Where to start your research

While Wikipedia is great for giving you a quick understanding of a topic, we don’t recommend you ever use it in an assignment. Effective researching is a critical uni skill. But where should you start? 

Course readings

Course readings are great place to start when doing research for assignments.

Find your course Reading List in Learning@Griffith. It can be found in your course profile, in the Readings section of your course site, or by searching for your course here.

Reading Lists provide you with links to online resources (eBooks, journal articles, web pages), or to the Library catalogue so you can find print resources.

Library catalogue

The Library catalogue is a great place to search for resources.

From books, journal articles and videos to conference proceedings, newspaper articles and online documents, the Library catalogue has it all, and more!

It lets you search for a huge number of resources in one place – the search box on the library home page.


To find specialised information, you will need to use online search tools, like the Library databases.

You can search databases to find specialised resources, such as:

The library also has databases for different disciplines. So if you require information on a business, law, education, health, science or social science topic, there is a database for you.

Not sure which database to search for your discipline? Check out our handy library guides.

Google Scholar

Now, you’ve probably used Google to search for information before. Whether it was for academic, work or recreational purposes, we all know how helpful the search engine can be.

But did you know Google has an academic search engine? Google Scholar is a search engine which searches a wide variety of sources including academic online journals, conference papers, dissertations, technical reports and books.

You can even use Google Scholar to find academic resources at Griffith University. It’s as simple as changing a setting. Head to the About Google Scholar webpage to find out how.

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Uni degrees of the rich and famous

Have you ever wondered what your favourite (or least favourite) celebrity did to get where they are today? Are you curious to know which degrees can take you where? Look no further!

Want to be an actress/producer/director/writer? Try studying a Bachelor of Fine Art like your favourite Pretty Little Liar Troian Bellisario. No guarantees it will teach you how to survive A. For that, try putting your phone on silent!

What about the woman with the great sense of humour, ability to sing and “finish people like a cheesecake”? Rebel Wilson studied a Bachelor of Arts and Law, giving her Pitch Perfect skills and the means to win a Woman’s Day court case in style.

If reality tv is in your DNA a Bachelor of Theatre may be your best bet. No doubt Kourtney Kardashian’s college days treading the wooden boards of the theatre are serving her well now.

Keen to tell your friends what to read? Emma Watson studied English Literature and now has her own online book club, Our Shared Shelf, with over 200 000 members. Not bad for a girl who started out in the movie adaptation of the best literature the world has ever seen* at only age 11.

A few other interesting celebrity study choices are:

  • Ivanka Trump: Economics
  • Lil Wayne: Political Science
  • Adam Sandler: Fine Arts (Billy Madison = fine art*)

Whatever you choose to study, the most important thing to remember is to study hard and try and do what you love. It worked for at least some of these celebrities.

*writer’s personal opinions

Music in the Library at the Gold Coast today


It’s time for another Music in the Library performance from the super talented students over at the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU).

Today, we’ve got duo Marcus Bishop and Anthony Ball, as well as solo performer Olivia Dennis, joining us at the Gold Coast campus library. Come along at 1pm and hear some tunes live in your library. After all, science says music helps you study!

The Music in the Library series is an exciting innovation that aims to enliven the campus library spaces and give QCGU students a chance to build valuable performance experience.

Got a lecture and can’t make it? Don’t worry we’ve got more library performances on the way.

You’ll have plenty more chances to enjoy the music across Trimester 2 as students from the Queensland Conservatorium-Griffith University (QCGU) will visit each campus to showcase their talents.

Registrations are now open for GovHack 2017

GovHack 2017

Are you a coder? An entrepreneur? An artist?  A story-teller? Register for GovHack 2017!

The event is being held at Griffith University from 28 -30 July.

GovHack is a ‘live’ annual hackathon where you can create ideas using open data for real life problems in regional Queensland.

Teams work over 46 hours to explore, retrieve, mash up, ideate and communicate their ideas. This is a great time to engage in entrepreneurial thinking, network and of most importance – have fun.

Everyone is welcome including students, staff, and community – any discipline.  Join in to create ideas for the future.  State and National prizes are on offer.

Registrations are open now so register yourself or your team today. Choose Logan or Gold Coast campus.

Where should you store your files?

You’ve worked hard on your study notes and assignments, so you want to make sure you are saving those files in a secure space. Which, by the way, is not to the desktop of our computers.

So, where should you store these files? Let us tell you!

When you’re using the common-use computers on campus, you’ve got two main options: H Drive, and Google Drive.

H Drive

H Drive is available from common use computers via My Computer on the desktop.  If you save your files here, you will be able to access them from any common use computer at any campus.

Though if you’re using one of our library laptops, you’ll need to use FileWay to access H Drive.

If you want to access files saved to H Drive off campus it does get a tad tricky. You’ll need to login to Griffith’s VPN first. You get a quota of 50MB storage space for H Drive.

Google Drive

Google Drive is connected to your student email account. It’s accessible from any computer browser and most mobile devices. All you need is a connection to the internet and you’re sweet to access it anywhere.

You also get unlimited storage space on your Google Drive – that’s right, unlimited. Take a squiz at our post on using Google Drive for further info.

It’s also important to remember:

  • Saving your work to any other location on common use computers (e.g. the desktop or My Documents) will result in deletion when you log out or turn off the computer.
  • Backup, backup, backup your files! Along with Google Drive and H Drive, you could save to a USB or email the file to yourself.

Meet your library staff: Naidene Sartori

Our library staff are integral to the functioning of our libraries. We have a large array of staff spread over our six libraries and they’re much more than just smiling faces. They’re also full of interesting information, helpful wisdom, and some quirks here and there.

Want to get to know our staff better? Check out our profile on Library and Learning Services Team Member, Naidene Sartori.

Quick Overview

  • Find me at: Library service desk on the Gold Coast,
  • What I do: Answer an array of queries, mostly to do with lending, printing and troubleshooting computer or wifi issues. When I am not at the Library service desk I am behind the scenes answering phones, chat, email and web form queries. I also will spend part of my day shelving, processing library holds and general circulation duties.
  • My Griffith story: I was lucky to get a team member position here at Library in 2016 after doing a work placement. I have had the opportunity to work at a number of campuses and had a stint working as the Assistant Library Campus Coordinator at Nathan for a short time. Griffith University is an amazing place to work, with so many supportive people and opportunities to progress.

Steal Naidene’s wisdom

  • Best study tip for students: Find your perfect study space. A quiet place to study with no distractions. Yes turn off your phone and stay away from social media! It is amazing how much better you feel after a focused study session.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: Turning up to an exam without a pen or calculator. You should always carry more than one pen with you when you are on Campus!
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: Stop comparing yourself to your peers, everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses,
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: Raise your hand for the bigger stuff. While volunteering for more challenging projects or tasks in the short-term it is scary, you will learn new skills, and progress in your career faster.

Get to know Naidene

  • Describe yourself in three words: Creative, Kind, Introvert.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: A professional musician. I learnt the Clarinet and Piano from a young age and it was my dream to perform with an orchestra.
  • Greatest accomplishment: So far… releasing my debut single Nevermore on iTunes and Spotify.
  • Fun fact: In 2013 I traveled to a small rural town in Bolivia to teach music to blind children.

Submit your assignment online

Photo of fingers typing on a laptop

You’ve spent days completing your assignment. It’s a well-researched, well-written, perfectly referenced masterpiece. Now, you just need to submit it.

You can submit your assignment online through such channels as TurnitinSafeAssign, or the Blackboard submission tool.

Simply, head to your Learning@Griffith course site, locate the assignment submission point, follow some super easy instructions, and you’re done and dusted.

So where are these super easy instructions?  Right here, of course:

Keep in mind that some assignments may still need to be physically submitted to your school. See your course profile for more details.

Need further help? Contact your friendly IT Service Centre, or ASK US.