Database Trial – Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

anatomyUnderstanding human anatomy is important in virtually every health field. To help you learn about anatomy, the Library is providing access to Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy on a trial basis until the end of 2015.

Watch and listen to world-renowned anatomist Dr. Robert Acland, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, as he demonstrates anatomical movement within each region of the body from fresh anatomic specimens in their natural colour.

Coverage includes upper extremity, lower extremity, trunk, head and neck and the internal organs. It also includes exam preparation tools like Q&A and review quizzes.

You can browse video clips, share them with other students and add them to a “favourites” area for quick reference. Transcripts of audio content are also available.

Click here to access Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy, Or alternatively, go to:

  • Library -> Quicklinks -> Library databases -> Search for Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

For more online anatomy resources, browse our extensive collection of ebooks.

All about that bass, no treble…

Griffith University is a big place spread across five campuses, so how much do you know about the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University (QCGU)?

The QCGU, aka “The Con”, is a key part of the University, strategically located in the heart of South Bank. The Con has facilities at the Gold Coast and Woolloongabba which support the Popular Music and Musical Theatre programs.

The QCGU is the institution of first choice for many of Queensland’s most talented musicians. World class programs and academic staff have ensured that the QCGU produces high achieving and internationally recognised musicians like Grammy award winner Tim Munro, Katie Noonan, Kate Miller-Heidke, and Dami Im.

It gets better…..did you know that QCGU will host over 250 performances in 2015 including operas and musicals? The QCGU Symphony Orchestra, instrumental soloists and groups, jazz big bands, jazz combos, rock/pop bands and live coding experimental electronic musicians will all take to the stage during 2015! Hardly a day goes by without a performance occurring at the Con. Interested? Then check out the ConEvents web site to access the current performance calendar. Don’t miss your chance to see and hear outstanding local and international talent.

QCGU is also home to the Music Library. In addition to thousands of pieces of sheet music, books and 8500 CDs the Library is home to an extensive range of electronic music resources you can access from the comfort of your own laptop. These resources can be discovered via the Music subject guides on the Library homepage. Here is a taste of what is ready and waiting for you from our video and audio streaming collections:

Know more. Do more. The QCGU and the Library are waiting for you to discover them!

Referencing Week Wrap Up

Referencing Week ran in all of the Griffith libraries during week 4 this semester, to help you learn about acknowledging the sources you use in your assignments. As part of Referencing Week, we gave away a Co-op bookshop voucher to someone randomly drawn from the list of people who attended a referencing related workshop. Our winner this year was Anne, who attending one of the Referencing workshops at Nathan. Congratulations Anne!


If you missed Referencing Week and you want to brush up on you skills, the library has lots of online resources that can help you, or you can book a consultation with our librarians, computer trainers or learning advisers for some one-on-one help.

Online Referencing resources:

The Tusitala Short Story Competition is now open!

tusitalaAre you a fiction writer? Submit your unpublished short story in the inaugural Tusitala Short Story Competition for a chance to win cash prizes!

The competition is a cultural initiative of the Samoa Observer and is open to citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Samoa. You must be over 18 to enter.

Six regional winners will receive US$1,000 each. The two overall winners will receive an additional US$2,500 each.

Submit your entry via the online form  by 1 June 2015. No entries will be considered after this date.

More information is available on

Living in South East Queensland – a student photography exhibition

A student photography exhibition is on display on the ground floor of the Gold Coast campus library.  The exhibition is an assessment item for first year student occupational therapists that has required them to visually demonstrate their theoretical knowledge.  Students have worked in small groups to identify an aspect of the course content and then capture an image that demonstrates their knowledge of occupation.

In occupational therapy, occupation is the term used to refer to all the activities that humans engage in throughout our days and our lives, as individuals and groups or people.  Occupations fill our time, have meaning and purpose, consume our energy and utilise our abilities.  As humans we engage in occupations from birth until death, and our pattern of occupational engagement is unique to each person’s life and experiences.

Come along and visit the exhibition, which will be on display until May 8.  You can also share your thoughts and reactions or ask questions via Twitter @GriffithOT or with the hashtag #1311AHS.

For more information contact Professor Matthew Molineux on or (07) 5552 7853

Developing a Balanced Argument

Better argumentThe importance of presenting a balanced argument in your assignments is essential. It shows that you are able to select relevant material and highlights how points are made to either support or contradict an argument. In a recent article in The Conversation the author highlighted the selected reporting of the Australian Government regarding the latest report on the health of the Great Barrier Reef. The information was carefully selected to show the government in a positive light. The material selected was either out of date or misleading, highlighting the ban of dumping dredge spoils with no mention of maintenance required that can cause damage. The report appears to misrepresent the truth and has not used its sources accurately.

Similarly in any assignment, it is important to carefully select the information required. The authors of an article are writing to inform the reader, persuade or critique a topic. Therefore make sure you use the information for the purpose for which it was intended. If the information supports a point you are trying to make, either with relevant evidence or examples paraphrase it in your own words and include it in your assignment and list of references. If the point refutes a point you are trying to make, then also paraphrase in your own words and reference it. More research and reading may be required to find additional information that supports or disproves your original idea. The important purpose in presenting an argument is to show both sides with minimal bias and to make your argument by weighing up two differing views. More importantly, you need to convince the reader why your perspective is the most appropriate.

For information on Academic Skills’ resources that might be useful for identifying an argument in a journal article or constructing your own argument, click on the links below:

Critiques: Critiquing a Journal Article

Academic Argument: Writing an argument

Academic Argument: Developing an argument

Academic Argument: Thesis Statement

Would you like to win an iPad Mini?

librarysurveybannerComplete the Griffith Library User Experience Survey 2015 and you will go into the draw to win an iPad Mini.

Please check your Griffith email to see if you have been invited to participate in this year’s Library User Experience Survey. Your feedback is very valuable in shaping future service improvements.

The survey is completely confidential and will be open from April 27th to May 15th.

Upon completion of this survey you will be eligible to enter the prize draw to win one of two iPad Mini’s.


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