Get Microsoft Office 365 for free!

Stop right there!

We know Microsoft Office is kinda an essential software package for your uni studies. But before you go paying to download and install Microsoft 365 on your personal device, did you know that as a Griffith University student you get access to Microsoft 365 for Education for free?

Enrolled Griffith students can download Office 365 for Education directly from Microsoft and install it on up to five devices. These include PCs, Macs and mobile devices including Android, iPad and Windows tablets.

Microsoft 365 for Education includes:

  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • OneNote
  • Unlimited OneDrive storage

To download, simply go to the Microsoft Office website, type in your Griffith email address, and click get started. Then follow the prompts to download onto your personal device.

Super enthusiastic about Microsoft Office? Once it’s installed, you can access free training to learn how to use the products or improve your existing skills.

There’s also a handy Student Resources centre where you can access an array of templates to make putting your document together easier. Want a schmick resume, poster or report template? #sorted. The Student Resources centre also has training tutorials and blogs with handy tips.


Using stats and need some last minute help… STAT?

Do you need to analyse stats in your classes this semester? SAGE can help get you over the line with that final assignment or upcoming exam.
With exams just around the corner, you may need all the help you can get (because of course you pre-planned your whole semester and don’t need any extra help… right?).

Even if you’re not currently studying stats, but statistical analysis really floats your boat (no judgement from us), this is a great tool to help you further develop your skills.

SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of datasets to support independent learning of data analysis skills. They are particularly useful for practicing quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences.

The datasets are obtained from real research projects, but edited and cleaned for teaching purposes and usability.

Each dataset is accompanied by a short and clear description of the data, and easy to follow instructions on how to apply the research method.

SAGE also has a range of accompanying tools to support the use of these datasets. Some particularly helpful tools are:

  • Methods Map: you can explore the research methods terrain, read definitions of key terminology, and discover content relevant to your research methods journey.
  • Project Planner: this tool helps you plan out and progress through the stages of your research project. When you click on the link to the stage you are at it will give you a breakdown of the components of the stage, with links to further readings.
  • Which Stats Test: this tool helps you to narrow down the range of options for statistical testing though answering a series of questions, and help you decide on the most pertinent test for to use for your project.

Take a look at the SAGE Research Methods website for further tools and information


Get into Popular Science

National Science Week is now upon us.

Science magazines Cosmos, New Scientist, Popular Science are sponsoring this annual event and you can get them in the Library.

You can find them by searching for their names in the library catalogue. They can provide you with information on the latest and greatest innovations and discoveries in the scientific world.

Cosmos is also a magazine that you can also read from your phone or mobile device by downloading the PressReader app. If you are on-campus and logged into the wi-fi, you should be able to download the magazine through the app. You may need to install and run the VPN Client to access the magazine off-campus.

When searching for a journal that you know the name of, limit your search in the library catalogue with the Journals radio button.

If you want to know how to use the catalogue effectively to find great science resources, book into a Research Consultation to see or Ask a Question of a Librarian today.


Kick start your study success by attending an earlybird workshop

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 2, 2017, 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!

Writing university assignments
Does your assignment writing process involve opening a new word document, and staring at an empty page for 30 minutes trying to come up with an opening sentence? Don’t let assignments get the better of you! This workshop will cover the basics of getting started on structuring and writing assignments, and will help prepare you to smash the next assignment you get!

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 two prepared for success!


How to get a head start on #unilyf

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Want to start your first week prepared and ready to kick some uni goals? We gotcha.

Attend a free Earlybird workshop run by Griffith University library. Starting today, these workshops will help you develop skills in study techniques, academic writing, researching and referencing.

If you are new to university, returning to study or just looking to improve your academic skills, Earlybird workshops are for you.

Earlybird workshops are only available from 14 to 23 February 2017 so get in quick!

Here’s what’s on offer:

  • Strategies for study at university (2 hrs)
    Become aware of university culture and expectations. Strategies for managing your time and studying effectively will be identified.
  • Writing university assignments (2hrs)
    Covers the basics of getting started on, structuring and writing assignments.
  • Researching and Referencing for your assignments (2 hrs)
    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.

Download the Earlybird timetable here.


Get free online training in computing and Microsoft Office

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Do you have a New Year’s resolution to improve your computing skills? Want to include ‘advanced Excel’ on your resume, score high grades for your skillful formatting, or learn to build an app?

Well, Microsoft Virtual Academy has you covered. The Academy provides free online training by world-class experts for all things Microsoft – Excel, PowerPoint, Word, visualisation, analysis, programming, app development, and more.

There are courses to suit everyone, from academics and students to developers and marketing professionals. Courses range from beginner to advanced level, so don’t be scared off!

You can easily browse the courses available by product, topic, or skill level to find your perfect fit.

The learning process is engaging with step-by-step instructions and tutorials, as well as the opportunity to participate in live Q&A sessions with instructors.

It allows you to easily manage your learning plans and track your progress. Basically, Microsoft Virtual Academy has all the elements you need to succeed in some (free!) online training.

You can also check out our Computing Self-Help Resources page for more digital skills training.

On the topic of Microsoft, did you know you can download Microsoft Office 365 for free? Yep, free. So if you don’t already have it installed on your home computer, you can download and begin your training right away!


What can you do in November to become a better researcher?

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You can attend our academic, library and computing skills training for HDR Candidates and Researchers. They are a series of workshops targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.  Check out the November timetable and book now! Or take a look at the 2016 Semester 2 Workshop Timetable for upcoming training.

Week 14 (31 October – 4 November)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Wed 2/11 1.00 EndNote for Mac (2 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Thurs 3/11 10.00 Managing your research data (1.5 hours) Hub Link (L07_3.08) Logan
Fri 4/11 10.00 Managing your resources to begin writing your literature review (1.5 hours) Library (N53_1.51) Nathan

Week 15 (7 November – 11 November)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tues 8/11 10.00 EndNote for Windows (2 hours) Library (N53_1.50) Nathan
Wed 9/11 10.00 Academic Integrity (1 hour) Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Thurs 10/11 1.00 The writing and editing process (2 hours) Library (G10_2.25) Gold Coast
Fri 11/11 1.00 Get published (1.5 hours) Library (N53_1.49) Nathan

Week 16 (14 November – 18 November)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 14/11 1.00 EndNote for Mac (2 hours) Library (G10_2.04) Gold Coast
Thurs 17/11 10.00 The writing and editing process (2 hours) Library (N53_1.51) Nathan
Fri 18/11 1.00 Build and leverage your research profile (1.5 hours) Library (G10_2.09) Gold Coast