Your reading lists have gotten a facelift!

An essential part of uni is caffeine study, and an important aspect of staying on top of course content is ensuring you are completing any assigned readings. Luckily, Griffith have made keeping on top of this super easy by ensuring all of your course readings are in one easily accessible place.

Under your course in Learning@Griffith, you’ll see a Readings link in the left hand menu. This will direct you to your course reading list. Here, you’ll find all your course readings clearly laid out. If you’re a returning student we’re sure you’re pretty familiar with this.

However, when you check your trimester 1 reading lists from today (14 February) onwards, you’re gonna see a brand new, modern interface.

For newbies, you will be able to get started right away planning your study and accessing your readings. And returning students–you’ll be able to take advantage of all the great functionality you are used to in a more dynamic layout.

Highlights include:

  • More visual with icons, and book jackets (so you can see what the book actually looks like!).
  • A View Online button has replaced the red Online Resource button. Just one click and it’ll take you directly to the online resource.
  • The new dynamic view means you’ll have less clicks to get to all the information you need. For example, if you want to know if the print book is in the library and at which campus, just click on the title to expand the view.
  • You can change the view to the citation style of your choice (super handy when referencing!).
  • Better sizing and functionality on mobile devices.
  • And don’t worry, all the other cool stuff like setting reading intentions, personal notes and exporting to a citation manager are all still there.

Any questions?

Try Ask Us 24/7 or contact our friendly library staff.


Stay connected after you’ve graduated as an Alumni borrower

Exam week is almost over!

If this is your final exam block at Griffith before you graduate: 1) Congratulations!, and 2) We’ll miss you!

You might be wondering what happens to your Griffith access after you graduate. If so, take a squiz at our article where we give you the low-down.

Fantastic news is, just because you’re graduating doesn’t mean you have to leave the Griffith library behind.

You are eligible for an alumni membership which allows you to borrow up to 20 standard loans. And, did we mention it’s free? Just come in to sign up, and you’ll get a yearly membership for free!

You’re also welcome to use our library spaces at any time. For more information, check out what you can borrow as a community member.

Finally, don’t forget to stay connected through Griffith’s Alumni Network.


Get exam ready with Lecture Capture

We know student life can be hard; trying to maintain a part-time job, good grades, a social life and fit in time to sleep? And that’s not even accounting for the vast amount of time that you dedicate to Netflix and looking at memes…

It’s Week 12 already, and you may be feeling a tad exhausted. The good news is that there’re only two weeks until exams, and then you’re done!

With end of trimester fast approaching, we’re sure you want to catch up on any content you may have missed. Or simply revise before final exams.

Did you know you can watch Griffith University lectures online? Yep, you can still lay in bed looking at your screen – just switch it from Netflix to Echo360!!

Using Echo360 Lecture Capture technology, lecturers make digital recordings of course material and deliver it to you via Learning@Griffith.

To access the recordings, simply log in to Learning@Griffith with your Griffith University username and password, and head on over to your course site.

Echo360 has a range of awesome features, including:

  • You can access recordings anywhere and any time.
  • You can take notes alongside the video recordings.
  • You can bookmark important sections – super helpful for revision! Did the lecturer just say this would be on the exam? *bookmark*!
  • You can even increase the speed of which you’re listening to the lecture, if you want to power through it.

The download option allows you to save a copy of the recording files (mp3 and m4v) to your device and play it without an Internet connection.

For more information about Lecture Capture, visit the Lecture Capture webpage. Or if you need IT support, ask the Learning@Griffith Support Centre or contact the IT Service Centre.


Access our range of online resources this break!

While we may be closed over the end of year break, it certainly doesn’t mean that you have to miss out!

If you’re sitting at home, thinking ‘gee the worst part of this holiday is that I can’t visit my favourite place ever, and all the wonderful friendly staff there’ (that’s totally what you’re thinking right? Knew it. We kinda like to be modest about it, but our telepathy skills are almost as good as Karen Smith’s), don’t fret!

Griffith library has a range of online resources you can utilise from home this break!

There’s PressReader, which lets you access a range of magazines and newspapers. In fact, we can even recommend a few for you.

Then there’s our extensive range of eBooks. To search for eBooks, simply click within the library catalogue, select Books, and filter to Electronic only. Now recline in your desk chair (or lay in bed with your laptop/tablet) and read away.

If you’re feeling studious, why not check out our range of databases and keep those cogs in your brain turning.

Our library website is also full of useful information and study tips. You could even brush up on your study skills in prep for 2018 (because that’s your new year’s resolution, right? See, telepathy. Told you).

And, don’t worry, we’ll be back with our smiling faces bright and early on Tuesday 2 January 2018.


Subscribe to the Insight newsletter!

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

Well, then you definitely want to check out our Insight newsletter. It’s 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 How to write a tweetable abstract and 4 ways to open your research, brush up on your email etiquette, keep up to date with fun tech info such as the 25 worst passwords of 2016, or find out Neil deGrasse Tyson’s book recommendations.

Keen? You can subscribe to the Insight newsletter, as well as view past editions.


Mastering your next oral presentaiton

Presenting can be a daunting task. Even with your parents’ well-intended advice of ‘just imagine the crowd in their underwear’, the nerves don’t seem to subside.

So, what can you do to make sure you’re as prepared and ready for your next oral presentation as possible? Let us tell you!

Plan

Begin by unpacking the assignment question. This will help you identify the important issues, concepts, examples and references. You also want to make sure you refer to the marking criteria and assessment description, to ensure your presentation reflects this.

Now consider aspects such as audience (who will be there, how many people, what style of presentation would suit the audience?); venue location, layout and facilities; allocated presentation time; and whether there will be questions during or after the presentation.

Prepare

Now, it’s time to structure your presentation! Presentations follow a similar structural logic to academic writing:

  • Introduction: Introduce the audience to the general topic, your argument or ‘main message’, and the key points of your presentation.
  • Body: These are your key points, arranged in a logical order. Keep explanations and examples brief and relevant. Too much detail is not useful in a presentation.
  • Conclusion: Remind the audience of your ‘main message’ and restate your key points.

Don’t forget your visual aids, though! Selecting and using effective visual aids helps the audience engage with ideas. Think about:

  • What is required. Check the assessment criteria, or talk to your tutor or lecturer.
  • What is available. Will you use software such as PowerPoint, create handouts, or posters?
  • What is most useful. Will the audience benefit from handouts, activities or discussion?

Practice

Once your presentation is prepared, it’s time to practice it! Try practicing in front of friends, other students, your dog or cat – or even the mirror! This will help you to remember the content and structure of your presentation and to prepare for audience participation and activities.

Time yourself during your practices, to ensure your presentation runs within the allocated time limit.

Use your visual aids to help you remember your key points to discuss. You may like to write your key points on small palm cards; these are useful reminders and do not distract the audience as much as sheets of paper.

Most importantly though, the more you practice the lower your stress levels should be on the day!

Present

It’s go time! A few handy tips to remember during your presentation are:

  • Focus on the purpose of the task – keep your focus through the use of effective visual aids, and use palm cards with key points.
  • Try to engage the audience through eye contact, hand gestures and by explaining and referring to visual aids.
  • Be prepared for audience participation, interaction and engagement. Have questions (and potential answers to audience queries) ready, and organise and rehearse any activities beforehand.

5 reasons why you should follow our Instagram

Not only are we the best library blog on the planet, we are even dominating #socialmedia. You see, we’ve got Twitter and Facebook, but today is all about the #Insta!

  1. 1. We care about our #students, give #studytips and remind you referencing is kind of a big deal, with #consequences.
  2. 2. We use our degrees to teach you about native Australian flora such as #wattles being technically a fluorescence, not a flower!
  3. 3. We give some good #motivational advice to help you #succeed with your #studies.
  4. 4. We like #libraries and #librarians even when they aren’t our own and love we kept #oldschoollibrarian photos!
  5. 5. We love #books and #animals – and let’s be honest, if you don’t love those things, should we really be #friends?

In fact, one user said they’ve “been astonished by” our “awesome work for some time” and we are choosing to believe it’s not a bot due to our popularity over QUT Library Instagram!

P.S. We are just playing with you QUT Library, we actually love you guys and the playful rivalry we have together!