Even more ebook resources for Covid time from Elsevier, Proquest and EBSCO

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If you have searched Primo Library Search and your Subject Guide and still need a few more resources for your assignment you can also search the below sources which have been made available temporarily by our vendors for the Covid period.

  • Bloomsbury Fashion Central – Includes Berg Fashion Library, Fairchild Books Library, Fashion Photography Archive and Bloomsbury Fashion Business Cases. (Until 31/05/20)
  • EBSCO –  Faculty Select allows you to access quality open textbooks. Limit your search to OER and you will get a range of open access eBooks. This includes some New Zealand content. (Until 30/06/20)
  • EBSCO – Harvard Business Review Press Collection.  Includes over 600 eBooks. (Until 30/05/20)
  • National Emergency Library from Internet Archive – a temporary collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. This is a good place to look for an older edition of your textbook if you can’t access the latest edition.
  • Nursing and allied health textbooks from Wolters Kluwer available online (Wolters Kluwer have kindly extended our trial access from 25/5 until 25/6/20 although access may be delayed from 25/5/20 in the transition to the extended trial period.)
  • Proquest Ebook Central – The place to find many online textbooks with increased accessibility thanks to our Elsevier, Proquest, and EBSCO vendors (Full access ends on 30 June 2020 when some textbooks will revert to either 1 user or 3 user access). A nice feature of using Proquest Ebook Central is that a search shows both book results and chapter results. You can also access it from the Databases A-Z in Primo. Watch this 3 minute YouTube video on using Proquest Ebooks Central for more tips.
  • Proquest’s Research Companion– great tips in video format to tackle your research assignment (Available until 30 June 2020) .

So keep safe in your bubble and remember to email  library@ara.ac.nz or use the Ask Live chat service if you need help.

More nursing and allied health online resources from Wolters Kluwer

In a previous blogpost we promoted our short term access to key nursing textbooks from Wolters Kluwer via our link to Ovid Books .

(Wolters Kluwer have kindly extended our trial access from 25/5 until 25/6/20 although access may be delayed from 25/5/20 in the transition to the extended trial period.)

You can also access this from the Books/Ebooks tab of the  NursingMidwifery and Osteopathy subject guides and from the Databases A-Z, all of which are available from the Primo Library Search tile in your My Ara app.

New ebooks – The Treaty of Waitangi Collection from Bridget Williams Books

We have just added The Treaty of Waitangi Collection of ebooks from Bridget Williams Books to  our ebook collection. This collection brings together leading thinking on this foundational document, including works by acclaimed scholars such as Claudia Orange, Judith Binney, Vincent O’Malley, Alan Ward and Aroha Harris.

BWB Collections platform  is built on the Amazon Web Services Cloud to provide an ultra-reliable service. Full book chapters regularly take just two seconds to load.

As well as key resources like Claudia Orange’s The story of a treaty and Anderson, Binney & Harris’s Tangata Whenua : a history, there is an Index to the Treaty of Waitangi Collection which enables readers to search by Iwi or Place.

You can access The Treaty of Waitangi Collection from the Tiriti o Waitangi page of every Subject Guide including the Ao Māori Subject Guide.

Each of the books in the BWB Collection are also individually catalogued in Primo Library Search e.g.

Best of luck with your studies.

Noho ora mai



Minor changes to the APA guide – Ask at the Library for the new pages to add to your current APA guide.

Two minor changes have been made to APA Referencing: a guide for Ara Institute of Canterbury Students

  1. When referencing a typical web page, there is no need to include the format description [Website] after the web page title.  This is because the 6th edition of the APA manual  states that the format description is to be used only when the format is not ordinary e.g. [Video blog post]. This change has been reflected on pages 36-37 of the APA guide.
  2. Ebook Library (EBL) has been replaced by ProQuest Ebook Central.  therefore the retrieval statement for ebooks from Proquest Ebook Central is “Retrieved from ProQuest Ebook Central”. This change has been made on pages 19-20 of the APA guide.

If you recently purchased this year’s APA guide then come to the Service Desk in the Library at City and Timaru campuses and we will supply the pages you need to insert into your current guide and help you unbind and rebind your guide if needed.



Library summer hours

Several people have asked me today in the City Campus Library, Madras Street:

  • When is the library closing for the year? – Answer: Friday 22 December at 2pm
  • When is the library is reopening in 2018? – Answer:  From Monday 8 January, we are open from 8am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday for all of January.
  • When is the last week you are open in the weekend? We are open Saturday 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12pm to 5pm until Sunday December 10 2017.


Kia ora te reo Māori

The theme Kia ora te reo Māori was chosen for Te wiki o te reo Māori 2017 to celebrate New Zealand’s indigenous greeting.

I am Dora Roimata Langsbury and I am the Learning Advisor – Māori here at Ara. You will find me in the Library at our Madras Street City Campus.

I am of Ngai Tahu, Ngati Mamoe and Waitaha descent. I was born and raised at Otakou Marae on the Otago Peninsula, near to the Albatross Colony. My family all live in Otepoti (Dunedin).

As Māori, when we greet people for the first time, we always like to share with people, where we come from, and which families we are related to. We also like to find out from you, where you are from and who your family is.  When we greet you and share these details with each other, we call this a mihi. This helps us, as Māori, to establish an actual connection with each other.

When you come to work with the Learning Advisors at Ara, we will always want to know your name, your student ID# and your course code. However, as the Māori Learning Advisor I also like to know who your family is and where you and your family come from, originally. I have had the opportunity to live and work all over the world, so I enjoy meeting students and finding out which cities or countries they have come from originally.

Two of the posters that have been developed for Te wiki o te reo Māori this year will help you to greet us in Maori and also help you to tell us where you are from. (See Below) Te Puna Wanaka will be offering a pronunciation workshop on Friday 15th September from 12pm-1pm at Te Puna Wanaka. Practise some common greetings  from Te Taurawhiri website.

Why not come to as many of our Ara Institute Te Wiki o te Reo Māori activities as you can. They are great fun and they will help you to build your confidence to use Māori greetings, everyday.

The Library has two fun events for you to join in during Te wiki o te reo Māori language week.


Ngā whakaahua ō te wiki o te reo Māori

Celebrating Māori language week with photobooth fun. Bring your friends, have some fun with our props and have your photo taken.


Wednesday September 13th 11.30am – 1.30pm, at the City Campus Library

Macron Workshop – The difference a macron makes
Ko te reo kia tika, kia rere, kia Māori

Join us to learn about macrons, plus how to macronise your computer, whilst creating and consuming a yummy macronised biscuit.

E.g. He keke rā whānau          A birthday cake

       He kēkē rā whanau          A birthday armpit

Friday September 15th 12-1pm, at the Timaru Campus Library



Tokelau Language Week – 23 – 29 October 2016


This week we celebrate Tokelau Language week – Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau.

2016 Theme

This year’s theme, is ‘Pokotau ki au kapuga – Ke mau mai tau foe’, which translates as ‘Challenge the size of the swirl made by your paddle’. This encourages Tokelauan families to take every opportunity available to learn, teach and hold on to their language, culture and identity.


Tokelau is territory  of New Zealand and we supply about 60% of its Government budget and are responsible for its defence and security. New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade has more information on its governance, trade and aid.

Tokelau is made up of 3 coral atolls called Atafu, Fakaofo and Nukunonu. Its actual land area is only around 12 square kilometres which are spread over 300,000 square kilometres. You cannot fly to Tokelau but you can access it by sea from Sāmoa which is 500 kilometres away. The Government of Tokelau website shares more information on the villages on these three atolls as well as their history which includes Peruvian enslavement in the 1860s and their colourful culture. For a taste of Tokelauan traditional dance, here is a video from the 12th Festival of Pacific Arts, in Guam this year.

Tokelauans in New Zealand

More than 7000 Tokelauans live in New Zealand compared with about 1380 who live in Tokelau.  You can read about the first arrivals of  Tokelauans  in New Zealand in the 1950s and 60s in Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Tokelauan Language

Simple phrases              Meaning                         Response                          Meaning

Mālō nī!                           Hello                               Mālō                                  Hello

Tālofa nī!                         Hello                               Tālofa                                Hello

Tūlou nī!                          Excuse me                      E lelei                                Its ok

E ā mai koe?                   How are you? (to 1)      Ko au e mālohi                 I am well

E ā mai koulua?             How are you? (to 2)      Ko māua e mālolohi       We are both well

E ā mai koutou?             How are you? (>2)        Ko mātou e mālolohi      We are all well

See The Ministry for Pacific Peoples for a downloadable language resource.  Tau Gagana Tokelau and Government of Tokelau websites also have useful language resources.

Tokelauan resources in our Library

Pasifika subject guide

For a guide to books, databases and websites which include Pasifika nations including resources for Tokelau.


Macgregor, G., Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, & New Zealand Electronic Text Centre. (2006). Ethnology of Tokelau Islands.


Wolffram, P., Alewhohio, Kalameli Teinawho Ihaia, Ahelemo, Nive, Kele, Tipaha, & Handmade Productions Aotearoa. (2011). Te to’kie i nukunonu an introduction to Tokelau weaving. N.Z.]: Handmade Productions Aotearoa.


Baker, V., & Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group. (2011). Ko loto o toku fale = Inside my house (Learning the Tokelau language). Porirua, N.Z.]: Published for the Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group by Vai-Creative Pub.

Baker, V., & Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group. (2011). Ko nā fuainumela = Numbers 1-10 (Learning the Tokelau language). Porirua, N.Z.]: Published for the Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group by Vai-Creative Pub.

Baker, V., & Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group. (2011). Ko na lanu = Colours (Learning the Tokelau language). Porirua, N.Z.]: Published for the Tokelau Wellington Leadership Group by Vai-Creative Pub.

Dominion Post. (2004). Ethnicity : Celebrating Wellington’s cultural diversity. Wellington [N.Z.]: Dominion Post.

Huntsman, J., & Hooper, Antony. (1996). Tokelau : A historical ethnography. Auckland {N.Z.} :: Auckland University Press.

Huntsman, J., & Kalolo, Kelihiano. (2007). The future of Tokelau : Decolonising agendas, 1975-2006. Auckland, N.Z.: Auckland University Press.

Kaeppler, A., Blackburn, Mark, & Blackburn, Carolyn. (2010). Polynesia : The Mark and Carolyn Blackburn collection of Polynesian art. Honolulu: Mark and Carolyn Blackburn : Distributed by the University of Hawaiʻi Press.

Magee, J. (2011). New to New Zealand : Ethnic communities in Aotearoa : A handbook. (5th ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.]: Ethnic New Zealand Trust.

Tokelau. Ofiha o na Matakupu Tokelau. (1986). Tokelau dictionary. Apia, Western Samoa: Office of Tokelau Affairs.

Nutrition and mental health talk – Wednesday 19th, 12-1pm


Julia Rucklidge will be presenting a talk on nutrition and mental health on Wednesday 19th, 12-1, in the Imagitech Theatre which is in the Rakaia Centre, City campus, Christchurch.

Julia J Rucklidge, PhD is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. Originally from Toronto, she did her training in neurobiology (McGill) and Clinical Psychology (University of Calgary). Her interests in nutrition and mental illness grew out of her own research showing poor outcomes for children with significant psychiatric illness despite receiving conventional treatments for their conditions. For the last 6 years, she has been investigating the role of micronutrients in the expression of mental illness, specifically ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety and more recently, stress and PTSD associated with the Canterbury earthquakes.

Julia has also presented on Ted X if you miss seeing her this Wednesday 19th at lunchtime.

World Cerebral Palsy Day – 5th October


Wednesday the 5th of October marks world Cerebral Palsy Day. Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a physical disability that affects movement and balance. It is the most common physical disability in childhood.

Cerebral Palsy is caused by a one-time brain injury, either during foetal development or in infancy. In New Zealand, CP affects 7000 people, one third of those being under 21.

This year, world CP day is focusing on “Here I am”. The idea that while those with CP may move, think and communicate differently, they have the same needs and rights as all people. There is a need to break down barriers (physical and perceived) to allow those with CP to reach their potential.

Our library has an ebook which includes more information about CP in Chapter 24 of Batshaw, Roizen & Lottrechiano (2014) Children with disabilities . Just use your Ara username and password to read this when prompted.

For more information see worldcpday.org

Posted on behalf of Rose Edgar – Disability Services, Student Advisor