Popular Science Apps : Biology

In our popular science apps series, we are now focusing on a few apps suitable for our students studying biology. These are helpful tools that you can use for reference and to assist you in your lab work. Where possible we have selected free apps for iOS and Android devices. You are sure to find one of interest to help you in your studies.

iPhone, iPad and Android
iCell (HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology). Price: Free

This handy little app is useful as a reference resource to view 3D models of organelles within cells. The top level has three main sections: animal, plant and bacteria. Clicking on one allows you to see the typical structure of an animal, plant or bacteria cell. A user can then rotate the 3D image by dragging the finger around on the screen. A user can zoom in and out by pinching and flaring the fingers. Each organelle can be zoomed in on to see the name and a basic description. In the iPad version, a user can also choose among three levels of detail in the descriptions of the cellular structures. Tap again and the image zooms out.Student with mobile device

Visual Anatomy Free (Education Mobile). Price: Free
iPhone and iPad
Visual Anatomy Lite (Education Mobile). Price: Free

The Visual Anatomy app is an interactive reference tool showing all human body anatomy systems in visual detail. Some images come directly from the premier reference book, Gray’s Anatomy. All images from Gray’s Anatomy are included in the paid version of the app.

The app has more than 500 feature points with labels, full descriptions and high-resolution images. Organs have rotational 3D images able to be viewed and muscles have a highlighting tool to view them in more detail. It has a search function to find the organ, system, bone or muscle a user is looking for. A user can pinch or tap zoom on each feature to look at it more closely. It also features a multiple-choice quiz to test yourself on your knowledge. It supports the following languages: English, French, Spanish and German.

This Week in the Library – Semester 1, Week 4


Studying off-campus?  Studying and working, or just find your weekdays filled?

As Referencing Week winds up, why not take the opportunity to attend an EndNote session this weekend? A must for HDR or Postgraduate students.  Click on the link in the table to book now.

To view the entire workshop timetable, visit the Workshops and Training webpage on the library website.

Workshop Date Start Time Campus Room
EndNote for Windows 28 March 11:00 AM Gold Coast G10_2.04
EndNote for Windows 28 March 11:00 AM Nathan N53_1.50


Get more articles with Google Scholar!

  • Finding more journal articles for your next assignment is easy with Google Scholar, and you can even access these valuable resources on Library databases using Full Text@Griffith links.

Google Scholar searches for scholarly resources such as journal articles, conference papers, technical reports and even selected ebooks. Full Text@Griffith links appear next to a result when Griffith has access to the article, paper or ebook on a Library database. Setting up Full Text@Griffith links in Google Scholar ensures you get access to the best possible version of the article, without being asked to pay for it!

To set up Full Text@Griffith links:


Full Text@Griffith links appear automatically.


Configure Full Text@Griffith links:

  • Go to Google Scholar
  • Select Settings
  • Select Library Links
  • Enter Griffith and click Search
  • Tick Griffith University – Full Text@Griffith
  • Select Save
  • Start searching!

Just remember that Google Scholar only searches for scholarly/academic resources. Lots of other resources relevant to Griffith students and researchers such as articles from trade journals, magazines or newspapers; videos, images, music, standards and much more is only available on the Library catalogue or Library databases. However Google Scholar searches for more Open Access articles than are available in the Library catalogue or databases, making it a great complementary search tool for finding scholarly information.

Just one more thing… check out these great Search Tips for advice on customising search results, setting up email alerts, exporting citations to your reference lists and more!

N53 level 0 construction continues

donutsIt’s been a bit noisy in the Nathan library this past week – our construction team are completing demolition in the new level 0 staff space.

Demolition is almost complete, the team will begin putting things back together next week. We’re still aiming for completion in early May.

We’ll come and deliver some donuts to you in the collaboration zone in the next couple of weeks – watch out for our ‘Demo a Donut’ posts!



Worried about your referencing? Semester 1, Week 4

Worried about your referencing? Get involved in Referencing Week

Blitz your reference lists this semester and get ready early in semester. Attend a Referencing, Endnote or Using the Words and Ideas of Others workshop in Referencing week.

All students who book and attend a free referencing related workshop in Referencing Week get a chance to win a Co-op bookshop voucher.

Visit the Workshops and Training webpage on the library website to book.  Some workshops will require bookings – check on the website for more information. All Referencing Week workshops are in purple.

Don’t forget about our consultation services – they can help with your Academic, Computing and Library Research Skills.

Workshop Date Start Time Campus Room
EndNote for Windows Monday, 23 March 9am Nathan N53 1.50
EndNote for Windows Monday, 23 March 9am Gold Coast G10 2.04
Using the ideas and words of others Monday, 23 March 11am Gold Coast G10 2.25
Referencing Monday, 23 March 12 noon Nathan N53 1.49
EndNote for Windows Tuesday, 24 March 9am Nathan N53 1.50
EndNote for Windows Tuesday, 24 March 6pm Gold Coast G10 2.04
Using the ideas and words of others Tuesday, 24 March 12 noon Nathan N53 1.51
Referencing Tuesday, 24 March 12 noon Gold Coast G10 2.09
EndNote for Mac Wednesday, 25 March 1pm Gold Coast G10 2.04
EndNote for Windows Wednesday, 25 March 6pm Nathan N53 1.50
EndNote for Windows Wednesday, 25 March 9:30am Mt Gravatt M13 2.09
EndNote for Windows Wednesday, 25 March 9am Logan L07 3.08
Referencing Wednesday, 25 March 12 noon Nathan N53 1.49
EndNote for Mac Thursday, 26 March 9am Nathan N53 1.50
EndNote for Windows Thursday, 26 March 1pm Gold Coast G10 2.04
Using the ideas and words of others Thursday, 26 March 1pm Nathan N53 1.51
Using the ideas and words of others Thursday, 26 March 1pm Gold Coast G10 2.25
Referencing Thursday, 26 March 12 noon Logan L07 3.08
Referencing Thursday, 26 March 6:30pm Online Online
Referencing Thursday, 26 March 12 noon Gold Coast G10 2.09
EndNote for Windows Friday, 27 March 9am Gold Coast G10 2.04
EndNote for Windows Friday, 27 March 9am Nathan N53 1.50
EndNote for Windows Saturday, 28 March 11am Gold Coast G10 2.04
EndNote for Windows Saturday, 28 March 11am Nathan N53 1.50

Video Wall coming soon to the G11 Undercroft!

We’re building a 6 x 4m Video Wall in the G11 Undercroft to open up a new way for the university to communicate.

Image of G11 building

You’ll see lots of work happening in the Undercroft…

Fencing will be erected on Thursday 19th March and Video Wall construction will commence on Monday 23rd March with an equipment container delivered to the site. This equipment container will remain on the grassed area which may disrupt your access around the area – but don’t worry the main Library entry will remain open during construction.

We’ll keep you posted…

We’re working closely with the construction team to ensure minimum disruption to you. For more info visit www.griffith.edu.au/digital-signage

Studying law at Griffith University

Studying law? Do you know the best way to access the wealth of legal research resources available to you via the Griffith University Library?

The legal research skills that you accrue through your study remain useful throughout your professional career. Whilst law school material may change over time your capacity to access new materials, and to transfer and apply research skills developed through your degree program, will always be valuable. This includes skills in searching, and research specifically, which demands a thorough knowledge of legal information sources and their relevant applications.

The Library Catalogue is your first port of call for discovering a diverse range of information in Griffith’s collection of books and eBooks, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, theses, and dissertations. In addition, there are more specialised sources available for your specific legal research.

Legal research differs from other disciplines. It is not a linear, mechanical process. It entails a variety of approaches. Utilising the full range of legal resources will require you to understand the specific capacity of each, and the type of search required to locate relevant information. This knowledge, along with formulating research strategies, will help you to determine which of the resources you will need to access and where information is likely to be found.

Although emerging technologies continue to change the online environment, not all legal information is available through online means. You may also need to know how to locate older legislative, case and parliamentary materials which are located in the Library’s print collection. This might require expert assistance. Specialist librarians, and other support specialists, understand the complexities of legal writing, research and searching. There is a variety of expertise located within Library and Learning Services for you to contact.

In addition, remember to check the Law subject guide regularly for updates to latest legal news, tips for searching law resources and general advice for law students.

All the best with your studies!


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