Did you know you can print from your iPhone?

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You should know that you can print from our common-use computers, or wirelessly from your laptop (if you didn’t it’s time to catch up, stat).

But did you know you can also send documents to our printers from your iPhone? Yep. No need to log on to a common-use computer, or bother booting up your laptop. If you have an iPhone, you can simply use that.

Now, the process is a little different from printing from our computers or your laptop. First, you’ve got to download iCMSIP from the App Store onto your iOS device, then simply install and configure it.

You’ll also have to make sure that the document that you want is on your iPhone (you may need to download an app to open it).

And don’t forget to ensure you’re printing to the right queue (South for Logan and Gold Coast campuses, and North for Brisbane campuses).

The process may seem a little fiddly at first, so we recommend you follow the iOS printing using iCMSIP guide to get started. Happy printing!


Where to store your files

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Not on a floppy disk, that’s where!

So, you’re using our computers and wondering ‘where should I save my document?’ Well, that’s a great question.

Griffith University students get network storage space (H Drive), and online storage space (Google Drive) for storing files.

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 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.

Stay connected around campus with Griffith WiFi

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While you’re killing time on your smartphone, taking notes in a lecture, or studying in the library – don’t forget to tap into Griffith’s WiFi for staff and students.

You will notice a few wireless networks available at Griffith University. Griffith recommends you use the Griffith University network, which is available across all campuses for use on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

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.


Get free online training in computing and Microsoft Office

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Do you have a New Year’s resolution to improve your computing skills? Want to include ‘advanced Excel’ on your resume, score high grades for your skillful formatting, or learn to build an app?

Well, Microsoft Virtual Academy has you covered. The Academy provides free online training by world-class experts for all things Microsoft – Excel, PowerPoint, Word, visualisation, analysis, programming, app development, and more.

There are courses to suit everyone, from academics and students to developers and marketing professionals. Courses range from beginner to advanced level, so don’t be scared off!

You can easily browse the courses available by product, topic, or skill level to find your perfect fit.

The learning process is engaging with step-by-step instructions and tutorials, as well as the opportunity to participate in live Q&A sessions with instructors.

It allows you to easily manage your learning plans and track your progress. Basically, Microsoft Virtual Academy has all the elements you need to succeed in some (free!) online training.

You can also check out our Computing Self-Help Resources page for more digital skills training.

On the topic of Microsoft, did you know you can download Microsoft Office 365 for free? Yep, free. So if you don’t already have it installed on your home computer, you can download and begin your training right away!


The library website’s gotten a new look!

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Did somebody say makeover?

We think our Library website is a pretty important place. It’s a hub of information, and full of valuable resources.

Whether you need to research for an assignment, check what you can borrow, look at upcoming events, connect with us on social media (FYI, you totally should!), contact your library staff, or utilise our immense self-help resources, we’ve got you covered!

So, we thought it was about time the website got a bit of a makeover to ensure it remains as relevant as possible to you – the students.

You may remember that towards the end of last year we asked you to help us with planning our website re-jig by sorting some cards?

Maybe you are really invested in the functionality of our library website, or maybe you were just really keen on that $100 gift card up for grabs. Either way, the responses were overwhelming, and we’re rolling out a fancy new website to show for it.

We’ve been working away over the summer (occasionally taking a break to dream we were off on summer vacation too) to update the library website in line with your feedback. It’ll be efficient, streamlined, user-friendly and all kinds of awesome.

And it’ll be released…. now! Well, not all of it, but you will notice some changes to our site already. Keep an eye out for all the brand spanking newness.

We know you’ll love the new-look website as much as we do (or maybe more, if that’s even possible)!


How to secure your virtual world

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When you think of your valuable items you generally think of your home, right? There’s your 50” flat screen television, Xbox gaming console (with many, many awesome games), and that bottle of Moet you received for Christmas.

But what about the valuable information you have online? Now, more than ever, we are storing an abundance of valuable information on our digital devices – if not in the cloud.

If you aren’t mindful of your online security, sensitive documents, your identity and even your hard earned cash could be taken from you. So, just as you would lock the door to your home, you should protect your online information as well.

The Griffith University IT Security webpage has some great advice about how to stay safe and secure online. Here are a few safety tips to get you started:

Install anti-virus software
Did you know Griffith University Students get 50% off selected Norton security products? Now if you’re using one of our computers or laptops, don’t worry, they all have Norton anti-virus installed  (‘cause we’ve got your back).

Avoid peer-to-peer (P2P) networks
According to Lifewire, ‘when you download files from other peers on the BitTorrent, eMule, or other P2P network you don’t know for sure that the file is what it says it is. You might think you are downloading a great new utility, but when you double-click the EXE file how can you be sure that you haven’t also installed a Trojan or backdoor in your computer allowing an attacker to access it at will?’

Make sure you create a strong password
Not sure where to start? Check out our handy tips for creating a password. And just so you know, ‘password’ is not a good password. In fact, it’s been reported in the press as one of the most common passwords used! Other common passwords include: qwerty, monkey, letmein, changeme, internet, iloveyou, jesus, jesussaves, 1q2w3e4r, 1qaz2wsx and of course swear words and nicknames for parts of the anatomy.

Never reply to emails asking you for personal information
Did you receive an email asking for your bank account details? Chances are pretty high that you didn’t win a fortune in a lottery you never entered or inherit millions from a rich uncle you never knew existed. So if you neglect to provide your bank details, you won’t miss out on anything – except trouble.

Never click on sites that seem questionable
There are billions of websites online. And while many of them are legit, there are also quite a few that are not. If the site’s description, title, or URL seems dodgy to you, don’t click on it. Otherwise you could pick up something nasty, like spyware, malware or a virus.


Quickly and easily cite your sources with Explore in Google Docs

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Love exploring? Explore sources in Google Docs!

So you may not be writing assignments right now. It’s summer break and you have no interest in churning out a fully referenced, 3000-word paper on anything.

But we thought we’d tell you about some new additions to Google Docs, and to the suite of Google Apps (now appropriately called G Suite).

There are some new features that may make your life a tad easier come Trimester 1, and you need to engage your dusty word processing skills.

So back in September, Google launched Explore in Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. According to their promotional material, Explore aims to ‘give you the insights, design tools and research recommendations you need to do you best work’.

That sounds wonderful, but what does it actually offer you? What can you now do in Google Docs that you couldn’t do, say back in August?

Well, for one, you can insert footnotes at the click of a button. To be fair, we aren’t sure how many of you use footnotes at Griffith. But if you do, you will find this pretty cool.

When you open Google Docs, there is a little button located in the bottom right-hand corner. It looks like a four-point star (sorry for the lame description). That is the Explore button. Once you click on this you’ll be able to insert citations as footnotes in your Google Doc.

Simply, search for content in Explore (Google Docs also suggests content), hover over the search result and click the Cite as footnote button (which looks like a double quotation mark). You can even change the format of your citation, switching between the MLA, APA, and Chicago styles.

For more information on Google Docs Explore, go to the Google Help Centre.