuality & gender LGBT history & culture since 1940 Trial
This trial is available from 25th July 2017 – 1st September 2017

The following database trials are available from 25th July 2017 – 1st December 2017:

Associated Press Collections Online Trial


Nineteenth Century Collections Online Trial


Making of modern law legal treatises 1800-1926 Trial


Making of modern law foreign comparative and international Law 1600-1926 Trial


Making of modern law foreign primary sources, 1600-1970 Trial


Making of modern law primary sources, 1620-1926 Trial


Making of modern law historical trials, 1600-1926 Trial


Making of modern law US Supreme Court records and briefs, 1832-1978 Trial


Making of modern law American Civil Liberties Union papers, 1912-1990 Trial

Library Live -Virtual Librarian now on weekends

Library Live, our Virtual Book a Librarian service is now available weekends.  Speak ‘face-to-face’ with a Librarian to receive tailored instruction to suit your learning needs which may include:

  • research and assignment questions
  • help using ebooks
  • finding journal articles
  • using the Library catalogue or managing references


  • Drop into the Library and speak to a Librarian.
  • Book a time in advance to meet with a Librarian in any of our Libraries.

Drones in Research – webinar

Interested in learning more about the use of drones in research?  


Drones in research: Rise of drones in Australian research space

This is a presentation in the ANDS Webinar series

When : Thursday 27 July, 12.30-1.30, AEST

What’s on the agenda?

  1. Siddeswara Guru (TERN)
    Making drone data open for scientific research 
  2. Kim Bryceson (QUT)
    Automation of drone data capture in agriculture and development of GIS data library
  3. Tim Brown (ANU).
    From pixels to point clouds – Using drones, game engines and virtual reality to model and map the National Arboretum in Canberra

Register to attend : The webinar is facilitated by the Australian National Data Service(ANDS) and you’ll need to register.

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) provide access to all the recordings and slides of recent webinars which are now available now. You can access all the presentation materials from the ANDS Presentations page. Or you can click this link for the Drones in research series to access all the materials that are specific to this series.

Click here to find out more about ANDS and their services. Or talk to the Senior Research Librarians for more information.

Buy a book and support UON’s Larapinta Trail champions

Bronwyn Chambers from Wollotuka is one of twenty-eight UON volunteers set to take on the 65 km Larapinta Trail during a five day trek .  Aunty Bronwyn, UON Ourimbah’s Elder in Residence, is part of a group of UON Champions raising funds to support Indigenous education, health, research and community initiatives.

The Ourimbah Library is holding a sale of donated books to help Bronwyn fund raise.

Find out more about the challenge and support Bronwyn and the rest of the champions.

Want to find out more about the Larapinta trail? Why not listen to an account of Backpacking the Larapinta Trail or learn about the Desert Track when you stop in.  Ask your Librarian for information on how to locate other resources on Indigenous history, education, health or other research.