Does torture work?

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Well, you’ll have to read John W. Schiemann’s book to find out.

In his 2015 publication, Does Torture Work?, Schiemann ‘examines whether interrogational torture is effective in obtaining valuable information and at what cost in terms of torture’s brutality and frequency’ (taken from abstract).

According to the abstract, the book ‘draws on historical accounts, previously secret CIA documents in the war on terrorism, and the proposals advanced by torture proponents to build a game theoretic model of interrogational torture’.

‘Illustrating the model outcomes with narratives from Pinochet’s Chile to Algeria to the use of enhanced interrogation techniques against Al Qaeda operatives at CIA black sites, the book compares the results of the model with proponent benchmarks on information reliability, torture frequency, and torture severity’.

In his book, Schiemann shows that ‘interrogational torture fails to reliably generate valuable information but will be both more frequent and more brutal than proponents expect and are willing to accept. Having shown that interrogational torture is ineffective, the book then demonstrates just why and how it fails’.

You can read this book online via the Oxford Scholarship Online: Political Science database.

The database contains the full text and abstracts of classic and newly published Oxford books in the areas of political science – from Comparative Politics to Political Theory, International Relations to European Union Studies.


What can you do in June to become a better researcher?

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You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to calendar.

Study Week (29 May – 2 June)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
1/6 10:00am Copyright, plagiarism and publishing integrity G10 2.25 Gold Coast
2/6 1:00pm Track, measure and demonstrate impact G10 2.09 Gold Coast

 

Exam Week 1 (5 June – 9 June)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
7/6 10:00am Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast

 

 Student Vacation (19 June – 23 June)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
21/6 10:00am Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan

What can you do in May to become a better researcher?

better_researcher

You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to calendar.

Week 9 (1 May – 5 May)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Wed 3/5 10:00am Build and leverage your research profile G10 2.09 Gold Coast
Thu 4/5 9:30am Online research survey tool N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 5/5 10:00am Academic writing expectations at the HDR level G10 2.25 Gold Coast

 

Week 10 (8 May – 12 May)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 8/5 10:00am Copyright, plagiarism and publishing integrity G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Wed 10/5 10:00am Managing information resources and writing your literature review N53 1.51 Nathan
Fri 12/5 1:00pm Managing your research data G10 2.09 Gold Coast

 

Week 11 (15 May – 19 May)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 15/5 10:00am EndNote G10 2.09 Gold Coast
Tue 16/5 9:30am Online research survey tool G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Wed 17/5 10:00am Developing your academic argument G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Thu 18/5 1:00pm Managing your research data N53 1.49 Nathan

 

Week 12 (22 May – 26 May)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 22/5 10:00am Editing your writing N53 1.51 Nathan
Tue 23/5 1:00pm Strategic publishing G10 2.09 Gold Coast
Wed 24/5 10:00am EndNote N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 26/5 10:00am Improving writing quality before submission S07 2.18 South Bank

 

Study Week (29 May – 2 June)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 29/5 10:00am Improving writing quality before submission G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Wed 31/5 10:00am Strategic publishing N53 1.49 Nathan

A healthy dose of new nursing resources

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Exciting news! We’ve upgraded the Nursing and Health Professional Premier Collection.

Published by Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW), this collection gives you access to the top nursing journals used by nurses, nursing students, and health professionals around the world.

We’ve added 31 new titles to the collection this year. Here’s a selection of what’s available:

ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal
This journal covers all aspects of exercise science and nutrition research, with components of ACSM certification workshops, current topics of interest to the fitness industry, and continuing education credit opportunities.

Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal
A peer-reviewed journal designed to meet the needs of advanced practice clinicians, clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitioners, health care professionals, and clinical and academic educators in emergency nursing. Articles contain evidence-based material that can be applied to daily practice.

Advances in Neonatal Care
Affiliated with the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN), this journal addresses the practice challenges faced every day caring for the 40,000-plus low-birth-weight infants each year. It promotes evidence-based care and improved outcomes for the tiniest patients and their families.

Advances in Nursing Science
This journal encourages works that speak to the need for global sustainability and that take an intersectional approach, recognizing class, color, sexual and gender identity, and other dimensions of human experience related to health. Articles in ANS are peer-reviewed and chosen for their pioneering perspectives and for their significance in contributing the evolution of the discipline of nursing.

Advances in Skin & Wound Care
This peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal is highly regarded for its unique balance of cutting-edge original research and practical clinical management articles on wounds and other problems of skin integrity.


What can you do in April to become a better researcher?

better_researcher

You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to calendar.

Week 6 (3 April – 7 April)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 4/4 1:00pm Editing your writing G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Wed 5/4 9:30am EndNote N53 1.49 Nathan
Wed 5/4 10:00am EndNote G10 2.09 Gold Coast

 

Week 7 (17 April – 21 April)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Thu 20/4 10:00am EndNote S02 3.13 South Bank
Fri 21/4 10:00am Strategic publishing N53 1.49 Nathan

 

Week 8 (24 April – 28 April)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Wed 26/4 10:00am Copyright, plagiarism and publishing integrity S07 2.18 South Bank
Thu 27/4 1:00pm EndNote N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 28/4 10:00am Improving writing quality before submission N53 1.51 Nathan

The songs of James Bond

What’s your favourite James Bond film theme song? Madonna’s Die Another Day? Tina Turner’s Goldeneye? Or maybe A View to a Kill by Duran Duran?

We are quite partial to Adele’s opening number in the 2012 film Skyfall. And as it turns out, we have great taste in music. Rolling Stone magazine ranked James Bond film theme songs from best to worst and crowned Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger (1964) as the winner; Adele came in at number four.

How did your favourite fare? Apologies to all of you who enjoy Lulu’s The Man with the Golden Gun. It is the worst of its genre, according to the 2015 Rolling Stone magazine article.

The iconic music magazine isn’t the only publication that has examined the songs of 007. We came across a particularly interesting title in the Oxford Scholarship Online (OSO) music collection.

Written by Adrian Daub and Charles Kronengold, The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism (2015) illustrates how our conception of what a pop song is has changed over time.

The authors ‘argue that the story of the Bond song is the story of the pop song more generally, and perhaps even the story of its end. Each chapter discusses a particular segment of the Bond canon and contextualizes it in its era’s music and culture’ (Amazon).

You can access the full text of The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism online in OSO. The OSO music collection contains titles from Oxford University Press and covers significant titles in musicology and music history, ethnomusicology, and music theory. The collection now includes over 160 new titles.


Say goodbye to the Assignment Handling Service

Farewell, old friend!

Remember when students had to visit the library to hand in their assignments? Of course, you do. It was only last year!  But those days are over. The library’s Assignment Handling Service was retired prior to Trimester 1, 2017.

So how do students submit their assignments now? They can submit assignments online using tools such as Turnitin, SafeAssign or the native Blackboard submission tool. Visit the Online Assignment Submission Options page to find out more.

Or you can request that students submit a print copy. You’ll just have to organise a physical place for them to drop it off. If students come to the library to submit an assignment, they will be directed to their school or department of study.

A big thank you goes to all Library and Information Services staff involved in the collection and delivery of hard copy assignments over many years.