Improve your postgrad research skills

Are you a Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate? Wondering how to get the skills to achieve at University? The Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules (PRISM) are for you.

PRISM has been created so you can develop research skills during your candidature that will continue to benefit you throughout your career.

The modules will assist you to develop your research topic, search the literature to develop a literature review, organise information and much more.

They can be completed in any order and are organised by Early candidature (first year), Post confirmation (second year) and Late candidature (third year and beyond) for your convenience.

Each section will help you build your knowledge base and direct you to additional resources. The research skills you develop through PRISM will help you now and in your future career in research and beyond.

You can access the Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules through PebblePad from our Research and Publishing webpage.

We hope you find the modules engaging and helpful. Remember, you can contact a library specialist if you need more support – just scroll down to the Consultation with a Specialist slab on the Research and Publishing webpage and select your discipline.


Did you know you can get IT discounts as a student?

Your budget can often be tight as a university student. As much as you may want to get prepared to excel in your studies by buying a brand new macbook like Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, it isn’t always realistic. Though, technology is kind of an essential as a student.

Luckily, as a student you’re entitled to discounts with multiple vendors to ensure you’re covered in the following areas:

Workstation

A desktop computer, laptop, or similar is a fundamental item. Our on campus students have free access to computers located in the library and in computer labs, across all campuses (you can see them all here).

However, if you’re wanting to do work from home, or bring your laptop to class, you may like to invest in your own. As a Griffith student you can get discounted rates on Dell, Apple, and HP products.

Software

All current students can access Office 365 for free.

Griffith also has a free Software Download Service accessible via your Google Drive, where you can download other software you may need, including EndNote, SPSS (an annual subscription fee applies), SAS, doPDF, and more.

Find more info on our available software here.

Protection

It’s important to protect your computer or laptop from harmful viruses or malware – no one wants their computer to crash during the busy end-of-trimester period due to a virus!

If you needed some encouragement, Griffith University students get 50% off selected Norton security products. You can also download Symantec Endpoint Protection for free via the Software Download Service.


Short library system outage tonight – we’re upgrading!

We’re making some improvements to our library system!

To do so, there will be a short outage and all My Account features will not be available from approximately midnight tonight until 2 am tomorrow (Thursday 20 September).

This outage should have minimal impact – the library catalogue and reading lists will be available and access to electronic resources will not be interrupted. However access to print resources may be interrupted.


How to stay cyber-safe from Phishing scams

Phishing happens waaay more often than you may think. Like, more often than Cat made catty comments on The Bachelor.

Don’t want your data encrypted? Read on for tips and tricks to avoid becoming a victim.

What is Phishing?

Cybercriminals use phishing—a type of social engineering—to manipulate people into doing what they want.

Phishing is a fraudulent attempt to either gain sensitive information or influence a computer user to take actions to infect their computing device with malware. The word is a play on the word ‘fishing’ due to the similarity of using a bait in an attempt to catch a victim.

Unfortunately, technology makes phishing easy. Setting up and operating a phishing attack is fast, inexpensive and a low barrier entry for cybercriminals.

Phishing and Social Media

Phishing has evolved considerably in recent years. While in the past Phishing attacks usually occurred over email, today it’s where Millennials spend the bulk of their online time: social media.

Attackers target Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, Snapchat, Google+, Instagram and other social media users with malicious phishing links. They lure victims to impersonation web sites by incorporating phishing links into posts or comments. Attackers also distribute phishing lures in text, SMS, Skype, Messenger, other messaging services and good ol’ emails.

How to avoid being a victim to Phishing

These tips can help prevent you being a victim to Phishing:

  • Protect your login details
    No legitimate organisation or company will ask for your username and password—don’t provide them if asked.
  • Beware of email attachments
    Email attachments are the most common vector for malicious software.  Unless you trust the source and expected content, don’t open it!
  • Think before you click!
    Phishing emails often have malicious web links; unless you trust the source and expected content don’t click the link.

What to do if you have fallen victim to a Phishing email

  1. 1. Immediately change your password for any accounts or systems you use that same password for.  Follow our tips to ensure you have a cyber-strong password.
  2. 2. Ensure your device is cleaned from malware (this may involve wiping the entire device in a worst case scenario). Run a virus scan on your computer to detect any malware. Griffith provides Symantec Endpoint Protection for free to students (download from the Software Download Service).
  3. 3. Prepare to restore from backup any files that may have been impacted from malware on your computer.

For more information on cyber security tips visit the Griffith University cybersecurity website.


Ace your referencing with our Referencing Tool

Even though referencing may seem a monumental task, it is important for many reasons. It shows what you have read, enables your reader to locate your referred sources, supports and strengthens your argument and

demonstrates academic integrity. It’s also an essential part of many assignments.

If thinking about referencing seems overwhelming, it’s OK. To make the task easier, Griffith University has developed a Referencing Tool.

And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to use!

  1. 1. Select the reference style.
  2. 2. Select the media type.
  3. 3. Select the format.

Then BAM – the tool provides you an example. For both the in-text citation and the reference list entry.

This tool is also mobile device friendly for any ‘on the move’ referencing queries.

If you’re still feeling a bit perplexed, check out our Study Smart guide to referencing.

Happy referencing!


Lightning Talks: Sustainability solutions explored

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At the beginning of this month we held Lightning Talks on Adapt or Die: the truth about Climate Change and Waste Wars as part of Sustainability Week.

So what are Lightning Talks?

Lightning Talks are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers (our academics) are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice to a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.

If you attended, we’re sure you loved the events! If not, you totally missed out! Never fear though, we’ll catch you up on what went down.

Adapt or Die: the truth about climate change

  • Prof Cordia Chu AM spoke about the need to future-proof ourselves against Climate Change by acting now to find solutions. Society must adapt and work in partnership, and complex scientific research needs to be adapted in order to find useful and useable solutions that are, most importantly, used. 
  • Dr Wade Hadwen spoke about water scarcity, highlighting the need to address this issue now – as the problem is only going to get worse.
  • Prof Catherine Pickering talked about how we can use native plants to offset the impact of climate change. You can download the groNATIVE app to help select the best native plants for your needs, and search plants by biodiversity, your garden style of plant characteristics.
  • Dr Leah Barclay introduced us to EcoAcoustics – the sounds of waterways, which enable us to gauge environmental changes over time by sound. She has been using underwater microphones to map the sounds of fish and aquatic insects. From this, people can put microphones under water and identify the sounds, therefore animals, in the water.

Waste Wars

  • Assoc Prof Frederic Leusch opened the discussion with statistics of how single-use plastics are contributing to waste, and some graphic images of how they harm and kill animals in the ocean. Plastic bags, straws and countless other rubbish items are among what we dump into the ocean and local waterways. He provided us with practical actions to take to help with our problem with plastic waste – say no to straws, avoid buying bottled water, bring your own coffee cup, plus much more!
  • Assoc Prof Matthew Burke spoke about how transport infrastructure affects sustainability. Currently in Brisbane, we’re investing our money on projects to widen roads to add capacity for more cars. Instead, we should be focusing on developing our public transport infrastructure. We also need to push programs to encourage walking, cycling and active transport.
  • Dr Eleni Kalantidou spoke about our love of material things – buying stuff, shopping. Western society spends and purchases too readily. We need to change the way we perceive things by being more responsible about our purchase decisions – we have a responsibility every time we buy something we know we’re going to discard quickly.
  • Dr Kathy Knox and her team worked with the community of Redlands to tackle the food waste issue. After surveying the community about the kind of food they had in their household, they invited professional chefs to create recipes which would incorporate food items that are often left over and discarded, showing the Redlands community practical ways to reduce food waste. They held live cooking demonstrations of these recipes in the Stockland shopping centre and distributed recipe cards to the community.
  • Clare Poppi spoke about how modern jewellery is often inexpensive costume items serving little purpose, and therefore can be a waste. Clare creates one of a kind pieces which incorporate nature into the design, are sustainable and easily degradable. She brought along samples of her work for us.

Want to hear more? You can watch both lightning talks online on our Facebook page:


4 health and fitness magazines to check out in PressReader

Being a student can be stressful. It’s important you take care of your health and wellness while you’re studying to maintain a balanced lifestyle. This includes eating well, fitting in some exercise, having balance in your life and taking care of your mental health.

It can also be tough on your bank balance. So, why not utilise the library’s subscription to PressReaderPressReader is an online newspaper and magazine app chock full of domestic and international newspapers and magazines. Like the four health and fitness magazines we’ve listed below. 

Women’s Health Australia

A magazine for active women after a balanced and healthy lifestyle. It has empowering articles to help women take control of their lives – physically and emotionally, the latest research, information on exercise and diet, mindfullness and balance, skincare, relationships, careers and more.

Men’s Fitness

Find the latest fitness trends and tips. Get advice and articles on how to be your personal best. You’ll find information on health and nutrition, travel and adventure, sports, cars, relationships, the latest fitness trends, achieve personal balance and more.

Oxygen

A women’s health and fitness magazine. You’ll find articles on motivation, tips to increase self-esteem and energy levels, achieving better overall health, nutrition, training guides, health, fashion, lifestyle and more.

Amazing Wellness

In-depth information on a variety of natural health topics. Get a better understanding of dietary supplements. Find content on vitamins and minerals, herb education, nutrient research, holistic beauty, everyday fitness and recipes.