Take a shelfie for a chance to win an Apple Watch


Show us your best Library Shelfie and go into the draw to win an Apple Watch. You could also win some awesome weekly prizes!

Simply follow @griffithlibrary on Instagram or Twitter, take a selfie in a Griffith University Library, and post it on Instagram or Twitter. Be sure to include #libraryshelfie and #griffithuni so we can see!

Get your mobile phones ready! The competition opens on 1 August 2015. All entries must be submitted by 11 September 2015.

The competition is open to all current Griffith University students.

Terms and Conditions

  • There will be one winner of an Apple Watch
  • The winning entry will be selected at random after the closing date
  • The winner will be notified within 28 days
  • Prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash or prize alternatives available
  • The name of the winner will be published on the Library’s Instagram, Twitter and Blog

Print from your iPad or iPhone

Do you have an iOS device? Do you need to print? Download the iCMSIP app.

We’re making your student life easier! You can now print directly from your iPad or iPhone using the iCMSIP app. You can print Microsoft and PDF documents from your Apple device at all campuses.

If you need a bit of help, don’t stress, check out the Student Printing page for full download and configuration instructions.



Sustainability Week 31/8-4/9

Sustainability Week

Griffith has dedicated a lot of time and resources to sustainability for our planet’s future.

This includes multiple ‘green’ buildings on the Nathan and Gold Coast Campuses:
Eco Centre

Sir Samuel Griffith Centre – Nathan campus
EcoCentre – Nathan campus
Smart Water Research Centre – Gold Coast campus
Science, Engineering and Architecture building – Gold Coast campus
Griffith Health Centre – Gold Coast campus
‘Green’ carpark – Gold Coast campus


There is so much you can do to help make the world a cleaner and healthier place.  Even something as simple as a reusable coffee cup means being proactive.  In fact, the first 500 people who take the sustainability pledge between 31/8-4/9 will receive a free reusable cup and coffee!e-Waste Bins

You can also recycle old mobile phones and batteries at your campus libraries.  Nathan and Gold Coast libraries even have a catchment for e-waste!

Be part of the events at your campus to bring awareness to sustainability and the environment:

No time like the present to be a freegan!

This Week in the Library – Week 6


Are you an Academic or Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate struggling to manage your research data? We offer sessions which will provide you with information on the principles of research data management and the tools available to manage your research data. Book into a HDR workshop this week!

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. Book online at griffith.edu.au/library/workshops-training.

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

Academic Skills

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

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 31/8 10.00 Structuring and writing an academic assignment Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Wed 2/9 12.00 *Setting up your own topic or research question online Nathan
Thurs 3/9 1.00 Using the words and ideas of others Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast

Computing Skills

Bookings are required for all computing workshops.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 31/8 9.30 Excel: Formulas and Organising Data (3 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Mon 31/8 9.30 Word: Preparing long documents (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Tues 1/9 9.30 EndNote for Windows (3 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Tues 1/9 9.30 PowerPoint Essentials (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Wed 2/9 12.30 Word: Preparing long documents (3 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Wed 2/9 12.30 Word: Finalising long documents (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Thurs 3/9 12.30 Excel: Formulas and Organising Data (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Fri 4/9 9.30 EndNote for Mac (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast

Library Skills

Bookings are required for all library workshops. All sessions are one hour in length with an optional 30 minute extension for activities and questions.

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 1/9 12.00 Referencing Webinar Online
Thurs 3/9 12.00 Researching for your assignment Webinar Online

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
Mon 31/8 13.00 Managing your research data (1 hour) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan
Thurs 3/9 13.00 Managing your research data (1 hour) Academic 1 (L05_3.03) Logan

Using the subject guides

Are you finding it difficult to find relevant information on the Library Catalogue? Are you using Google Scholar and retrieving a lot of irrelevant information? It can be so easy to spend hours of searching for relevant journal articles, books and websites, only to find information that is not relevant for your assignment.

This is when the subject guides created by your friendly librarians at Griffith Library may help. Link to the Subject Guides next to the Library Catalogue and pick a broad subject area to browse. Subject guidesFor example, for an assignment on the influence of drought on the gestation period of the Eastern Grey Kangaroo, it may be helpful to browse the Ecology and Conservation Biology subject guide from Environment, Planning and Architecture link on the Library home page.

To locate peer-reviewed articles on this subject, click on the Articles and journals tab to view the most relevant databases in Ecology and Conservation Biology. Try searching ScienceDirect, for relevant journal articles about the topic.

Clicking on the Data, maps and images tab may retrieve relevant information on a particular species of kangaroo. For example, the Australian Biodiversity Resources Study website contains information gathered by the Australian Government Department of the Environment.

For assistance in locating information for your assignments, book a Research and Referencing consultation with a Librarian.

Storytime at Mt Gravatt Library for Children’s Book Week

At 11:00am today, there will be story time at the Mt Gravatt Library!

This story time is to celebrate the 2015 Children’s Book Week theme of Books light up our world.

Everyone is invited, so put on a costume and head the the Mt Gravatt Library and listen to the short listed story A House of Her Own by Jenny Hughes, illustrated by Jonathan Bentley.

It’s the 70th Anniversary of The Children’s Book Council of Australia so check out the past winners! How many have you read on the list of Australia’s 50 Favourite Children’s Books?


EndNote and Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac: Issues with Cite While You Write

Are you using a Mac with Microsoft Office and EndNote? The latest version of Microsoft Office for the Mac was recently launched. Office 2016 provides users with some new functions BUT applications, such as EndNote, that interact with Word, are not necessarily compatible. This is the case with the Cite While You Write functionality from EndNote.

Thomson Reuters (providers of EndNote) is currently working on a patch for EndNote that will re-enable that compatibility. According to their website this free update to EndNote X7 will be ready later in the year. As these issues will be ongoing in the short term we advise Mac users to not upgrade to Office 2016 until this patch is ready.

Thomson Reuters has provided further information including workarounds for using these two products together if you have already upgraded to Office 2016. If you are using Office 2016 and EndNote CWYW, it is still possible to insert EndNote temporary citations into a Word document, then save a copy of that document as a Rich Text Format (RTF) document, and use EndNote’s Tools (Format Paper command) to create a second paper with formatted citations and bibliography. An article providing detailed instructions is available on the previous link, look for it on the right hand side of the page.

New Words for the Oxford English Dictionary

Words off a pageLanguage is a very fluid concept with our lexicon expanding each year.  Here are a few words and their meanings that have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2015…

batchmate (n.) A classmate.

chiffonade (v.) – A preparation of shredded or finely cut leaf vegetables, used as a garnish for soup.

freegan (adj. and n.)A person who rejects consumerism and seeks to help the environment by reducing waste, especially by retrieving and using discarded food and other goods: there is a need for more freegans in our wasteful society.  Early 21st century: blend of free and vegan.

homo economicus (n.) – A hypothetical person who manages his or her private income and expenditure strictly in accordance with rational self-interest, with no regard to the welfare of others.

hot mess (adj.)one whose thoughts and appearances are in a state of disarray but they maintain an undeniable attractiveness or beauty.

internegative (n.)photography: A second negative of an image made from the original negative.

nanosize (adj.) – Having dimensions of only a few nanometres: the surface of a lotus leaf is dotted with nanosized wax particles.

shirtfront (v.) – (In Australian Rules) charge into the chest of (an opponent), typically so as to knock them to the ground:he shirtfronted a Collingwood player in front of the Ryder Stand at Victoria Park.

twerk (n.)a twisting or jerking movement; a twitch. – First known use was 1820!  The modern meaning that we know today: a dance move, is still technically correct.

Check out the entire list and see how many you are familiar with and use in every day language.


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