Research online with eBooks

It’s that time of trimester. We’re sure you’re all buckling down, and working hard on all your upcoming assignments (not procrastinating and watching Netflix, right?).

You’re probably doing quite a bit of research, and while our libraries are wonderful places, we get that sometimes you’d rather be at home.

This is where our eResources come in handy! We have an array of journal articles and eBooks that you can access from home to help you with your research.

You can search for journal articles, databases, eBooks, and more by clicking inside the library catalogue and filtering the search parameters.

While we have eResources for all disciplines, we have recently enabled access to over 8 900 new titles published from 2015 to 2017 in the following Springer Collections:

  • Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Medicine

To access these specific eBooks, simply:

  • Jump onto the library website
  • Click inside the library catalogue, to filter the search to books on the left hand side, and then electronic only from the drop down menu
  • Type in your search terms in the main text field. Use the keywords “springer”, and one of the collection names names listed above, for example “engineering” and start browsing.

Happy researching!

Meet your library staff: Stuart Lambert

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, Stuart Lambert.

Quick overview

  • Find me at:  Mainly at the College of Art and Mount Gravatt campuses in the library.
  • What I do: I work on the front desk helping students and staff with various issues. These can include wireless support, referencing help, printing issues, etc… I also help with back office duties (mainly attending to digital channels).
  • My Griffith story: At the time of writing this I have only been with Griffith for a little over two months and thoroughly enjoying every minute. Griffith has great opportunities to progress your career, it’s up to the individual to make it happen.

Steal Stuart’s widsom

  • Best study tip for students: PLANNING! At the beginning of each trimester do a table in Excel that outlines what assessment tasks you will be doing, how much they’re worth, and most importantly when each assessment is due. Stick it on your wall at home in front of your study desk (don’t just rely on reminders in your calendar). Being able to study effectively will flow from this first initial step. Also, if you are going to procrastinate (as we all do at times when we need a bit of a break) at least do something useful like some housework or exercise, you won’t feel as guilty and hence be more focused.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: The biggest blunder I see students making is leaving their assignment to the very last minute, and I mean still working on it an hour before it’s due. What I did when going through uni to avoid this common mistake is set a personal due date (in your mind) and have everything finished and submitted one day before the actual due date. You never know when computers will fail or printing systems will be down, so don’t leave it to the last minute.
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: I know everyone says this, but anyway, buy shares in Apple! When I was 18 they were less than $1.50 per share.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: How to find solutions to most problems, or where to find the information. Also, how to find my way around the Griffith Conservatorium (no wait, I’m still learning that).

Get to know Stuart

  • Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, Analytical, Logical.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: A Jockey, but then I realised I really don’t like horses enough (or racing) so probably not a great career choice.
  • Greatest accomplishment: Buying my first house. And currently working on purchasing my second.
  • Fun fact: When I was a child I broke my arm (by falling out of bed).

Is your email address safe?

You shop online using PayPal with complete confidence, don’t click on funny looking attachments, and are pretty certain that no, that Nigerian prince does not want to marry you.

You may think, ‘yeah, cyber hacks happen, but I’m careful, so they won’t happen to me.’ But, we ask you, please: be vigilant like Batman. Make your cyber world Batman’s Gotham City.

Recently, a cybersecurity researcher discovered a ‘spambot’ (tool for sending spam), comprising of an open and accessible server in the Netherlands which contains 711 million credentials including email addresses, some with passwords, collected from various data breaches.

Obviously you want to be like Batman (who wouldn’t?), so of course, you should be vigilant and check that your email address isn’t on this list.

It’s easy too – just visit Have I been Pwned and type in your email to check.

We’re also quite aware that it’s the 21st century, and most people have more than one email (personal, uni, your old hotmail from high school with a username you’d like to forget). Again, be vigilant – check them all!

Griffith is being vigilant too. Our Cybersecurity team has investigated and no Griffith University system has been compromised in this attack. However, a number of Griffith University email addresses were found on the Spambot list.

What does this mean? Basically, your Griffith account should be safe, unless you are in the habit of using the same password for Griffith systems as you use for external sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, web forums etc, or are in the habit of reusing the same password or a small group of passwords in rotation over and over again.

If this is the case and you do use the same password at Griffith as you do for other non-Griffith systems, please change your Griffith password immediately.

For more information on how to stay safe online, check out our Cyber Security webpage.

How EndNote can help with referencing

Overwhelmed by referencing?

Referencing is an essential skill to have as a uni student.

We know, it can be pedantic: where to italicise, where to put a comma (wait, was it a comma, or a full stop?!), whether to capatalise or not….

When you start out, we recommend you use our Referencing Tool. This will help you get the hang of referencing, and what your citation should look like.

But you may get to the stage where you’re writing extensive literature reviews or maybe even a research thesis. Where you can reference APA and AGPS Harvard off the top of your head (a skill I have mastered, and am a little too proud of). At this point manually referencing can become tedious and inefficient.

If you’re at this point and haven’t already heard of EndNote, you probably want to take a look at it.

EndNote is Griffith’s recommended bibliographic management software, and can be used 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.

The best part is that it updates and syncs. 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.

As a Griffith staff member or student you can download EndNote for free from Griffith’s Software Download Service. Find out more about using EndNote here.

Using stats and need some last minute help… STAT?

Do you need to analyse stats in your classes this semester? SAGE can help get you over the line with that final assignment or upcoming exam.
With exams just around the corner, you may need all the help you can get (because of course you pre-planned your whole semester and don’t need any extra help… right?).

Even if you’re not currently studying stats, but statistical analysis really floats your boat (no judgement from us), this is a great tool to help you further develop your skills.

SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of datasets to support independent learning of data analysis skills. They are particularly useful for practicing quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences.

The datasets are obtained from real research projects, but edited and cleaned for teaching purposes and usability.

Each dataset is accompanied by a short and clear description of the data, and easy to follow instructions on how to apply the research method.

SAGE also has a range of accompanying tools to support the use of these datasets. Some particularly helpful tools are:

  • Methods Map: you can explore the research methods terrain, read definitions of key terminology, and discover content relevant to your research methods journey.
  • Project Planner: this tool helps you plan out and progress through the stages of your research project. When you click on the link to the stage you are at it will give you a breakdown of the components of the stage, with links to further readings.
  • Which Stats Test: this tool helps you to narrow down the range of options for statistical testing though answering a series of questions, and help you decide on the most pertinent test for to use for your project.

Take a look at the SAGE Research Methods website for further tools and information

Meet your library staff: Matthew Taylor

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, Matthew Taylor.

Quick overview

  • Find me at: Logan campus library.
  • What I do: Frontline Library Services – help students find resources and troubleshoot their problems away.
  • My Griffith story: In 2015 I completed a two weeks practicum at the Gold Coast campus library and was lucky enough to be offered a job afterwards by the wonderful Julie Aslett.

Steal Matthew’s widsom

  • Best study tip for students: Scaffold your assignment – break your assignment up into small pieces, plan each section out and ensure you are making a cohesive argument by bringing it all together.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: Not asking for help soon enough. Never be afraid to ask for help, University staff want you to succeed.
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: Grow up quicker 😉 and don’t waste your money on cars.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: Learning is a life long adventure and if you work in a field you enjoy then it is never a chore.

Get to know Matthew

  • Describe yourself in three words: Unassuming, considerate, rational.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: A professional athlete or a race car driver.
  • Greatest accomplishment: Raising a 15 year old daughter that I am incredibly proud of.
  • Fun fact: Doing things that scare you will make you happier.

The lowdown on booking group study spaces

The season for group assignments is now. Like winter, it was sadly inevitable. But the good news is, there are ways to make this group study season your best yet.

There are the classic obvious ways, such as bringing snacks and/or coffee to help kickstart the brainstorming. Picking a good group of people you know you work well with is another great one. And if all else fails you can try trust falls* to get that group cohesion happening.

And for the best space to do your best work, Griffith libraries all have private group study rooms.

These rooms are specifically geared to aid group study, coming complete with whiteboards to scribble all your genius ideas down at a size everyone can read, and comfy chairs for all. Selected rooms even have video-conferencing capabilities. Go on and try it, it’ll be like an episode of Community…well maybe not quite.

To book a room for up to two hours at time:

  • Go to the library’s Study page:
  • Scroll down to the red Bookable group study spaces block
  • Click the Book your space link
  • Select the campus you want, click on the time desired, and follow the prompts to submit your booking

The next step is all you (and your group). Get studying, get writing and get that awesome grade. Happy group working!

*Please don’t try trust falls