This Week in the Library – Week 10


Exams are getting closer! Are you prepared? Book into a free Exam Strategies workshops this week. They focus on exam preparation using systematic revision strategies, and the organisation of study information.

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. Booking is required for all computing and library workshops due to a limited number of places available in the training rooms.

Academic Skills

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

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 6/10 12.00 Exam strategies Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Computing Skills

Bookings are required for all computing workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Wed 7/10 9.30 Research Survey Tool (3 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Wed 7/10 1.00 EndNote for Windows (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Thurs 8/10 1.00 EndNote for Windows (3 hours) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Fri 9/10 9.30 Research Survey Tool (3 hours) Library (M13_2.09) Mt Gravatt
Fri 9/10 9.30 Research Survey Tool (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast

Higher Degree Research

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

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 6/10 13.00 Research like an expert (1 hour) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Wed 7/10 09.30 Research survey tool (3 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Thurs 8/10 10.00 Research like an expert (1 hour) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Fri 9/10 09.30 Research survey tool (3 hours) Library (M13_2.09) Mt Gravatt
Fri 9/10 09.30 Research survey tool (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast

Open Access journal publishing: A new platform for the Humanities

This week saw the culmination of over two years’ work by a dedicated group of Humanities’ scholars, libraries and funders; the “Open Library of Humanities” was revealed to the world. In an editorial for the first edition of a new journal Martin Paul Eve and Caroline Edwards commented:

Ironically, in the age of digital reproduction the circulation of our academic humanities journals is decreasing (because our libraries cannot afford to subscribe in the face of an increasing volume of published material and hyper-inflationary journal price increases), even while we have the technological capacity to disseminate and preserve our work online.[1]

This venture, undertaken with Ubiquity Press, provides seven journals with a new home.

  • ASIANetwork Exchange: A Journal for Asian Studies in the Liberal Arts
  • Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry
  • The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship
  • 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century
  • Open Library of Humanities
  • Orbit: Writing Around Pynchon
  • Studies in the Maternal.

The Open Library has no article processing fees and no subscriptions. It does, however, have relationships with one hundred libraries with the provision of some funding in return for a governance stake in admission of new journals to the platform. The platform is user friendly, including the provision of a “dyslexia friendly’ option in the online format, it has a clean layout, and an easy to read typeface.

Would you like to know more about open access journals? Contact your Discipline Librarian and have a discussion.

[1] Eve, M. P., & Edwards, C. (2015). Opening the Open Library of Humanities. Open Library of Humanities, 1(1). doi:10.16995/olh.46

myGriffith is here and you could win a $200 Visa card!

myGriffithmyGriffith, the new student portal is now live! A $200 pre-paid visa card will be given away every day for ten days. All you need to do is log on to and answer the daily poll question in the bottom right hand corner of the myGriffith homepage.

By answering the daily poll question you will go into a daily draw to win a $200 pre-paid visa card. So what are you waiting for? Log on to for your chance to win! Competition runs from the 7th – 20th October. Check out the terms and conditions.


Library opening hours during the break.

It might be the first day of mid semester break and there are many invitations to ice-cream socials but……if anyone of you are more interested in catching up on some assignments, studying a few extra hours for exams or even just taking the time to catch up on printing:
The library will keep regular times during the break (28 September – 2 October 2015):

But don’t forget – Labour Day is a public holiday on 5th of October!

Credibility of research methods

A recent article in The Conversation highlights the issue of unreliable methods in scientific studies as well as the resulting inaccurate reports that can occur in the media. The article talks about yet another prank study set up by science journalist John Bohannon, submitted and initially published on a website that looks like a legitimate open access medical journal but on closer inspection is not. The article describes a published study that had a small sample size of 15 participants which can lead to some spurious findings.

The participants were divided into three groups, a control group who made no changes to their diet, a second group that ate a low carbohydrate diet and a third group that ate a low carbohydrate diet, plus a 42g chocolate bar daily. The researchers measured 18 factors including sleep quality, blood pressure, weight and cholesterol. The large number of factors and the small sample size selected meant the researchers were likely to find something worth reporting despite the questionable significance of the results. The “chocolate diet” study highlights the need to examine a research article for valid methods and analysis of results.

If you are developing a scientific study or experiment as part of your studies, then the methods in related scientific studies that you read may provide some insight into what is appropriate. In addition, the library contains resources that can help guide you on research methods and/or experimental design and analysis of the results. Some notable examples are:

Understanding the reliability and validity of various research methods and the subsequent analysis of results is important when critiquing a research article. Being able to critique a research article will add credibility to your research assignments. See the following information on critiquing journal articles, including their research methods: Critiquing a Journal Article

Just a little tip about Referencing before break!

EndnoteBefore the invention of referencing software, many students and staff had to enter in-text citations, reference lists and bibliographies manually and ensure they were correct according to the appropriate referencing style guidebook. Today, however, academic writing is made a little easier with the use of referencing software such as EndNote. EndNote is the software that is officially supported by the university.

EndNote is capable of formatting both in-text citations in the body of a document and the full reference at the end of the document in just a couple of clicks, once the software is installed and set up properly. EndNote is free for all students and staff. See the EndNote Subject Guide to learn how to download and use the software.

If you are an honours student, postgraduate student, HDR candidate or a staff member, it may be helpful to book and attend an EndNote for Windows workshop on your campus. Bookings open the week before each workshop and are conducted by an ICT Literacy Specialist.

If you would like assistance using the software, attend one of our Drop-In Sessions or book a Consultation with an ICT Literacy Specialist for more in-depth assistance.

For assistance with referencing your sources book a one-on-one Research & Referencing consultation with a Librarian.

Be prepared to flip: the new world of education

Artistic_cycling_bottle_headstandAre you ready to flip the way you learn onto its head and embrace the flipped classroom?

Many classrooms are now using a learning approach where content that you’ve already read or viewed in pre-recorded videos outside of class, can be discussed or worked on during workshops or tutorials.  In this interactive learning environment, a lecturer or instructor will have added opportunities to workshops challenging content or concepts and is therefore seen as a ‘guide on the side’ rather than a ‘sage on the stage’.  [1]

According to an article by Educause, there is a growing uptake of the flipped model in higher education courses due to the benefits of the approach. Access to the content before class means you don’t get left behind and your education is personalised because of the increased contact time between you and your lecturers and tutors.

The flipped classroom approach can support your learning as the collaborative environment encourages higher order thinking, improves conceptual understanding, and fosters deeper learning. Your academic performance is also likely to improve because you are playing an active role in that learning. If you want to heighten your study and assessment success even further, then Library and Learning Services specialists can help you.

If you are an Arts, Education or Law/CCJ student, we have a team of AEL Library and Learning Specialists who can support you in your studies and also assist you to locate materials for your assignments or field placements.

Book a consultation to discuss your requirements with one of our specialists.

[1] King, A. (1993). From sage on the stage to guide on the side. College Teaching,41(1), 30-35.


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