JCU Online Resources

Need something to read or watch while you're in isolation? Check out these online resources from JCU.

Publishes new research from Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and allied fields on the variety and inter-relatedness of nature, culture, and society in the tropics. The journal is open access.


LiNQ published fiction and poetry, as well as peer-reviewed papers and reviews of local, national, and international interest in the areas of literature, media/cinema, and culture from 1966 up to 2016. In 2017 it joined with JCU’s eTropic Journal.

This journal had a long standing commitment to regional writing in general and to Australian literature in particular. It’s with thanks to a grant from the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies that all the historic editions are available online.


JCU's Library houses the North Queensland Collection which is made up of books and serials relating to the area above latitude 22.30 (including Townsville, Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef, Torres Strait and other islands that are part of the State of Queensland).

Many of the works have been digitized and you can access them online here:


The JCU Library Special Collections team are featuring a different treasure each week to celebrate JCU’s 50 year anniversary.

All items are available for viewing online and new ones are added each week. There are historic artworks, 100 year old autograph books, and a collection of British Marine Algae just to name a few items already released.


The 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. Presenting in a 3MT competition increases a researchers capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.

JCU researchers compete against each other to see who will progress to the next round where they will compete against researchers from other Australian and Asia-Pacific Universities to see who can give the best presentation.

The 2019 JCU 3MT presentations are available to watch here:


Need something soothing?  Try live streaming a video from below the waters of Orpheus Island.


QAR, is a peer-reviewed journal published since 1984 devoted to publishing substantive, original and high-quality archaeological research pertaining to Queensland, Australia and adjacent areas. Open access.


Check out a variety of JCU stories from researchers, students, academics and students. The collection can be filtered by the themes of Adventure, Careers, Current Affairs, Life and Research.


The data portal allows free access to information on more than 1400 rare, threatened and other plants and animals of conservation concern found in northern Australia.

The portal provides access to maps of species distributions and shows where each species is most vulnerable to potential threats such as climate change, disease, changes in fire intensity, invasive species and the expansion of mining and agriculture.

“The maps are a useful tool to help people visualise where these species are most at risk from one or more of the threats they face,” said JCU’s Dr Anna Pintor, who led the team who created the portal.

“We have published a user guide that explains which data are available for public access and how the models and maps were constructed from the available data. Because the information for some species and threatening processes was limited, we also explain the caveats on how the data and maps should be interpreted,” Dr Pintor said.

You can read the media release to find out more.

Access the portal.