• We know that the ‘Rains of Castamere’ episode of Game of Thrones probably threw an emotional spanner in your study-plan works. But you’re going to be fine and we’ve got our fingers crossed for you.

Not that you need it, you fabulous bunch of studious geniuses. Now, go out there and rock those exams.

Changes to library opening hours – Queen’s Birthday


  • Next Monday the Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday!

Which means that we have changes to the library opening hours on each campus. If you’re unsure of when your campus library will be open, check out the opening hours on the library website.

Now that’s sorted, what will you all be doing with your public holiday? Studying, enjoying the great outdoors? Maybe both?

Calling all Researchers and HDR Students!


  • Are you interested in a free, online research survey tool for your research? Well that’s handy, because we’ve got one for you.

Griffith’s Research Survey Tool is available via the Research Survey Centre. The Survey Tool allows researchers to create, develop and distribute an online survey, while the Research Survey Solution (a training program) also provides support, documentation, training and data management. (The Research Survey Solution is available to all Griffith University researchers interested in using the survey tool for research.)

The Survey Tool has a bunch of cool features including:

  • over 28 question types
  •  multilingual support
  • visual styling and survey template modifications
  • unlimited surveys, responses and questions available

To find out more, visit the Research Survey Centre website!

QR Codes in your library – what are they and how do they work?

  • Quick Response Codes (QR Codes) are 2-dimensional barcodes that link you to all types of online information through your mobile device. The Gold Coast Library are trialing the use of QR codes and have come up with some cool ways for you to try using them.










You’ll find QR Codes located in:

  • Shelving within the collection. Once you scan them, you’ll be linked to relevant subject guides providing you with access to more resources and information.
  • The reserve books. If two hours is not enough, you can scan the code located on the book to see if there is a book available to borrow for a longer period. You can even place a hold.
  • The newspaper area. Scan the code and you’ll be able to read an earlier newspaper editions on your mobile device
  • Video tutorials – You’ll see codes next to the kiosks, the binding machines and colour printer/photocopier. Scan the code to view an instructional video delivered straight to your mobile device!

So how do you use them? Great question!

QR Code scanners (or readers) are available as apps downloadable for most devices including Apple iOS (iPads, iPhones, iPod touch) and Androids. They are also available for Windows 8 devices, BlackBerry and Nokia phones. The scanners are free and once downloaded and installed, they’re ready to go. All you need to do is open the QR reader app, ‘scan’ the code which links you to the QR service you’re after.

It’s as easy as that! You can see the friendly staff at the Gold Coast Library and IT Help desk if you have further questions or need a hand.

Have you used QR codes? What do you think of them? If you are on a different campus to the Gold Coast, would you like to see QR codes used in your campus library?

The Griffith App – Griffith in the palm of your hand!


  • How many of you hold Griffith in the palm of your hand? (And I don’t mean the way that Nucky Thompson does with Atlantic City.)

Griffith’s App is pretty cool. It features campus maps, timetables, Learning@Griffith information, campus events, library news, bus schedules and more, all in the one place! And not only that, but it’s available on all Apple, Blackberry and Android devices.

If you haven’t downloaded it yet, get on to it quick smart! You can find out more about it by visiting

Do you use the app already? What do you think of it? What’s your favourite feature? Let us know!

Your student Google Apps at Griffith – welcome to awesome studying!


  • So here is something neat about the Griffith Google Apps account that you receive when you start at Griffith: it will be available to you for life. Serious!

Griffith student Google Apps consist of:

  • Gmail  – your fabulous Griffith email account with crazy storage capabilities
  • Docs  – create, store and share your important documents in Google Drive – anywhere, anytime (plus share and simultaneously work on the same Google document with other students and staff)
  • Calendar – organise your study schedule with the calendar – and become a time management demon!
  • Sites – a way to share and create webpages with other staff and students
  • Talk – chat with other classmates, friends and staff using the g-chat function in your email. Instant message = winning!

We believe these tools will help you to achieve studying enlightenment. (Well maybe not, but at the very least your organisational skill and time management ability will impress your mum.)

Are you sufficiently wowed? Head on over to the student email support page for more information!

What do you think about Google Apps? Have they helped you in your studying and general UNI goals? We’d love to hear from you!

Take the Wiley Online Library quiz and win!


Wiley says:

‘Staying up-to-date with the latest research trend and researching for the content you need is never easier with Wiley Online Library. Take our online quiz and start discovering the multidisciplinary collection of online resources covering life, health and physical sciences, social science, and the humanities. What’s more! You will also learn about the personalised features and functionalities that can ease your research whether you are an author, researcher, librarian or a student.’

The online quiz consists of 8 questions and will take you no more than 20 minutes to complete. Entries with all questions answered correctly will enter the lucky draw.

So what are you waiting for! Got to be in it to win it! Get quizzing!