Storing your files, made easy

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Did you know that your student email is Gmail based?

And with that comes a whole suite of associated apps, you’ve just gotta click the Google Apps icon at the top right to get to them (hint, it looks like nine small cubes). To get to Google Drive, you just click on the Google Drive option!

So, what is Google Drive? It’s basically a free online file storage system.

Google Drive allows you to easily store your photos, documents, slides, drawings, sheets, videos – anything. Your files in Drive can be reached from any mobile device or computer. So wherever you go, your files go. You can quickly invite others to view, download and collaborate.

Benefits include:

  • Unlimited free storage – no more running out of space.
  • Access everywhere – you can access your files anywhere either via the web or offline by installing Google Drive onto your computer, smartphone or tablet.  
  • Automatic syncing – if you change a file on the web, on your computer or on your mobile device it will automatically update on every device you have installed Google Drive.
  • Secure backup –with Google Drive you will always have your files safely stored in the cloud should anything happen to your computing device. #lifesaver
  • Easy and secure collaboration – you can share files with colleagues and edit them together on any device. So super handy for group assignments! You can also manage exactly who you share your files with and what level of access they will have (view only, or edit).

How convenient, right? I bet you’re kicking yourself as to why you haven’t been using Google Drive already!

No more tears over lost USBs full of all your important assessment! Though, do remember to backup your work and not store it all in the one location.


How to keep on top of your referencing

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Referencing is a big part of uni. It’s how you clearly and consistently acknowledge all the information sources you have used in your work.

Being such an essential skill, we recommend you become proficient at it.

As an undergraduate student where you’re generally writing shorter assignments (I know, 2000 words isn’t that short – but hey, it’s shorter than a dissertation!) we suggest you use our referencing tool to guide you with your referencing. The referencing tool is designed to provide you with examples of direct quotations, paraphrasing and full references for a range of resources you may have used when researching a topic. Over time you’ll build up your skills in this area, and know what a reference should look like.

As you move towards more lengthy assignments, research papers, and so forth, you may be struggling to stay on top of the massive array of resources you’ve used.

Enter: EndNote.

EndNote is Griffith’s recommended bibliographic management software, and enables you to easily:

  • Collect references
  • Organise references and documents in a searchable library
  • Create instant reference lists and/or bibliographies

It’s super handy if you have a large amount of research you need to organise. You are able to store all the citations in one place, and easily insert them straight into Word. And, as soon as you insert an in-text reference into word, the full reference will be added to the document’s Reference List section.

Best part – it updates. If you decide to remove a section of text, which may have had an in text reference used nowhere else, this reference will automatically be removed from your Reference List too #timesaver.

Ok, another best part. It’s free!

To get EndNote, follow the instructions on the EndNote page to download it.

For more information on referencing, check out our referencing study smart page.

 


Celebrate Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields

Today (March 8) is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and to advocate for international gender equality. It is also a great chance to celebrate the achievements of women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields – an area where women are often underrepresented, but still achieving great things.  Many of our STEM field researchers at Griffith are women and the work they are doing is both innovative and inspirational.

Here are just a couple of the women doing great things in STEM fields at Griffith:

Want to find more women who are involved in STEM research at Griffith? Griffith Experts is the best place to search for all of our academic staff, find their research publications and projects and more. How about discovering historical women in STEM? Oxford University Press has created an interactive timeline celebrating women in STEM that can get you started.


You’ve got a pending Friend Request

O-Week is all about making new friends that will last a uni-lifetime.

Friends who will be with you in the Library at 11pm the night before your dreaded stats exam; friends who will generously share their lecture notes when you’re sick the Tuesday after June long weekend; or friends who will buy you the double choc muffin you’re drooling over because they know your food (noodle) budget doesn’t include the $3.95 treat.

Just like these friends, Griffith Library will be there for you through your Uni journey. Whether you’re navigating your timetable, learning the referencing ropes or delving into the world of data research we’re here to help.

We promise we’ll be your best buddy offering news, resources, discounts, event info, competitions and training on our awesome Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. And if that isn’t enough for you, then subscribe to this Library blog for regular tips, tricks, study help, IT deals, competitions and more! 

All you need to do is Like and Follow Griffith Library and we’ll be BFFs in no time! #Justdoit.

To find friends that aren’t just online, check out Griffith Mates.

 


Meet Griffith’s Experts

Wb-student-portal-griffith-experts-robin-e-roberts-1Griffith Experts – Your guide to Griffith University’s academic and research expertise.

This online hub is your one-stop-shop for all things research at Griffith. Whether you’re looking to engage with academics, collaborate with world class research, or find a current research project Griffith Experts has got you covered. It’s also a fantastic resource for any Higher Degree Researchers looking for a supervisor.

 

The new online platform has improved the discoverability of Griffith’s academic excellence. Making it easier for you and the wider community to explore the amazing projects and talent at Griffith.

Each Griffith academic has a comprehensive University supported profile that can be easily found through the Griffith Experts database.

The Expert profiles boast a fresh, new look that can be personalised by academics with external video and audio content from sources like YouTube and Vimeo.

Check it out, we promise you’ll be inspired!

For further information, please contact the Griffith Experts Team through the online form.

 

 


Room to research

Say good bye to your research storage problems

Ever gone a little overboard with your holiday souvenir shopping and had to plank your overflowing suitcase just to zip it up?

Well we can’t help you with that storage problem, but we can help Higher Degree Researchers with their overflowing research data.
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As a researcher you’ve got access to Griffith’s Research Space, an area where researchers can gain access to digital data based on their storage needs. There is even a nifty and quick questionnaire to determine your specific storage needs!

The project data stored in these services is freely accessible, has no limit and is securely stored on Griffith servers.

Hundreds of research staff and Higher Degree Research students have embraced the service because it makes it so easy to store and share data within Australia and internationally.

Check out your research space, research drive and research vault options online and then say good bye to all your full hard drives!

For more information including the User Manual and FAQs, visit the Research Space homepage.

 


Database upgrade – ProQuest

Back in 10 mins sticky noteThe Library’s ProQuest database is upgrading their system and will need a little space on 1pm Sunday 17 January.

ProQuest resources will be unavailable during the eight-hour upgrade but it’ll all be worth it in the end, as the upgrade promises to improve performance, security and overall reliability of the already popular database.

 

Got a big assignment due the next day? Don’t worry you can still access plenty of other useful and relevant databases online or drop into the Library for specific search help.