Kick start your study success by attending an earlybird workshop

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 2, 2017, we are offering the following earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university
Get an overview of university culture and expectations, and learn some helpful strategies for managing your time and studying effectively. Beginning the trimester with a head start on study and time management will make a world of difference, we promise!

Writing university assignments
Does your assignment writing process involve opening a new word document, and staring at an empty page for 30 minutes trying to come up with an opening sentence? Don’t let assignments get the better of you! This workshop will cover the basics of getting started on structuring and writing assignments, and will help prepare you to smash the next assignment you get!

Researching and Referencing for your assignments
Being able to research and reference is a kinda crucial part of uni. If this seems daunting, come along to this workshop. You’ll 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.

Check out the times, dates, and locations, come along to a workshop, and start trimester two prepared for success!

Connect with nature on World Environment Day

It’s World Environment Day on Monday 5 June 2017.

Embrace this year’s theme and connect with nature! Get yourself and your classmates outdoors; appreciate nature’s beauty and importance and take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.

Connecting people to nature in everyday life is an integral part of Griffith University. Since its inception in the early 1970’s, the university has taught environmental sciences.

And over time, the university has integrated environmental sustainability into almost every other discipline taught. Go Griffith!

But don’t let the University show you up. You can connect with nature by simply downloading the GrowsAtGriffith app. The app allows you to access an attractive, easy-to-use and concise flora of the common vascular plants found on Griffith University campuses and southeast Queensland.

Want more? There are so many apps available that can help you connect with nature. Check out the Field Guide to Queensland Fauna (search for it on iTunes or Google Play.). It provides a detailed description of animals, maps of distribution and endangered species status for fauna in the state of Queensland.

And don’t forget about your Griffith University library! We can help you connect with nature as well. The library has many flora identification books including Cronin’s key guide: Australian rainforest plants, Australian trees and Wetland plants of Queensland: a field guide.

It also has animal identification books like the Field guide to frogs of QueenslandTracks, scats and other traces: a field guide to Australian mammals and Queensland’s threatened animals.

If you would like help locating fauna and flora resources, book a Research and Referencing consultation with a Librarian.

More books for borrowing? Bonus!

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Searched our Griffith library catalogue like a pro and still can’t find the book you’re after? If that’s the case, how about trying BONUS+?

If you haven’t heard of BONUS+ before, that’s OK – a lot of people haven’t. But it’s certainly worth taking a look at (trust us, we’re librarians, we know books!).

BONUS+ is a resource sharing project that Griffith University staff and students can use to request books from participating University libraries in Australia and New Zealand.

If the book you need is not held at any of our Griffith University Libraries or is out on loan, you can request it online from another BONUS+ library and collect it a few days later from your selected pickup location.

“How do I access this service?” you ask. Simple:

  • Search the library catalogue 
  • Click the Menu icon (it’s three horizontal lines at the top right)
  • Select Can’t find that book? BONUS+ (look for the little green button!)
  • Search for the book you want in the BONUS+ catalogue
  • Select Request this item if the book is available at a BONUS+ library
  • Select Griffith University
  • Click Submit above information
  • Enter your Griffith username and password
  • Choose your Pickup Location
  • Click Submit

Check out our BONUS+ webpage for information on how to access the service, as well as what you can can borrow and for how long.

Save time researching by using our subject guides

Photo of heavy metal band

Iron Maiden are heavy metal like the music, not the elements…

Are you finding that researching for your assignment takes ages? Like, longer than the wait for the new season of Game of Thrones to be released?

Wouldn’t it be such a great time-saver if all the databases and resources for your study area were in one, easily accessible place?

Well, they are. Our discipline librarians have worked hard to compile all the databases and key information resources you’ll need for your subject area into one centralised area. Just go to the Borrowing and Resources library page, and select your subject area under Library guides.  

You can select a broad area, such as Health, to see all relevant databases. Or you can further narrow your selection to a specific discipline area, such as Nursing and Midwifery for more detailed information.

Using the resources in these subject guides can help ensure you’re finding information relevant to your specific subject area.

For example, if you were wanting to find information on the chemistry of heavy metals, you’d take a squiz at the Chemistry guide. However, if you wanted to find information on the musical genre of heavy metal, you’d want to be looking at the Music guide.

Navigate your way through the research cycle


Are you a postgraduate student or Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate? Wondering how to get the skills to achieve at University? The Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules is the resource for you.

The online training modules will help you navigate your way through the research cycle. There are three sections: discover, manage and publish.  Each section will help you build your knowledge base and direct you to additional resources.

The Discover section is a ‘pre-flight check’ to help you focus on conducting independent research using Griffith University library resources. It will also teach you how to keep up-to-date in your field.

Manage looks at best practices and tools for managing your information and research data. It includes tips on how to organise and manage your literature.

Publish looks at networks and technologies to support collaboration with other researchers, find the best publishing outlets, measure research impact and discover opportunities for research funding.

We hope you find the Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules engaging and helpful. Remember, you can contact a library specialist if you need more support.

Can I get help with research and referencing at home?

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Yes, you can. Book an online session and consult with a library specialist from home or work.  It’s quick and easy to set up.

That’s right, you can have a virtual meeting from the comfort of your bed/office. Using Cisco WebEx (similar to Skype), a library specialist can provide assistance with researching and referencing queries.

Cisco WebEx is awesome for desktop sharing. This means the library specialist can show you what’s happening on their computer screen. You’ll be able to follow along when they are demonstrating how to search that tricky database or library catalogue.

You can also share what’s happening on your computer screen. This will be handy for when you need advice on that reference list you’ve been working on forever. If they can’t see what you’ve done, how can they possibly help?

Do you have computer with a reliable internet connection, a working microphone and speakers and/or a headset? Great! You are all ready for your online consult! A webcam is not essential.

You can even join a consultation using a smart phone or tablet. However, this option does not allow you to share your device’s screen. You will also need to download the Cisco WebEx Meetings app.

Try it! Simply choose an online session from the list of available consultation times and book in.  After we receive your booking, we email you details on how to access the meeting.  Book now!

See you 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.