Get a head start on study by attending our Earlybird workshops

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our Earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

Prior to Trimester 3, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students. Find out more at our Library Orientation webpage.

Writing university assignments (2hrs) 

Covers the basics of getting started, structuring and writing assignments.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
Nathan
9.30 am
9.30 am
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Getting started on an ePortfolio on PebblePad (45 mins)

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.  Bring along a device and your login details.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
Nathan
11.45 am
11.45 am
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Researching and referencing for your assignment (2hrs)

Gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Monday 22 October 2018
Wednesday 24 October 2018
Gold Coast
Nathan
1.30 pm
1.30 pm
Clinical Sciences 2 (G16_1.07)
Environment 2 (N13_0.05)

Library orientation

The library is so much more than books on the shelves.

You can take a 15 minute tour of your library during orientation week. Getting to know your library will make studying at university so much easier.

How EndNote can help you manage your citations

Have you reached the point where you’ve typed so many citations that you can reference APA or AGPS Harvard off the top of your head?

You may find that referencing in this way becomes tedious and inefficient over time, especially when you start writing long literature reviews or thesis documents.

If you’re at this point and haven’t already heard of EndNote, you probably want to take a look at it.

EndNote is Griffith’s recommended bibliographic management software, and can be used to:

  • Collect references from databases
  • Organise references and documents into a searchable library
  • Create instant reference lists and/or bibliographies.

It is important to recognise that EndNote requires you to learn how to use its functions, that it can only create references based on what you input into it, and that you have to know the rules of referencing.

It’s super handy if you have a large number of sources you need to organise. You are able to store all the information (including PDFs) for each of your sources in one place and easily insert an in-text reference  straight into Word. From this, EndNote creates the reference list at the end of your document in your chosen referencing style.

The best part is that it updates your references when you make changes. If you decide to remove a section of text, which has an in text reference used nowhere else, this reference will automatically be removed from your Reference List too. #TimeSaver.

As a Griffith staff member or student you can download EndNote for free. To get EndNote, follow the instructions on the EndNote page to download it.

Don’t forget that if you need to learn about referencing, we recommend you use our Referencing Tool and check out our referencing page.

 


Ace your referencing with our Referencing Tool

Even though referencing may seem a monumental task, it is important for many reasons. It shows what you have read, enables your reader to locate your referred sources, supports and strengthens your argument and

demonstrates academic integrity. It’s also an essential part of many assignments.

If thinking about referencing seems overwhelming, it’s OK. To make the task easier, Griffith University has developed a Referencing Tool.

And it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3 to use!

  1. 1. Select the reference style.
  2. 2. Select the media type.
  3. 3. Select the format.

Then BAM – the tool provides you an example. For both the in-text citation and the reference list entry.

This tool is also mobile device friendly for any ‘on the move’ referencing queries.

If you’re still feeling a bit perplexed, check out our Study Smart guide to referencing.

Happy referencing!


Get a head start on study by attending our earlybird workshops

Quick quiz:

  • Are you starting uni this trimester?
  • Did you find last trimester’s study a challenge?
  • Do you want to further develop your learning skills?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, our free Earlybird workshops are perfect for you!

During O Week for Trimester 2, 2018, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Writing university assignments

This workshop covers the basics of getting started, structuring and writing assignments.

Gold Coast: Wed 4 July, 9.30 am – G16 Lecture Theatre 1
Logan: Thurs 5 July, 9.30 am – L08 Lecture Theatre 2
Nathan: Thurs 5 July, 9.30 am – N18 Central Theatre 1

Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad. Don’t forget your login details and a device!

Gold Coast: Wed 4 July, 11.45 am – G16 Lecture Theatre 1
Logan: Thurs 5 July, 11.45 am – L08 Lecture Theatre 2
Nathan: Thurs 5 July, 11.45 am – N18 Central Theatre 1

Researching and referencing for your assignments

Gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Gold Coast: Wed 4 July, 1.30 pm – G16 Lecture Theatre 1
Logan: Thurs 5 July, 1.30 pm – L08 Lecture Theatre 2
Nathan: Thurs 5 July, 1.30 pm – N18 Central Theatre 1


Stay on top of your references with EndNote

Referencing is an essential skill to have as a uni student. We know, it can be pedantic: where to italicise, where to put a comma (wait, was it a comma, or a full stop?!), whether to capatalise or not….

When you start out, we recommend you use our Referencing Tool. This will help you get the hang of referencing, and what your citation should look like.

But you may get to the stage where you’re writing extensive literature reviews or maybe even a research thesis, and simply can’t manage all your 100s of citations manually.

If you’re at this point and haven’t already heard of EndNote, you probably want to take a look at it.

EndNote is Griffith’s recommended bibliographic management software, and can be used to easily:

  • Collect references
  • Organise references and documents in a searchable library
  • Create instant reference lists and/or bibliographies

It’s super handy if you have a large amount of research you need to organise. You are able to store all the citations in one place, and easily insert them straight into Word. And, as soon as you insert an in-text reference into word, the full reference will be added to the document’s Reference List section.

The best part is that it updates and syncs. If you decide to remove a section of text, which may have had an in text reference used nowhere else, this reference will automatically be removed from your Reference List too #timesaver.

As a Griffith student or staff member you can download EndNote for free from Griffith’s Software Download Service. Find out more about using EndNote here.


What’s the difference between a reference list and a bibliography?

Bibliographies vs reference lists are kind of like a Millennium Falcon vs an X-wing starfighter.

One’s smaller and encompasses the essentials (i.e. only sources you have referred to), while the other’s more expansive with smuggling compartments and cargo bays full of information (i.e. everything you’ve used to help with your assignment).

Let us spell it out, without the Star Wars terminology:

Reference Lists

  • Generally contain only sources you have cited in-text as part of your assignment.

Bibliographies

  • Are generally a list of all the sources you have used. In addition to listing the sources you cited in-text, you also list resources that you read to generate your ideas about the topic.

Most referencing styles used at Griffith use a reference list (i.e. APA 6 and Harvard), although some use a bibliography (i.e. Chicago 16A).

Sometimes, the two terms are used interchangeably so it is very important to check with your lecturer if you are not sure what is required for your assignment.

For more information, check out the Referencing styles information on the Library Study web page. You can also take a look at the Referencing Tool providing examples for in-text and reference lists according to AGPS Harvard, APA 6 and Vancouver styles.


Have you used our Referencing Tool yet? #Timesaver

It seems that referencing is the bane of many students’ existence.

But really, it’s just like shoving 10 marshmallows in your mouth. Intimidating, until you actually start to do it. Then you realise it’s actually not so hard.

If you’re a weirdo like us, you may even come to enjoy it (referencing, not the marshmallows, that is). In fact, it’s often an area where you can score some easy marks if done properly. And truly, it’s not that hard.

To make referencing easier, Griffith has developed a super-handy Referencing Tool.

Using the Referencing Tool is as easy as 1, 2, 3! You simply select your reference style, media type and format and the handy little tool will give you an example for both the in-text citation and reference list entry.

Just be aware that if you need to know about the intricacies of authors (including how many you should show in the in-text citation) you will need to look up the details under books in your preferred citation style.

If you’re still feeling a bit perplexed, check out our Study Smart guide to referencing. Maybe grab some marshmallows while you’re at it…