This Week in the Library – Semester 1, Week 1

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Library and Learning Services workshops are free for all students and staff, and you can attend as many as you like – as many times as you like!

To view the entire workshop timetable, visit the Workshops and Training webpage on the library website.  Please note that some workshops require booking – check on the website for more information.

We also offer consultation services to help with your Academic, Computing and Library Research Skills. Book online to make the most of the services offered.

Workshop Date Start Time Campus Room
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment 02 March 10:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Time management 02 March 11:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.25
EndNote for Windows 02 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.04
EndNote for Mac 03 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Word essentials 03 March 09:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Researching for your assignment 03 March 12:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
Unpacking the question 03 March 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Researching for your assignment 04 March 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49
Preparing for postgraduate study 04 March 04:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Reading a journal article 04 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Word essentials 04 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.50
Keeping current with your research 04 March 10:00 AM Nathan N53_1.49
PowerPoint essentials 04 March 09:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Unpacking the question 05 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.51
Referencing 05 March 12:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49
Excel essentials 05 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Managing your reading and note taking 05 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.25
EndNote for Mac 05 March 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
EndNote for Windows 06 March 09:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Referencing 06 March 12:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.09
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment 06 March 10:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Managing your reading and note taking 06 March 11:00 AM Nathan N53_1.51
Research like an expert 06 March 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.49

 


Storyboarding for Academic Writing

Ever run out of time, or lost sight of the overall picture by the time you are ready to write your thesis/article/paper?

Could it be that your literature review has taken too long to finalise or has moved away from the core of the research question or you can’t actually confirm your hypotheses because of problems with your data? If you are collaborating with other writers maybe the team members have unknowingly moved their focus. You realise the deadline is looming and you need to present your supervisor or lecturer with a coherent “story”.

This is where storyboarding can be of assistance when used from the beginning of your work. Storyboarding allows you to visualise the big picture, to plot the research process, and the individual elements you want to include in your finished work. As you come across unforeseen obstacles, or discover new material, storyboarding (example) lets you organise and sort the pieces of your writing puzzle. You can use a variety of formats for storyboarding your research or project including PowerPoint, StoryboardThat, an online storyboard creator, and downloadable templates.

For more on this topic see what Prof Pat Thomson (Story-boarding the thesis structure), University of Nottingham, and Prof Patrick Dunleavy (Storyboarding research: How to proactively plan projects, reports and articles from the outset), London School of Economics and Political Science, have to say.


N53 staff space – construction begins…

Lori Cartoon Character with AlphaThe Willett Centre N53 (where Student Administration, Griffith International, the Honours College and your Library are located) will see some demolition and construction activity over the next few months. It shouldn’t affect you directly, since the work is taking place on level 0 which is a staff area.

There will be periods of the day (before 7.30am and after 5.30pm) when we will need to remove construction debris or take deliveries away. The best way to do this is through the Nathan Undercroft, so parts of the Undercroft will be closed to pedestrian access from time to time.  Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to get though to the Enternet Cafe and Student Services.  Just remember to follow safety instructions from the construction team from Oasis Construction.


Curious learners have better recall

Research discussed in an article in The Conversation indicates that the more curious you are about a topic and motivated you are to learn about it, the more likely you are to remember the information. It discusses the increased ability of research participants to remember more information about a topic when they are curious about the subject matter, and to recall information unrelated to the topic when presented at the same time. This suggests that memory is more receptive to retaining information when the brain is actively engaged and curiosity is sparked. Changes in the hippocampus of the brain, which is associated with memory, were observed during learning and recall.

It follows that when you, as a Griffith student, have a choice in topics for an assessment task, you can apply this principle by selecting the one that interests you. Engaging with a particular topic in your essay, report or presentation could assist in your recall of other related and even unrelated facts or images for exams or other assessment tasks. When presented with a choice in topics, choose one that you find interesting, since it could help you remember more than you expected.

The article continues to talk about motivation. It explains that intrinsic motivation is performing the task out of your own interest or benefit. Therefore, when you are curious about a topic you are more likely to be engaged, intrinsically motivated and more likely to be able to retain and recall the information.

For information on Academic Skills resources that might be useful for planning and structuring your assignment, exam strategies or postgraduate study, click on the links below:

For help with academic writing, book a consultation with one of our Learning Advisers in the library.


UPDATE: Nathan workshops cancelled 21/2 due to weather conditions

  • Earlybird workshops update

Understanding Referencing and Get ready to research workshops scheduled  for today (21/2) at Nathan have been cancelled due to weather conditions. Additional workshops are available next week, see website for full workshop listing.

 


What’s on for Earlybird, Semester 1

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Earlybird workshops are well under way – don’t miss out on getting the best start to the year ahead.

To view the entire workshop timetable, visit the Workshops and Training webpage on the library website.  Please note that some workshops require bookings – check on the website for more information.

Workshop Date Start Time Campus Room
Getting started on your assignment 19 February 10:00 AM Gold Coast G03_Theatre 1
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment 19 February 10:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Getting started on your assignment 19 February 01:00 PM Gold Coast G03_Theatre 2
Introduction to Griffith’s online environment 20 February 10:00 AM Mt Gravatt M13_2.09
Getting started on your assignment 21 February 09:00 AM Gold Coast G03_Theatre 1
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Connecting with Google 23 February 09:30 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Connecting with Google 23 February 09:30 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Strategies for study at university (Earlybird) 24 February 10:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.25
Preparing for postgraduate study 25 February 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.25
Getting started with a Windows PC 25 February 10:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
Getting started with a Windows PC 25 February 10:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50
Getting started with a Mac 25 February 10:00 AM Nathan N53_1.49
Getting started with a Mac 25 February 10:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.09
Using the ideas and words of others 26 February 01:00 PM Gold Coast G10_2.25
Getting started on your assignment 26 February 10:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.25
Connecting with Google 27 February 01:00 PM Nathan N53_1.50
Connecting with Google 27 February 09:30 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04

 


Your course readings now in Learning@Griffith!

You can easily access ebooks, journal articles, videos and book chapters on your course reading lists, under the Readings option in your Learning@Griffith course sites.

Accessing Readings via Learning@Griffith – watch the video to learn how (Transcript)

This new feature saves you time by automatically linking out to online resources such as journal articles, ebooks or websites. Availability and location details for books, DVDs and other materials in the Library are also displayed, making it easier than ever to locate and reserve hard copy books.

Study more effectively by using personalization features that help you keep track of your readings progress and add personal study notes. Make sure you sign-in to take advantage of these features!

Accessing readings and using personalization features - watch the video to learn how (Transcript)

The Readings option is already available for most course sites in Learning@Griffith and will be rolled out to the remainder of courses over 2015. You can also use the Course readings link on the Library homepage to search for readings by course code or course name.

For more information please speak to your tutor or course convenor.


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