How to access your readings for your course

An important aspect of staying on top of course content is ensuring you are completing any assigned readings.

Luckily, Griffith has 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 it’s an online resource, you’ll see a link to the right which says View Online (makes sense, right?). Simply click on this link and it’ll take you straight to the resource. eBook, website, video – you’ll be ready to read or watch!

If it’s not an online resource, don’t fret because it should be in our library! Simply click on the title, and you’ll be linked to further information on the resource . Here you can find out about the availability and location of the book in our libraries. You can even place a hold or get it delivered to your favourite campus library.

Do you know that you can personalise your reading lists by assigning a read status to resources (will read, reading now, have read, and won’t read – ‘cause let’s be honest) and adding study notes?

It’s so easy, there’s almost no excuse not to stay on top of your course readings!

For further help with readings lists, check out the getting started (for students) guide or Ask Us.


Where to start researching for your assignment

It’s about that time of trimester where you’re probably getting started (or have already started) on researching for your assignments. It may seem like a monumental task. Maybe the thought of starting is overwhelming you? We mean, where do you even start? (hint: it’s not Facebook. Close that tab.)

Master procrastinators, it’s time to listen up (and get started)! Below are some key places you can start your research:

1. Course Readings

Course readings are a great place to start when doing research for assignments. You can find your course Reading List in Learning@Griffith, in the Readings section of your course site. Reading Lists provide you with links to online resources (eBooks, journal articles, web pages), or to the Library catalogue, so you can find print resources.

2. Library catalogue

The Library catalogue is a great place to search for resources. From books, journal articles and videos to conference proceedings, newspaper articles and online documents, the Library catalogue has it all, and more!

It lets you search for a huge number of resources in one place – the search box on the library home page.

3. Databases

To find specialised information, you will need to use online search tools, like the Library databases.

You can search databases to find specialised resources, such as:

The library also has databases for different disciplines. So if you require information on a business, law, education, health, science or social science topic, there is a database for you.

Not sure which database to search for your discipline? Check out our handy library guides.

4. Google Scholar

Now, you’ve probably used Google to search for information before. Whether it was for academic, work or recreational purposes, we all know how helpful the search engine can be.

But did you know Google has an academic search engine? Google Scholar is a search engine which searches a wide variety of sources including academic online journals, conference papers, dissertations, technical reports and books.

You can even use Google Scholar to find academic resources at Griffith University. It’s as simple as changing a setting. Head to the About Google Scholar webpage to find out how.


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 on top of content with course readings

It’s week four of trimester three, so if you’re studying this trimester we’re hoping you’re well and truly into the swing of things by now! None of that ‘I’ll start it next week’ attitude!

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 it’s an online resource, you’ll see a link to the right which says Online Resource (makes sense, right?). Simply click on this link and it’ll take you straight to the resource. eBook, website, video – you’ll be ready to read or watch!

If it’s not an online resource, don’t fret, ‘cause it should be in our library! Simply click on the title, and you’ll be taken to a page which includes the availability and location of the book in our libraries.

You can even personalise your reading lists by assigning a read status to resources (will read, reading now, have read, and won’t read – ‘cause let’s be honest), and adding study notes.

It’s so easy, there’s almost no excuse not to stay on top of your course readings!

For further help with readings lists, check out the getting started (for students) guide or Ask Us.


Reading Lists are here to help

In order to be successful at university, you have to read.

Yep, those pesky readings your tutors keep asking you about in class are the key to success! Extra time spent studying and reading can significantly increase your understanding and, importantly, your grades.

You can find a detailed list of all of your course’s readings by going to the Readings link in your Learning@Griffith course site, or simply typing in your course code here. Too easy, right?

These Lists will have information about and links to all the readings you can ever hope to get your hot little hands on. Readings you are required to read are labelled required (genius right?).

There are also recommended readings. These are readings your lecturer/tutor think will help increase your understanding and knowledge. Don’t skip past them! They can help you learn, and give you more references for your next assignment. You know they’re good, because your lecturer recommends them.

You can also use the Reading List Service to set your reading intentions. You can set readings as ‘will read’, ‘reading now’,  ‘have read’, and ‘won’t read’.

Studies have shown that setting intentions is even better than setting resolutions. You are more likely to follow through with something if you set yourself an intention to do so.

For example, ‘I intend to watch the new Game of Thrones episode only after I have finished my readings’. Winter is here, but so is assignment season!

So find your Reading List and get cracking on setting those intentions. Just don’t forget to follow through!

For further information, check out the how-to guide for Reading Lists.


Where to start your research

While Wikipedia is great for giving you a quick understanding of a topic, we don’t recommend you ever use it in an assignment. Effective researching is a critical uni skill. But where should you start? 

Course readings

Course readings are great place to start when doing research for assignments.

Find your course Reading List in Learning@Griffith. It can be found in your course profile, in the Readings section of your course site, or by searching for your course here.

Reading Lists provide you with links to online resources (eBooks, journal articles, web pages), or to the Library catalogue so you can find print resources.

Library catalogue

The Library catalogue is a great place to search for resources.

From books, journal articles and videos to conference proceedings, newspaper articles and online documents, the Library catalogue has it all, and more!

It lets you search for a huge number of resources in one place – the search box on the library home page.

Databases

To find specialised information, you will need to use online search tools, like the Library databases.

You can search databases to find specialised resources, such as:

The library also has databases for different disciplines. So if you require information on a business, law, education, health, science or social science topic, there is a database for you.

Not sure which database to search for your discipline? Check out our handy library guides.

Google Scholar

Now, you’ve probably used Google to search for information before. Whether it was for academic, work or recreational purposes, we all know how helpful the search engine can be.

But did you know Google has an academic search engine? Google Scholar is a search engine which searches a wide variety of sources including academic online journals, conference papers, dissertations, technical reports and books.

You can even use Google Scholar to find academic resources at Griffith University. It’s as simple as changing a setting. Head to the About Google Scholar webpage to find out how.

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It’s super easy to find your course readings

Did you know your course readings are available on Learning@Griffith

Your course readings are super easy to find, so there’s almost no excuse to not do your readings!

You can find a detailed list of all of your course’s readings by going to the Readings link in your Learning@Griffith course site, or simply typing in your course code here. Too easy, right?

Well imagine this is an infomercial, because wait – there’s more! Not only will it provide you a list of all your readings, it will also link you directly to them.

If it’s an online resource, you’ll see a link to the right which says Online Resource (makes sense, right?). Simply click on this link and it’ll take you straight to the resource. eBook, website, video – you’ll be ready to read or watch!

If it’s not an online resource, don’t fret, ‘cause it should be in our library! Simply click on the title, and you’ll be taken to a page which includes the availability and location of the book in our libraries.

You can even personalise your reading lists by assigning a read status to resources (will read, reading now, have read, and won’t read – ‘cause let’s be honest), and adding study notes.