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.

myGriffith: it’s your student portal

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myGriffith is the starting point for everything at Griffith. It’s your student portal which is personalised to you and can be accessed on any device, anywhere, anytime.

Here’s 3 things on the myGriffith homepage we thought you should know about:

Messages

Never miss out on official Griffith University correspondence again! Check the Messages section on the myGriffith homepage to find about, well, everything a student needs to know.

From upcoming events and workshops to system outages and networking opportunities, you’ll be notified in myGriffith Messages.

Also, be sure to check other channels of university communication, like your student email, and Griffith University social media. You’ll be a veritable fount of information!

My schedule

It’s kind of a bummer when you miss a class, an exam or key date. Wouldn’t it be super helpful if all this important stuff was listed somewhere online for you?

Well, actually it is. It’s in the My schedule section of the myGriffith homepage. It will tell you what classes you are enrolled in, when they start and where they are.

It will also let know about upcoming key dates, such as the deadline to add a course for the trimester.

My courses

Need to access your course profile? You can find a list of your enrolled courses, as well as links to the relevant course profiles, in the My courses section.

You really can’t miss it – it’s smack bang in the middle of the homepage. And if you want to find your lecture notes or course readings for the week, you can just click the Learning@Griffith link directly below My courses.

For assistance with myGriffith, check out the myGriffith Student Support page. It contains a handy user guide and support contact details.


Do you know about the Referencing Tool?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an online tool that could help you structure your references? As luck would have it, there is. And it was developed by the best University ever! Your University. Griffith University.

Meet the Griffith University Referencing Tool.

Using the referencing tool is as easy as 1, 2, 3! You simply select your reference style, media type and format and the handy little tool will give you an example for both the in-text citation and reference list entry.

It’s quite genius really. And the big news is, the tool recently had a makeover. And not just cosmetic either.

Yes, it does look prettier (which to be honest is always important) but it also has improved functionality.

It’s now mobile device friendly so you can reference on the go. Are you pondering how to reference that journal article while you are on the train?

Simply, whip out your mobile phone, open the referencing tool, and get the answer you need.

Do you need to print out a referencing example from the tool? You totally can. The redeveloped tool now gives you further printing options. We know you still like to consult a print copy once in awhile (#oldschool).

For those of you who used the old referencing tool, don’t worry. The new one still has the same layout so you won’t have to relearn how to use it (not that it’s hard!).


What you need to know about our computer labs

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We’ve got a lot of great resources around campus, to cater to all your student and study needs.

Like our array of food shops to ensure you can always fill your stomach, or get that much needed coffee. Or our sport facilities so that you can keep your body active as well as your mind. Then there’s our handy online self-help resources such as Study Smart.

Let’s not forget the study spaces we have throughout all our campuses. There are places like the Goanna Lounge for when you’ve had a big day and need to chill (or maybe have a sneaky nap), or our libraries where you’ll find social, quiet and silent study spaces.

And computer labs – oh so many computer labs! You’ll find common use computer labs across all campuses. Super keen? We even have dedicated 24-hour computer labs.

Don’t forget that Griffith students are welcome to use resources at any campus – enrolled at South Bank but want to study at Logan? No problems!

But before you rush off to the computer lab only to find that everyone else is just as studious as you and there are no free computers, why not check computer availability first?

You can find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here, as well as check in advance how many computers are free in the lab you’re intending to go to.

All computers in common use computer labs will have standard software including Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe, and various internet browsers.

Sometimes you may require specialised software or hardware for your course. In these instances, your School may provide access to this through school-based computer labs (for further info about these facilities, contact your faculty).

Software may vary between locations, and you can check out the full list of available software on computers here.  


The lowdown on available software

You’ve probably heard: we’ve got a bunch of computers around campus, just waiting for you to plonk yourself in front of and start smashing out some assignments.

While they’re all loaded up with the standard software – MS Office, Adobe, and various internet browsers – further applications vary between locations.

So, before you settle in for an afternoon of work in the G11 computer lab check it actually has the software you need. You can find a comprehensive list of current computer lab software applications here.

Some areas of study do have specialist software, and in this case your school will provide access to this. For access to specialised labs, contact your school.

Now, if you’re more of the study-from-home type (hey, it’s so cold, we don’t blame you for wanting to be under the doona), you can download a great range of software for home use.  

You can download the following software for home use through the Software Download Service:

  • doPDF
  • EndNote
  • Naive
  • Leximancer
  • SAS
  • SPSS (note: an annual subscription fee applies)
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

And, if you’ve been living under a rock (read: haven’t visited us at a market day stall or followed our social media), don’t forget you can download Microsoft Office 365 for University for free.

You can find further information on the Available Software webpage.


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!


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.