Welcome to Semester 1

Think of the Library as your floaties... 'Flafloaties' by  shankool007 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Think of the Library as your floaties… ‘Flafloaties’ by shankool007 (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

So – you’ve found the library; worked out your preferred coffee shop; eaten some free pancakes; toga-ed up and perhaps even deciphered the campus map  to find your lecture locations. You’re feeling on top of things!

It’s time to get serious. Keeping on top of your coursework and managing your time to balance your study, working and, well,  life is no easy task but the QUT Library can definitely help! In February and March across the QUT, the library holds workshops to help any and all students with their researching, writing and study. These are free and open to any student. You don’t have to be new, just eager for some strategies and assistance! Sign up HERE

As the semester progresses, Study Solutions individual appointments can troubleshoot your assessment woes, or advise on how to get started. Free to attend and scheduled across the day at all library branches, sign up early for an appointment or attend a drop-in session to get your assessment off to the right start. Starting in Week 3, appointments can be booked HERE

If you’re not sure what you need to know, or don’t know what you don’t know, completing the Study Smart tutorials is a great way to learn some new skills and increase your understanding of university-level research and study requirements. They’re online, self-paced and easy to navigate. You can complete all six or just those where you think you need some help.

And lastly, but definitely not least, there are a variety of ways you can Ask a Librarian! for help: Chat to a Librarian operates during semester; you can phone or come to a Library Helpdesk at each library branch; you can Email a Librarian or perhaps check out the FAQs where others have come before you and already asked what you need to know!

There’s no such thing as a silly question and we are here to help!

 

 

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You’re invited to Open Data Day

Open data Day

This year, 21 February is International Open Data day.

Practical ways you can participate in Open Data Day are listed on the Australian activities on Open Data Day webpage.

At QUT, we recognise that research data is one of an institution’s greatest and most valuable assets. Our Research Data Finder contains records of research datasets that have been produced by our researchers, some of which are available for you to use!

Sharing research data or information about data (metadata) can unlock opportunities that drive innovation and promote positive change for the benefit of businesses, the economy and the community, and QUT wants to be a part of the data revolution.

QUT’s Management of Research Data policy (currently under review) encourages open data at QUT, where possible, as there are many benefits to researchers and universities.

In partnership with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and the Queensland Government, QUT’s Major Open Data Collections project is capturing and describing research datasets. Typically, these datasets range from geospatial reference sources related to simple geometric objects, through to more complex structures which, when rendered with the appropriate application, produce visualisations of topographical elements such as waterways, road networks and a variety of other infrastructure types such as electricity pylons or poles. Records are available in Spatial Data Finder.

 

Blind date with a book!

Book Swap - Located Level 3 Kelvin Grove Library.

Book Swap – Located Level 3 Kelvin Grove Library.

When Valentine’s Day comes around some people are thinking about flowers or chocolates while others are rolling their eyes. How about ditching the chocolate and putting your eyes to good use by … reading a book!

I’m sure you’ve heard of the saying ‘You can’t judge a book by its cover’ and what better way to put the idiom to literal use than by going on a blind date with a book?

The Book Swap located on Level 3 at Kelvin Grove Library has a number of titles waiting to be picked up and read – all you need to do is swap it with a book of your own. Make it a little bit interesting by wrapping your book in brown paper and writing a few hints on the front.

On a side note – 14 February has been adopted by librarians in Australia as Library Lovers Day! Show your appreciation for your local librarian by popping in and saying hi.

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Make resolutions you can stick to

 BazaarBizarreSF "New Year's Resolution Coasters by Lucky Bee Press" By  BazaarBizarreSF (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

“New Year’s Resolution Coasters by Lucky Bee Press” By BazaarBizarreSF
(CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

So it’s a brand new year, all shiny and full of hope and good intentions.

Setting New Year’s goals is a tradition supported by academic research on independent learning (see Harvey & Chickie-Wolfe, 2007, Ch.1). Setting goals and maintaining goal-directed behaviour can improve study effectiveness (Harvey & Chickie-Wolfe, 2007).

If you are thinking of setting goals for 2015, Here are eight ways to make goals stick (modified from Wilson and Dobson, 2008, Ch.1):

  1. Write down your goals.
  2. Make goals achievable.
  3. Describe your goals in specific, measurable terms.
  4. Visualise both the pathway to your goals and the goals themselves.
  5. Look for potential problems that might keep you from achieving your goals.
  6. Take action to remove or minimise potential problems.
  7. Regularly review progress towards achieving your goals.
  8. Know the personal rewards of achieving your goals.

For more advice, QUT Library has a great range of videos and books on how to set effective goals.

References:

Harvey, V. S., & Chickie-Wolfe, L. A. (2007). Fostering independent learning: Practical strategies to promote student success. New York: Guilford Publications. Retrieved from http://www.eblib.com.

Wilson, S. B., & Dobson, M. S. (2008). Goal setting: How to create an action plan and achieve your goals. New York: American Management Association. Retrieved from http://www.eblib.com.