Meet your library staff: Stuart Lambert

Our library staff are integral to the functioning of our libraries. We have a large array of staff spread over our six libraries and they’re much more than just smiling faces. They’re also full of interesting information, helpful wisdom, and some quirks here and there.

Want to get to know our staff better? Check out our profile on Library and Learning Services Team Member, Stuart Lambert.

Quick overview

  • Find me at:  Mainly at the College of Art and Mount Gravatt campuses in the library.
  • What I do: I work on the front desk helping students and staff with various issues. These can include wireless support, referencing help, printing issues, etc… I also help with back office duties (mainly attending to digital channels).
  • My Griffith story: At the time of writing this I have only been with Griffith for a little over two months and thoroughly enjoying every minute. Griffith has great opportunities to progress your career, it’s up to the individual to make it happen.

Steal Stuart’s widsom

  • Best study tip for students: PLANNING! At the beginning of each trimester do a table in Excel that outlines what assessment tasks you will be doing, how much they’re worth, and most importantly when each assessment is due. Stick it on your wall at home in front of your study desk (don’t just rely on reminders in your calendar). Being able to study effectively will flow from this first initial step. Also, if you are going to procrastinate (as we all do at times when we need a bit of a break) at least do something useful like some housework or exercise, you won’t feel as guilty and hence be more focused.
  • Biggest blunder I see – and how to avoid: The biggest blunder I see students making is leaving their assignment to the very last minute, and I mean still working on it an hour before it’s due. What I did when going through uni to avoid this common mistake is set a personal due date (in your mind) and have everything finished and submitted one day before the actual due date. You never know when computers will fail or printing systems will be down, so don’t leave it to the last minute.
  • Advice I’d give my 18-year-old self: I know everyone says this, but anyway, buy shares in Apple! When I was 18 they were less than $1.50 per share.
  • Best thing I’ve learnt working at Griffith Uni: How to find solutions to most problems, or where to find the information. Also, how to find my way around the Griffith Conservatorium (no wait, I’m still learning that).

Get to know Stuart

  • Describe yourself in three words: Friendly, Analytical, Logical.
  • Growing up I wanted to be: A Jockey, but then I realised I really don’t like horses enough (or racing) so probably not a great career choice.
  • Greatest accomplishment: Buying my first house. And currently working on purchasing my second.
  • Fun fact: When I was a child I broke my arm (by falling out of bed).

R U OK Day: Your chance to check-in

‘How you doin’?’ Joey Tribbiani said it best. It’s a simple question you get asked at least 4 times a day. Shop assistants ask it (in a bored tone if they are properly trained), your mum asks it (hopefully with a side of ‘sure I can do your washing’), random strangers ask it (especially if they just crashed into you).

This simple act of checking in with someone can make their day. Being asked in some way or another, ‘are you okay?’ can change someone’s entire outlook. For people who are already struggling, that change of outlook can change everything.

R U OK Day on 14 September is your chance to check in with the people you care about. If someone is acting a little out of sorts or seems a bit down, ask them, and be prepared to listen to whatever it is that might be weighing on them.

R U OK Day is also your chance to put your hand up if you feel like you could do with a little extra help. As we near the end of a busy and stressful Trimester 2, take the opportunity to ask yourself ‘how you doin’?’ and take any necessary steps to ensure the answer is one you are happy with.

This year Griffith has joined the R U OK? at Uni campaign with a focus on the 4-step R U OK process of:

  1. Ask R U OK?
  2. Listen
  3. Encourage Action
  4. Check in

Keep your eyes peeled for Student Partners (those awesome guys and gals in the red shirts), who will be helping facilitate conversations and of course giving away free stuff!

If you or anyone else you know could do with a little extra help on this day or any other, Griffith offers counselling and support services to all its students.

Is your email address safe?

You shop online using PayPal with complete confidence, don’t click on funny looking attachments, and are pretty certain that no, that Nigerian prince does not want to marry you.

You may think, ‘yeah, cyber hacks happen, but I’m careful, so they won’t happen to me.’ But, we ask you, please: be vigilant like Batman. Make your cyber world Batman’s Gotham City.

Recently, a cybersecurity researcher discovered a ‘spambot’ (tool for sending spam), comprising of an open and accessible server in the Netherlands which contains 711 million credentials including email addresses, some with passwords, collected from various data breaches.

Obviously you want to be like Batman (who wouldn’t?), so of course, you should be vigilant and check that your email address isn’t on this list.

It’s easy too – just visit Have I been Pwned and type in your email to check.

We’re also quite aware that it’s the 21st century, and most people have more than one email (personal, uni, your old hotmail from high school with a username you’d like to forget). Again, be vigilant – check them all!

Griffith is being vigilant too. Our Cybersecurity team has investigated and no Griffith University system has been compromised in this attack. However, a number of Griffith University email addresses were found on the Spambot list.

What does this mean? Basically, your Griffith account should be safe, unless you are in the habit of using the same password for Griffith systems as you use for external sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, web forums etc, or are in the habit of reusing the same password or a small group of passwords in rotation over and over again.

If this is the case and you do use the same password at Griffith as you do for other non-Griffith systems, please change your Griffith password immediately.

For more information on how to stay safe online, check out our Cyber Security webpage.

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.

How EndNote can help with referencing

Overwhelmed by referencing?

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. Where you can reference APA and AGPS Harvard off the top of your head (a skill I have mastered, and am a little too proud of). At this point manually referencing can become tedious and inefficient.

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

Referencing – we’ve got you sorted!

Even though referencing may seem a monumental task, it is important for many reasons. It shows what you have read, enables your reader to locate your referred sources, supports and strengthens your argument and demonstrates academic integrity. It’s also an essential part of many assignments.

If thinking about referencing seems overwhelming, it’s OK. To make the task easier, Griffith has developed a  Referencing Tool.

Simply select your reference style, media type and format, and this clever tool will provide an example, for both the in-text citation and the reference list entry.

This tool is also mobile device friendly for any ‘on the move’ referencing queries.

Using this tool will ensure your proficiency in this essential skill.

If you’re still feeling a bit perplexed, check out our Study Smart guide to referencing.

Happy referencing!

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