NEWYhistory App

What a great tool

Hunter Living Histories

  The NEWYhistory App is available to DOWNLOAD HERE for FREE.

Jarred Casely and Vera Deacon cutting the cake, Siobhan Curran in background.

Mark Sutherland presenting Certificate of Appreciation to App Developer Jarred Casely

The NEWYhistory App was officially launched at NewSpace Campus on Monday 6th November at the Hunter Living Histories meeting.

In March 2017 Jarred Casely (UON educ. student) was engaged on the project and created the digital architecture for the app. We thank Jarred for his professionalism and technical expertise in getting the App to completion. We also thank Beau Hardy (UON vis comm student) for designing the NEWYhistory logo.

Vera Deacon and Jarred Casely cutting the launch cake.

“Newcastle has many historic themes and items and we believe that the ‘Lost Newcastle’ App will be an exciting digital product and a first for the National Trust (NSW). To cover the cost of the software licensing fee…

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NOVA turns 10!

It’s a Happy 10th Birthday for the NOVA Open Access Repository. During OA Week 2017 we are also celebrating 10 years since the launch of the NOVA repository in 2007.

A huge thank you to Dave Huthnance from the ARCs Team in IT Services who has maintained the system and software for the NOVA open access repository for the previous ten years.  The Library appreciates and acknowledges Dave’s specialist knowledge, expertise and support. And that of the Ops Teams.

30,000 reasons to celebrate
During October, NOVA also achieved another milestone and has now published over 30,000 metadata records for UON research publications and outputs.  Approximately 32% of the repository’s published records also contain full-text publications available on open access.


Calling all UON Authors
You are invited to archive your publications into the UON institutional open access repository.  The NOVA Team are waiting to help you.  Email or contact your Senior Research Librarian for more information.

ABS Stats app updated with 2016 Census data

On Monday the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released the second round of data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

The topics, including labour force and employment, education, interstate migration and how we travel to work, will reveal an even richer picture of Australian life. A complete list of Census data topics released in October can be found here.

This information will be available through our easy-to-use online tools – QuickStats, Community Profiles and analytical articles.

The Library provides access to ABS publications via the Database A-Z list. You can also find key sources of Australian and international statistics and data in the Find Statistics guide.

2016 Census data is now available on the ABS Stats app. View and compare 2016 Census data on people, families and homes by suburb and electoral divisions. You can also watch Australia’s population clock and access up to 33 key economic indicators. Download for Android or iOS now.

For more information on the Census, go to


For help you can Book a Librarian, Chat to us online or drop into the Library.

Open Access Week 23 – 29 October 2017

There are four different ways to get involved:

1. Self-Archive your publications during Open Access Week for your free coffee!

To promote Open Access week the Library is offering UON staff and HDR students a free coffee. Submit a full text copy of your peer-reviewed manuscript (Final Accepted Version) to NOVA Open Access repository before midnight on 29th October 2017 and we will send you a coffee voucher.

2. Deposit for the ARC and NHMRC Open Access Policy requirements

Open Access Week also provides the opportunity to highlight how the Library can assist authors to meet the requirements of the ARC and the NHMRC Open Access Policies.  The ARC and NHMRC require that metadata about your publication must be deposited into an institutional open access repository within three months of publication and the publication made available via open access within twelve months from the date of publication, wherever possible. The Library can help.

3. Register for an ORCID

ORCID is an Open Researcher and Contributor ID providing researchers with a unique identifier and enabling you to distinguish yourself and your research activity.  Use of ORCID by researchers has increased significantly around the world and particularly within publication and publisher workflows.  Register for an ORCID via the NURO publications system.

4. Share your Data

Talk to your Senior Research Librarian about how we can help you to share and publish your datasets.

For further information:

Northern Light Trial

The Library trial of the Northern Light Database is available now.

Northern Light is a grey literature database, ideal for research scientists at pharmaceutical and biotech companies, healthcare organizations, academic institutions, research libraries, and research teams at hospitals.

It provides unique access to abstracts and posters from medical and life sciences conferences from across the globe.

The Library is actively seeking your feedback. This trial is available from Monday 16th October to Wednesday 15th November 2017.

Need help? Ask the Library


Your Library your space – Huxley Library

The Huxley Library is a popular and vibrant learning space where students collaborate and study.

In 1989 the Library was named after Dr Huxley, former Principal of the Hunter Institute of Higher Education.  This was a tribute to Dr Huxley’s commitment to the institution and his highly respected leadership.  Last week at a ceremony in the Huxley Library  a plaque  was unveiled honouring Doug Huxley’s contribution to higher education.

Douglas Huxley’s grandsons and current UON students

The Huxley Library has had continual improvements to meet the changing needs of students and reflect changes in teaching and learning styles over the years. The Huxley Library has an impressive range of services and resources. Its Indigenous collection recently winning praise from the State Library of NSW Indigenous Services.

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Check out the video our Cultural Collections team found.

Video film footage of the Huxley Library, University of Newcastle (Australia) filmed circa 1993. Filmed by Gary Stacker.

5 good reasons to reference

Referencing is one of those things you know you have to get right, but it can all seem a bit confusing. When writing assignments you will use ideas, theories, quotations, facts and figures, as well as illustrations and even diagrams that are not your own. Referencing shows your readers where you found all your information.

Here are five good reasons to reference:

  1. Referencing gives credit to the original authors and allows readers to find the original source to check or follow up on a point.
  2. Referencing gives credibility to your work and provides support for your own arguments or ideas.
  3. Referencing helps you avoid plagiarism and demonstrates Academic Integrity.
  4. Referencing your sources properly, in the style required by your lecturer, is an essential part of university writing.
  5. Referencing demonstrates how widely you have researched for your assignment and getting it right means you won’t lose marks for all your hard work.

Where can you find help?
You can save time by using the Library Referencing guides.
Find information on different referencing styles and examples of references for different sources including journal articles, book chapters, ebooks, multimedia and many more in our Library Referencing guides. There is also information on the different referencing tools that can help you to manage your references.
Links to the Referencing guides are on the Library homepage and in Library Essentials on UONline.
For help you can Book a Librarian, Chat to us online or drop into the Library.


Anatomedia Trial

The Library trial of the Anatomedia Database is available now.

This multidisciplinary resource has 9 interactive modules covering General Anatomy, Back, Abdomen, Thorax, Pelvis, Upper Limb, Lower Limb, Neck and Head, images, videos and slides.

The Library is actively seeking your feedback. This trial is available from Wednesday 4th October to Friday 27th October 2017.

Need help? Ask the Library