Where to start your research

While Wikipedia is great for giving you a quick understanding of a topic, we don’t recommend you ever use it in an assignment. Effective researching is a critical uni skill. But where should you start? 

Course readings

Course readings are great place to start when doing research for assignments.

Find your course Reading List in Learning@Griffith. It can be found in your course profile, in the Readings section of your course site, or by searching for your course here.

Reading Lists provide you with links to online resources (eBooks, journal articles, web pages), or to the Library catalogue so you can find print resources.

Library catalogue

The Library catalogue is a great place to search for resources.

From books, journal articles and videos to conference proceedings, newspaper articles and online documents, the Library catalogue has it all, and more!

It lets you search for a huge number of resources in one place – the search box on the library home page.

Databases

To find specialised information, you will need to use online search tools, like the Library databases.

You can search databases to find specialised resources, such as:

The library also has databases for different disciplines. So if you require information on a business, law, education, health, science or social science topic, there is a database for you.

Not sure which database to search for your discipline? Check out our handy library guides.

Google Scholar

Now, you’ve probably used Google to search for information before. Whether it was for academic, work or recreational purposes, we all know how helpful the search engine can be.

But did you know Google has an academic search engine? Google Scholar is a search engine which searches a wide variety of sources including academic online journals, conference papers, dissertations, technical reports and books.

You can even use Google Scholar to find academic resources at Griffith University. It’s as simple as changing a setting. Head to the About Google Scholar webpage to find out how.

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myGriffith: it’s your student portal

Photo of a girl sitting on the floor with a laptop

myGriffith is the starting point for everything at Griffith. It’s your student portal which is personalised to you and can be accessed on any device, anywhere, anytime.

Here’s 3 things on the myGriffith homepage we thought you should know about:

Messages

Never miss out on official Griffith University correspondence again! Check the Messages section on the myGriffith homepage to find about, well, everything a student needs to know.

From upcoming events and workshops to system outages and networking opportunities, you’ll be notified in myGriffith Messages.

Also, be sure to check other channels of university communication, like your student email, and Griffith University social media. You’ll be a veritable fount of information!

My schedule

It’s kind of a bummer when you miss a class, an exam or key date. Wouldn’t it be super helpful if all this important stuff was listed somewhere online for you?

Well, actually it is. It’s in the My schedule section of the myGriffith homepage. It will tell you what classes you are enrolled in, when they start and where they are.

It will also let know about upcoming key dates, such as the deadline to add a course for the trimester.

My courses

Need to access your course profile? You can find a list of your enrolled courses, as well as links to the relevant course profiles, in the My courses section.

You really can’t miss it – it’s smack bang in the middle of the homepage. And if you want to find your lecture notes or course readings for the week, you can just click the Learning@Griffith link directly below My courses.

For assistance with myGriffith, check out the myGriffith Student Support page. It contains a handy user guide and support contact details.


Do you know about the Referencing Tool?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an online tool that could help you structure your references? As luck would have it, there is. And it was developed by the best University ever! Your University. Griffith University.

Meet the Griffith University Referencing Tool.

Using the referencing tool is as easy as 1, 2, 3! You simply select your reference style, media type and format and the handy little tool will give you an example for both the in-text citation and reference list entry.

It’s quite genius really. And the big news is, the tool recently had a makeover. And not just cosmetic either.

Yes, it does look prettier (which to be honest is always important) but it also has improved functionality.

It’s now mobile device friendly so you can reference on the go. Are you pondering how to reference that journal article while you are on the train?

Simply, whip out your mobile phone, open the referencing tool, and get the answer you need.

Do you need to print out a referencing example from the tool? You totally can. The redeveloped tool now gives you further printing options. We know you still like to consult a print copy once in awhile (#oldschool).

For those of you who used the old referencing tool, don’t worry. The new one still has the same layout so you won’t have to relearn how to use it (not that it’s hard!).


The lowdown on available software

You’ve probably heard: we’ve got a bunch of computers around campus, just waiting for you to plonk yourself in front of and start smashing out some assignments.

While they’re all loaded up with the standard software – MS Office, Adobe, and various internet browsers – further applications vary between locations.

So, before you settle in for an afternoon of work in the G11 computer lab check it actually has the software you need. You can find a comprehensive list of current computer lab software applications here.

Some areas of study do have specialist software, and in this case your school will provide access to this. For access to specialised labs, contact your school.

Now, if you’re more of the study-from-home type (hey, it’s so cold, we don’t blame you for wanting to be under the doona), you can download a great range of software for home use.  

You can download the following software for home use through the Software Download Service:

  • doPDF
  • EndNote
  • Naive
  • Leximancer
  • SAS
  • SPSS (note: an annual subscription fee applies)
  • Symantec Endpoint Protection

And, if you’ve been living under a rock (read: haven’t visited us at a market day stall or followed our social media), don’t forget you can download Microsoft Office 365 for University for free.

You can find further information on the Available Software webpage.


How to print, scan, and copy

Photo of a printer

As a student, you can print, scan, and copy on campus.

If you’re brand new, you’ll need to set up a printing account. You can easily do this at any Red Kiosk (located in your Griffith library and most computer labs), or by visiting the friendly staff at any library service desk.

You’ll just need your student number and some money to add to your account. Oh, and you’ll be asked to select a 4-digit PIN.

Once that’s done, you’re all set to:

Print
You can send jobs to print from any Griffith common-use computer, or wirelessly from your own device. And the good news is you can pick up your print job from any Multi-Function-Device (MFD) on campus. That’s right, any MFD on campus! How much does it cost to print an A4 page? That’s a good question. Check out the Student Printing Costs page for a price list.

Scan
Scanning is free for all Griffith students and available on all MFDs. Scanned contents will automatically be sent to your student email in PDF form.

Copy
Do you need to photocopy pages from a textbook or your friend’s awesome lecture notes? The library has your back. Our MFD’s are multifunctional (funny, that) and allow you to make as many copies as you need (or can afford). What do you mean you only need one? Party pooper.

Head to the Student Printing page to find out how to print, scan, and copy. While you are at, also check your print balance online. There’s nothing worse, than being caught short!

And once you’ve finished your studies and no longer need your printing account, you can claim any remaining print credit back. Score!


Download the Griffith App to make your time at uni easier

Griffith App screen

Are you new to Griffith and finding trying to navigate your way around campus harder than trying to get an Ed Sheeran song out of your head? Or maybe you’ve been here a few years yet still cringe at the thought of finding those obscure buildings like N72.

Do you wish there was a way to find locations of available computers before you turn up to the computer lab and notice all the seats taken?

If this is you, it sounds like you don’t have the Griffith App on your smartphone. In which case you better get on it, stat!

The Griffith App is full of useful and time-saving features, including:

  • Ask Us: find instant answers to your all burning questions (well, maybe not all, that’s what Siri’s for, right? But we’ve got most of your Griffith-related queries covered!)
  • Computers: save time by checking where available computers are in labs across campuses first
  • Directory: need to contact your lecturer? Simply search the Griffith phone directory
  • Email: easily access your student email
  • Emergency: feel safe with quick access to emergency phone numbers and websites
  • Events: stay up to date with compiled event information for a range of university calendars
  • Blackboard Mobile Learn: easily access your course content
  • Library: look up library hours, search for resources and place holds
  • Maps: never get lost again with Google maps of each campus that show building locations
  • Transit: browse bus schedules and find out when buses are coming or going
  • GriffithPAY: access the 24 hour shop for Griffith products
  • CareerBoard: prepare for your career and search job vacancies on CareerBoard
  • Textbooks: get organised and search for your textbooks via Griffith’s Textbook Exchange or the Co-op Bookshop Textbook Search

The app is available for both Apple iOS and Android devices, from the App Store or Google play.

While this super handy app has been around for a few years, we have a committed team who regularly update it to ensure it stays super handy. In fact, they’ve only just released a new version.

So check it out and let us know what you think – there’s a Feedback option in the app just waiting for your suggestions, which will be incorporated into the next app update! 


4 things to do when you finish exams

Celebrate. Sleep. Netflix. Repeat. Duh!

Some things are just obvious, right? We don’t need to tell you to have fun, relax and catch up on all the things you couldn’t do (without guilt) during the trimester.

But just in case you are waiting for us to do just that: have that house party, take a nine-hour nana nap, and watch all the seasons of Game of Thrones (again).

Now, that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about the 4 things you should do AFTER all of that (because Trimester 2 starts in two short weeks).

1. Sell your books

Did you know that Griffith has a Textbook Exchange? It’s a free service provided by the Welfare & Student Liaison Office for students and staff of Griffith University to buy or sell their secondhand textbooks.

2. Get organised

Clean out your backpack, clear your study desk and file away your Trimester 1 paraphernalia (study notes, assignments, research papers etc). Remember, future you may find this stuff useful in the, um, future.

It’s also a good time to think about the year ahead. Add Important dates from the academic calendar to your planner, Google calendar or diary so you don’t get caught out.

3. Make improvements

No doubt you’re aware your grades for this Trimester are released on Wednesday 28 June.

If you have a sneaking suspicion that you didn’t achieve the levels of academic awesomeness that you’d hoped for, hatch a plan to fix this for next Trimester.

What can you do? Get feedback from your lecturers and tutors, find out how Student Services can support you, or attend a free Earlybird workshop offered by the library.

4. Update your social media

No, we don’t mean you should go crazy with your Facebook posts, Insta pics or Snapchat videos. Although, by all means, go for it.

We are talking about your professional accounts. Yes, it’s time to give a little love to your LinkedIn and use social media to sell yourself.

Did you complete an internship, join a professional association, win an academic award or score a casual job during T1? Tell potential employers by updating your LinkedIn profile.