What better place to be than at the library this Summer? Let us convince you why…
1. Escape the heat
Want to chill out (literally) this season without breaking the bank? Well…the library has you covered! If Griffith library isn’t currently your favourite place (and why wouldn’t it be?), it sure is about to be, especially during these warmer months. Our air conditioning (which by the way, you’re not paying for unlike that one at home!) teamed with our comfy chill out spots, is hands down the perfect summer combo.
2. WiFi and computers
Okay, well while we’re on the topic of free stuff…did someone say WiFi? Borrow a laptop from the library for free, or bring your own device and get connected. Common-use computers are also available in the library. Perfect to use to download your lecture notes from Learning@Griffith, or to catch up on social media.
3. Study and chill out spaces
Whether you’re a silent studier, a quiet studier, a social studier or literally just want to sit here and enjoy the atmosphere, the library has dedicated areas for all of you. Once entering those main doors into the heavenly, air-conditioned world with countless study spaces which we call the library, working at home is just not going to cut it. Don’t forget to book your group space, just in case!
4. Escape the crowds
Summer. Crazy Christmas crowds, traffics jams and busy beaches. Stress o’metre? High! The library is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle and relax. We have plenty of books and magazines on offer for your entertainment. Plus, you’ll be saving money – bonus! Check out our hours, we’re basically open every day!
That time of the year is getting awfully close!
Crowds at your local Westfield are getting intense, Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas is you is being overplayed, decorations are going up…
Now, if you need a little #DecorationInspo, we’re here to help! Check out our library-themed Christmas decoration suggestions below:
Christmas tree made of books
Is your Christmas tree starting to look a little worse for wear? We’ve got the perfect suggestion! Create one out of books. Take a look at these pages for instructions:
Or maybe you fancy crafting your own book Christmas tree ornaments? Try these!
Book snowman or reindeer
While we’re making decorations out of books, why not craft a snowman or reindeer while you’re at it? Have a look at this for inspo!
Book advent calendar
Chocolate is so last year. Take a look at this super cute book advent calendar idea.
Want something a little more subtle? Follow these instructions to make:
Psst: want to know where to find the best library-themed Christmas decorations? In our libraries, of course.
While they always decorate in style, we hear this year they’ve got something special planned: each campus library is creating Christmas decorations for another campus to display!
You ever finally build up the motivation to start the assignment that you’ve been putting off for what feels like 3 years? We know the ‘if it’s not the due date, it’s not the do date’ motto all too well. That feeling of last-minute panic, more stressful than the Bachelor finale; palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy. Well, adhering to that motto never ends well, does it? Not a good time, not a good feeling and definitely not a good result. So, we’re here to offer you 4 simple preparation tactics to help you tackle your assignments, and tackle them on time!
1. Get the bigger picture
It’s really important that you understand exactly how your assignment fits in with the course learning outcomes and aims.
Head to the course profile in myGriffith to find out what they are and how they relate to your assignment.
Understanding the overall connection will help you find the specific focus of the assignment.
2. Gather all the assignment information
The course profile in myGriffith should provide all necessary assignment details. Identify when the assignment is due, the percentage of your final grade it’s worth, the word limit and the correct format.
You will be asked to submit assignments in different formats; essay, literature reviews, reports or perhaps oral presentations. The Writing your Assignment module introduces you to the different formats and provides an outline of what they could include.
Be sure to check the marking criteria. It will tell you how many marks each section is worth and how your work will be assessed. If you understand the marking criteria, you can write an assignment that ticks all the boxes for your course.
3. Decipher the assignment task
You need to identify directive, topic and limiting words in the assignment question. These important words help you figure out how to research and write the assignment.
- Directive words – The assignment task will contain directive words such as ‘examine’, ‘analyse’ or ‘compare’. Directive words tell you how to approach the assignment. Not sure what the directive word is asking you to do? Look it up in a dictionary or consult this handy Definition of Directive Words from California Polytechnic State University.
- Topic words – Topic words identify the major concepts in your task. These will come in handy when you are looking for resources and help you stay focused on your topic.
- Limiting words – Limiting words help narrow the scope of your assignment. They set boundaries for you and are often dates, locations or populations.
4. Ask a lot of questions
Now that you understand what you are being asked to do, it’s time to break down the task into mini questions. Having a series of questions to answer will help you focus your research and writing. It also helps you develop a logical response to the topic.
The assignment task itself may contain mini questions. It may have a primary question and a number of secondary questions. The answer to the primary question is your overall argument.
The secondary questions could be descriptive or analytical. A descriptive question asks for background information or context to the primary question. Whereas, an analytical question prompts you to dig deeper into the assignment topic.
So…let’s get started!
The final trimester for the year is underway and we want to address the stress.
Ahhh university. Assignments, exams, GROUP WORK. We get it, times can get stressful. So, here at the library, we want to let you in on our top five tips to help keep your stress under control this trimester. Let’s make this time a good time!
We know, we know – it’s much easier said than done. However, we’re not saying go compete in the local bodybuilding and weight lift competition after coming from your F45 challenge with the Commando (but hey, if that’s what you’re into). We’re talking a relaxing yoga or pilates session, a nice half hour walk around the block or a bike ride to the local park. Perks of going to university in a forest? Nature walks! Have a look at the beautiful walks around the campuses. Or maybe you even have some time between or after classes to check out our fitness centres or sports clubs. I mean, who could resist that pool during summer? So. Much. Choice.
Engage in deep breathing exercises and meditation
This sounds simple, but trust us, it really works. Inhaling for five seconds, holding for one, then exhaling for five again a few times over will help to clear your mind and relax your body. Even sitting alone in a quiet and relaxing place for five to ten minutes a day can work wonders for stress reduction. Apparently the library has some really great chill out spots? How convenient.
Good night’s sleep
We get that binge-watching Netflix until the early hours of the morning can be very tempting, and yes, we know, scrolling through the library blog late at night is ADDICTIVE, but trust us, you’ll regret it more than that time you had extra pudding at Christmas. Did you know that the blue light your screen gives off actually slows down the production of melatonin in your body (the thing that tells our brains it’s time for sleep)? Hop into bed at a reasonable hour and use the relaxation breathing technique mentioned earlier to clear your mind before you sleep.
Manage your time and avoid procrastination
Have you heard that having a large workload is the number one factor resulting in stress? Rid yourself of distractions; putting off your work is short term gain, only resulting in long term pain. Prioritise your work load and make a list in order for all things to get completed, and more importantly, completed in time. Here’s a great time management plan for you to familiarise yourself with.
And most importantly…
Understand that it’s more than okay to have a limit. If you need a break, time to rest or to even re-think your study load, we totally understand! Remember, it’s not against the rules to have some fun and relax during your spare time, or to reward yourself with breaks when ticking off your priority list.
If your stress is drastically impacting your wellbeing, whether it be from university or personal life, we highly recommend having a casual talk with our on-campus counsellor. They have lots to offer.
Our libraries are so much more than just books on shelves. There are study areas, bookable group study spaces, helpful library staff, computers, laptop loans, printers and much more.
Want to get to know your campus library a bit better? We’re here to show you around!
Next week, 22 to 26 October 2018, we’re running library tours daily.
|Gold Coast||Graham Jones Building (G10)||10.30 am – 1.30 pm||Every half-hour, on the hour and half hour|
|Logan||Wayne Goss Centre (L03)||12 noon – 2 pm||As required|
|Mt Gravatt||Information Services Centre (M13)||12 noon – 2 pm||As required|
|Nathan||Willett Centre (N53)||10 am – 2 pm||Every half-hour, on the hour and half hour|
|South Bank||Conservatorium (S01 1.23) &
College of Art (S03)
|12 noon – 2 pm||As required|
Are you keen? You don’t need to book, just rock up to the library and meet us in the foyer. See you there!
When you don’t know the answer to a question at uni, where do you go? If you said Google, you are right. But if you said Ask Us, you are even more right (that’s a thing, right?)
Ask Us provides you with answers to frequently asked questions at Griffith University. It covers hard hitting topics such as referencing, Learning@Griffith, assignment help, WiFi, network and cybersecurity.
But what exactly do other students ask, you ask? That’s a good question. In an effort to provide you with insight into your fellow students (and not because we are nosy), we did a little digging and came up with surprising results.
We looked at the questions that students asked in the first week of Trimester 2, and funnily enough, it’s all about referencing, assignment submission and online lectures. That’s right, assignment submissions. In Week One!
Here’s the top 10 library and IT questions that you (the students) asked in Week One:
- 1. What is the difference between a reference list and bibliography?
- 2. Why am I being asked to login to Echo360?
- 3. My assessment has been marked in Turnitin. How do I see my marks and feedback?
- 4. How do I cite the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in APA 6th style?
- 5. Can I view online recordings of lectures?
- 6. What is common time?
- 7. How do I access my Turnitin digital receipt?
- 8. How do I reference a document I found on Google?
- 9. What is a Turnitin submission ID?
- 10. I submitted the wrong assignment to Turnitin. What should I do?
Do you have a question? Ask Us!
If you’re graduating this trimester, we bet you’re pretty stoked! Let us start by saying: congratulations! You did it! Those years of hard work, study, red-bull/coffee fuelled nights working on assignments and those awful 8 am lectures are now over.
You’ll probably have some big celebrations to tend to. But once that’s calmed down, you may wonder what happens to your Griffith access once you’ve spread your wings.
Let us give you the lowdown:
Griffith computers and Wi Fi
Your access to our computers and Wi Fi is based upon what’s called your ‘affiliation’. From the day you graduate, you’ll no longer be affiliated as a student, and therefore will not have an active student account. This means you’ll no longer be able to log on to our computers or use our WiFi.
Just like your access to our computers, you’ll lose access to your H Drive following graduation, so make sure you save a copy of anything important beforehand! Content will remain on your H Drive however, so if you’re planning to come back to do some post-grad study, no need to worry about your H Drive being wiped!
Student mail and Google Drive
You retain access to your Student Gmail and Google Drive after you graduate*. Don’t get caught out though – we still require you to update your password every six months (IT security is important, guys!). If you forget to do this you won’t be able to log in, however it’s an easy fix – visit our Passwords webpage to reset your password.
Learning@Griffith and myGriffith
You’ll retain access to myGriffith for life, so you can log back in at any time to access your academic transcript or grades. Remember: you’ll need to regularly update your password (see above. Note: your password is synced via single sign-on so you won’t have to change it for each platform – you only need to change it once each time). Your Learning@Griffith access however will be shut off upon graduation.
You can continue to have access to your PebblePad work after you graduate, however you will need to create an ‘Alumni’ account. It’s important you do this before your Griffith account is deactivated. Follow the keeping my PebblePad account after Graduation instructions to set up an ‘Alumni’ account.
Once you graduate, you will no longer have access to electronic library resources as these are only licensed for current students. Don’t fret though! You can easily join our libraries for free as an Alumni borrower which will allow you to borrow from the physical collection. You can gain access to a range of electronic databases and resources by joining your local public library, State Library of Queensland or the National Library of Australia where eligible.
*This may change in the future depending on changes in Griffith service agreements