Stay on top of your references with EndNote

Referencing is an essential skill to have as a uni student. We know, it can be pedantic: where to italicise, where to put a comma (wait, was it a comma, or a full stop?!), whether to capatalise or not….

When you start out, we recommend you use our Referencing Tool. This will help you get the hang of referencing, and what your citation should look like.

But you may get to the stage where you’re writing extensive literature reviews or maybe even a research thesis, and simply can’t manage all your 100s of citations manually.

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 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 the citations in one place, and easily insert them straight into Word. 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.

The best part is that it updates and syncs. 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.

As a Griffith student or staff member you can download EndNote for free from Griffith’s Software Download Service. Find out more about using EndNote here.

Are you interested in improving your research and digital literacy skills?

If you’re thinking you’d like to do a research degree, are currently completing a research degree, or simply want to improve your research and digital literacy skills, read on!

Research Bazaar (ResBaz for short) is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy emerging at the centre of modern research. It aims to empower researchers from all career stages and disciplines with the digital skills and tools required to do their research easier, faster and smarter.

Events are held annually and this year Griffith University is organising and hosting Brisbane’s ResBaz.

It will be a three-day event comprising of a plethora of workshops (some interesting ones are listed below). While the workshops are geared towards researchers, it’s never too early to get started and everyone is welcome to attend!

There’ll also be classes in genomics, humanities, ecology and more, information stalls, local groups and innovative and inspiring speakers. Once you’ve registered, you’re welcome to attend as many events as you like!

  • When: 6 – 8 June, 2018
  • Where: Griffith University, South Bank
  • Cost: $33 to attend as many events as you please, with catered morning tea and lunch daily.

For further information and to register your attendance visit the ResBaz website.

What’s World Malaria Day?

Humans have had to face some crummy ailments and diseases: the plague, polio, the feeling of utter exhaustion after a Red Bull-fuelled all-nighter. While the latter may be most prominent within our student cohort, Malaria is a pretty big issue worldwide.

Did you know that more than 1,000 children die of malaria every day? In fact, in 2016 alone 445,000 people died of the disease worldwide.

Next Wednesday (25 April) is World Malaria Day, a recognition of the ongoing global fight towards the prevention and ultimate elimination of malaria.

Currently, there are only limited drugs available to prevent malaria (Red Bull can’t help with this one!), with parasite drug resistance being an increasingly serious issue.

Researchers at the Griffith Research Institute for Drug Discovery are working hard to develop new and innovative drugs to prevent and treat this devastating disease. In 2017 our fight towards a cure edged a little closer after human clinical trials of a malaria vaccine developed by Griffith’s Institute for Glycomics were a success.

In the lead up to World Malaria Day, you can check out some of Griffith’s recent and influential malaria-related articles available in Griffith Research Online, and find more articles in the repository.

Hone your post-grad research skills

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
  • Collaborating
  • Scholarly impact
  • Obtaining funding

If you need further support, you can book a one-hour one-on-one session with a library specialist.  

Keep your writing on track with a storyboard

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.

Your guide to easily writing your assignment

You’ve unpacked the topic, gathered information, and now you’re ready to write your assignment.

Have you been staring at an empty Word document for 30 minutes, trying to come up with a good opening sentence while The Pixies’ Where is my mind? runs through your pained brain? Then it’s definitely time to check out our guide on writing your assignment. We’ll get you started!

Step 1

Work out what type of assignment you are writing. Is it a report, essay, reflective piece or literature review? If you’re not sure, take another look at your assignment information or check with your lecturer/tutor. This information will help inform your layout and influence your content.

Literature reviews, reports and reflective pieces all vary in terms of content and layout, so take a look at our guides to ensure you know what to include and focus on.

Most academic writing follows a similar structure. You’ll need an introduction, body, and conclusion. The writing your assignment guide provides a detailed overview of what to include in and how to structure each individual section.

Step 2

Start by creating a rough outline of your structure, noting down what you intend to include in each section. Try using dot-points under headings to highlight key information. Revisit your notes from researching your topic as this can also help you determine which sections you may need to research more. Look, your empty word document now reflects some hard work.

Step 3

Time to start writing. Just get your initial ideas down and begin filling in the sections you’ve mapped out, using our guides to help with content. Once you have written a paragraph or more, go back and begin polishing your work by adding some academic words you have learnt during your studies.

When you’re done, don’t forget to proofread! It always helps to get somebody else to look over your assignment too, as they may catch things you have missed. Don’t neglect your reference list – it needs to be proofread too!

Save time researching by using our library guides

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.