Short library system outage tonight – we’re upgrading!

We’re making some improvements to our library system!

To do so, there will be a short outage and all My Account features will not be available from approximately midnight tonight until 2 am tomorrow (Thursday 20 September).

This outage should have minimal impact – the library catalogue and reading lists will be available and access to electronic resources will not be interrupted. However access to print resources may be interrupted.

Ace your referencing with our Referencing Tool

Even though referencing may seem a monumental task, it is important for many reasons. It shows what you have read, enables your reader to locate your referred sources, supports and strengthens your argument and

demonstrates academic integrity. It’s also an essential part of many assignments.

If thinking about referencing seems overwhelming, it’s OK. To make the task easier, Griffith University has developed a Referencing Tool.

And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to use!

  1. 1. Select the reference style.
  2. 2. Select the media type.
  3. 3. Select the format.

Then BAM – the tool provides you an example. For both the in-text citation and the reference list entry.

This tool is also mobile device friendly for any ‘on the move’ referencing queries.

If you’re still feeling a bit perplexed, check out our Study Smart guide to referencing.

Happy referencing!

4 health and fitness magazines to check out in PressReader

Being a student can be stressful. It’s important you take care of your health and wellness while you’re studying to maintain a balanced lifestyle. This includes eating well, fitting in some exercise, having balance in your life and taking care of your mental health.

It can also be tough on your bank balance. So, why not utilise the library’s subscription to PressReaderPressReader is an online newspaper and magazine app chock full of domestic and international newspapers and magazines. Like the four health and fitness magazines we’ve listed below. 

Women’s Health Australia

A magazine for active women after a balanced and healthy lifestyle. It has empowering articles to help women take control of their lives – physically and emotionally, the latest research, information on exercise and diet, mindfullness and balance, skincare, relationships, careers and more.

Men’s Fitness

Find the latest fitness trends and tips. Get advice and articles on how to be your personal best. You’ll find information on health and nutrition, travel and adventure, sports, cars, relationships, the latest fitness trends, achieve personal balance and more.


A women’s health and fitness magazine. You’ll find articles on motivation, tips to increase self-esteem and energy levels, achieving better overall health, nutrition, training guides, health, fashion, lifestyle and more.

Amazing Wellness

In-depth information on a variety of natural health topics. Get a better understanding of dietary supplements. Find content on vitamins and minerals, herb education, nutrient research, holistic beauty, everyday fitness and recipes.

Have you checked out our Study Smart tutorial yet?

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When it comes to study skills, the library is here to help!

Our online Study Smart tutorial covers everything from preparing for university, writing assignments, acing exams and even selling yourself on social media.

Take a look from start to finish, or pick and choose the information that will help you.

Study Smart includes the following topics:

You can even quiz yourself at the end, to test your understanding of academic writing.

Need more help? You’ll also find helpful links to other online training and support, such as:

  • Microsoft Virtual Academy – free online training in the various versions of Microsoft Office. Step-by-step instructions and videos are available in Word, Excel and other Microsoft Office products that allow you to improve your digital skills.
  • Smarthinking – a free 24/7 online tutoring service available to all Griffith students seeking advice on improving their writing skills. Students can also submit their assignment draft for review and receive a response in 24 hours.

Subscribe to our newsletter for some research Insight

Are you a budding researcher? Want to know about latest news on innovation, technology, events, library resources, online tools, research and workshops?

Well, then you definitely want to check out our Insight newsletter.

Insight is a monthly newsletter aimed at our Griffith researchers and academics, full of interesting and enlightening information.

Learn more about our research staff by reading the monthly academic profile. Or stay up to date with the latest research workshops and training.

Maybe you want to further develop your research skills, and would like to check our posts such as Hone your academic writing with a storyboard and 3 awesome research tools available in SAGE.

Keep up to date with tech info such as 10 simple ways to keep your home cyber safe, have some reading about Beautiful libraries from around the world, or find 3 free apps to help you reduce your energy consumption

Keen? You can view Insight stories here. Don’t forget to subscribe to the monthly newsletter by clicking Subscribe today at the top right hand side of the page!

Streamline your research process with our Library Guides

Our Library Guides will help guide you in the right direction for your research!

Here, in the library, we’re a big fan of anything that makes researching more efficient.

That’s why our Discipline Librarians have created Library Guides for you.

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 business and government, or further narrow your selection to a specific subject, such as marketing.

All the key databases you’ll need for your research will be, literally, just a click away!

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

What is critical thinking?

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Did you know that critical thinking is not synonymous with being negative and critical? Critical thinking could involve criticizing an argument, but it’s more than that. It’s thoughtfully reasoned consideration.

Want some more help? Check out these critical thinking resources:

Critical thinking (online guide)
Griffith University Library
Provides advice and links to resources.

5 tips to improve your critical thinking (video)
Samantha Agoos describes a 5-step process that may help you with any number of problems.

Critical thinking (video)
A look at some of the principles of critical thinking.

Critical thinking: a concise guide (book)
Tracy Bowell and Gary Kemp
Routledge, 2015
This book provides you with the tools to become a successful critical thinker; one who can act and believe in accordance with good reasons, and who can articulate and make explicit those reasons.

Critical thinking skills for dummies (eBook)
Cohen, Martin
John Wiley & Sons, 2015
Offering expert guidance on sound reasoning and textual analysis, this accessible and friendly book provides hands-on, lively, and fun exercises that you can put to work today to improve your arguments and pin down key issues.

A practical guide to critical thinking: deciding what to do and believe (eBook)
Hunter, David, A.
John Wiley & Sons, 2014
Pursuing an interdisciplinary approach to critical thinking, this book is a unique presentation of the formal strategies used when thinking through reasons and arguments in many areas of expertise.