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 a head start with our Earlybird workshops

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our Earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 1, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university

Get an overview of university culture and expectations, and learn some helpful strategies for managing your time and studying effectively. Beginning the trimester with a head start on study and time management will make a world of difference, we promise!

Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.

Researching and Referencing for your assignments

Being able to research and reference is a kinda crucial part of uni. If this seems daunting, come along to this workshop. You’ll gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Check out the times, dates, and locations, come along to a workshop, and start trimester one prepared for success!


How to become a referencing pro

It’s a word that often sends shudders down the spines of students: referencing.

We see so many students leave referencing until the very last minute, then scramble to organise all of their references and cite them correctly. It often seems like a daunting, confusing task.

But we’re about to drop a truth bomb that you’re probably not going to believe: It’s not that scary.

Really. Please believe us. Kinda like riding a bike or pretending your problems don’t exist, once you get the hang of it, it’s a skill you’ll keep.

Then you can totally impress the next person you’re trying to pick up with your ability to correctly cite the closest book using AGPS Harvard off the top of your head. Oh, are we the only ones who find that attractive?…

So, how do you take the steps to master this skill?

As an undergraduate student where you’re generally writing shorter assignments (I know, 2000 words isn’t that short – but hey, it’s shorter than a dissertation!) we suggest you use our referencing tool to guide you with your referencing.

The referencing tool is designed to provide you with examples of direct quotations, paraphrasing and full references for a range of resources you may have used when researching a topic. Over time you’ll build up your skills in this area, and know what a reference should look like.

As you move towards more lengthy assignments, research papers, and so forth, you may be struggling to stay on top of the massive array of resources you’ve used.

Enter: EndNote.

EndNote is Griffith’s recommended bibliographic management software, and enables you 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 citations in one place, and insert them straight into your document. 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.

Best part – it updates. 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.

Ok, another best part. It’s free!

To get EndNote, follow the instructions on the EndNote page to download it.

For more information on referencing, check out our referencing study smart page.


Changes to Gold Coast and South Bank library hours this weekend

 

We all know the importance of maintenance. Maintaining your grades, your fitness levels, your meme game…

We also need to maintain our buildings! To do so, our QCA and Gold Coast Libraries will have changes in opening hours over this weekend.

Saturday 20 January

  • QCA library will be closed all day. Now, if you were planning to trek into South Bank today to visit the library, don’t fret! QCGU library will be open longer hours–9 am to 5 pm–to account for the QCA closure.

Sunday 21January

  • Gold Coast library will be opening late, at 12 pm (instead of the usual 10 am) due to an Energex electricity outage. Good news is that it’s business as usual from midday, and you can come enjoy the air con, library spaces and see our wonderful smiling faces.

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!


Science research student? Check out these Open Access journals

Have you heard of Open Access? If so, you already know what a marvellous initiative it is. And, if you’re one of our super smart research students, than you should definitely consider submitting your research to some Open Access journals. Share the love, share the knowledge and together we can create amazing things!

Quite a few science Open Access journals were pioneers in the domain of Open Access and are worth considering when searching for places to submit your research article. Some to consider are:

PLOS (Public Library of Service)
All PLOS publications are peer-reviewed, you can even check out a full list of titles of that PLOS publishes. These include:

BioMed Central
BioMed Central have an extensive list of quality journals, including:

Dovepress
Dovepress (a New Zealand-based publisher) also publish a range of open access journals in the biomedical and technical fields. They include:

You can check the peer review status of all of these journals on UlrichsWeb. Don’t forget, we’re always here to help. If you need a touch more guidance, or are confused about finding an appropriate journal to publish in, book an appointment with your Discipline Librarian or attend an HDR workshop.