Google Scholar links to ScienceDirect

ScienceDirect is just one database that provides full-text access to our subscribed journals via Google Scholar.

Scholar is a simple way to search for scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources. Scholar can access our subscribed journals so there is no need to pay for content!

Scholar allows you to import citations into EndNote, see related articles, see who’s citing the article and you can set up alerts.

Read more on our Mobile Technologies guide

What is a plebiscite?

Definition: The direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution.
Origin: Mid 16th century (referring to Roman history): from French plébiscite, from Latin plebiscitum, from plebs, pleb- ‘the common people’ + scitum ‘decree’ (from sciscere ‘vote for’). The sense ‘direct vote of the whole electorate’ dates from the mid 19th century. English Oxford dictionary
Discover more via Newcat+ Library catalogue



Some great articles can be found in the Parliamentary Library’s FlagPost a blog on current issues of interest to members of the Australian Parliament.

A quick guide to plebiscites in Australia

Known unknowns about the same sex marriage survey



7,376,630 reasons to use BONUS+

If you don’t already know about BONUS+, you’ve been missing out on access to a huge range of resources.

BONUS+ is a free borrowing service for students and staff, giving access to over 7 million books from participating university libraries within Australia and New Zealand.

Simply select  in the NEWCAT+ Library Catalogue record to request books NOT HELD in the University of Newcastle Library collections.

Find more information here about using BONUS+ at the University of Newcastle.

Need help? Ask the Library

Database issues: ICLR technical issues

ICLR is currently experiencing technical issues.  It maybe necessary to clear your browser’s cache & cookies in between sessions.

To learn how to clear your cache & cookies, please follow this link:

In the meantime, we are working with our vendor towards a resolution.

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.


Kanopy – now there’s an app for that!

Kanopy  is now available on Android or Apple
Stream acclaimed movies and documentaries on your phone or tablet.

Other apps that can make it a little easier to find or use services at UON include:

Try our Mobile technologies guide – find apps for your favorite databases and tools to save you time and improve your skills.


Children’s book of the year awards 2017

The Children’s Book Council of Australia have announced this year’s winners. See Book of Year Winners 2017


Books are chosen in the following categories:

  • Older Readers
  • Younger Readers
  • Early Childhood
  • Picture Book of the Year
  • The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

The  Huxley Library staff have put up a great display with all the winning books available to view.

Come in and have a look …

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.