Get a head start on study by attending our free 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!

Prior to Trimester 1, 2019, we are offering the following Earlybird workshops free to Griffith students:

Strategies for study at university (2 hrs)

This workshop introduces you to university culture and expectations, and covers strategies for managing your time and studying effectively.

Gold Coast: Mon 11 February, 10.00 am – G17 Lecture Theatre 4
Nathan: Tues 12 February, 10.00 am – N18 Central Theatre 1

Writing university assignments (2 hrs)

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

Nathan: Wed 13 February, 9.30 am – N18 Central Theatre 1
Gold Coast: 
Wed 13 February, 10.00 am – G17 Lecture Theatre 4
Mt Gravatt: Mon 18 February, 9.30 am – M23 Auditorium
South Bank: Tues 19 February, 9.30 am – S05 Lecture Theatre and Gallery
Logan: Thurs 21 February, 9.30 am – L08 Lecture Theatre 2

Getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad (45 mins)

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

Nathan: Wed 13 February, 11.45 am – N18 Central Theatre 1
Gold Coast: 
Wed 13 February, 1.00 pm – G03 Lecture Theatre 1
Mt Gravatt: Mon 18 February, 11.45 am – M23 Auditorium
South Bank: Tues 19 February, 11.45 am – S05 Lecture Theatre and Gallery
Logan: Thurs 21 February, 11.45 am – L08 Lecture Theatre 2

Researching and referencing for your assignments (2 hrs)

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.

Nathan: Wed 13 February, 1.30 pm – N18 Central Theatre 1
Gold Coast: 
Wed 13 February, 2.00 pm – G03 Lecture Theatre 1
Mt Gravatt: Mon 18 February, 1.30 pm – M23 Auditorium
South Bank: Tues 19 February, 1.30 pm – S05 Lecture Theatre and Gallery
Logan: Thurs 21 February, 1.30 pm – L08 Lecture Theatre 2


How to boost your postgrad research skills

 

A little extra help goes a long way in the world of researching, more specifically higher degree research, and we want your work to have impact!

The Research and Publishing webpage covers all your researching needs and assists with getting started, managing your research and of course, getting published.

The webpage covers topics such as:

Free workshops on topics like publishing during your PhD, EndNote, developing your academic argument, editing your writing, managing your research data and many more.

  • Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules designed to guide you through every stage of your research journey.
  • Strategic publishing guidelines that show you where to get published, how to get published and how to reach the widest audience.
  • How to measure your academic impact using citation performance indicators and altmetrics.
  • Best practice data guidelines.
  • Plus much more.

Are you a Higher Degree Research student and need assisting with a specific research need? You can book a free consultation with a specialist Librarian for support. Just scroll on down to ‘Consultations with a Specialist’ on the Research and Publishing webpage.


Did you know tomorrow is National Bird Day?

Birds.

Some people love them; have them as pets; go bird-watching for fun. Other people hate them; squeal as birds swoop towards them. Then, some people are just plain indifferent.

Whatever your feelings are towards birds, did you know that tomorrow, January 5, is National Bird Day?

There’s actually a lot to learn about birds. In fact, here at Griffith University, we’ve done a bunch of research on birds.

Want to learn about the implications of feeding birds, birds and tourism or birds in Indigenous Australian rock art? Take a look at:

That’s just some of the areas of research focus. Keen to find out more about birds this National Bird Day? Check out our research on birds on Griffith Research Online.


9 online search tips to help you with your researching

About to start researching for an assignment? Of course, you want this process to be as efficient as possible, right? Well, we’re here to help!

Follow the handy tips below to ensure you’re searching online information effectively. Some of them will be massive timesavers!

1. Identify keywords

Keywords are key! Analyse your assignment question to develop a list of keywords to use in online search tools.

2. Brainstorm more keywords

Be sure to use synonyms of your keywords. Consult a thesaurus; there are plenty of free versions online. Experts probably discuss your topic using a variety of terms, and you’ll want to catch all of this research.

3. Beware of words with different spelling

Watch out for words with alternative spelling. Remember, there are differences between British English and American English spelling, such as colour and color. Some search tools will automatically find both spellings, but you may need to include both versions.

4. Limit your search

Most search tools let you limit your results in a range of ways. Use these tools to focus your results on the content you need. For example, you may not need peer-reviewed journal articles, or news articles from the past three months. Limit your search to what you need.

5. Keep keywords together

Sometimes you need to use keywords together. If the words aren’t in the correct order, the results won’t be relevant; for example, higher education. Most search tools will find your phrase in the correct order if you enclose the words in quotation marks; for example “higher education”. This works best for two or three words.

6. Find multiple words in one go

Some search tools will only provide results for the exact keywords you use. For example, if you search for teen, you will only find results that contain teen. However, you may also like results for teen, teens, teenager and teenaged. Try truncation to avoid typing in all of these words. You can use a symbol, usually the asterisk (*), to tell the search tool to find any endings of your keyword. For example, you can search for teen* and find results for all those other words in one go.

7. Use wildcards

A wildcard is a symbol you can use in the middle of a word to catch any alternate spelling options for that word. The wildcard symbol varies between search tools, but is frequently a question mark (?) or an asterisk (*). For example, if you are searching for the keyword behaviour, and know there is an alternative spelling option, you can use the wildcard symbol to find both spelling options at once. For example, behavio?r.

8. Combine keywords and synonyms

We’ve already stressed the importance of keywords and synonyms. But you’ll need to think about how you are going to use all these words when you search an online tool, such as the library catalogue or databases. That’s where Boolean operators come in. Boolean operators are the terms and, or and not. They are used to join your keywords together to form a search strategy. Check out this YouTube video from Penfield Library to get an idea of how to use Boolean operators in your search.

9. Dig into references

Don’t forget to check reference lists of the resources you find. They may list other helpful sources of information you can use.

– Extract from Study Smart – 


Need help with research and publishing?

Griffith University Library is here to help you fly into your research!

We’ve created a Research and Publishing webpage to assist you through this process. The Research and Publishing webpage covers everything from getting started on your research journey to getting published and attaining academic impact.

You’ll find links to:

  • Free workshops on topics like EndNote, developing your academic argument, editing your writing, managing your research data, publishing during your PhD and many more.
  • Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules designed to guide you through every stage of your research journey.
  • Strategic publishing guidelines to assist you through publishing.
  • Academic impact resources.
  • Best practice data guidelines.
  • Plus much more.

Remember, Griffith Library is here to help you succeed in your research. Need more help? If you’re a Higher Degree Research candidate or academic you can book in for a free consultation with a specialist Discipline Librarian to assist you with your research specific information needs.


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.

Improve your postgrad research skills

Are you a Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate? Wondering how to get the skills to achieve at University? The Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules (PRISM) are for you.

PRISM has been created so you can develop research skills during your candidature that will continue to benefit you throughout your career.

The modules will assist you to develop your research topic, search the literature to develop a literature review, organise information and much more.

They can be completed in any order and are organised by Early candidature (first year), Post confirmation (second year) and Late candidature (third year and beyond) for your convenience.

Each section will help you build your knowledge base and direct you to additional resources. The research skills you develop through PRISM will help you now and in your future career in research and beyond.

You can access the Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules through PebblePad from our Research and Publishing webpage.

We hope you find the modules engaging and helpful. Remember, you can contact a library specialist if you need more support – just scroll down to the Consultation with a Specialist slab on the Research and Publishing webpage and select your discipline.