Be informed, be part of The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent website of Australian news, reportage, analysis and critique written from the academic and research sector.

Originally founded by a collaboration of CSIRO, Monash, University of Melbourne, UTS and UWA, with an endorsement from Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty; The Conversation provides Australians with a free source of localised intelligent commentary and critique – more newsy than an academic journal but with more depth than a newspaper. Free online content from Salon, Slate, The Guardian, the New York Times, London Review of Books and The New Yorker (amongst many others) have brought good journalism and essay writing to a broader audience but a focus on more localised Australian issues is useful and pertinent.
The Conversation has sections on Business and the Economy, Health and Medicine, Environment and Energy, Politics and Society, Science and Technology and a Jobs Board. Recent topics and articles look to the future of the public service and who should pay for undergraduate education.
Researchers (and only those affiliated to an academic or research institute) can become authors by filling out a brief submission form. Newsletter, Twitter and Facebook interfaces are all available.

Enter The Conversation here: http://libcat.library.qut.edu.au/record=b3617763~S7

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Extra! Extra! Online newspapers at QUT Library

Whether you read them at home, on the bus, in the tearoom, stretched out with a print copy or scrolling through the app on your gadget, newspapers are a part of our everyday lives.

Did you know that QUT Library gives you access to over 500 newspapers from all over the world?
Here are some special electronic newspaper resources you might be interested in:

  • Library Press Display – on trial until the end of 2011, Press Display is a full-colour, full-page collection of today’s newspapers from around the world, with a 60 day archive.
  • Factiva – an interdisciplinary news, current affairs and research database providing access to nearly 8000 publications – 5 users at a time only.
  • The Times Digital Archive 1785-1985 – 200 years of The Times (London)! Full image of every page published is available and is fully searchable.

Or if you’re looking for Australian newspapers, try

But if you prefer the rustling pages of a broadsheet (or tabloid), print copies of major daily Australian newspapers are available in the newspaper reading area of each QUT campus library. Gardens Point library also receives copies of many major international newspapers.

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