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.

Databases

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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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.


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.

Music in the Library at Nathan 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 not one, not two, not three, but five classical guitar musicians joining us at the Nathan 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.


Need a laptop? We’ve got you covered

Everybody loves a freebie.

Well, how about a free laptop? Did you know that as a Griffith student you can borrow a laptop for free from the Library service desk?

Simply come visit the friendly staff at the library service desk with your photo ID, and we’ll loan you a laptop for three whole hours.

You can use the laptop anywhere on campus.

You could smash some study inside the library or at your favourite study nook on campus (check out our suggestions for study spaces at Nathan and Gold Coast), take some notes using the laptop at your lecture or tutorial, or even jump on social media (for educational reasons, of course).

All laptops have the basic student software installed and are connected to the University’s wireless network.

Now, be aware we don’t have an endless supply of laptops. Get in early during the busy periods to avoid disappointment. It’s first come, first served!

Laptops are available for loan during library services opening hours (not to be confused with library building opening hours).

So, if you’re sitting around thinking ‘gee, I wish I could do more study while I’m here on campus, if only I had a laptop…’ you know what to do!


Our libraries are LGBTI safe places

Have you noticed the bright and beautiful stickers at our library entrances?

They’re much more than just a sticker. They actually hold a lot of importance and identify all our Griffith Libraries as LGBTI Safe Places!

Griffith University libraries have always been a safe place for all people – where anyone is welcome to explore any topic without judgment. But in September of last year, we went one step further.

With the support of Pro Vice Chancellor (Information Services) Linda O’Brien and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) Professor Martin Betts, we launched our libraries as a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Safe Place.

Now, all Griffith University library entrances proudly display a Safe Place sticker to show we’re welcoming, supportive and actively engaged with LGBTI staff and students. These stickers help represent our public commitment to LGBTI equality.

The initiative aims to ensure Griffith University maintains an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust by providing a safe place for LGBTI students and staff to work and study.

We invite you to show your support, and learn a few things, by completing the Walking in Rainbow Shoes eModule in your Learning@Griffith.

If you need support or want to expand your understanding of the LGBTI community, check out the Griffith University Ally Network.


Get connected to Griffith’s WiFi

We know the necessities for living during the 21st century are food, water, shelter, and WiFi.

So, to avoid FOMO you better make sure you’ve connected to Griffith University’s WiFi network.

If you’re a Griffith staff member or student, you can connect your laptop, tablet, or smart phone to the Griffith University wireless network.

You’ll notice a few wireless networks available at Griffith University. We recommend you use the Griffith University network, which is available across all campuses.

It simply prompts you to log in with your sNumber (e.g. s1234567) and Griffith Portal password. You can find operating system-specific instructions and guidance on getting connected to Griffith’s wireless network here.

Now, if you’re a keen student and want to try and get some study done on your laptop off-campus, you can also use the Eduroam network. Eduroam provides Griffith students and staff with access to wireless networks at participating institutions, including various Universities, hospitals, and professional institutions.

The only tricky part is that the login details for Eduroam are a tad different to Griffith’s WiFi. Simply log on with a username of sNumber@griffith.edu.au (e.g. s1234567@griffith.edu.au) and your regular Griffith Portal password, and you’ll be set!

As a student, you’re provided with unlimited free internet during off-peak hours, and 5GB of internet during peak hours – you can check out the specifics here.

Don’t forget though, your use of the Internet must be for appropriate and legitimate purposes associated with your study in accordance with the Griffith University Information Technology Code of Practice.