Selfie absorbed

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So taking a selfie isn’t simple nowadays. You can’t just whip out your iPhone, pose with your best duck face and take a snap. You have to consider lighting, angles, contouring and which filter (or #nofilter) to use.

Did you know, for instance, to get the cutest selfie you need to hold your smartphone at precisely 45 degrees above you? Or that you need to extend your jaw slightly so you don’t end up with a double chin? Disclaimer: we aren’t saying you have a double chin.

Did you also know there are selfie editing apps to enhance your skin, eyes or hair? Apps can even make you appear slimmer or more curvaceous. Not that you need too… You are perfect just the way you are.

Now you might think (and quite rightly so) that we went to sites like Buzzfeed, Mamamia or Popsugar to research this selfie story. But no people, no. Forbes Asia published a really informative and gripping article called ‘Selfie Absorbed’ in a recent issue.

It gave us the formula for the perfect selfie. And we learned some pretty cool business stuff as well.

The article discusses the rise of Meitu, a suite of selfie editing apps in China that have attracted 360 million monthly active users.

Meitu owner, serial entrepreneur Cai Wensheng, has made a pretty penny helping women in China look ‘fairer, taller and slimmer with a few clicks’.

Young Chinese females fondly refer to the app as ‘zipai shenqui, which loosely translates as “godly tools for selfie”’.

Here is the APA citation for the article if you need to reference it: Yue, W. (2016). Selfie Absorbed. Forbes Asia, 12(6), 020. You are at university, after all.

Forbes Asia is available online in the EBSCOhost Business Source Complete database. You can set up an alert to receive notification when a new issue is released. See a friendly librarian for assistance.

3 things you didn’t know you could find in your library

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No, not ice cream. Soz!

Have you read the definition of ‘library‘ in the Urban Dictionary? It’s an amazingly accurate description of our campus libraries.

So much so, it should really have a picture of Griffith Library beside it (wait, while we Snapchat them our photo). Just overlook the fact that we don’t give out free bookmarks, and ‘quiet’ is a stretch for most of our spaces.

In their definition of a library, the Urban Dictionary highlights what we’ve always known to be true – libraries are awesome places.

And we are awesome, gosh darn it! Griffith Library has heaps of cool stuff: places to chill (without the Netflix innuendo, thanks); friend zones (aka group study spaces); and some neat magazines (online even). That’s 3 things right there!

But you knew about those already, didn’t you? So, they technically don’t count. Here are 3 things you (probably) didn’t know you could find in our libraries.

#1 Sex

Get your mind out of the gutter! We don’t hold that kind of material. We do, however, have resources to support gender studies, psychology (sexology), advertising (sex sells!) and art (c’mon, Michelangelo’s David is standing nude in a Florence gallery).

Speaking of art, did you know you have access to ARTstor? It provides over 1.8 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences. It contains contributions from international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, artists and artists’ estates.

#2 Drugs

Do you need a fix of authoritative and comprehensive drug information? Well, you have come to the right place. Whether you are a pharmacology, medicine or nursing student, we can supply you with the prescription and non-prescription drug information that you so crave.

Did you know you have access to MIMS Online? It’s Australia’s most comprehensive and authoritative medicines database. It offers convenient access to essential information on over 4,500 prescription and non-prescription drugs (the database has a 5 simultaneous user limit).

#3 Rock’n’Roll

Rounding out our top three is Rock and Roll (but I like it). If you want to Rock and Roll All Night, then we have actual music to get you moshing. But if the Stones, Who or Doors don’t get your feet a tappin’, then that’s okay too. Our marvelous music resources cater to most student (study) needs.

Did you know you have access to the Popular Music Library from Alexander Street? It contains 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 more.  Who needs Spotify when you have the Popular Music Library!

What #fabulousfinds have you discovered in our libraries? Let us know in the comments below.

Find the Mad Hatter and discover a world of information

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Help Alice find the Mad Hatter’s tea party.

Alice Through the Looking Glass is being released in Australian cinemas this month. To celebrate the release (and Library Week, obvs!), enter our mad competition and go into the draw to win a $50 Movie Gift Card.

Solve the riddles to win!

The Mad Hatter is throwing a massive tea party in a foreign land (not Wonderland) and has invited all his friends.

But in true Mad Hatter style, the invitation is not straightforward. It contains a series of riddles directing guests to the celebration destination.

Alice wants to book her flight this week but doesn’t know where she is heading. Solve these three riddles to help Alice find the country she is jetting off too.

#1 Find the Database

The Library Homepage you must enter,
To search the Databases for a Reference Centre.
Now don’t make a mistake by selecting the letter R,
The first letter of the database is the second in bar.

#2 Search the Database

Choosing a relevant search term is vital,
Don’t search by keyword, search by Title (TI).
Use the synonym for mirror with two words, not one,
Put them in quotation marks to get this done!

The author (AU) has the name of a prince,
It’s not Wills or Harry or babies born since.
He’s the first grandchild of the Queen Mother,
And the Duke of York is his kid brother.

#3 Search the Article

You’ve found the full-text news article, clever you!
Use Control F to quickly search through.
Find a sentence that mentions the word Army,
Pick the country where you wouldn’t safari.

Have you solved the riddle? Email Alice (aka the Library Social Media Team the destination of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party by 5pm on Friday 27 May 2016.

Terms and Conditions

There will be one winner of the Find the Mad Hatter competition
Competition entries will not be accepted after 5pm Friday 27 May 2016
The winning entry will be randomly drawn by the Library Social Media Team
The winner will be notified within 28 days
The prize is a $50 movie gift card for Event Cinemas
Prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash or prize alternatives available
The winner’s first name will be published on the Library’s Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Blog

What will you discover this week?

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Have you heard? It’s Library and Information Week (23-29 May 2016) this week!

Library and Information Week is about you – our valued students. It’s your chance to discover more of your library. And not by coincidence, Discover More is the theme of this year’s Library Week (see how we sneakily worked that into the story?).

To encourage you to be the David Attenborough’s of our great library land, we have devised a series of fun events and activities for you to enjoy. Now go forth, and discover the abundance of Griffith Library’s resources, facilities, and services.

Choccies and a chat

Date: Wednesday 25 May
Time: 11am – 12 noon
Location: All Campus Libraries
Discover the creamy chocolate goodness of Cadbury (or Nestle #notsponsored) while you chat about your library experiences with lovely library staff. Regale us with stories of late night study sessions, thank us for helping you find all those unfindable resources, or provide tips on how we could improve our services to you. If you have something to say, we are keen to listen… and we have chocolate!

Find the Mad Hatter competition

Find the Mad Hatter and discover a world of information! Enter our mad riddle competition to go into the draw to win a $50 movie gift card. We will release the details of the competition at 1pm today so stay tuned!

Ye olde days on Instagram

Most of us have a box of old photos, or a pile of yellowing photo albums, stashed in a cupboard somewhere. And Griffith Library is no different. There are many, many photos of the Libraries whey they were young tackers (OMG, you have to check out Mt Gravatt Library in the 70’s). Well, we are dusting off those old photos and putting them on Instagram. Join us on Instagram all this week to reminisce about ye olde days.

3 things you didn’t know you could find in a library

Tell us what #fabulousfinds you’ve discovered in our libraries. Oh, you want us to go first?  Check back here tomorrow morning when we reveal three hidden gems that will leave you gobsmacked. #3 will rock your world! But remember, if we share ours, you have to share yours.

This Week in the Library – Week 12


Looking for tools and applications to help organise and analyse your literature and data. You are in luck! We are holding a session on Digital tools for research (1.5 hours) at the Gold Coast campus library this week. 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.

Higher Degree Research Skills

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

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 23/5 1.00 Digital tools for research (1.5 hours) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast
Tues 24/5 1.00 EndNote for Windows (2 hours) Hub Link (L07_3.08) Logan
Wed 25/5 1.00 Online Research Survey Tool (3 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
 Thurs 26/5 10.00 Academic Integrity (1 hour) Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Struggling with exam prep?


Exams are fun, right? That’s why we sit so many of them *ROFL*. Unless you are a genius or just plain weird, this is just not true.

Let’s be honest, most of us loathe exams. And the fact our beloved university has not one, not two, but three whole weeks a semester dedicated to exams, is just plain mean. Amiright?

Unfortunately, we can’t stop exams from existing. Teachers, trainers, tutors and lecturers the world over are always going to set them to test (torture) students on course content.

But luckily for you, we can help make the process less traumatic and stressful, and more productive.

We recommend you come and talk to us (just lie down on the couch and tell us your troubles… *puts on spectacles and tries to look wise). And by us, we mean an exam expert, or who we fondly refer to as a Learning Adviser.

Learning Advisers offer Academic Skills Consultations throughout the semester, including breaks. You may have met with them during the semester to get help with an assignment. You’d have to remember the awesome advice they dished on academic writing, time management or delivering an oral presentation?

Well, they are just as helpful when it come to exam prep. Learning Advisers can provide you with tips and strategies to improve your chances of passing exams, or just maximising your already stellar exam performances.

Book an Academic Skills Consultation now. Can’t make it to uni? You can also request an online consultation. Email your request to and provide your preferred online contact address, e.g. Skype. You will be contacted by a Learning Adviser to arrange a suitable time.

How do I reference a secondary source?

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Secondary source referencing feels…

So if he said, ‘she said that referencing is complicated’. Do you reference him or her? Wait, what? All we got from that is referencing is complicated…

We don’t have enough fingers (and toes) to count the number of times students have asked: ‘I would like to reference a statement that the author has quoted from someone else…how do I do it?’. This is called referencing a secondary source.

The material you are reading is the secondary source which is referencing an original source. The format, however, depends on the referencing style you are using.

It is best to avoid secondary source referencing as much as you can. If the information is important enough to include in your writing then it is worth reading and referencing the original source. Why? There are several reasons:

  • You can make sure you are using the information in the right context, not depending on someone else’s interpretation. This allows you to reference with confidence. Simply put, it is better to say ‘X said this’ rather than ‘X said that Y said that…’
  • You can deepen your knowledge of the subject. You get a better sense of the scholarly conversation going on. You get to know the prominent voices in the conversation and start to recognize the names that matter.
  • It shows your instructor that you have researched with diligence, engaged with the subject matter and selected your references with care.

We know it is not always possible to access the original source. According to the APA referencing style manual, secondary source referencing is only used if the original source cannot be accessed by normal means, is out of print, or is not written in English.

If you have to reference a secondary source, then be aware of the relevant style rules by consulting the appropriate style guide.

In APA 6 and AGPS Harvard for example, the original author is mentioned in-text along with the reference to the secondary source, but only the secondary source has a reference list entry because it is the work consulted.

On the other hand, some styles require that the original author is mentioned only if directly quoting word-for-word. You can view specific examples in AGPS Harvard, APA 6, MLA and Vancouver styles in the Griffith Referencing Tool.

For information on style guides, see the library guide Referencing: Which style to use. Note that some style guides are provided by the school or available via your course site in Learning@Griffith. Please contact the librarians if you need help with your referencing.


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