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.


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.

Batman returns… to the library

Once upon a time there was a baby bat, books and some very eager school kids…

This week, Mt Gravatt’s Library storytime received some special guests just in time for Halloween–three orphan baby bats from Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland. At 11am Friday 30 October the kiddies from Yarranlea Primary School were treated to a storytime with a difference thanks to the volunteer team from Bat Conservation and Rescue Queensland.

The bat rescuers joined the students at this month’s storytime to give an educational talk and spread the word about bat conservation in South-East Queensland. The kids were introduced to three orphan babies bats as young as three weeks old and one who had only been rescued that morning.

Mt Gravatt library’s storytime began earlier this year and has become a huge hit with the local school students who now regularly visit their local library.

The Mt Gravatt campus and the Yarranlea Primary School share a campus which is why this fantastic community initiative began.


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Make your reading count

The #pages4progress initiative is aiming to increase literacy around the world by asking readers around the world to each read 20,015 total pages.

All in time for September 8th, 2014—International Literacy Day. Get involved with this great campaign.

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