Come play in the Games Lab

The Games Lab at Kelvin Grove library is now bigger and better!

Located on level 4 of the library, come and play your favourites or hone your gaming skills on Wii, PS3 and Xbox. For the energetic amongst you, PS3 Move and Xbox Kinect are also on offer.

Grab some games from level 4 or from the Course Reserve collection (call number 794.8), collect your controllers from the friendly staff at the Learning and Research Desk and you’re ready to play!

Attention lecturers – would you like to use the Games Lab with your students?  Contact the Learning and Research Desk to arrange details.

Academic Skills Advisors

QUT Library provides any number of different avenues for study support and assistance that all QUT students have access to, including the Learning & Research Desks and Study Solutions.

Academic Skills Advisors are one of these avenues, and provide more specialized and individualized support for students who are struggling with their study. They can assist with a range of academic skills including:
  • Time management and task planning
  • Notetaking and managing information
  • Reading and comprehension
  • Academic writing
  • Working in teams
  • Exam prep
  • Academic integrity & referencing

If you think you might benefit from a bit of extra help with your assignments, or have any other study issue, and would like to make an appointment with the Academic Skills Advisor at Caboolture, please talk to your lecturer or tutor, or come and have a chat with Caboolture Library staff.

And don’t forget to check out Studywell, the Library’s online suite of study and learning resources!Remember, you can still take advantage of QUT Library’s other support services, like Study Solutions and the Learning & Research Desk, at any time.

Tricky Referencing #1

Author quoted in another work (Secondary Source):

Ever come across a really great quote or piece of information while you’re reading a journal article for your latest assignment, only to find out that the author(s) got it from somewhere else? Want to reference it but not sure how?

The first thing you should do is try and locate the original article or book – find the full reference in the reference list at the end of the article and try searching on the Library Catalogue or Quick Find. If it is a reputable, scholarly, reliable source that is relatively recent, you should be able to locate it. You would generally only want to use a secondary source if the item is out of print, written in a foreign language, or unavailable through usual avenues.

If this is the case, and you really can’t find the information anywhere else, you will need to reference it as a “secondary source”. Essentially, you name the primary author AND cite the secondary author in-text, but only the secondary author in your reference list.

Examples for referencing a secondary source can be located on CiteWrite under the Authors tab.

For example:
APA:
In-text: Primary author (as cited in Secondary Author, Year, p. _);                   Reference List: Secondary Author. (Year). Title of Secondary Work. Place of publication: Publisher.

Harvard:
In-text: (primary author quoted in secondary author, date, pg no.);                  Reference List: Secondary author. Year. Title of secondary source. Place of publication: Publisher.

Top Tips for referencing a Secondary Source:

  1. Always see if the original source is available first and read it – it is possible that the information or quote has been taken out of context or re-worded to suit the secondary author’s argument;
  2. Don’t reference the original source if you haven’t actually read it – putting a source in your reference list when you haven’t actually used it in your assignment can constitute plagiarism and can result in losing valuable marks;
  3. Use secondary source references sparingly – for example, if the resource is out of print, or written in a foreign language, and if the information is unavailable anywhere else.

Don’t forget! CiteWrite should be your first stop for any referencing queries. If you’re still in doubt, come and ask at the Learning & Research Desk @ the Library.

Need some help with maths or stats?

Struggling with statistics? Finding that core maths unit or clinical prac a bit of a headache? Then you might like to take advantage of the great services & support that the QUT Maths Access Centre (QUTMAC) has to offer.

QUTMAC provides support in numeracy, mathematics and statistics across all disciplines, including nursing and education.  You can access generic and faculty-specific resources and worksheets online via the Blackboard site, or if you’d prefer some more hands-on assistance, drop-in sessions are available on all campuses.

Johnny Thew will be at the Caboolture library every Monday between 11am and 5pm if you would like to drop in for some help. He is also available on Thursdays, please email (johnny.thew@connect.qut.edu.au) by Wednesday afternoon to make an appointment.

Working in teams – tips for success

So it’s around that time in the semester when the dreaded group assignment looms.

A good team can produce better results than individuals working alone, and teamwork can improve the abilities of each individual, teach you to cope with challenge and criticism and help you to consider different perspectives.

However, due to the nature of group work, group members can sometimes find that they are not working effectively. Some of the most common problems that occur in group assignments include –

  • Misunderstandings about responsibilities
  • (Perceived) lack of commitment in some group members
  • Personality clashes
  • One person doing all the work

Sound familiar?

To give your group the best possible chance at success, try the following process –

  • Take the time to introduce yourselves– this might sound obvious, but talk about your skills, assign roles and duties to each group member, and swap contact details.
  • Meet as soon as possible – meet regularly and set an agenda. Record the minutes and actions, and make sure all group members acknowledge and agree to timelines.

You can download meeting agenda and minutes templates from Studywell > Working in Teams

  • Set ground rules – this means agreeing on and setting up expectations for attendance, confidentiality of group information, consideration of group members, amount of effort to be given to the assignment and timelines for completion. Write them down and distribute to all group members so there are no misunderstandings.
  • Analyse the assignment task – make sure all group members are clear about the task and divide duties (try dividing duties according to each group member’s strengths).  Set deadlines, and build a review of the group’s progress into each meeting – this helps to avoid last minute panic.
  • Assign functional roles – each team member can take on a variety of functional roles such as – coordinator (keeps track of the project); initiator (suggests new ideas and plans); information seeker (performs research); goal setter (evaluates and set targets for the group); evaluator (critically analyses the assignment); planner (organises schedules); finisher (edits and proofreads)
  • Create strategies for dealing with problems – decide on how decisions will be made (e.g. consensus, majority, compromise). Consider the perspectives and personal situations of other team members and record all decisions, actions and incidents in your meeting minutes. Finally, consult with your tutor or lecturer if your group cannot resolve the problem.

Find out more about working in teams on Studywell  > Working in Teams

Remember that proactive people + planned process = successful team! And you might just make some wonderful new friends in the process…

Children’s Book of the Year Award

The Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced the winners of the Children’s Book of the Year Award.

These are the winners in the five categories:

 Older Readers Book of the Year

Scot Gardner: The Dead I Know

 Younger Readers Book of the Year

Kate Constable: Crow Country

 Early Childhood Book of the Year

Nick Bland; Illus: Freya Blackwood: The Runaway Hug

Picture Book of the Year

Bob Graham: A Bus called Heaven

Eve Pownall Award for Information Books

Alison Lester & Coral Tulloch: One Small Island: The Story of Macquarie Island

 All books are available in the QUT Library!

 

Looking for a book ?

Looking for a Book?

QUT Library Home Page is the place to begin!  Scroll down to the Search section which looks like this.

Select the box next to In the Library catalogue and then type words from the title of the book into the Quick Find search box. Alternatively you can select the Library catalogue link and type your title words into the Keyword search in the catalogue. Searching in the catalogue also allows you to search directly by specific fields such as Title, Author, or Subject. To do this just select from the tabs at the top of the catalogue search page.

Once you have entered your search words you will then see a list of books from which you can select your choice. It will usually be near the top of the list. Click on the title to find full record details including the information you will need to find the book on the shelf. This includes the campus location, call number and whether the item is currently available or on loan.

Here is an example of a library record. In the box below the book details you can see the campus location is Caboolture, the call number is 791.4309 114 and the book is available.

Sometimes the library may have multiple copies of the one book and you may then see a link to View additional copies in order to see the full information about all copies.

Need to know more? See the Library webpage How do I find my item on the shelf.

Placing a hold or intercampus 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.

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 Library Store … that’s almost half a million items. You can also request journal articles, just complete an Intercampus copy request form.To request a book or DVD from another branch simply follow the Placing a hold instructions, or ask at the Learning and Research Desk if you are not sure.

Textbooks are in high demand and often on loan, but remember that you can also place a hold on books or DVD’s that are already on loan. It is worthwhile.….a hold request will shorten the loan time for the person who has the book on loan and disallows any renewal request for the book. Also, a “Recall” email is generated to inform the person that there is an earlier due date for the book or DVD. An added incentive to ensure  the shared access to books and DVD’s that are in demand, is that they will incur 40 penalty points per day if the book or DVD becomes overdue after being recalled.

The prescribed texts for the Caboolture Campus based units are available from the Course Reserve collection for a 2 hour loan in the Library….ask for these at the Learning and Research Desk.

Requested books are couriered to the Caboolture Library for pick-up and you will receive an email notifying you when your book/s are available. Any requested journal articles will actually be emailed directly to you! Both processes usually take about a day or two. Most books and DVD’s that have been “available” when requested will arrive the next business day.

Staff at the Learning and Research Desk can assist with any or all stages of your resource hunting quests… Ask a Librarian!

Hunt out your blue stockings!

Bluestocking week is being relaunched this week! It celebrates women’s place in and contribution to the academic world. 

A bluestocking is an educated and intelligent woman.  At times in the past it has been used in a pejorative sense, but various groups have still celebrated and praised the intellectual woman.

Australia’s first female graduate was from the University of Melbourne in 1883.  Now women compose about 55% of students!  Bluestocking Week began to be celebrated in Australia in the 1980s.   It was an opportunity to campaign about and celebrate women’s participation in higher education.  The practice declined in the last decade and is being revived in 2012.

The library has a display of materials related to Bluestocking Week in the cabinets underneath the stairs.  Why not drop in and have a look or you could find out more about Bluestocking Week from the NTEU.

The Bachelor Girls exhibition has information and images about women in Australian academia. 

Need some extra help with getting assignments underway? What about trying Study Solutions?

The Learning and Research Desk is a great place to come when you’re looking for help , but if you think you might need some extra assistance with your study, Study Solutions might be exactly what you’re looking for!

Study Solutions is a free service where you can receive individual assistance from experienced staff who will work with you on your academic study issues.

Bring your assignment topic, project task or study challenge…solve tricky referencing, find the best information sources for your assignments,  write more effectively,manage your time better, prepare well for exams… or simply get better grades. However, there is one thing library staff won’t do and that is proofread your entire assignment.  What we will do, though, is help you to develop the skills to edit and proofread your assignments yourself.

Study Solutions is available at all branches of QUT Library.  To register for your free appointment, Book now or enquire at the Learning and Research Desk.

For extra study and research resources, visit  Studywell