Lightning Talks is Real Speak

For those of you who weren’t among the sixty plus audience members at last week’s Lightning Talks in the Nathan Campus library – have no fear, we’ve got you covered!

So what are Lightning Talks?
Lightning Talks are similar to soapbox events or Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London, where speakers give voice to a variety of topical issues and invite discussion on current affairs.

Our academics and professional experts are invited to talk for 10 minutes to talk about their work in relation to a theme, and then the audience is invited to ask questions.

Why do we hold these talks?

We are hoping to make research and ideas more accessible, removing the stigma of ‘ivory towers’, breaking down hierarchical divisions. Lightning Talks are an extension of Griffith University’s commitment to inclusivity, and bringing disciplines together.

Our speakers for #LightningTalks3 were:

Associate Professor Georgina Murray who kicked off the talks with her discussion centring on socio-political changes occurring in the world, and the effects of neoliberal political ideology, particularly around employment. She highlighted some shocking statistics about the casualisation of the Australian labour force with some of the societal ramifications being drug addiction, financial insecurity around obtaining home loans, and a lack of sick leave. So do companies like Uber break up monopolies of power or do they further contribute to marginalisation and disenfranchisement in our turbulent times?

Dr Duncan McDonnell discussed the rise of right-wing populism internationally and compared Australia’s One Nation with the more successful right-wing populists in Western Europe. He highlighted that right-wing populism is not historically new; we just rename it to go with the current time period. And whilst Donald Trump does not conform to the populist leader ideal; it must be acknowledged how his controversial nature got him elected once, and he can be again! Across the Atlantic, populist parties in Europe do well because unlike their mainstream counterparts, they focus on grassroots community engagement.

Dr Susanna Chamberlain started with asking the question, ‘What the heck is populism?’ and then led us on a journey that linked anthropology and history to binaries around populism. Populism, it appears, is about the leader’s’ ability to identify as the ‘common person’ aka ‘we are just like you’ ideal; however, that idea is often a misnomer as one might suspect with Donald Trump’s empire building — funded by a ‘small’ loan of a million dollars from his father– that hardly mirrors the average ‘common person’s’ start in life.

Mr John Tague, Griffith Review Managing Editor, brought his experience and knowledge as an international journalist to discuss changes in journalistic reporting and political writing. Griffith Review, a compilation of long form essays, engages its audience and reinvigorates the idea that not everything can – or should – be conveyed in 140 character Tweets. Brexit, Trump and right-wing European leaders regularly take to the mediasphere, often invoking moral panic by circulating narratives about alleged racial tensions, scientific knowledges, and rise of ‘fake news’ in the post- truth politics era.

For the full story, listen here.

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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

It’s Library Week!

Library week banner

Do you know what this week is? Well, besides being the last week of classes for this trimester (which we’re sure you’re also awfully excited about), it’s Library and Information Week!

Library and Information Week is all about raising the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia, and showcasing the resources, facilities, events, and services we have to offer.

While we know our students appreciate our libraries (last year we even got given a cake – thank you Layla!), we thought we’d take this opportunity to remind you just how wonderful we are.


We’re often hosting fun events, like Music in the Library, Star Weaving, or even a weekend-long hack-a-thon. In fact, our Human Library event is on this week, where you can take a person out on loan for a conversation on the topic/issue that they represent.


We have books, a lot of books. And computers so you can check your MyGriffith, access online databases, use software, and – let’s be honest – probably check your social media. You can even borrow a laptop.

But that’s just the physical. Our library website is full of helpful resources such as the library catalogue (a must) and study tips.


We’ve got a myriad of facilities including quiet and social study zones, computer labs, toilets (yeah, they’re kind of a necessity), bookable group study rooms and videoconferencing rooms, and even an Xbox at Gold Coast library.

Did you know we even got Google to come and film our libraries? You can actually take a virtual tour of our libraries. If you haven’t checked it out, you should (it’s pretty cool).

And good news for you, our libraries will soon be open extended hours for study and exam weeks! Check out our opening hours here.


You’ll find friendly staff behind all our library desks. They are there to help you with any library questions you may have. 

Not in the library? No worries. You can also call (07 3735 5555 for Brisbane or 07 5552 5555 for Gold Coast), email, chat us, or ask a question online.

Do you need images for your assignment?


Artist Carl Kahlers studio, interior, Melbourne. Courtesy of State Library of Victoria.

You can access some amazing image resources, such as Artstor, through the library.

An increasing number of galleries, museums and other cultural heritage institutions are also making high-quality images from their collections available online for FREE.

This is brilliant for researchers, teachers, and students who can use the images for papers, assignments and teaching. It’s also an amazing resource for artists and designers who can use Creative Commons and copyright free images in their own practice.

Want to find out more about what images you can and can’t repurpose for your own work? Read about Creative Commons here.

There are heaps of free image resources out there. Here are some particularly good ones to check out:

Trove (via the National Library of Australia)
Trove allows you to search content from libraries, museums, archives and other research and collecting organisations relating to Australia. You can find photographs, artworks, posters, postcards and even objects such as puzzles, board games, and instruments. If you find an image that you want to use make sure to check its copyright status.

With Europeana, you can explore over 50,000,000 artworks, artefacts, books, videos and sounds from across Europe. If you’re looking for images which to use and remix, you can narrow your search to only include results which you can use with attribution or other restrictions. Europeana also curates its content into collections for easy browsing.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs digital collection is brimming with amazing images; from Dorothea Lange’s iconic photographs documenting the Great Depression to a collection of vintage baseball cards. You can search for specific items or browse by collection. If you want to use any images make sure to check if there are any restrictions on their use.

Getty Open Content Program
With the aim of inspiring creativity and artistic expression, the Getty Open Content Program has made  more than 99,000 digital images available. The Getty hold the rights to these images or they are in the public domain. These can be used for any purpose, no permission required.

For more places to find images online, check out the Images library guide. For specialised help please contact the librarians in Arts, Education and Law.

Not just another public holiday

Looking for resources about Anzac Day?  For those involved in teaching and wanting to educate and engage others, here is a selection of resources that may be of interest to you.


“Simpson and his donkey”   Brian Yap  CC:Att:NC

Hard copy and eBook format

This includes resources from our curriculum collections written for children and older students

Check out the Library catalogue and search for the phrase “anzac day” in double quotation marks.  One example from our collection which piques the imagination and interest is Anzac Day: The undying debt by Janice Pavils.  This 240 page book uses archival documents, media reports and material evidence to illustrate the beginnings of Anzac Day, evolving into Australian culture, and discusses the contentious issues that have surrounded the commemoration of the day since 1915

Classroom resources for teaching

See the Classroom resources tab in our subject guide for Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary Education, and Health & Physical Education, and explore some of the links there that will take you to an extensive range of searchable indexes to classroom resources, lesson plans and gateways.  Here is one we prepared earlier, via the ABC Splash website….

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Men’s Health Week – find out more

It’s Men’s Health Week June 15-21 – a chance to highlight the importance of men actively engaging with their own health and well-being. Research and statistics show that men have a higher risk of heart disease, accidental death and suicide compared to women and that raising awareness of these issues and the preventative measures available can have a real impact on health outcomes.

Understanding the ways that different groups of people experience health and well-being is important for all future health practitioners, and Men’s Health Week is a great opportunity to broaden your understanding in this area. The library has access to a wide range our resources to expand and deepen your knowledge. Try out some of these resources to get you started:


Database Trial – Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

anatomyUnderstanding human anatomy is important in virtually every health field. To help you learn about anatomy, the Library is providing access to Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy on a trial basis until the end of 2015.

Watch and listen to world-renowned anatomist Dr. Robert Acland, Professor Emeritus of Surgery, University of Louisville School of Medicine, as he demonstrates anatomical movement within each region of the body from fresh anatomic specimens in their natural colour.

Coverage includes upper extremity, lower extremity, trunk, head and neck and the internal organs. It also includes exam preparation tools like Q&A and review quizzes.

You can browse video clips, share them with other students and add them to a “favourites” area for quick reference. Transcripts of audio content are also available.

Click here to access Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy, Or alternatively, go to:

  • Library -> Quicklinks -> Library databases -> Search for Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy

For more online anatomy resources, browse our extensive collection of ebooks.