Archive for August, 2010

The debate about surrogate mothers


A great new resource available through your local public library is Points of View Reference Centre.  This database provides students with an overview of a topic then 2 points of view for and against.  Each article is researched and written by experts.  One topic available on this database is Surrogate Mothers.  There are 4 main articles: Surrogate Parenting is a Useful Practice for Couples who are Unable to Conceive a Child.  Surrogate Motherhood Attacks Human Dignity by Buying and Selling Children.  Surrogate Mothers: An Overview and a Guide to Surrogate Mothers.  This is a fantastic source for topics in Family and Community Studies.  To get to the Points of View Reference Centre check your local public library website – you can access the database from home but you will need a Library card.

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Discover what Uni is really like – site that reviews Universities

University is a big decision. At anywhere from $20,000 -$100,000, university is the 3rd largest purchase we make in our life. It influences the future direction of our life. Our occupation, happiness, health and wealth. Currently, the only way for anyone to make such a big decision is to rely on sales pitches at university orientations, education agencies, and word of mouth from friends and family.  

With such limited information it is no surprise that nearly 20% of students drop out of university by the end of their first year. In response to this alarming figure, we contacted tens of thousands of past and present university students to discover their authentic and candid thoughts in relation to their university and course.  Using this research, we have compiled over 30,000 of these constantly updated raw reviews for students and parents to read for free! Uni Australia is the first and only website in Australia that provides student generated rankings of all Australian Universities, based on actual student experiences. We have no university affiliations, and all our rankings and extensive student reviews are raw and honest. 

Check out what students are saying about their university & course at:

  (from a Youth GAS post)

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

“Law Handbook” chapters available on-line

In an exciting new development, five heavily used chapters of the Law Handbook

are now available in full text (pdf) via the Find Legal Answers website. 

The chapters are: Chapter 1 – About the legal system, Chapter 3 – Accidents and compensation, Chapter 12 – Contracts, Chapter 16 – Criminal law, Chapter 26 – Family law

The chapters can be found under Legal Books Online, at:

 Information from the Legal Information Access Centre, State Library of NSW

Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

Did the ‘Enrol to vote’ message reach you?

Did the ‘Enrol to vote’ message reach you?  Share your thoughts about enrolling to vote and what would encourage you to enrol. Let the Australian Electoral Commission know what you think, post your suggestions now.

  • Why did you enrol to vote? If you haven’t enrolled, why not?
  • Why do you think some young people don’t enrol to vote?
  • What information do you need about enrolling to vote?
  • What would help you enrol to vote?
  • How would you go about encouraging others to enrol to vote?
  • Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

    other words to use instead of Belonging!

    Do you keep using the word Belonging in your English essays?  Are you tired of the word Belonging!  The insidebreak website has a great list of other terms that you can use in place of Belonging.  Our section titled “Exploring the Concept of Belonging” has over 50 other terms that might suit your writing.  Take a look here

    Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library

    Commemorating Anzac Day

    Do you have an idea about how Anzac Day shouldbe commemorated? Between 2014 and 2018 Australia will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our involvement in the First World War. During this time we will all remember not only the Anzacs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but all Australian servicemen and women, including those who fought along the Kokoda Track and at Tobruk; those who were held as prisoners of war; those who fought on the seas and in the skies; and those who served from Korea and Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. 
    The Australian Government have established a Commission to look in to how Australian’s should commemorate the Anzac Centenary. For more information about the Commission head to 

    A group of  people (through YouthGAS) are passionate about ensuring that the Anzac spirit lives on. Therefore we want to hear from young people aged 12-30 about how we should commemorate the Anzac Centenary. We will then collate this information into a submission which hopefully reflects the views of young people from around Australia.  If you would like to take part in our survey follow this link

     Regards,  Hayley, on behalf of  How Should We Remember

    (this post was reposted from the YouthGAS e-list- Louise McMorland, Youth Librarian, Manly Library)