From page to screen

Many books have been adapted for the screen over the years, and this trend isn’t over yet. QUT Library has many of these popular titles in a variety of formats, including as books, ebooks, DVDs and online videos. Visit our library website for tips on searching for feature films and TV series.

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Why not check out these book titles which have inspired recent movies and TV series? These are all available through QUT Library.

Movies

TV series

 

Semester Break is here!

It’s that time of year again where all you have to do rest, recuperate and have some fun. Even though you may not need to use the library to find information for your assignments or to borrow your text books, while on holiday there are still a lot of fun things you can access at the Library to make your semester break even better!

Did you know you can borrow and play computer games? Borrow your favourites for the holiday and play all you want. Kelvin Grove Library even has Xbox One and PS4 consoles available to use in the Games Lab on level 4. The most popular games are already installed on these so you can get playing straight away!

You can also settle in and borrow or stream the movies you have been dying to see and the TV shows you need to catch up on, all through QUT Library. Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, get started watching Vikings or re-watch Game of Thrones Season 6 to prepare for the upcoming season. There are so many feature films and TV series to watch semester break won’t be long enough!

Want to rest your eyes from all the screens around you? Don’t forget you can borrow novels from the library too. This includes young adult fiction, found in the Curriculum Collection, and graphic novels too. Plus we have three great eBook platforms, including BorrowBox, Axis 360 and Overdrive fiction collection, where you can find audiobooks as well as some more great reading material.

Now you are all set to enjoy your semester break to the fullest. From all of us at QUT Library, stay safe, have fun and we will see you soon!

 

Delicious Ideas for Australia Day

Australia Day is just around the corner! One last public holiday before start of Semester 1. QUT Library is taking a break too with all campus libraries closed for the public holiday. See our opening hours for more information.

With the library closed make the most of your Australia Day this year by hanging out in the kitchen. It is no coincidence that your nice and cool fridge happens to be there too!

Here are our top 5 suggestions for having a delicious Australia Day –

  1. Who doesn’t love a barbeque? Do it a little different this year and check out Asian-Style Grilling.
  2. The Foodie’s Beer Book : The Art of Pairing and Cooking with Beer for Any Occasion, is sure to have some great tips and tricks to keep your day full of fun, not to mention yum!
  3. Don’t know how to cook? We have you covered with The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book : 300 Great Recipes You Can’t Mess Up!
  4. Simply Smoothies has 200 recipes and easily shows you how to make the perfect Australia Day smoothie to cool you down.
  5. And for desert ice cream sandwiches are the way to go! Try Cookies & Cream : Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich.

If these suggestions don’t tickle your fancy, there are many more possibilities. QUT has lots of eBooks and videos that can help give you some inspiration for your Australia Day. Enjoy the public holiday and we look forward to seeing you back at QUT Library soon!

Library Christmas Closure & Summer Entertainment

QUT Library is taking a holiday! From Saturday 24th December until Monday 2nd January all QUT Libraries will be closed. Our website has all the details. But don’t fret if you want to get some extra study time in over the holiday season, the 24 hour labs at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove will still be open.

If you think you will suffer from library withdrawal remember we have loads of resources available to you online. This includes our databases to help with any summer semester information needs, our videos to keep you entertained over the break and our eBook collection for those who want to get into their summer reading. Our top picks for this summer are –

  • christmas-1073705_640Die Hard – This action packed movie is a Christmas classic!
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens novel as an audio book makes it easy to get into the festive season.
  • Day Boy – Read a new take on vampires from a local Brisbane author.
  • A Walk in the Woods – The comedian Bill Bryson takes you on a hilarious hike.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You – Based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, this is a must watch movie!

But remember, if you want to borrow any library books or DVD in hard copy or speak to a librarian make sure to contact us before December 24th.

From all of us at QUT Library we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

 

Halloween stories in the library!

Halloween is almost upon us and what a perfect time to delve into the spooky areas of our library collection to see what you can borrow to scare your friends!

The House on the Hill by Kyle Mewburn & illustrated by Sarah Davis is available to borrow from the Kelvin Grove and Caboolture Curriculum Collections. It is a rhyming picture book for students in primary school, but there is no reason adults can’t enjoy it too.

American Horror Story is a spooky television series to get into if you haven’t already and nothing beats a few episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Of course, nothing beats reading a good book from the king of horror – from Carrie to The Shining and The Dark Tower series, there is always something to read from the prolific and deliciously unsettling Stephen King.

Don’t forget we have many Ebook collections for you to find a thrilling scare and if you’re looking for online videos we have access to The Darkside a film retelling various Indigenous ghost stories from around Australia.

Do you have any suggestions for scary Halloween stories? Let us know your favorite author or story in the comments.

 

Reading for the holidays

Did you know now that semester is over you can actually read for fun?

QUT Library subscribes to some fantastic online resources which you can read on your mobile device when you take a break from uni. Whether you are jetting-off on an overseas adventure or relaxing by the pool, our ebook and audiobook choices will put you right into holiday mode.

Overdrive and BorrowBox are two options where you can read or listen to books online. You can download books to either your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

 

Goodbye Mad Men

10eHave you ever loved a television program so much that you cried when it ended? There were more than a few sad faces in the library when the season finale of Mad Men rolled around. We even had a tribute magnetic scrabble game on our staff message-board.

Mad Men ran for 7 seasons and reintroduced the modern world to the fashion, politics, and home-life of 1960’s America. We saw a glimpse of what life was like for the ad-men (and women!) of New York in a sometimes romanticised and sometimes no-holds-barred kind of way. The series grew to be a cultural phenomenon not only for the nostalgic value but for the social commentaries on gender, race equality, and of course, advertising.

Do you want to live in the world of 1960’s Madison Avenue for a little longer? Why not check out some of the awesome titles we have in our collection.

Books

Mad men unbuttoned : a romp through 1960s America / Natasha Vargas-Cooper.
Mad men and philosophy : nothing is as it seems / edited by Rod Carveth and James B. South.
Mid-century ads : advertising from the Mad Men era / edited by Jim Heimann ; introduction by Steven Heller.

E-Books

Mad Men and Politics [electronic resource] : Nostalgia and the Remaking of Modern America / Lilly J. Goren.
Mad Men, Mad World [electronic resource] : Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s. / Lauren M.E. Goodlad.
Analyzing Mad Men [electronic resource] : Critical Essays on the Television Series. / Scott F. Stoddart.

DVDs

Nineteen Sixties Drama

Print vs ebook showdown

Here's something print books can do that eBooks can't! "Book Sculptures" by  Paradasos  (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Well you can’t do this with an eBook! “Book Sculptures” by Paradasos (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Here in the QUT Library we don’t believe that print books and ebooks should be pitted against each other and held up to be mortal enemies forevermore. There are pros and cons to each and the new book smell is only a small plus for print after all.

But we’re reasonable like that. The rest of the world seems intent on the print versus electronic battle continuing on as evidenced last week by the Huffington Post article ‘Sorry ebooks. These 9 studies show why print is better’.

Among the nine pro-print reasons was an interesting point about the high ‘distractability’ of an ebook. In a blog for The Huffington Post, Naomi S. Baron noted that in “studies I have done with university students in several countries confirm what I bet you’ll find yourself observing,” she writes. ‘When reading either for (school) work or pleasure, the preponderance of students found it easiest to concentrate when reading in print. They also reported multitasking almost three times as much when reading onscreen as when reading in hard copy.”

It’s an interesting observation regarding the ability of the reader to hone concentration when reading the written word as opposed to digital and is something this Blog has discussed before. However, the benefits and convenience of ebooks can’t be denied and for those who want print – ebooks do have capacity for printing portions to allow for the best of both worlds!

So there’s no need to be Team Print or Team Ebook but if you have an preference for one over the other in different situations, let us know in the comments below!

 

New ebook collections

QUT Library now provides access to the following ebook collections. These ebook collections add more high quality ebook content to our existing ebook collection. All ebooks are available via Quick Find or the QUT Library Catalogue. Contact Ask a Librarian for more information or assistance to use these resources.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium Series Online
American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium Series Archive

CCH Ebook Collection 2012

Emerald Business, Management and Economics ebooks Series Collection

IEEE eLearning Library via IEEE Xplore Digital Library

IEEE Wiley Ebooks Library via IEEE Xplore Digital Library

IGI Global InfoSci Books (2012 Collection)

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) eBooks

Intersentia 2011 ebook collection

Palgrave Connect ebook collections:
Business & Management Collection 2011
Business & Management Collection 2012
Business & Management Collection 2013
Economics & Finance Collection 2011
Economics and Finance Collection 2012
Economics & Finance Collection 2013
Education Collection 2011
Education Collection 2012
Education Collection 2013
Language & Linguistics Collection 2011
Language & Linguistics Collection 2012
Language & Linguistics Collection 2013
Literature Collection 2011
Literature Collection 2012
Literature Collection 2013
Media & Culture Collection 2012
Media & Culture Collection 2013
Political & International Studies Collection 2011
Political & International Studies Collection 2012
Political & International Studies Collection 2013
Social Sciences Collection 2011
Social Sciences Collection 2012
Social Sciences Collection 2013

Royal Society of Chemistry ebooks (2012 Collection)

ScienceDirect ebook collections:
ScienceDirect Chemistry eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Computer Science eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Engineering eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Energy eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Environmental Science eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Finance Books 2012
ScienceDirect Forensics eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Materials Science eBook Collection
SpringerLink ebooks Professional and Applied Computing (2012)
SpringerLink ebooks Earth and Environmental Science (2012)

Springer ebook collections:
Business & Economics eBooks (2012)
Computer Science (2012)
Engineering (2012)

Woodhead Publishing ebook collections:
Energy and Environmental Technology (2008-2011)
Materials and Engineering (2009 – 2011)
Materials and Engineering (2012)

Please make use of these excellent resources to support your learning.

Reading library ebooks on your smart phone or tablet

If you have an iphone, ipod touch, ipad (iOS) or an android based device (many other smart phones and tablets) then you can borrow and download 1000s of ebooks right on to it from QUT library.

The advantage? You can read the books even if you are offline and they look real good that way – turn the pages, bookmark, search and highlight like it was your own.

How do you do it? A few simple steps.

1.    Download the Bluefire reader app http://www.bluefirereader.com/bluefire-reader.html
2.    Register for an Adobe id – very simple, very fast
3.    Use the browser on your device (e.g. safari) to navigate to the ebook in our collection: try searching our green QuickFind box
4.     Connect to the ebook and download the ebook from the tab or button provided
5.    The ebook will be automatically downloaded to the Bluefire reader app where you will find it – downloaded ebooks look just like the ones on the Kindle or iBook apps with similar functionality

However, this only works for ebooks  on EBL and Ebscohost (the main platforms used at QUT library) .  Ebscohost will prompt you to log in. Many publishers will only allow ebooks to be read online so you’ll have to check.
More detailed instructions on how to do this and a comprehensive guide to using ebooks on a variety of devices including Kindles and Kobo are on our amazing subject guide: QUT Library Ebooks and Reading Online/Downloading to Computers/Smartphones/Tablet Devices/Ebook Readers

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