Music eResources and all that jazz


Without music, life would B flat. That’s why you should visit Alexander Street and treat yourself to streaming music, videos and scores.

Whether you are into jazz, hip-hop, pop or opera, Alexander Street will surely have a tune or two for you.

So where is this musical street? West End? The Valley? Or some exotic destination, like Havana, Seattle or Ibiza? Actually, it’s an online music platform and available via the Library Catalogue.

Alexander Street is a massive collection of music databases that you can easily search and browse. Want to search across all the collections for a particular composer, performer, genre or subject? You totally can.

Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer:

Classical Scores Library

Scores for all major classical musical genres and time periods, from the Middle Ages to the 21st century. With full, study, piano, and vocal scores, this comprehensive collection will enhance the study of music history, performance, composition and theory for a variety of scholars. Scores are great to use when listening to a recording!

Classical Music in Video

Classical music performances, including major orchestral performances by leading orchestras, chamber music, oratorio, and solo performances. There’s also masterclasses and interviews with master teachers from around the world.

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music 

A comprehensive online resource devoted to music research of all the world’s peoples. You can browse and search hundreds of articles about the music of every continent. Articles are enriched with audio tracks, musical illustrations, photographs, drawings, song texts, score examples, charts and maps.

Jazz Music Library

The largest and most comprehensive collection of streaming jazz available online — with thousands of jazz artists, ensembles, albums, and genres.

Opera in Video 

Five hundred hours of the most important opera performances captured on video through staged productions, interviews, and documentaries. Selections represent the world’s best performers, conductors, and opera houses and are based on a work’s importance to the operatic canon.

Popular Music Library

A wide range of popular music from around the world, including hundreds of thousands of tracks from major genres in pop music, including alternative, country, Christian, electronic, hip-hop, metal, punk, new age, R&B, reggae, rock, soundtracks and many more.

Cheers to one million visitors to Nathan library!

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Hip, hip, hooray! A whooping one million of you have walked through the doors of the Nathan campus library this calendar year*.

And we are pretty chuffed. That’s one million students and staff who have come to hang out in our library spaces, utilise our amazing resources and engage with our lovely library staff.

If we could have had trumpets playing, confetti-throwing and champagne-popping to celebrate the actual one millionth visitor, we would have.

But we don’t keep trumpets in the library. Confetti is notoriously difficult to clean up. And alcohol in the library would be frowned upon by the powers that be. Sorry.

Big thanks to all of you who have dropped by this year. And a massive shout-out to the Nathan campus library staff for being so helpful, friendly, supportive and all the other good stuff.

*Calendar year? What’chu talkin’ about? We are referring to the period from October 2015 – October 2016.

Protect your digital life on your mobile device


When you lend your mobile device, did you know you’re also sharing your internet account, email and Facebook?

And do really want to give your study buddy access to your Facebook account? They’ll just post cringe-worthy selfies from your camera roll or startling revelations about your embarrassing celebrity crush (which is obvs completely false).

Or even worse. They could use up all your internet data to watch cats being funny on YouTube. Which is fine, but only if you got to see the furry feline shenanigans as well.

How does this happen? Well, you’re connected to the Griffith Wi-Fi on your mobile device, right? You’ll notice that once you’ve signed in, you are never asked to sign in again. It’s just so convenient to have it connect automatically when you’re on campus.

But it also means that when you share your mobile phone, tablet or laptop with your classmate, all their internet use will be billed and logged against you!

And don’t forget, you’re probably logged into all your social media and email accounts as well.

Which means they can not only post to your Facebook (as you), but also to Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter. And just for kicks, they could swipe right for all of Tinder.

Now, your friends and classmates are probably too responsible to be irresponsible with your digital life. They would never prank post on your social media, use all your internet data, or mess with your email.

But if they do. Just remember, we told you so.

For advice on how to stay safe online, visit the Griffith University IT Security web page.

How to become an exam prep pro

Do you have a super smart friend who aces exams? Wouldn’t you love to know how they do it, and what the secret to their success is?

Well, we have a friend like that – Griffith University business student and up-and-coming YouTuber, Azaria Bell. With finals just around the corner, we asked Azaria to give us some pointers on how to become an exam prep pro.

And she answered. In a video. On YouTube. Check out her insightful video on How to prepare for final exams.

Want more? We may know a few other people who can help with world domination, I mean, exam preparation. You may have heard of them – we are talking about the wise and incredibly helpful Learning Advisers.

Learning Advisers are professional educators who can work with you to help achieve academic goals. And the good news is, you can book a 20-minute Academic Skills Consultation with them.

They are located on each campus and can help with exam preparation, time management, academic writing and other academic skills.

Individual and small group consultations are offered throughout the year. Appointments are necessary and can be booked online.

Bookings for consultations will typically open on the Wednesday before the week of the session. Book an Academic Skills Consultation today.

There are also some handy online resources on exam prep. Check out our guides on Exam room technique and Revising for exams.

Are you an ecological Big Foot?


So I just measured my ecological footprint using the WWF calculator and the results were atrocious.

Apparently, I need three planet Earths to support my lifestyle (if everyone lived like I do). And last time I checked, there was only one. So something has to change, or rather, someone.

To reduce my ecological Big Foot, I need to consume less – food, energy, water, petrol, plastics, and clothing. Okay, so maybe not food (as the great Homer Simpson says: ‘mmm… donuts’).

So how can I do this exactly? Here are some handy tips I picked up from the WWF website. They are super easy to do and can make a huge difference:

  • Recycle paper and cardboard
  • Refill your own drink bottle
  • Avoid packaging that won’t go in the recycling bin
  • Use your own cloth shopping bag instead of plastic or paper ones
  • Choose biodegradable products
  • Buy local, seasonable produce that hasn’t crossed the globe to get to you
  • Write a shopping list to lessen impulse buys
  • Plan your meals and serve what you need
  • Get a compost bin or worm farm for food scraps
  • Switch off and unplug unused lights and appliances
  • Adjust your thermostat to 1 degree warmer in summer and 1 degree cooler in winter
  • Use energy saving light bulbs
  • Take a break from driving and take public transport instead
  • Avoid unnecessary acceleration and braking when driving
  • Service your vehicle regularly so it’s operating at its most efficient

What about you? Are you an ecological Big Foot like me or do you tread lightly? Calculate your ecological footprint and let us know in the comments below.

Hungry? The Nathan Lunch Truck Line-Up is here

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Chuck last night’s spag bol in the bin and head to the Goanna Lounge today for a scrumptious lunch. Some of the best Food Trucks in Brisbane will be here from 11am to 2pm for the fortnightly Nathan Lunch Truck Line-Up.

Today’s delicacies are presented by:

  • Hungry Hungarian
  • Sweet Floz Churros
  • This Little Piggie
  • Greek Street Kantina

Thanks Griffith Sport for hosting this event and bringing us all this yummy food.

Make sure you hit the ATM on the way down, and don’t miss out!

The Nathan Lunch Truck Line-Up

11am – 2pm
18 October 2016

Goanna Lounge, Nathan Campus, Griffith University

Want to learn more about race, culture and society?

Colourful hands reaching for continents

Attend a free event at the Multi-Faith Centre (Nathan Campus) on Monday 24 October 2016!

Come along and listen to Race Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Tim Southphommasane, together with a panel of Griffith experts, discuss race, culture and society.

Griffith University seeks to reflect the diversity of the community that we serve – in the composition of our own community, curriculum, and in our approach to teaching and learning, research and community service.

The University is committed to recognising the unique place of First Peoples in Australian history and culture and is a proud supporter of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Racism It Stops With Me campaign, which encourages all Australians to take a stand against racism.

Places are limited so register today!

Race, culture and society: influencing harmony

Monday 24 October 2016

Multi-Faith Centre, Nathan Campus