All Hallow’s Read – give someone a scary book to read this Halloween!

All Hallow’s Read is a Halloween tradition – it’s simply that in the week of Halloween or on the night itself, give someone a scary book to read!

But make sure it’s an appropriate one – don’t give a young child a copy of “The Shining”, for example…

Here are some recommendations for all ages that may want to be read with the lights on:

For K-12:

For teens:

For grown-ups:

So get reading and scare yourself silly!

Get reading and scare yourself silly!

Finishing Assignments?

Reading over your assignment for the millionth time? Suspect there are mistakes you just can’t see? Aiming for an excellent communication mark or to highlight your professionalism?  

Studywell provides some tips and tricks to make checking over your assignment more effective. Here are some examples of what we’ve found the most helpful:

  •   Editing & Proofreading are actually two different processes. Try editing an assignment (looking at the overall structure and response to the question) before proofreading it (checking it sentence by sentence for grammar/word choice/typos/other sentence level stuff).
  •  Check you’re still on topic. During the editing process, do a quick skim read of your introduction, topic sentences, and conclusion. Does it still answer the assignment question?
  • If possible, leave the assignment for a day or overnight, after you have finished writing. A bit of space helps avoid seeing what you think you have written, rather than what’s actually on the page.
  • If you’re short on time, changing the way the document looks as you read over it can help. For example, you can print out a draft copy, change the font or sizing, to focus on the words on the page.
  •  Check that each in-text reference has a corresponding entry in the reference list. You can also compare your reference list entries against the examples on QUT cite|write.

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Have a Question? Ask a Librarian

Did you know there are a number of ways you can contact a librarian in order to receive answers to your questions?  We are here to help you so it is just a matter of deciding which way is the most convenient for you to Ask a Librarian.

Email is an obvious choice for communicating with us from off campus. When using this option Select “Library”as the category when you submit your email.

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Alternatively you may wish to Chat online with a Librarian and receive help in real time chat format. You can do this anytime between 10am and 6pm Monday – Friday during semester.

If you are on campus you may prefer to visit the Learning and Research Desk  located in the Library (Level 2, B Block) or you can also phone this desk to speak to a librarian.

Whether you are a part time, full time or external student, these alternatives should ensure you have the opportunity to ask us your questions. We would love to hear from you!

Database spotlight: Inspec and IEEE Xplore

Inspec, a leading bibliographic database in the fields of electronics, physics, computer science and engineering, added its 12 millionth record in June 2011.Inspec logo

The 12-millionth item to be added to the database is about fuel cells – “A novel membrane for DMFC – Na2Ti3O7 nanotubes/Nafion composite membrane” by a team of scientists from China, Taiwan and the USA. It was published in the “International Journal of Hydrogen Energy”.

An abstract-only database, QUT Library’s coverage extends as far back as 1898 and also includes access to the Inspec Archive, which provides access to historical scientific records in the fields of physics, electrical engineering, electronics computing and control engineering. Remember, don’t discount abstract-only databases – in many cases, you’ll be linked to the full-text article in another QUT Library database.

IEEE Xplore Digital Library  is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers online database which currently holds 3 million technical documents, incuding journal articles, IEEEXplore imageconference proceedings, technical standards, and ebooks.

The milestone 3 millionth document, “Protecting Smart Grid Automation Systems Against Cyberattacks,” is an early access article published in IEEE Transactions on Smart Grid.  Authors of the paper are Dong Wei, and Yan Lu, two IEEE members from Siemens; Mohsen Jafari, an IEEE member from Rutgers University; Paul M. Skare, an IEEE member from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Kenneth Rohde from the Cyber Security Research and Development at the Idaho National Laboratory.

QUT Library’s indexing and full-text coverage of IEEE Xplore extends back to 1988, with selected full-text items accessible as far back as 1952.

United Nations Day – 24 October

United Nations (UN) Day annually falls on October 24 and marks the anniversary of the United Nations coming into force in 1945.

On this day in 1945, the United Nations officially came into being when the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council (France, the Republic of China, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom and the United States), ratified the founding charter document.

24 October has been celebrated as UN Day since 1948. It is an occasion to highlight, celebrate and reflect on the work of the UN and its family of specialised agencies. To recognise the day, the UN, particularly its main offices in New York, the Hague, Geneva, Vienna and Nairobi, organises special activities and events including concerts, discussions and debates on the significance of the work of the UN and proclamations by heads of state and other dignitaries.

Last year’s UN Day focused on the eight UN Millennium Development Goals of:

  • Ensuring environmental sustainability
  • Achieving universal primary education
  • Reducing child mortality
  • Improving maternal health
  • Developing a global partnership for development
  • Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
  • Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger
  • Promoting gender equality and empowering women

Learn more about UN Day on the UN website.

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Get set for exams – download a free study planner

It’s week 13, which means that final assignment deadlines, study-with-out-teaching week, and exams are all fast approaching.

Whether you are feeling stressed or need some motivation (to avoid procrastinating up to the last minute), getting organised for the next four weeks can save time and help you get on top of study.

It’s definitely not too late to start planning. It only takes a short amount of time to note due dates and exam times, and decide what & when you need to prepare.

For example, you can download the exam study planner from Studywell. Use it to mark your deadlines and set aside time (e.g. in revision week and between exams) to get stuff done.

Another tip is to make sure your planner includes achievable, concrete goals (e.g. ‘go over bioscience wk 8-12 lecture notes’ vs. ‘study’).  This not only helps leave enough time to revise for each unit, but it can also help avoid procrastination, because you have a clear goal to achieve in the time you have set aside for study.

Have a good last week of semester!

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Help with Referencing

One of the key components of academic writing is referencing. It allows you to support your writing with evidence, ideas or quotes from others’ research without plagiarising.

In order to assist you with the task of referencing QUT provides an excellent tool known as
QUT cite|write. It contains detailed examples of how to reference all types of information in each of QUT’s four main referencing/citing styles. So when you have questions about how to include citations in your essay or format your information sources into a correct reference list, refer to this guide.

QUT cite|write is easy to use and involves 3 simple steps as highlighted in green below.

  1. Select your referencing style from the tabs.
  2. Select the format of your information from the list on the left.
  3. Select the type of information from the list on the right.

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You will then see an example which you can use as a guide to correctly format the Author, Date, Title and Publication details of your own reference.

If you need further advice about multiple authors, publication details or page numbers, follow the links in the grey boxes underneath the example as shown.

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Click the Authors box in your style for examples of how to reference information with various numbers of authors, corporate authors, editors, authors who are cited in secondary sources and more.
Publication details contains examples to address questions about publication dates or places while Page numbers assists with referencing resources that appear “pageless”

DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) are unique codes which provide permanent links to online resources and are most commonly used when referencing electronic journal articles. This button includes key facts about when and how to use DOIs.

Of course, the more often you use QUT cite|write, the easier it will become to find the example that fits your reference question. However, if you need help to find the answer to your referencing question or just want to check you are referencing correctly, come and see us or call us at the Caboolture Library Learning and Research Desk. Alternatively you can ask your question online using the Ask a Librarian service.

We’re here to help. Ask us!

Are you an external student?  Work full time?  Look after kids during the day?  Or rushed off your feet in the final weeks of semester? If you can’t make it to uni, don’t despair, there are other ways you can talk to us.

  1. Email: Check out the FAQs for commonly asked questions or send us an email.  We usually provide a same day service.
  2. Learning and Research Desk: You can see us in person, or, if that’s too much phone us.
  3. Chat online: Real time chat with a librarian from 10am to 6pm during semester.  We can renew your loans for you, talk you through referencing those tricky sources (two articles written in the same year, by the same author) and help you to book study rooms, amongst other things.

Getting Books from GP and KG – Placing an intercampus or Library Store request

As a Caboolture based student or staff member your access to print resources is not limited to the items held in the library here in B Block.

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By placing an intercampus or Library Store request you can easily access many of the resources held in the Kelvin Grove, Gardens Point and Law libraries as well as from the new Library Store … that’s almost half a million items

 To request a book or DVD from another branch simply follow the Placing a hold instructions. You can also request journal articles, just complete an Intercampus copy request form.

Requested books are couriered to the Caboolture Library for pick-up and any requested journal articles will actually be emailed directly to you! Both processes usually take about two days.

Top tips: QUT Harvard

Here are our top tips for referencing using QUT Harvard:

1.    Referencing two sources (e.g. websites, books) which are written by the same author and published in the same year.  

Example:  You have two book chapters written by John Hartley and published in 2007.  Both books have been edited by other people.  Construct your references according to the style for your particular source type, and then list them alphabetically by title.  Next, assign the first listed reference with an ‘a’ after the year, then the second with a ‘b’ and so on.  What you should end up with is something like:

Hartley, John. 2007a. “The best propaganda: Humphrey Jennings, the silent village (1943).” In Beautiful things in popular culture, edited by Alan McKee, 144-163. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

Hartley, John. 2007b. “Reality and the plebiscite.” In Politicotainment: Television’s take on the real, edited by Kristina Riegert, 21-58. New York, NY: Peter Lang.

 2.    Referencing one author’s work that been referred to in the work of another.

Example: You’ve found an excellent journal article and in it, there’s a really useful quote from someone else.  What’s more, you can reference the second author’s work, even if you can’t access this author’s work!  Simply reference the original author’s work in text and reference the article author in the reference list, like this…

In-text:

… (Zukofsky quoted in Costello 1981, 45)

Reference list:

Costello, Bonnie. 1981. Marianne Moore: Imaginary possessions. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

3.    Referencing a Facebook post or Tweet from Twitter.

Example: You’ve found a fan page for an orang-utan named Nonja that has relevant information for your argument.  You’ve thought long and hard about whether or not this type of source material is scholarly enough to include in your essay, or you’ve talked to your tutor and they have advised that Facebook and Twitter references are okay.

If you are citing a fan page from Facebook, reference it as you would a webpage:

Nonja. n.d. “Facebook.” [Fan page]. Accessed October 12, 2011.  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nonja/190010092116

If you are citing a group page, reference it as a webpage and substitute the name of the group for the author’s name:

When I was your age, Pluto was a planet. 2009. “Facebook.” [Group page]. Accessed October 12, 2011. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2207893888

Reference a Tweet using the example for web page, adding in [Twitter post] after the title:

BarackObama. 2009. “Launched American Graduation Initiative to help additional 5 mill. Americans graduate college by 2020: http://bit.ly/gcTX7.” [Twitter post]. Accessed October 12, 2011. http://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/2651151366

Got another tricky QUT Harvard question? Check out QUT cite|writeAsk-a-librarian, or drop us a line below.