Cabra Library Blog Views Top 10000 So Far This Year

We have just reached a milestone with over 10000 page views for the Cabra College Library Blog so far this year. 2015 is now our busiest year ever for the blog since our first full year of operation in 2012. For a visual representation of the numbers check out these images below.

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New updates to Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre


New updates to:
Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

There are more than 150 topics in your Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre subscription, helping you to critically analyse multiple sides of a current / controversial issue, and develop persuasive essay writing skills.

This quarterly update includes the following new topics:

  • Australian Jihadists in Iraq
  • Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginals
  • Corporate Tax Rate
  • Drug Use
  • Education & Aboriginals
  • Effect of Mobile Devices on Personal Relationships
  • FIFO Workers in the Mining Industry
  • Journalist Peter Greste Jailed in Egypt
  • Nuclear Cooperation between Australia & India

All topics contain four essays written by subject experts from Australia or New Zealand, with a balance of materials from all viewpoints, overviews, arguments, and opposing ideas.

For more info on Points of View go here. For ‘How To’ Tutorials on ‘Points of View’ and other EBSCO Research Databases click here.

You will need a username and password to access the site, please ask your Homeroom Teacher for this or one of the friendly Cabra Library staff.

Website of the Week: Vintage Ad Browser

This week’s Website of the Week is Vintage Ad Vintage Ad Browser is an indexed website devoted to advertising images stretching from the mid 1850s to the present day. Vintage Ad Browser was created in 2009/2010 and released in 2010, by Philipp Lenssen from Germany, currently living in China. This site aims to collect vintage ads from a variety of sources, including comic books, CD-Roms, websites, APIs, your submissions, book, magazine & comic book scans, and more. At the moment, this site contains 123,311 ads. Vintage Ad Browser has a sister site called Cover Browser, started in 2006 – please have a look. This site is an amazingly useful tool for English, Media Studies, Art and HASS amongst other subjects. It allows you to compare the depiction and marketing of a product over time and between countries. Fantastic for tracking society’s changing relationship with a particular commodity such as alcohol or tobacco. Check out more of Philipp Lenssen’s web projects here.

Website of the Week: Charity Navigator

This week’s Website of the Week is Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator has become one of the world’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. In their quest to help donors, their team of professional analysts has examined tens of thousands of non-profit financial documents. They’ve used this knowledge to develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess over 8,000 charities.

So if you want to donate to a worthy cause but you’re not sure which charity is for you, use this site to get the cold hard facts about just where your money will go.

Website of the Week: Quote Investigator

quote investigator

This week’s Website of the Week is Quote Investigator. Ever wondered whether that famous quote you love to use is factually accurate? Did Albert Einstein really say everything attributed to him? How would we know and could we ever find out for sure? Dr Garson O’Toole may be able to help. His excellent investigative blog Quote Investigator  attempts to get to the bottom of just who said what, when and where.

Dr O’Toole scours the web and print sources to separate the fact from fiction when it comes to famous quotes. So before you emblazon that essay or blog post with some snappy quote by your favourite author, just check that they did in fact say what you think they said.

Website of the Week: Noodle Tools

noodle tools

This week’s Website of the Week is Noodle Tools. Take a tour of these well-chosen, categorized resources to help you with any type of research you are undertaking.

Once again remember using sites such as these improves the quality, relevance and authority of the information you will find. Understanding the nature of your information search and utilising a range of different types of sources will provide better results and save you time.

Website of the Week: 100 Search Engines For Academic Research

100 Academic Search Engines

This week’s Website of the Week is 100 Search Engines For Academic Research from te@chthought. Teachthought is a learning and technology blog that offer users really useful reviews of new and existing technologies used in education. Their post on 100 Search Engines For Academic Research is a truly excellent annotated list of search engines, gateways and information portals for academic research. Sites are organised into General, Meta Search, Databases and Archives, Books & Journals, Subjects, Other Niches and Reference.

The good news about using sites such as these is that the quality, relevance and authority of the information is much more likely to be high than simply using a generic search engine such as Google, Yahoo or Bing.

Year 11 SACE Research Project Parents’ Information Evening

Last night more than 100 parents of Year 11 students undertaking the SACE Research Project this Semester braved the wet and windy weather to attend an information evening in the Aquinas Building. The Principal Mr Schumacher spoke of the importance of the project not only for students’ tertiary entrance hopes but for developing life long learning skills. Research Project teacher and Head of Year 12 Mr O’Brien gave parents an overview of the structure of the project, the assessment criteria and  the timeline. Research Project Coordinator and Librarian Mr Bull presented a whistle-stop tour of the essential resources and tools needed for the RP as well as the best ways for students to get help.

RP Assessment typesRP Quick Guide

It was great to see so many enthusiastic parents attending last night. The range and depth of the questions at the end of the presentation showed staff that Cabra parents really appreciate being involved in their children’s learning and are up for the challenge of the research Project this Semester. For those unable to attend as well as those present I have included all the information and resources from the evening below.

Download  the Research Project 2014 Assessment Overview and the Cabra College Research Project Quick Guide here.

Check out the Cabra Senior Library Blog RP page here. The gateway to all research Project resources and help in one place.


As well as the normal class time set aside for this subject, Mr Bull has blocked out the Senior Library for RP help every Monday Blocks 7-8 and Wednesday Block 4. He will be on hand at these times to help with any questions, queries or issues concerning the Research Project. And lastly, remember that the Senior School Library is open before school from 8.00am every day and after school till 4.30pm Monday-Thursday for study, homework help or catch-up.


EduTech 2014 Starts Today

EduTech 2014

EduTech 2104, starts today. EduTECH® is Australasia’s largest annual education technology conference and exhibition. In 2014, EduTECH® will host 9 conferences, 8 masterclasses, 5000+ attendees, official event dinner for 800 guests, 200+ exhibitors and free seminars for exhibition visitors. EduTECH® is the only event that brings together the entire education and training sector (primary, secondary, tertiary, higher education and workplace learning) plus libraries, plus government, plus suppliers…all under one roof.

The event is held in Brisbane and will allow education professionals from all sectors to see what the latest trends, ideas and technologies around education mean for their own practices and workplace.





Is It Getting Hotter or Is It Just Me? Australia’s Hottest Year on Record.

Annual Climate Statement 20132013 was the hottest year in Australia since records began. The Australian Bureau of Meterology has confirmed:

  • Summer 2012–13 was the warmest on record nationally, spring was also the warmest on record and winter the third warmest
  • Overall, 2013 was Australia’s warmest year on record: annual national mean temperature was +1.20 °C above average
  • All States and the Northern Territory ranked in the four warmest years on record
  • Nationally-averaged rainfall was slightly below average for the year, with 428 mm (1961–1990 average 465 mm)
  • Rainfall was mostly below average for the inland east and centre, and above average for the east coast, northern Tasmania and parts of Western Australia

For a detailed analysis of the weather in 2013 read the full Annual climate statement 2013.

For a host of other great weather and climate sites check out the list below.

realclimate Real climate science by real climate scientists.

NASA climate Global Climate Change site from NASA.