QUT ePrints celebrates its ten millionth download!

That’s right, it happened at precisely 4:26pm on Tuesday 28th May.  The actual downloaded item and author are being kept a secret until a special celebration later in the year.

The good news continues as QUT ePrints was ranked as the top repository in Australia, and the world’s 14th top institutional repository and 21st top repository overall in the Ranking Web of Repositories. This outstanding result supports QUT’s research aspirations by making QUT’s research outputs globally accessible.

QUT ePrints enjoys thousands of downloads daily.

Download stats as at 31 May, 2013 (approx. 2pm)

National Reconciliation Week

Australia celebrates Reconciliation Week between the 27th of May and the 6th of June.  These dates commemorate two important events in the history of Indigenous Australians – the 1967 Referendum to include Aborigines in the census of citizens, and the Mabo decision of 1992 which rejected the doctrine of terra nullius, in favour of aboriginal title.

A variety of activities are planned at QUT this week. To find out more see  www.reconciliation.qut.edu.au/issues/recweek

This year’s Reconciliation Week poster celebrates the theme “Let’s talk recognition”, and features two famous Indigenous performers – Emma-Louise and Thelma Plum.  The poster is on display on the second floor entry to the Library or you can look at it here.  

New database for Justice Studies – Jane’s Terrorism & Insurgency Centre

This new database provides intelligence on more than 250 global terrorist groups, covering every significant terrorist & insurgent movement in the world.

Jane’s Terrorism and Insurgency Centrehttp://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/databases/tic

News is added daily, so it’s very up-to-date! Find profiles of different terrorist groups as well as maps, charts, counter terrorism tactics and much more. A wonderful resource for academics, honours & higher degree students specialising in this area. Products available on this database include Intelligence Weekly, Terrorism & Insurgency Monitor, Terrorism & Insurgency Intelligence Centre, Terrorism Watch Report, and World Insurgency and Terrorism.

NOTE: Once you have the content you need please remember to hit the Log Out link (top right) AND shut down ALL instances of your web browser to free up our one (1) simultaneous user license.

National Simultaneous Storytime at Kelvin Grove Library this Wednesday

Join QUT Library’s special storytime and you will be part of a national event, the reading of Nick Bland’s The Wrong Book.

National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage more young Australians to read and enjoy books. Now in its 13th successful year it is a colourful, vibrant and fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy using an Australian childrens book that explores age appropriate themes and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Grades 1 to 6. Find out more here.

When: 10:00am – 11:00am, Wednesday 22 May 2013 (yes 10 am at Kelvin Grove)
Where: Curriculum Collection, Kelvin Grove Library,
D block, level 4
Reading: Adele Amorsen, Faculty of Education, School of Early Childhood

We welcome staff and students from the Faculty of Education and School of Early Childhood, children, parents, grandparents and carers.

Say hello to Lynda [.com]

QUT Library now subscribes to the popular Lynda.comhttp://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/databases/lynda

Lynda.com teaches the latest software tools and skills through high-quality instructional videos taught by recognized industry experts. It covers a broad range of topics including 3D animation, audio engineering, business applications, design applications, software development, photography, video editing and web design (plus much, much more).

You can create personal profiles and playlists, bookmark your favourite videos and receive certificates of completion.

Please note – first time users must create an individual account using an @qut, @student.qut.edu.au or @connect.qut.edu.au email address.

Overdues, penalties and sanctions

If you have library items which are more than 28 days overdue an academic sanction will be applied to your student record. This will prevent you from receiving examination results, graduating and obtaining academic transcripts.

To have the sanction removed, you must return the items or pay the replacement costs in full. Failure to do so may lead to you receiving a QUT invoice for the items and possible debt recovery action.

Check your My Library Profile on the QUT Library website.

HOW TO PAY: Replacement Costs can be paid online at any time by credit card via QUTPay, or in person at any QUT branch library (except the Law Library).

QUT Library is committed to ensuring equitable access to resources and we ask you to return or renew your library items by their due date.

Full details are available at www.library.qut.edu.au/services/borrowing/#penalties.

If you have any questions, please speak to library staff at your branch library or online via Ask-a-Librarian.

Finishing those assignments…

It’s almost the end of semester!

You’ve got to know your lecturers and tutors and you’ve handed in a few assignments already.  Things are rolling along.  Great!

So don’t lose momentum!  For many of your units, several large assignments will be due in just a few weeks.

Things you could do to get started:

  • Mark down all your final assessment  pieces for each unit on a planner so that you have all the dates in one place.  A planner for semester 1 is available here..
  • Use the Assignment Calculator to work out how to get started on those assignments and to track their progress.
  • Set aside some specific time during this week to get going on a final assignment.

Not sure about your assignment task?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Talk to your tutor or lecturer about what is required.
  • Ask someone at the Library Learning and Research desk to show you our online learning resources and help you find information.
  • Book a Study Solutions appointment for a 25 minute one-on-one appointment to talk about your assignment and how to do it. You can also drop-in to Study Solutions between 6-8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.
  • Check out your faculty’s peer assistance program to talk to another student about your study.

Time can slip away quickly.  For best results with less stress, start early and work consistently and earn that semester break.

Exams are just around the corner

It’s almost exam time – preparing now can mean great results later.

It’s a fact of study – exams are stressful. So here are a few things to do the night before to maximise your concentration and help you to do your best on the day.

  • Double check the location of your exam the next day.
  • Check you have got your transport sorted and factor in a bit of extra time to avoid panic (e.g. if the bus is running late).
  • Make sure you have the correct stuff for the exam – racing to the bookshop for a 2B pencil or frantically trying to find a spare book for an open book exam will only add stress.
  • Have an exam plan (or a time budget). Use any info provided in your unit (e.g. 2 hour exam, 10 mins perusal, 1 essay responses, 5 short answer questions) to know that as soon as the exam begins you can read the whole paper. For example –
    • perusal – 10 mins
    • write the essay – 40 mins
    • write the short answer – 70 mins
    • proofreading -10 mins

There are lots of resources in Studywell to help you prepare for your exams, and look at these tips from Counselling Services to stress less around exams.