Download the free Griffith App

Griffith App screen

We love our smartphones, and we’re pretty certain that you do too. It has everything you need – Facebook, Google, Spotify, Email and Messages.

Well, almost everything. As a Griffith University student, you are going to need access to information such as lecture notes, class timetables, staff contact details and library books.

With the help of the free Griffith App, your smartphone can put Griffith in the palm of your hand. Download the Griffith App to access campus maps, computer availability, event information, textbook searches, timetables and more.

Let’s say you’ve got an orientation session in N06. With the App, you would simply open it and click on Maps. How helpful is that? And to find other O-Week events, you would just click Events. Too easy!

The Griffith App is available for Apple iOS, and Android devices. There’s also a web-based version of the app called Smart Phone that is mobile-friendly and accessible to all other types of smartphones with internet connectivity.


10 things you really need to know about the library

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The library is so much more that books on shelves! Getting to know your library will help make studying at university so much easier. So we’ve put together a list of everything you need to know about the library and online environment at Griffith University.

1. You can find EVERYTHING in the student portal
myGriffith is the starting point for everything at Griffith. It’s your student portal which is personalised to you and can be accessed on any device, anywhere, anytime. You can see your daily schedule and exam timetables, receive important reminders and connect to course content and student email. It’s basically everything you need in one place. A one-stop-shop, if you like.

2. You can access all your course content in Learning@Griffith
Learning@Griffith is Griffith University’s online learning and teaching environment. It is the home of all your course content – access course information (e.g. lecture notes) and other useful resources such as online tests and exams and assignment submission points.

3. You can download an App that links to Griffith resources
The Griffith App puts Griffith in the palm of your hand. Once you download the free app, you’ll have links to all the resources you’ll ever need at university. Want to search for library resources? Want to know when your class starts? Need a bit of direction? The Griffith App has you covered. It can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.

4. You have a Google Apps account
As a Griffith University student, you are given a Google Apps account. This includes your Griffith University Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Calendar, and more.

5. There is free software available to you
Did you know Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who are enrolled at Griffith University? You can also download Endnote and Symantec Endpoint Protection directly from the Library via the Software Download Service. Visit the Available Software page for more information.

6. You can borrow unlimited books from the library
Griffith students can borrow an unlimited number of books from any of our six campus libraries. You can also get access to books from 14 other universities by requesting them through Bonus+. And that’s not even mentioning all of the eBooks you can access through the library catalogue.

7. You can study in the library
Our libraries have Social spaces where you can work in groups or catch up with friends, Quiet spaces for quiet discussions and Silent spaces for when you really need to focus with no noise (including phones and talking!). You can also book a study room when you need to get a group together or use the student video conferencing rooms to meet across campuses.

8. There are computers for you to use on campus
Common use computers are available on every campus for you to use. Some computer labs are available 24/7. You can check the availability of computers on your campus. Common-use computers are available in the library.

9. You can access Griffith University Wi-Fi
Connect your laptop, tablet or smartphone to the Griffith University wireless network.

10. You can print and photocopy in the library
Activate your copying and printing account in the library or at one of the red and white kiosks on campus. You can add printing credit via cash or EFTPOS at any of these locations.

Don’t forget to check out the Study section of the new library website. There’s a mass of resources to help you prepare assignments, write assignments, reference, study for exams, and so much more.


Welcome to Griffith!

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Before your first trimester begins, it helps to take a look around, get set up and make some new friends before launching straight into your studies.

And that’s what this week is all about! Packed with plenty of fun events and informative workshops, O-Week is the perfect opportunity to meet staff and fellow students and explore your campus. Use the online planner to see all the O-Week events.

Be sure to attend the O-Week Market Day on your campus. It is the absolute best day on campus as the centre of the University is converted into a giant street market complete with live performances, roving entertainment, product sampling, and countless stalls.

No matter what classes you are enrolled in – there will be something for everyone. Visit all the different stalls to find out stacks of information on clubs you can join, services on offer and pick up a bunch of freebies to take home.

You’ll find the Griffith Library team at each O-Week Market Day, ready and willing to share everything they know about Library and IT at Griffith. We can help you set up your Wi-Fi, navigate the Griffith Uni App or access workshops to get you uni-ready.

Plus, the Library stall usually has a few bonuses, like free USBs, lollies and even fun competitions with major prizes. Enter our Mini Golf competition to go into the draw to win the ultimate Uni Survival Pack.

See you at O-Week Market Day!


Putt and win the Uni Survival Pack

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Get into the swing of O’Week and have a shot at our Mini Golf competition. It’s a ‘hole lot of fun!

If your golf skills are above par and you sink the ball into the hole, you could go into the draw to win the ultimate Uni Survival Pack.

Who can possibly survive uni without a giant jar of Nutella and many, many packets of Mi Goreng noodles? Nobody, that’s who.

That’s why we’ve included these two vital food groups in the Survival Pack, with other uni necessities like a bucket hat, laptop case, sports bag, water bottle, bookshop voucher and much more.

Come and visit us (the lovely library team) at our Market Day stall and play some putt putt.

We are visiting each campus over the next two weeks, and Gold Coast you’re up first! We are heading your way on Monday with our tees, balls and putters.

To play, you’ll just need to like the Griffith Library Facebook page. Show us that you like us on your device, then grab a club and take your best three shots.

If you get a hole in one, two or three, you will go into the draw to win the Uni Survival Pack. That’s right, you’ve got three chances to get the ball in the hole.

There will be no mulligans allowed (it’s a golf term; look it up!). And if your ball goes off the green, you will be disqualified.

The winner of the Uni Survival Pack will be announced on Monday 6 March 2017.


How to get a head start on #unilyf

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Want to start your first week prepared and ready to kick some uni goals? We gotcha.

Attend a free Earlybird workshop run by Griffith University library. Starting today, these workshops will help you develop skills in study techniques, academic writing, researching and referencing.

If you are new to university, returning to study or just looking to improve your academic skills, Earlybird workshops are for you.

Earlybird workshops are only available from 14 to 23 February 2017 so get in quick!

Here’s what’s on offer:

  • Strategies for study at university (2 hrs)
    Become aware of university culture and expectations. Strategies for managing your time and studying effectively will be identified.
  • Writing university assignments (2hrs)
    Covers the basics of getting started on, structuring and writing assignments.
  • Researching and Referencing for your assignments (2 hrs)
    Gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Download the Earlybird timetable here.


What happened to the library website?

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Quick, go have a look!

It’s official! It’s live and it’s whiz-bang wonderful! We are talking about the new library website you helped us design.

We are so gosh darn proud of our website that we’re beyond eager to show it off. So we’d like to take you on a tour. Well, at the very least, we’d like to point out some changes that we’re super chuffed about.

Let’s begin with the self-help resources. There is so much online self-help on our new library website, you will be a study ninja in no time. And it’s all contained in one handy location – all self-help can now be found in the Study section of the new library website.

There’s a mass of resources to help you prepare for university, prepare assignments, write assignments, reference, study for exams, and so much more.

Let’s say you were starting university soon (oh right, you are!), and wanted to make sure you knew everything you needed to know. You could visit the new library website, click Study, scroll down a fraction, and bam! There’s everything you need to know about preparing for uni. From effective note making and critical thinking to time management and reading effectively, it’s all there.

Now, you may not have any assignments due right this minute. But trust me, they are going to start piling up once trimester one kicks off in two weeks (OMG, is it really that soon?).

Once they start rolling in, check out the self-help resources for Preparing for your assignment and Writing your assignment on the brand-spanking new library website.

Oh, and we also have a new service that you may find useful. We’ve partnered with Pearson to give you 24/7 assignment help through Smarthinking. Available via Learning@Griffith, Smarthinking is a 24/7 online tutoring service where you can get feedback on your assignment.

Simply submit your paper to Smarthinking and receive helpful advice and comments from tutors, at any time of the day (or night!). You can find Smarthinking in the Study section of the new library website (have we mentioned the new library website enough?).


Get free online training in computing and Microsoft Office

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Do you have a New Year’s resolution to improve your computing skills? Want to include ‘advanced Excel’ on your resume, score high grades for your skillful formatting, or learn to build an app?

Well, Microsoft Virtual Academy has you covered. The Academy provides free online training by world-class experts for all things Microsoft – Excel, PowerPoint, Word, visualisation, analysis, programming, app development, and more.

There are courses to suit everyone, from academics and students to developers and marketing professionals. Courses range from beginner to advanced level, so don’t be scared off!

You can easily browse the courses available by product, topic, or skill level to find your perfect fit.

The learning process is engaging with step-by-step instructions and tutorials, as well as the opportunity to participate in live Q&A sessions with instructors.

It allows you to easily manage your learning plans and track your progress. Basically, Microsoft Virtual Academy has all the elements you need to succeed in some (free!) online training.

You can also check out our Computing Self-Help Resources page for more digital skills training.

On the topic of Microsoft, did you know you can download Microsoft Office 365 for free? Yep, free. So if you don’t already have it installed on your home computer, you can download and begin your training right away!