Science research student? Check out these Open Access journals

Have you heard of Open Access? If so, you already know what a marvellous initiative it is. And, if you’re one of our super smart research students, than you should definitely consider submitting your research to some Open Access journals. Share the love, share the knowledge and together we can create amazing things!

Quite a few science Open Access journals were pioneers in the domain of Open Access and are worth considering when searching for places to submit your research article. Some to consider are:

PLOS (Public Library of Service)
All PLOS publications are peer-reviewed, you can even check out a full list of titles of that PLOS publishes. These include:

BioMed Central
BioMed Central have an extensive list of quality journals, including:

Dovepress
Dovepress (a New Zealand-based publisher) also publish a range of open access journals in the biomedical and technical fields. They include:

You can check the peer review status of all of these journals on UlrichsWeb. Don’t forget, we’re always here to help. If you need a touch more guidance, or are confused about finding an appropriate journal to publish in, book an appointment with your Discipline Librarian or attend an HDR workshop.


Get into Popular Science

National Science Week is now upon us.

Science magazines Cosmos, New Scientist, Popular Science are sponsoring this annual event and you can get them in the Library.

You can find them by searching for their names in the library catalogue. They can provide you with information on the latest and greatest innovations and discoveries in the scientific world.

Cosmos is also a magazine that you can also read from your phone or mobile device by downloading the PressReader app. If you are on-campus and logged into the wi-fi, you should be able to download the magazine through the app. You may need to install and run the VPN Client to access the magazine off-campus.

When searching for a journal that you know the name of, limit your search in the library catalogue with the Journals radio button.

If you want to know how to use the catalogue effectively to find great science resources, book into a Research Consultation to see or Ask a Question of a Librarian today.


Connect with nature on World Environment Day

It’s World Environment Day on Monday 5 June 2017.

Embrace this year’s theme and connect with nature! Get yourself and your classmates outdoors; appreciate nature’s beauty and importance and take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

Connecting people to nature in everyday life is an integral part of Griffith University. Since its inception in the early 1970’s, the university has taught environmental sciences.

And over time, the university has integrated environmental sustainability into almost every other discipline taught. Go Griffith!

But don’t let the University show you up. You can connect with nature by simply downloading the GrowsAtGriffith app. The app allows you to access an attractive, easy-to-use and concise flora of the common vascular plants found on Griffith University campuses and southeast Queensland.

Want more? There are so many apps available that can help you connect with nature. Check out the Field Guide to Queensland Fauna (search for it on iTunes or Google Play.). It provides a detailed description of animals, maps of distribution and endangered species status for fauna in the state of Queensland.

And don’t forget about your Griffith University library! We can help you connect with nature as well. The library has many flora identification books including Cronin’s key guide: Australian rainforest plants, Australian trees and Wetland plants of Queensland: a field guide.

It also has animal identification books like the Field guide to frogs of QueenslandTracks, scats and other traces: a field guide to Australian mammals and Queensland’s threatened animals.

If you would like help locating fauna and flora resources, book a Research and Referencing consultation with a Librarian.


Fighting malaria

Mosquitos are not just annoying, they are also dangerous and can bring all sorts of devastating diseases as well. One of those is malaria, a disease that kills many people around the world.

25 April is World Malaria Day and Griffith researchers are working on the case to defeat it.

Want to know what Griffith researchers have done so far?

Our key researchers in the field include Professor Michael Good, Professor Vicky Avery, Dr Leonardo Lucantoni, Professor Sally-Ann Poulsen and Professor Katherine Andrews.

You can view journal articles the researchers have published on the Griffith Experts site. This can be a great way for you to find journal articles written by your lecturers and maybe improve your marks.

Type “Michael Good” in the search box, and you can see the Professor’s publications to see what work he has done so far.

Here are a few activities promoting World Malaria Day:

Malaria Day Luncheon Event

  1. 26 April
  2. N75
  3. Proceeds donated to Rotary Against Malaria for the purchase of bed-nets.  Everyone donating/purchasing lunch will receive a ‘peg’ mosquito to pin on a the symbolic bed-net!
  4. RSVP: Leo, l.lucantoni@griffith.edu.au

Outreach Packs

  1. Packs contain educational material/activities designed to educate and engage children (8-12 years) with activities that include find-a-word, cross-words, a maze and colouring in pages.

Online Quiz

  1. “How much do you know about malaria?” is a 25 question online quiz designed to educate as well as capture information about current knowledge on malaria and malaria prevention.

Build a mosquito competition

  1. Fancy your craft skills can build a mosquito?  Give it a go and share on social media to raise awareness of malaria and its prevention.

How nuclear waste can improve your academic writing

Diligent student

You could learn a thing or two from nuclear waste.

We aren’t sure what exactly, but you can improve your academic writing skills by reading an article in The Conversation on nuclear waste. Yes, really!

The article, ‘Location, location, location: why South Australia could take the world’s nuclear waste’, does not give you tips on the writing process. Instead, it is a shining (or should that be glowing?) example of academic writing.

When writing your university assignment, it’s necessary to think about the purpose – is it to inform, persuade or analyse an issue?

In Location, location, location: why South Australia could take the world’s nuclear waste, the author presents his case by answering the question posed in the title. His aim is to persuade you that Australia could be the home to nuclear waste.

Weaving a story, he presents a number of points to highlight how nuclear waste facilities could be established in Australia. The logic of the article flows from one point to the next.

The author has used appropriate examples, counter-arguments and different perspectives to show consideration of multiple views.  You need to as well.

This will ultimately persuade a reader to understand, or even agree, with your argument. It is important to provide a balanced view so your argument is not one-sided.

No matter what your opinion is of establishing a nuclear waste facility in Australia, the author provides a compelling perspective that it is, indeed, an option.

The author reiterates his point several times, and overtly states its relevance to his overall argument; this is an essential component of academic writing. You need to remind the reader at the end of each paragraph how each point is connected to your argument.

And for the big finale… you need to think back to the purpose of the assignment; was it aiming to inform, persuade or analyse? The conclusion should remind the reader of the purpose i.e. nuclear waste is safe to be stored in Australia.

Want to develop your academic writing? Check out these Academic Skills resources:

Book into an Academic Skills workshop or to have a face-to-face consultation with a Learning Adviser or Librarian. They can provide advice on analysing questions, developing your academic argument or developing search strategies.


Studying civil engineering? Here’s what you need to know

Civil Engineering

So, you are studying civil engineering… You can probably design an amazing bridge, dam or canal, but are you struggling to find resources for your assignment? Well, we can help (find the resources, that is. We’ll leave the actual engineering to you).

We’ve designed a  Civil Engineering subject guide that may be useful for you. The aim of this guide is to help you locate resources for your civil engineering assignments. It serves as a gateway to scholarly resources in the area of Civil Engineering as well as related news and topics.

Resources are accessible through the Library’s web site. These include journals, books, databases, popular engineering magazines, professional websites, and other web-based resources, all from the one convenient location.

We strive to keep the subject guides current and up-to-date, and hope they are useful in preparing you for your assignment tasks and research activities.

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


e-Textbooks make life easier and your bag lighter

Hold on to your hats! e-Textbooks are here

Hold on to your hats! e-Textbooks are here.

Like many academic libraries around the world, Griffith Library is moving towards digital access to textbooks (e-textbooks).

We try to provide our students with an e-textbook where possible, so you can access textbooks at any time, from anywhere (because who doesn’t enjoy freedom like that?).

Let’s face it, nobody wants to lug around heavy, bulky textbooks. With e-textbooks, you can read them on your home computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device. No heavy lifting required!  And if you want to read a print copy, you still can. Simply, print out the chapter you want.

E-textbooks

Keen to find out if your textbook is available electronically? Search the Library Catalogue:

  • Click Books (located above the Search Box)
  • Select the Ebooks only checkbox
  • Enter the title of your textbook
  • Click Search

Your course readings may also be available electronically. To find them:

  • Go to the Library Catalogue
  • Click More (located above the Search Box)
  • Click Course readings
  • Enter your course code or course title
  • Click Search

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