Fastrack your research using our Library Guides

 

Imagine a place that had all your study guides ready to go; key information, databases, resources at your fingertips.

Well, lucky the trusty Griffith librarians are on it. Two words.

Library. Guides.

Our Library Guides compile all the databases and key information resources you’ll need for your subject area into one centralised area. Just go to the Borrowing and Resources library page and select your discipline under Library guides.

You can select a broad discipline, such as science and technology, or further narrow your selection to a specific subject, such as information technology.

This will help to ensure you’re not wasting time on research that isn’t the exact piece of information you need. Yep, we can hear you asking, ‘where has this been my whole life?!’

We have library guides for the below disciplines; click within the discipline for further subject-specific guides.


Notice something phishy? Here’s how to report it

Did you know that Australians spend nearly seven hours a day on phones, computers and tablets? (ABC News). That’s a lot of scrolling, clicking, liking, swiping, avoiding cyber-scams…

Griffith University’s cybersecurity team work hard to protect you online, but they need your help too.

If you’ve noticed activity that seems a little ‘phishy’–perhaps received an email, telephone call or strange request which doesn’t seem quite right–report it!

Why should you report a cyber security incident?

It helps protect our data, devices, identities and helps us keep on top of new threats as they evolve.  Also, reporting an incident can help reduce the potential for damage to the University by allowing the incident to be quickly brought under control.

What types of incidents should you report?

Anything that seems off, for example:

  • phishing emails
  • lost or stolen devices (such as laptops or unencrypted USBs)
  • unauthorised system access
  • unintended information disclosure
  • password compromise
  • malware or ransomware
  • a cybersecurity attack, such as a website defacement or other intrusion.

How to report an incident

Simply contact Griffith’s IT Service Centre:

  • email: ithelp@griffith.edu.au
  • phone: (07) 3735 555
  • online form.

Provide whatever information you are aware of based on:

  • what you observed or know about the incident
  • dates and times
  • people and places involved
  • any impact you are aware of
  • any other background information.

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and we all need to be aware of suspicious attempts to obtain personal or university information in order to stay cybersafe. Let’s face it, no one enjoys having their data encrypted or losing money in an online scam.

For more information visit our cybersecurity website or email cybersecurity@griffith.edu.au.


Check out our new Griffith Uni IT social media pages

We’re sure you’ve been following our Library social media pages—FacebookInstagramTwitter and YouTube—for ages, right?

Well, did you know that Digital Solutions has recently launched social media pages, too?

Stay up-to-date with Griffith University’s IT – find out about the IT services we offer, news and updates, IT discounts, events and interesting IT information. You can follow @GriffithUniIT on:


Hackathon 2018 a success!

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Last weekend, 4 – 5 August, we held our annual Hackathon.

Students arrived at 9 am and settled in to design, develop and showcase a mobile app.

Working in groups, our students hacked away for 30 hours. Some went home for a quick nap and shower, some rested on beanbags, others grew massive wings from copious amounts of Red Bull.

We had IT Architects on hand, to provide guidance and help with any curly questions. And food, of course, to keep their brains fuelled.

By Sunday afternoon, our student groups had come up with some stellar ideas with options that could be implemented into the Griffith University app or future app design, and showcased these to the crowd.

Our winners were the GPAMATE team: Codie Little, Rusty Blewitt, Ryan Taylor and Shayne Poole.

The GPAMATE team began as two separate groups, but when some members didn’t show they combined their forces together to create a power group.

Their app idea was based on eliminating the anxiety that comes with uncertainty over subject grades, while giving students a direction with goals to be achieved.

The app they developed allows students to monitor their GPA throughout the trimester in two key ways:

  1. 1. Entering results from assessments will update a student’s GPA score in real time.
  2. 2. Based on the weight of an assessment item within a course, the app will predict the marks a student needs in order to maintain a certain GPA score.

The consensus around the room proved this idea is much needed and desired by the students. Who else loves this app idea and can’t wait to use it?

Second place went to Group #5: Samuel Bruhn, Joshua Nicholl, Carl Humphries and Harrison Croakes. Best User Interface (UI) went to Group #1 – Uni Connect: Hannah Bryce, Michelle Beattie and Zihao Huang.

Head to our Library Facebook album for more photos from the event.

We’d like to thank our sponsors Red Bull, Microsoft, Grove Juice and Home Fresh Organics, for helping keep our students fed, hydrated, awake and engaged during the event!


How to submit your assignment online

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At university, you’ll have an array of different types of assessments: written assignments, quizzes, oral presentations, exams, those dreaded group assignments, etc.

If you’ve got a written assignment, we’re sure you’ll agree that the easiest part of the process is submitting it. At Griffith, submission for these types of assessment is online, so you don’t even have to leave your computer!

We’ll guide you through the process below, though it’s super important that once you have submitted your assignment you obtain a digital receipt of your submission. This proves that yes, you totally did submit that assignment, in case (heaven forbid) anything may go wrong.

How to submit

At Griffith, all assignment submission is online. Simply head to Learning@Griffith, load up your course site and locate the submission point (you’ll find it under the relevant Assessment folder in the left hand menu).

While the method of submission depends on what your course convener has chosen, the main two essay submission assessment tools used at Griffith are Turnitin and the Blackboard Assignment tool (this includes SafeAssign). They are pretty straightforward to use, but if you need further assistance check out these guides:

Once you’ve clicked the Submit button, it’s important to check your assessment has been uploaded correctly and that you submitted the correct file. It’s best to do this straight away, because sometimes the Submission Point may get closed later, after the due date for example. To do so:

  • In Turnitin, after you see the digital receipt popup window (and have printed/saved a copy), open the file to check it. From your Submission Inbox you can either click on the title of your file or on the pencil icon. Check that your file uploaded properly.
  • In the Blackboard Assignment tool, after you see the successful submission message at the top of the page, you will now be able to see the file you have submitted on screen. At this point, ensure that the file is uploaded and can be read (if it is a text file).

The Assessment Submission and Return Procedures Policy states that for assessment tasks submitted electronically ‘the student is responsible for the files being able to be opened and viewed’, so don’t get caught out.

Get your digital receipt!

Once you’ve submitted your assignment, we really recommend you get a digital receipt. It provides solid proof that you did submit your assignment.

In Turnitin, a digital receipt will appear in a popup window when you have submitted an assignment successfully. It is a great idea to print and/or save a copy of this receipt.

In the Blackboard Assignment tool, you will get a ‘Submission received’ email after successful submission of your assignment. You can also check under the Submitted tab in your My Marks area to see submission receipts for any assignments submitted via this tool.

Need further help?

If you do encounter any issues during the submission process (or post submission), you can easily access the Support Centre in Learning@Griffith by clicking the little red tag with ? at the top right of your screen, or contact the IT Service Centre (contact details at the bottom of the page) for further assistance.


Where to save your files

Have you ever worked tirelessly on an essay, then realised the file wasn’t saved where you thought it was and you couldn’t locate it? If you have, you’ll know the awful feeling and consequent panic.

To avoid disaster, ensure you’re saving your files in a secure place. If you’re using one of our common-use computers, we recommend saving your work to H:/Drive and/or your USB stick.

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.

If you’re using one of our library laptops, you’ll need to use FileWay to access H:/Drive.

You can also access these files from home, though you will need to login to Griffith’s VPN first.

You get a quota of 50 MB storage space for H:/Drive.

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.

Available computers on campus

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What do our libraries have a lot of? Besides books, silly…

Computers! We have desktop computers for student use, and laptops for student borrowing. Then outside the library, you’ll find a plethora of common-use computer labs at every campus. In fact, we even have 24/7 computer labs.

Find out all computer lab locations (including which ones are 24 hours) here. You can even 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.

In addition, they will often have many of the course related software you require. Software may vary between locations, and you can check out the full list of available software on computers here.

Sometimes you require specialised software or hardware for your course that isn’t provided on common use computers. In these instances, your School may provide access to this through School-based computer labs (for further info about these facilities, contact your school).

Check out our student computing page for more information on using our computers.