Be a WINter WINner!


This could be you! Enter our Market Day comp to WIN winter goodies!

Winter ain’t got nothing on this prize

Say goodbye to useless blankets with no arm holes, say goodbye to Nutella cravings, say goodbye to cold tootsies; and say hello to our Ultimate Winter Survival Pack!

This Bear Grylls approved pack is full of hot stuff and it could all be yours!

This week, our Library team is heading out to meet you at Griffith’s Market Days and we’re bringing a bunch of goodies including this awesome competition!

Can’t make it to this week’s Market Days? Never fear, like most things, this comp is online which means you still have a chance to win the Ultimate Winter Survival Pack.

Winter Survival Pack includes:

  • 1kg of Nutella deliciousness
  • Multiple boxes of Mac and Cheese
  • The cutest Emoji slippers in the world
  • So much Game of Thrones goriness you’ll never have to leave the house
  • A canvas library bag the perfect for carrying your new GoT books
  • A re-useable Griffith coffee mug for when you must leave the house
  • An inflatable lounge perfect for soaking up the winter rays
  • HD Kogan video camera for our Spielberg wannabes
  • A 1-hour consultation with a Library Learning Adviser

All you need to do to get your hands on this seriously HOT prize is:

C’mon, you know you need to be licking that jar of Nutella clean while reading Game of Thrones on your inflatable lounge! Quick, jump onto Facebook to LIKE and SHARE!

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This Week in the Library – Week 1


So why should you attend a workshop on Reading and note taking strategies? You can read (obvs) and you’ve been known to jot down the odd note or two. Just the other day, you made a note to prepare yourself for uni; it was a mental note, but it was still a note.

The Reading and note taking strategies workshop will focus on strategies for reading and note taking from lectures, texts and research studies with specific strategies for locating the academic argument and summarising.  Book in now!

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.

Academic Skills

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

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 25/7 10.00 Reading and note taking strategies Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Mon 25/7 1.00 Analysing assignment questions Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Tue 26/7 11.00 Analysing assignment questions Library (M13_2.09) Mt Gravatt
Wed 27/7 1.00 Analysing assignment questions Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 27/7 4.00 Preparing for Postgraduate study Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Thu 28/7 11.00 Analysing assignment questions Library (S03_2.25F) South Bank
Fri 29/7 10.00 Reading and note taking strategies Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Library Skills

Bookings are required for all library workshops. All sessions are one hour in length unless specified.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 26/7 10.00 Endnote for Windows (2 hours) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Tues 26/7 12.00 Researching for your assignment Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Tues 26/7 2.00 Researching for your assignment Library (L03_3.31) Logan
Wed 27/7 10:00 Endnote for Windows (2 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Thurs 28/7 12.00 Referencing Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Fri 29/7 12.00 Referencing Online Webinar

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 26/7 10.00 Research the literature like an expert (1 hour) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Wed 27/7 1.00 Research the literature like an expert (1 hour) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Fri 29/7 9.30 Online Research Survey Tool (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast

So what is the new library space called?

Congratulations Ethan!

Congratulations Ethan!

You know the library space at the Gold Coast campus that has unofficially been known as the Green Room? The one we asked you to submit creative and original names for? Yes, that one.

Well, after meticulously counting all the votes for your favourite entry; we can finally reveal the winner. The student space unofficially known as the Green Room has now officially been crowned – The Green Room. Crack open the bubbly!

These five amazing students submitted the winning entry:

  • Ethan
  • Anna
  • Andrew
  • Holly
  • Kathryn

Unfortunately, we couldn’t give all of them a prize. Soz! So we put them all into a barrel (the students names, not the students themselves), and we drew out… Ethan – a nursing student from the Gold Coast.

Congratulations Ethan! Enjoy your $100 pre-paid gift card and the glory that comes with naming a slice of Griffith University.

Curious about how the voting went down? Well, we got you to vote on three names and this is the breakdown:

  • Green on 3 = 29%
  • Bamboo Lounge = 29%
  • The Green Room = 42%

Do you need images for your assignment?


Artist Carl Kahlers studio, interior, Melbourne. Courtesy of State Library of Victoria.

You can access some amazing image resources, such as Artstor, through the library.

An increasing number of galleries, museums and other cultural heritage institutions are also making high-quality images from their collections available online for FREE.

This is brilliant for researchers, teachers, and students who can use the images for papers, assignments and teaching. It’s also an amazing resource for artists and designers who can use Creative Commons and copyright free images in their own practice.

Want to find out more about what images you can and can’t repurpose for your own work? Read about Creative Commons here.

There are heaps of free image resources out there. Here are some particularly good ones to check out:

Trove (via the National Library of Australia)
Trove allows you to search content from libraries, museums, archives and other research and collecting organisations relating to Australia. You can find photographs, artworks, posters, postcards and even objects such as puzzles, board games, and instruments. If you find an image that you want to use make sure to check its copyright status.

With Europeana, you can explore over 50,000,000 artworks, artefacts, books, videos and sounds from across Europe. If you’re looking for images which to use and remix, you can narrow your search to only include results which you can use with attribution or other restrictions. Europeana also curates its content into collections for easy browsing.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs digital collection is brimming with amazing images; from Dorothea Lange’s iconic photographs documenting the Great Depression to a collection of vintage baseball cards. You can search for specific items or browse by collection. If you want to use any images make sure to check if there are any restrictions on their use.

Getty Open Content Program
With the aim of inspiring creativity and artistic expression, the Getty Open Content Program has made  more than 99,000 digital images available. The Getty hold the rights to these images or they are in the public domain. These can be used for any purpose, no permission required.

For more places to find images online, check out the Images library guide. For specialised help please contact the librarians in Arts, Education and Law.

Find out what’s possible at Griffith…and WIN!


Do you have plans for this coming Sunday (24 July 2016)?

No? Well, then you can’t go into the draw to WIN an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7.

It’s Open Day 2016 on Sunday. With over 300 information sessions, tours and activities across our Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses, Open Day is a great way to find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

And it’s a great way to score yourself a new smartphone!

Simply, head to the Open Day website, check out which campus has the best information for you, and create a personalized itinerary for your day.

Not only will you be super organised, but you will also go into the draw to WIN an iPhone 7 or Galaxy S7. There’s also an Apple Education Prize Pack and Netflix Subscription Cards up for grabs.

Be sure to schedule the Red Zone* in your Open Day itinerary. It’s a must see!

You can immerse yourself in a virtual world where you can walk the plank, go for a swim with marine life or take a thrilling ride on a rollercoaster.

*Only available on the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses.

Me, my selfie and I


Azaria Bell, Griffith University business student

Have you ever wondered how to save $10,000 in one year? How to take awesome notes in your university lectures? Or how much skipping class actually costs you?

Well, Azaria Bell has done the math and shares her tips and tricks via her ever-growing YouTube channel. Azaria uploaded her first video in January this year and has amassed close to 900 subscribers.  Go Azaria!

We asked the personal finance, lifestyle and study YouTuber to take a selfie, and reveal all…

1. Why did you start a YouTube channel?

I started my Youtube channel because I love sharing ideas on personal finance, maximising study time and generally being a productive person!

2. Which 3 videos are you most proud of?

The three videos I’m most proud of would have to be 3 Easy Ways to Save Money, How to Write An Awesome Resume and Skipping Class: How Much Does It Cost You?. I received some really great feedback from these videos, and I feel they were the most helpful!

3. Can you give us the inside scoop on your next video?

I have a list of over 50 videos just waiting to be made… Who knows what I’ll pick next?

4. What would feature on a bloopers reel?

Constant interruption from my neighbour’s birds! I film in my garage, and my neighbours have cockatoos that talk and scream at the most inconvenient times.

5. What’s the hardest part of making a video?

Actually finding the time to film one! I’m never short on ideas, but always short on time.

6. What’s the best thing you’ve learnt at university?

I’ve learnt how to be persistent, organised, and self-motivated during my time at university. No one is around to baby you, you have to be constantly driven and engaged!

7. What did 10-year old Azaria want to be when she grew up?

I wanted to be a singer/guitarist! More specifically, Avril Lavigne. She was my idol!

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years I will have graduated, and hopefully, have seen a lot more of the world. I want to be enjoying my work, and getting close to opening my own business!

9. What sparked your interest in business/finance?

I read a book called Making Money Made Simple by Noel Whittaker. It is a great book, I highly recommend it!

10. What’s been your favourite subject so far?

My favourite subject so far would definitely have to be Money, Banking & Finance! It’s such an interesting topic, and I could relate it back to my job at a bank.

11. Where’s the best place on campus to study?

The quiet floor in the library – hands down. I need silence… The quiet floor is the only place I can get anything done!

12. Can you give us your 3 best study tips?

1. Turn off your phone

2. Make yourself a schedule of what to study & when

3. Just get started! Procrastination is a killer…

13. What wise advice do you have for new students?

Cliché advice, but don’t leave anything until the last minute. Try to study and work on assignments a little bit every day. Also, make sure you have good notes, and revise weekly!

14. What’s one thing new students ‘must do’ during O’Week?

Take a tour of the campus to save embarrassment in the future. Also, grab some of those awesome O-Week bags, and attend as many info sessions as you can!

15. What’s the most awesome resource you’ve discovered in your library?

By far the huge online catalogue. It saved me hours of searching for references!

New to Griffith? You absolutely must do these 8 things


Welcome to Griffith University! It’s going to be a hectic week of uni prep so we thought we’d help you out with a handy list. Because, you know, the library totally has your back.

Here are 8 Library and IT things you absolutely must-do during O’Week (or else!).

#1 Attend an Earlybird workshop

Want to get ahead of the pack? Attend the free Earlybird workshops offered by the library. Run over three days, you can learn about strategies for study at university, getting started with your assignments, researching and referencing and note taking.  C’mon, who doesn’t need to know more about referencing?

#2 Connect to the wireless network

Save your mobile data for a time when you’ll actually need it – like whenever you’re not at Griffith. Use our free Wi-Fi instead! Connect your laptop, tablet or smart phone to the Griffith University wireless network. If you are a newbie, visit the Getting Connected page and follow the simple instructions.

#3 Visit our Market Day Stall

Yes, we have a Market Day Stall during O’Week. No, we don’t sell fancy toilet roll holders and dream-catchers (aren’t these typical items you find at the markets?). Instead, you’ll find the Griffith Library team at each campus Market Day ready and willing to share everything they know about Library and IT at Griffith. Plus, there’s free stuff, lollies and prize giveaways!

#4 Scope out your future study space

The library has the perfect study space for you. You just gotta find it! Whether you’re looking for a silent, quiet or social space – we’ve got you covered. We also have bookable group study spaces to help you ace all your group assessments.

#5 Set up your Copying and Printing account

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. Visit the Student Printing page for more information.

#6 Get free student software

Did you know Office 365 Education for Students is available for free to students who are enrolled at Griffith University? Good thing you didn’t go ahead and purchase Word, Excel or PowerPoint already, right? But wait, there’s more! You can download Endnote and Symantec Endpoint Protection directly from the Library via the Software Download Service. Visit the Available Software page for more information.

#7 Download the Griffith App

There’s an app for everything nowadays; catching Pokémon, tracking your fitness, listening to music and sharing short videos with your friends (aka the world). But there’s only one app that puts Griffith in the palm of your hand – the Griffith App. Find campus maps, class timetables, Learning@Griffith, events, library, news, bus timetables and more.

#8 Take a library tour

If you don’t know the Library of Congress classification system like the back of your hand, you are screwed. You will never ever be able to find stuff in the library. Just kidding! But if you want a heads-up on where to find library resources ; take a 15-minute library tour at any of our campus libraries. You can also check out our libraries from the comfort of your couch with a Google 360 tour.


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