You can borrow from other libraries for free. Bonus!


Did you know you can borrow books from other university libraries for free? You don’t have to join their library and you certainly don’t have to pay a membership fee.

How is this possible you ask? Well, Griffith University is part of the BONUS+ initiative formed by multiple universities around Australia and New Zealand. Other participating university libraries include Deakin, Edith Cowan, Massey and QUT, and many more!

If the book you need is not held at any of our Griffith University Libraries or is out on loan, you can request it online from another BONUS+ library and collect it a few days later from your selected pickup location.

So how do you request an item? It’s simple!

  • Search the library catalogue
  • Click BONUS+ (look for the little green button!)
  • Select Request this item if the book is available at a BONUS+ library
  • Select Griffith University
  • Click Submit above information
  • Enter your Griffith username and password
  • Choose your Pickup Location
  • Click Submit

For more information, see the BONUS+ page on the library website.

How to easily improve your digital skills


Take a course! Actually, take a FREE online course at Microsoft Virtual Academy.

Microsoft Virtual Academy offers online training to help develop your digital skills. Access training in Excel, PowerPoint, visualisation, analysis and more.  There are courses to suit academics, developers, students, marketing professionals as well as regular folk.

Here’s a selection of courses to tempt you:

Write Your Own Email Rules
Would you like to be more productive with Outlook? Check out these easy-to-follow demonstrations that show how to create personalized Outlook email rules. Learn how to filter Outlook emails into a specific folder to be more organized. Plus, learn how to color-code emails to help content in your email Inbox stand out.

Introduction to Mobile App Development
Build a mobile app that you can immediately see, use, and share. Learn mobile app development using Windows App Studio and enhance the app using Visual Studio. You will learn the basics of the app ecosystem and Software Development Lifecycle, as well as code modification and basic app coding skills.

HTML5 & CSS3 Fundamentals: Development for Absolute Beginners
Learn the fundamentals of HTML5 & CSS3 programming. Tune in to learn CSS3 styles, concepts about web pages, and HTML5 features. You’ll learn HTML5 and get CSS3 training that includes web principals, writing code, and much more!

Microsoft Excel 2013 Essentials
The Microsoft Excel 2013 Essentials course guides students through typical Excel use and shows them how to get the most out of Excel features to work effectively and efficiently with workbooks, worksheets, formats, numeric and text functions, and charts.

Collaborate Using PowerPoint Online
Find out how to create, save, and share PowerPoint presentations with others, ways to protect or grant editing privileges, and methods to track who is working on a shared PowerPoint deck. PowerPoint Online can help educators and students alike to increase collaboration and communication in group project work.

Check out the Computing Self Help Resources page for more digital skills training.

Do you have an essay due soon?


Have you started writing your essay yet? You know the one you got from your lecturer aaaaaages ago that’s due really soon (please don’t let it be tomorrow).

Maybe you are procrastinating because you don’t know where to start? There is a simple solution. Check out the Writing Self-Help Resources page on the Library website. It’s chock full of guides to help you get started, develop your writing and acknowledge sources.

One of the guides on the Writing Self-Help Resources page suggests you should spend time unpacking the assignment. Now unpacking an assignment is as tedious as unpacking your suitcase after a two-week vacay in Hawaii (or Caloundra; whatever your budget allows). But it simply must be done.

It’s basically just taking the time to clarify what is expected of you in an assessment item before you start researching and writing.

To understand the main focus of the assignment, read the course outline and ask yourself these questions:

  • Why has this topic been set?
  • What course aims or objectives is this topic testing?
  • What lectures, workshops or weekly readings relate to this topic?
  • Which parts are allocated the most marks?
  • What additional clues do the marking criteria provide about the assignment task?

Once you’ve figured out the answers to these hard-hitting questions, you’ll be well on your way to being unpacked (just the dirty socks and undies to go!).

Next, you need to understand what you are being asked to do; in other words, you need to decipher the assignment question.

Sometimes this can be quite tricky as we don’t really understand the difference between such words as ‘examine’, ‘analyse’, or ‘compare’. These are directive words and they give directions to the approach you should take and the kind of response required in the assignment.

Well, help is at hand in the form of a handy guide, aptly titled Directive words. It contains a number of the most commonly used directive words and their meanings.

To finish unpacking by yourself, check out the Writing Self-Help Resources page on the Library website.

Do you need help with unpacking the assignment or any other part of the academic writing process? Attend an Academic Skills workshop offered throughout the semester. Or book a 20-minute consultation with a Learning Adviser.

Book it in! It’s Children’s Book Week


Did you follow The Very Hungry Caterpillar on it’s journey to becoming a beautiful butterfly?  Or go on a wild adventure with Max in the Where the Wild Things Are? Or maybe you took the Animalia challenge and successfully found all the hidden objects.

As grownups, we can fondly recall the amazing stories we read as kids; whether we read them ourselves, or had them read to us. And we always had our favorites. Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree is still the best book ever (in my humble opinion). Do you have a fave? Let us know in the comments below.

Children’s books should be celebrated for the magic they bring to our lives. And they are! The Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates Children’s Book Week each year. This year, Book Week runs from 20-26 August with the theme Australia! Story Country.

If you are still a child at heart, raising little one’s, or aspire to educate young minds, you might be interested in checking out the Book Week activities organised by libraries across Australia. You will often see Children’s Book Character Parades and talented librarians creating amazing displays.

One of the highlights of Book Week (well, for me anyway) is the CBCA Book of the Year. The award winners are announced just prior to the commencement of Book Week each year. And this year’s winners were announced on Friday.

The CBCA established the annual book awards to promote children’s books of high literary and artistic quality. These awards are now the most influential and highly respected in Australia.

With over 400 books entered for this year’s awards, the judges had the difficult task of choosing just one winner and two honour book recipients in each of the five award categories.

Check out the winners here.

This Week in the Library – Week 5


Do your knees wobble at the very thought of doing an oral presentation? Being prepared can help! Attend a workshop on Oral presentations and learn how to improve your presentation skills. There’s a session at both the Gold Coast and Nathan campus this week. Book now.

Library and Learning Services workshops are FREE and available to all students, HDR candidates and staff. To view the entire workshop timetable, please visit the Workshops and Training web page.

Academic Skills

All sessions are one hour in length unless specified. Booking is optional for Academic Skills Workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 22/8 10.00 Writing a reflective assignment Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Mon 22/8 1.00 Oral presentations Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Wed 24/8 1.00 Oral presentations Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 24/8 4.00 Building an academic argument Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Library Skills

Bookings are required for all library workshops. All sessions are one hour in length unless specified.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 2/8 10:00 Endnote for Windows (2 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Wed 24/8 12.00 Researching for your assignment Webinar Online
Thurs 25/8 12.00 Researching for your assignment Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast

Higher Degree Research

This series of workshops is targeted to support Higher Degree Candidates through all stages of the research lifecycle. Bookings are required for all HDR workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 23/8 10.00 Digital tools for research (1.5 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Wed 24/8 10.00 EndNote for Windows (2 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Thurs 25/8 1.00 Managing your resources to begin writing your literature review (1.5 hours)  Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

5 reasons why you need to subscribe to the Library Blog

Do you get a bit prickly when you miss out on important info? Subscribe to the Library Blog and stay in the know.

Do you get a tad prickly when you miss out on important info? Subscribe to the Library Blog and stay in the know.

Do you like to keep up with library and IT stuff at Griffith University? Subscribe to the Library Blog.

It’s easy! Look for a box that says Email Subscription on the right side of the screen. Then simply enter your email address and click Sign me Up. You will be notified by email each time a new blog post is added.

Here are 5 reasons that will totally (hopefully) convince you to sign up:

1. You can win prizes

We frequently run competitions where you can win awesome prizes, like a $200 prepaid Visa Card. And if you subscribe, you won’t miss out. Would you like to enter our latest Library Shelfie competition to win $200?

2. You can find out how to do stuff

Maybe you are new and haven’t figured out how things work. Well, sign up my friend and we’ll tell you what you need to know. Like, do you know how to print from your iPhone, iPad or iPad? There was a blog post and you missed it. Stop it from happening again and subscribe!

3. You can find out about important changes

Sometimes, we change things. Not randomly, mind you; we usually have a good reason. Like moving the student video conferencing room to give you privacy, or changing the library opening hours for the Show Holiday.

4. You can avoid suffering from FOMO

We’ll let know when happenin’ library events are happening so you can book your spot. Whether it’s library and academic skills workshops, or annual spectacles like Masters and Slaves, you will be there (because you booked in advance!)

5. You can find out about student discounts and freebies

Did you know you get student discounts and freebies? No? That’s because you didn’t subscribe to the Library Blog. Here’s a quick rundown of what you missed: Microsoft Office 365 is free, so is the Griffith App, and Griffith wifi. Student discounts? There are crazy discounts on Dell, Apple and HP laptops, desktops and tablets.

Becoming more creative in academic work


Are you struggling to come up with new ideas?

Well, London School of Economics and Political Science, Professor of Political Science, Patrick Dunleavy offers some helpful strategies for innovative and creative thinking over on The Impact Blog.

Here’s what we learnt:

1. Don’t overdo the literature review process

We often kill our creativity by over-extending literature searches and becoming bogged down in the small differences in research literature.  New connections are not made via endless searches (although a systematic review can bring unexpected results). Read based on your subject knowledge and write down all musings; however, ridiculous they first appear.

2. Look beyond your own discipline boundaries and formats

Read widely! Check out academic social media and digital scholarship resources, such as academic blogs, Google Scholar and ResearchGate. Review interesting articles in journals from related fields that you don’t normally read.

3. Record first impressions and ideas

Gather data for these ideas so they can be reviewed and harvested later using software such as EndNote.  You can also write, draw, doodle, etc. Don’t try too hard to organize your ideas at this stage.  When you have time, review and compare your ideas. Keep files on your thoughts and emotions for each idea.

4. Don’t expect miracles overnight

Creativity takes time. Being more relaxed and psychologically secure is known to invite more creative thinking. Innovations happen in ‘up and down’ cycles.

Read the full blog post here: Dunleavy, P. (2015) ‘First you see, then you know’: Becoming more creative in academic work’, The Impact Blog, December 23, 2015.


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