Delicious New Faves

Posted on April 28, 2011. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , |

These bookmarks have recently been added to our Delicious account. Check them out when you get the chance… Useful for students …

NSW Students Online - Year 12

Students Online Designed specifically for Year 12 students. Students can register to use the site. It offers a range of support materials produced by the Board of Studies to assist with study. Offers an introduction to Art History. Can search by artists name, movement, period or country. Links to museums and gallery websites.

State of the Arts Australian guide to the arts, covers theatre, music, dance, design, books, film, festivals and the visual arts, with a free email newsletter

State of the Arts

Artcyclopedia Extensive site with information about artists, their works of art, art movements and art museums

Classical Net Information about composers, their works, and the different styles of music

Arts & Letters Daily Articles, book reviews, essays and more on literature and the arts

Arts & Letters Daily

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New HSC web sites on Delicious

Posted on February 23, 2011. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , , |

I have added the following HSC sites to our Delicious account:

Ancient History  An online resource for all things Pompeian

Herculaneum Panoramas Virtual tour of Herculaneum


Charles Dickens: An Overview Links relating to Dickens’s works, themes, life and times.

David Perdue’s Charles Dickens Page Great site, with loads of information on Dickens, his life and times, and his works.

Amy Tan Amy Tan’s amusing web page. Check out the Anxiety tip of the day! Also includes a blog and photographs.

Pygmalion – SparkNotes Free online study guide to Bernard Shaw’s play from Sparknotes

The Merchant of Venice: Spark Notes Free online study guide to Shakespeare’s play, the Merchant of Venice, from Sparknotes

First World War Poetry Digital Archive The First World War Poetry Digital Archive, produced by Oxford University, is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research.

Wikipedia Review: Opinions and Editorials Analysis, discussions and articles concerning the Wikipedia website

Absolute Shakespeare Complete original texts of all of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets; study guides with plot synopses, character analyses and essays; and a list of all film adaptations of the plays

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Posted on October 12, 2010. Filed under: Books, Web sites | Tags: , , |

Here are some resources for any enquiries you may get about famous speeches (I have had a couple lately). We have a number of resources available on the topic in our collection. Recently added are: in the HSC collection Speeches: study notes for advanced English. In ANF Great speeches: words that made history; 501 must-know speeches; Speeches of war and peace.

Online resources: speeches

I have added a number speeches sites to our Delicious account. Formats of the speeches include mp3, videos and transcripts.

Mandela or Williamson?

A recent reference enquiry revealed that a poem written by Marriane Williamson may have been wrongly attributed to Nelson Mandela. There are heated debates on forums on the net about who said/wrote these words. Says Marriane Williamson: “Several years ago, this paragraph [see below] from A Return to Love began popping up everywhere, attributed to Nelson Mandela’s 1994 inaugural address. As honored as I would be had President Mandela quoted my words, indeed he did not. I have no idea where that story came from, but I am gratified that the paragraph has come to mean so much to so many people.” The words do not appear in any of Nelson Mandela’s official speeches on the ANC site. The poem was even included in the recent movie, “Invictus,” about Nelson Mandela and the South African Rugby team. Here is the controversial text.


[Warning, it contains the G word, replace with favourite brand of chocolate if you prefer].

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so
that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other
people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others


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Australia’s Health 2010

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Reference | Tags: , , , |

Australia’s Health Report 2010 has been released and is freely available online as pdf. It’s the premier source of statistics and commentary on: determinants of health and keys to prevention; diseases and injury; how health varies across population groups; health across the life stages; health services, expenditure and workforce; the health sector’s performance. The report and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare web site are useful tools for HSC PDHPE students and anyone interested in Health. Both links are bookmarked on our Delicious account: you can use the PDHPE, HSC or Health tags to find them.

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HSC site

Posted on October 28, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

A new site has recently been added to the HSC section of our recommended sites:

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) This page, a part of the UAC site – Universities Admissions Centre, gives information on the ranking system used to compare the results of students who have completed different combinations of HSC courses in New South Wales.

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Finding the HSC collection in Hip

Posted on August 18, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

A new HSC limiter has been added to Hip (OPAC) this week so borrowers can bring up a list of titles in the fledgling HSC collection.

  1. To start a search you can type in HSC (this brings up a few titles that are in the ANF collection as well as those in the HSC collection) or some other subject heading, eg. English language.
  2. From the pull down Limit by box at the right of the search results you then choose Coll: HSC.

Easy! We’ll try and do something similar in Staffpac – watch this space.


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HSC web sites

Posted on June 19, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

There is now a separate category on the Recommended sites for HSC specific sites. The HSC sites that were already listed under Education have been moved there and 3 new sites have been added:

HSC Legal Studies News Watch Blog
A blog created by the State Library Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC) that provides help to students in finding information about recent changes to the law, recent cases, new legislation and new useful publications.

HSC Exams Papers Past Higher School Certificate Examination Papers and Notes from the Marking Centre, from the NSW Board of Studies.

HSC Syllabus NSW HSC (Stage 6) Syllabuses, Support Materials and Examination Resources from the NSW Board of Studies.

Check it out:


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What training is needed?

Posted on April 3, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

I-Force Team members will be doing 15 to 20 minutes training sessions at Upper, Lower and Information Services team meetings. The training can be reference related or about general library procedures. We are developing a training calendar and trying to isolate priorities. To help us, could you tell us what training you’d like to see in these sessions? You can respond by contacting an I-Force team member (Anna, Barbara, Eleonora, Felicity, Heidi, John or Patou) or by posting a comment here.
At your next team meeting, the following HSC web sites will be look at. If you have time, you could have a look at them first:
NSW board of Studies, NSW HSC Online, Bored of Studies, Inside Break.

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