Psssst! Not everything in the library is serious and scholarly! We have some pretty awesome stuff that you can enjoy between assignments.
One of our most popular resources is an online newspaper and magazine app called PressReader. It’s full of domestic and international newspapers you may find useful for university assessments that have a current affairs focus.
It also has a bunch of magazines you could actually contemplate reading… for fun! Do you remember fun? It’s a merry, carefree feeling you have when there are no assessments or exams looming in the near future. You are staring blankly at the screen now, aren’t you?
Below are four fun magazines you might like to take a squiz at in your spare time (‘What is that?’, we hear you ask!).
Marie Claire has a carefully curated mix of content on style and substance. It includes intelligent feature articles, entertaining sections on wellness, lifestyle and work and news on the latest fashion, shopping and beauty trends.
GamesMaster brings you the latest information on the funnest, biggest and most interesting video games around. It includes independent reviews of games across all platforms and devices, exclusive features and hands-on previews.
Top Gear magazine is based on the hit TV show with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. A must-read for car fanatics, it includes interviews with the show presenters, car model profiles, car reviews, tips on general maintenance and info on the best car products. Find feature articles on celebrity vehicles, famous drivers, vehicles put to the test in extreme conditions and more (including The Stig, of course!).
A must-read for any guitar player, Guitarist magazine has interesting and insightful interviews and features with famous guitar players. It also includes in-depth reviews on guitars, amps and effects, technical advice on guitar equipment, guitar music reviews, sections on playing technique, guitar lessons with tabs and more.
Do you know what this week is? Well, aside from being the week season 8 of Archer is released on Netflix and second-last teaching week of the trimester, it’s Library and Information Week!
Library and Information Week is all about raising the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia and showcasing the resources, facilities, events and services we have to offer.
While we know our students appreciate our libraries, we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you just how wonderful we are. We’ve got:
We’re often hosting fun events, like the Hackathon, Music in the Library and our recent Human Library. In fact, we’re even running a Library Week competition. This year’s Library and Information Week theme is find yourself in a library. Well, we want you to find the Millennium Falcon in our library! Follow the online clues and win a $50 Event Cinemas gift card.
We have books, a lot of books. And computers so you can check your MyGriffith, access online databases, use software, and—let’s be honest—probably check your social media. You can even borrow a laptop.
We’ve got myriad facilities including quiet and social study zones, computer labs, toilets (yeah, they’re kind of a necessity) and bookable group study rooms
Did you know we even got Google to come and film our libraries? You can actually take a virtual tour of our libraries. If you haven’t checked it out, you should (it’s pretty cool).
And good news for you, our libraries will soon be open extended hours for study and exam weeks! Check out our opening hours here.
You’ll find friendly staff behind all our library desks (why not check out their online profiles?). They are there to help you with any library questions you may have.
Are you a postgraduate student or Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate? Wondering how to get the skills to achieve at University? The Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules are the resources you need!
The online training modules will help you navigate your way through the research cycle. There are three sections: discover, manage and publish. Each section will help you build your knowledge base and direct you to additional resources.
The Discover section is a ‘pre-flight check’ to help you focus on conducting independent research using Griffith University library resources. It will also teach you how to keep up-to-date in your field. You can get an overview on:
- Research questions
- How to find the literature you need
- Authors and alerts
- How to use the literature
Manage looks at best practices and tools for managing your information and research data. It includes tips on how to organise and manage your literature. Find sections on:
- Organising your research
- Research integrity
- Managing research data
- Being an author
Publish looks at networks and technologies to support collaboration with other researchers, find the best publishing outlets, measure research impact and discover opportunities for research funding. There’s info on:
- How to get published
- Scholarly impact
- Obtaining funding
If you need further support, you can book a one-hour one-on-one session with a library specialist.
Have you ever spent ages researching, only to run out of time or lose sight of the overall picture by the time you are ready to write your assignment?
Could it be that your literature review has taken too long to finalise or your research has moved away from the core of the assignment question?
If you are collaborating with other students, maybe your group members have unknowingly moved their focus. You realise the deadline is looming and you need to present your supervisor or lecturer with a coherent ‘story’.
This is where storyboarding can be of assistance when used from the beginning of your work.
Storyboarding basically comprises laying out the structure of your assignment, before starting to write it. Doing this helps you to capture, organise and compile your thoughts and research, as well as structure your work, right from the beginning.
There are a variety of tools you can use to storyboard your writing.
Scrivener has a free trial and can be purchased for a cheaper subscription if you are a student or academic with an institutional affiliation.
For people who like sticky notes/corkboards, the free Index Cards tool is available on Windows. A similar app called Index Card 4 is downloadable for a small fee on your iPhone and iPad. If you use both Mac OS and iOS devices, Index Card 4 can also sync projects with the Scrivener app for Mac, making it easy to capture ideas on your iPhone/iPad while on the run and sync them with your Mac computer later.
There are many more apps available. Have a look at this recent teachthought blog post for a list of 11 storyboarding apps for writers.
One’s smaller and encompasses the essentials (i.e. only sources you have referred to), while the other’s more expansive with smuggling compartments and cargo bays full of information (i.e. everything you’ve used to help with your assignment).
Let us spell it out, without the Star Wars terminology:
- Generally contain only sources you have cited in-text as part of your assignment.
- Are generally a list of all the sources you have used. In addition to listing the sources you cited in-text, you also list resources that you read to generate your ideas about the topic.
Most referencing styles used at Griffith use a reference list (i.e. APA 6 and Harvard), although some use a bibliography (i.e. Chicago 16A).
Sometimes, the two terms are used interchangeably so it is very important to check with your lecturer if you are not sure what is required for your assignment.
For more information, check out the Referencing styles information on the Library Study web page. You can also take a look at the Referencing Tool providing examples for in-text and reference lists according to AGPS Harvard, APA 6 and Vancouver styles.
Are you finding it hard to find the information you need for your assignment? Are you spending more time trying to research than Troy from Married at First Sight spends taking selfies?
Never fear! Our librarians are here to save you.
They have worked hard to compile all the databases and key information resources you’ll need for your subject area into one centralised area.
Simply visit our borrowing and resources library page and select your subject area under Library guides.
You can select a broad area, such as Health, to see all relevant databases. Or you can further narrow your selection to a specific discipline area, such as Nursing and Midwifery for more detailed information.
Using the resources in these subject guides can help ensure you’re finding information relevant to your specific subject area.
For example, if you wanted to find information on the chemistry of heavy metals, you’d take a squiz at the Chemistry guide. However, if you wanted to find information on the musical genre of heavy metal, you’d want to be looking at the Music guide.
For further help with researching, check out our Study Smart tutorial.
When it comes to finding resources for university assignments, you need to consider how authoritative the source is. Basically, there are three types of sources based on level of authority: scholarly, peer reviewed, and non-scholarly.
It is your responsibility to find out which type of source to use for your assignment.
Scholarly sources are usually written by academics or researchers who are experts in their area of research.
These researchers have authority in their field and produce highly credible work. Their work is a more reliable source of information than non-scholarly sources.
The most common scholarly source is a journal article. A journal is like a scholarly magazine. It focuses on a particular subject area, contains articles written by academic experts, and is written for an audience of experts.
Some books can also be considered a scholarly resource. Books which are written by academic experts for an academic audience are likely to be scholarly sources.
Peer-reviewed sources are one of the most reliable sources of information. Peer-reviewed journal articles, also known as refereed journal articles, go through a process of review by one or more experts in the field of study before publication.
How do you find peer reviewed sources? Well, if you are using the Griffith University Library Catalogue, you can select the Peer-Reviewed/Refereed materials checkbox in the Advanced Search.
You can also search Ulrich’s Web to check the journal’s status. It provides information about published journals, including status as a scholarly, academic journal.
Although scholarly and peer-reviewed sources are often the focus for university assignments, you still may need to use information from a non-academic author.
Non-scholarly sources include those not written for an academic audience, like newspaper articles, government reports, magazines and most web sites – including Wikipedia.
These sources can be a great place to find background information about a topic, but it is important to evaluate your sources so that you are using reliable and accurate information.