Check out our research on men’s health this Movember

By now, you may have noticed an increase in men sporting the beginning stages of a Mo.

No, society isn’t trying to mimic Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins’ style. It’s Movember.

Movember is about raising awareness of men’s health – prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health, with a goal to ‘change the face of men’s health’.

Initially, it started with a group of Australian men growing moustaches to sport throughout the month of November. It has since evolved to become a global event, and you don’t need to grow a Mo to participate. If you want to support the cause, you can:

  • Grow: grow a Mo – your Mo can inspire donations, conversations and real change.
  • Move: move this Movember by walking or running 60 kilometres over the month – that’s 60 km for the 60 men we loose to suicide each hour, every year.
  • Host: raise the roof with a get-together and raise much-needed funds for men’s health.

This Movember, we thought we’d highlight the fantastic research Griffith is doing in the field of men’s health.

Browse all our research on men’s health via Griffith Research Online (GRO), or check out a few of the interesting articles we’ve included below:

Need help with research and publishing?

Griffith University Library is here to help you fly into your research!

We’ve created a Research and Publishing webpage to assist you through this process. The Research and Publishing webpage covers everything from getting started on your research journey to getting published and attaining academic impact.

You’ll find links to:

  • Free workshops on topics like EndNote, developing your academic argument, editing your writing, managing your research data, publishing during your PhD and many more.
  • Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules designed to guide you through every stage of your research journey.
  • Strategic publishing guidelines to assist you through publishing.
  • Academic impact resources.
  • Best practice data guidelines.
  • Plus much more.

Remember, Griffith Library is here to help you succeed in your research. Need more help? If you’re a Higher Degree Research candidate or academic you can book in for a free consultation with a specialist Discipline Librarian to assist you with your research specific information needs.

Get a head start on study by attending 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 3, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students. Find out more at our Library Orientation webpage.

Writing university assignments (2hrs) 

Covers the basics of getting started, structuring and writing assignments.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
9.30 am
9.30 am
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Getting started on an ePortfolio on PebblePad (45 mins)

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.  Bring along a device and your login details.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
11.45 am
11.45 am
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Researching and referencing for your assignment (2hrs)

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.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
1.30 pm
1.30 pm
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Library orientation

The library is so much more than books on the shelves.

You can take a 15 minute tour of your library during orientation week. Getting to know your library will make studying at university so much easier.

How EndNote can help you manage your citations

Have you reached the point where you’ve typed so many citations that you can reference APA or AGPS Harvard off the top of your head?

You may find that referencing in this way becomes tedious and inefficient over time, especially when you start writing long literature reviews or thesis documents.

If you’re at this point and haven’t already heard of EndNote, you probably want to take a look at it.

EndNote is Griffith’s recommended bibliographic management software, and can be used to:

  • Collect references from databases
  • Organise references and documents into a searchable library
  • Create instant reference lists and/or bibliographies.

It is important to recognise that EndNote requires you to learn how to use its functions, that it can only create references based on what you input into it, and that you have to know the rules of referencing.

It’s super handy if you have a large number of sources you need to organise. You are able to store all the information (including PDFs) for each of your sources in one place and easily insert an in-text reference  straight into Word. From this, EndNote creates the reference list at the end of your document in your chosen referencing style.

The best part is that it updates your references when you make changes. If you decide to remove a section of text, which has an in text reference used nowhere else, this reference will automatically be removed from your Reference List too. #TimeSaver.

As a Griffith staff member or student you can download EndNote for free. To get EndNote, follow the instructions on the EndNote page to download it.

Don’t forget that if you need to learn about referencing, we recommend you use our Referencing Tool and check out our referencing page.


Improve your postgrad research skills

Are you a Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate? Wondering how to get the skills to achieve at University? The Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules (PRISM) are for you.

PRISM has been created so you can develop research skills during your candidature that will continue to benefit you throughout your career.

The modules will assist you to develop your research topic, search the literature to develop a literature review, organise information and much more.

They can be completed in any order and are organised by Early candidature (first year), Post confirmation (second year) and Late candidature (third year and beyond) for your convenience.

Each section will help you build your knowledge base and direct you to additional resources. The research skills you develop through PRISM will help you now and in your future career in research and beyond.

You can access the Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules through PebblePad from our Research and Publishing webpage.

We hope you find the modules engaging and helpful. Remember, you can contact a library specialist if you need more support – just scroll down to the Consultation with a Specialist slab on the Research and Publishing webpage and select your discipline.

Lightning Talks: Sustainability solutions explored

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At the beginning of this month we held Lightning Talks on Adapt or Die: the truth about Climate Change and Waste Wars as part of Sustainability Week.

So what are Lightning Talks?

Lightning Talks are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers (our academics) are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice to a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.

If you attended, we’re sure you loved the events! If not, you totally missed out! Never fear though, we’ll catch you up on what went down.

Adapt or Die: the truth about climate change

  • Prof Cordia Chu AM spoke about the need to future-proof ourselves against Climate Change by acting now to find solutions. Society must adapt and work in partnership, and complex scientific research needs to be adapted in order to find useful and useable solutions that are, most importantly, used. 
  • Dr Wade Hadwen spoke about water scarcity, highlighting the need to address this issue now – as the problem is only going to get worse.
  • Prof Catherine Pickering talked about how we can use native plants to offset the impact of climate change. You can download the groNATIVE app to help select the best native plants for your needs, and search plants by biodiversity, your garden style of plant characteristics.
  • Dr Leah Barclay introduced us to EcoAcoustics – the sounds of waterways, which enable us to gauge environmental changes over time by sound. She has been using underwater microphones to map the sounds of fish and aquatic insects. From this, people can put microphones under water and identify the sounds, therefore animals, in the water.

Waste Wars

  • Assoc Prof Frederic Leusch opened the discussion with statistics of how single-use plastics are contributing to waste, and some graphic images of how they harm and kill animals in the ocean. Plastic bags, straws and countless other rubbish items are among what we dump into the ocean and local waterways. He provided us with practical actions to take to help with our problem with plastic waste – say no to straws, avoid buying bottled water, bring your own coffee cup, plus much more!
  • Assoc Prof Matthew Burke spoke about how transport infrastructure affects sustainability. Currently in Brisbane, we’re investing our money on projects to widen roads to add capacity for more cars. Instead, we should be focusing on developing our public transport infrastructure. We also need to push programs to encourage walking, cycling and active transport.
  • Dr Eleni Kalantidou spoke about our love of material things – buying stuff, shopping. Western society spends and purchases too readily. We need to change the way we perceive things by being more responsible about our purchase decisions – we have a responsibility every time we buy something we know we’re going to discard quickly.
  • Dr Kathy Knox and her team worked with the community of Redlands to tackle the food waste issue. After surveying the community about the kind of food they had in their household, they invited professional chefs to create recipes which would incorporate food items that are often left over and discarded, showing the Redlands community practical ways to reduce food waste. They held live cooking demonstrations of these recipes in the Stockland shopping centre and distributed recipe cards to the community.
  • Clare Poppi spoke about how modern jewellery is often inexpensive costume items serving little purpose, and therefore can be a waste. Clare creates one of a kind pieces which incorporate nature into the design, are sustainable and easily degradable. She brought along samples of her work for us.

Want to hear more? You can watch both lightning talks online on our Facebook page:

Adapt or Die: the truth about climate change – find out more at our Lightning Talks

Who loves polar bears? 🙋 Did you know that polar bears are actually starving to death, and that their global population will be reduced by two thirds by 2050, because of climate change (National Geographic, 2018)?

There is no debating the truth about climate change—scientific evidence for warming of the climate system is unequivocal (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

The question is: where do we focus our efforts and how quickly can we adapt?

Find out from our library’s Lightning Talks. Lightning Talks allow you to gain insightful knowledge in bite-sized presentations which you can be a part of.

They are similar to TED Talks, in that speakers (our academics) are given a limited time (10 minutes) to give voice on a topical issue. The difference? Instead of watching online, you’re invited to join in the conversation and share your opinions too.

Our library is excited to host the next series of Lightning Talks during Sustainability Week, where we’ll have an opportunity to listen our academics’ action for survival in a world of climate change.

What have our researchers discovered? What does that mean for life in the Human era? Expect to be challenged!

12 – 1 pm, Tuesday 4 September 2018

The Shard (outside the library (G10) entrance), Gold Coast campus


Register your interest on our Griffith University Library Facebook events page.