4 reasons to visit the library this Summer

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 connectedCommon-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!


Library-themed Christmas decorations

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.

Ornaments

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!


Are you assignment ready?

 

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.

 

 

In addition to these steps, course reading lists, the library catalogue, Google Scholar and Library Guide’s Databases are handy platforms to check out once you’re ready to start researching.

 

So…let’s get started!


National Stress Awareness Day

 

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!

Exercise

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.

 


Get to know your library with a library tour

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.

Library Campus Location Time Frequency
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!

 


Top 10 library and IT questions asked in Week One

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.

Ask Us is indexed by Google, so if you ask good ol’ Google a question about library or IT topics, you will most likely get an answer from Us. Ask Us.

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. 1. What is the difference between a reference list and bibliography?
  2. 2. Why am I being asked to login to Echo360?
  3. 3. My assessment has been marked in Turnitin. How do I see my marks and feedback?
  4. 4. How do I cite the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights in APA 6th style?
  5. 5. Can I view online recordings of lectures?
  6. 6. What is common time?
  7. 7. How do I access my Turnitin digital receipt?
  8. 8. How do I reference a document I found on Google?
  9. 9. What is a Turnitin submission ID?
  10. 10. I submitted the wrong assignment to Turnitin. What should I do?

Do you have a question? Ask Us!