How to Find Specialised Information

With assignments coming up everyone is looking for that perfect piece of information. Sometimes you cannot find this information in a journal article or a textbook and you have to look a little bit harder to find it.

To help you with finding this type of specialised information QUT Librarians have put together some handy How to find guides. These can help you find things such as cases, classroom and curriculum resources such as lesson plans, evidence based information, industry reports and market research, standards and even videos.

You can find the full list of our “How to find” guides from the QUT Library homepage.How to find information is located on the library homepage under the Databases and Specialised Search Tools box.

If you need further assistance to find information for your assignments, you can always contact the library. May the search for information be ever in your favor!

Those unspoken library rules you know (and some you might not)

Rules are everywhere. Some of these rules we just “know” and other rules are learned: keep to the left when riding the escalator, turn off your mobile phone at the movies, or wait in an orderly line to place your coffee order. In the Library it works much the same, there are some rules which are set in black and white and others which we can fill you in on. Here is a friendly reminder about some of the QUT Library rules that you might not know about.

  • You are allowed to eat and drink in the library – just be considerate of the others sharing your space and make sure your food isn’t smelly or noisy to consume.
  • You are responsible for your own belongings so do not leave them unattended. Check out our blog Don’t Leave Personal Items Unattended for more information.
  • If you have a laptop, don’t sit in a space with a desktop computer – let someone who doesn’t have a computer use this space.
  • You can book a study room for up to 2 hours, but if you don’t show up for your booking 15 minutes past the hour the room is free for anyone to use.
  • You can borrow as many books as you like! Just keep an eye out on when they are due back.
  • You can talk in the library. Each of our campus libraries has collaborative areas where you can talk till your heart’s content. But be mindful of our silent study areas where talking (including phone conversations) is a no no.

If you aren’t sure about any of these rules you can always contact our friendly library staff for assistance!

Reading at University

Week 1 is over and university work is starting to kick in, this includes readings for each of your units.

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The best place to access your readings is through your Blackboard Unit site. Under the Learning Resources tab you should be able to see QUT Readings. This will take you to the readings assigned for your unit and can include books, book chapters, journal articles, videos and lots more. You can access QUT Readings directly as well and search for a unit code as well as for past exam papers. Make sure when you are in QUT Readings that you click the log in button so that you can access all of the resources available. Visit QUT Library to find out more about how to find your readings and textbooks.

The first few weeks of university life can be overwhelming at times, especially with all of the readings you have to do before, after and during class. To assist you with doing your readings and to stop them from taking up all of your study time, QUT Library has put together a quick video to tell you about different strategies to use when reading such as skimming and scanning.

QUT Library has also put together a short workshop, Read it, Note it, Recall it, that you can access online anytime you like. This workshop gives you some more reading tips as well as some notetaking tips too! QUT has other online workshops available to assist with writing for university, researching for your assignments and referencing. You can access these online anytime you like.

If you have any questions about how to access your readings or need further assistance with reading strategies you can contact the library!

Welcome to Semester 1, 2017!

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We never thought the time would come but another year has rolled around and Semester 1 has taken off to an incredible start. For those of you who may have missed tours of their respective campus library during orientation week do not worry. Come and look around any of our four libraries yourself during our opening hours. You can meet our wonderful Library Advisers working on the Library Helpdesk, check out our collection of print books and scope out a favourite study spot for the semester!

If you prefer to work from home you should take some time to orient yourself to the QUT Library homepage. This is where you will find information for your assessment, whether that be from ebooks, books, journal articles, or other sources of information. We also have an incredible number of resources you can use to help you further develop study skills and prepare you for life as a student.

Don’t forget! You can contact QUT Library at any time to get your questions answered. There are so many ways to get in touch, you can email us, call, chat online, or come say hi in-person at a branch library.

So, from all of us here at QUT Library – welcome to semester 1, 2017! And good luck with your studies this year.

Delicious Ideas for Australia Day

Australia Day is just around the corner! One last public holiday before start of Semester 1. QUT Library is taking a break too with all campus libraries closed for the public holiday. See our opening hours for more information.

With the library closed make the most of your Australia Day this year by hanging out in the kitchen. It is no coincidence that your nice and cool fridge happens to be there too!

Here are our top 5 suggestions for having a delicious Australia Day –

  1. Who doesn’t love a barbeque? Do it a little different this year and check out Asian-Style Grilling.
  2. The Foodie’s Beer Book : The Art of Pairing and Cooking with Beer for Any Occasion, is sure to have some great tips and tricks to keep your day full of fun, not to mention yum!
  3. Don’t know how to cook? We have you covered with The “I Don’t Know How to Cook” Book : 300 Great Recipes You Can’t Mess Up!
  4. Simply Smoothies has 200 recipes and easily shows you how to make the perfect Australia Day smoothie to cool you down.
  5. And for desert ice cream sandwiches are the way to go! Try Cookies & Cream : Hundreds of Ways to Make the Perfect Ice Cream Sandwich.

If these suggestions don’t tickle your fancy, there are many more possibilities. QUT has lots of eBooks and videos that can help give you some inspiration for your Australia Day. Enjoy the public holiday and we look forward to seeing you back at QUT Library soon!

Get your social media on!

Are you addicted to Facebook? Can’t get enough or Instagram or Twitter (who doesn’t love a good cat meme!)? Then jump on board and follow QUT Library. You can also check out our Pinterest, YouTube and Flickr accounts to learn more about QUT Library.

While on your way to and from uni discover new things about QUT Library like what events are taking place at the library or what we have been getting up to. You can also get some study tips from our librarians who share their wisdom throughout those peak study times. Plus receive up to date information relating to databases and other resources including scheduled maintenance.

So get your social media on and follow QUT Library!

 

Library Christmas Closure & Summer Entertainment

QUT Library is taking a holiday! From Saturday 24th December until Monday 2nd January all QUT Libraries will be closed. Our website has all the details. But don’t fret if you want to get some extra study time in over the holiday season, the 24 hour labs at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove will still be open.

If you think you will suffer from library withdrawal remember we have loads of resources available to you online. This includes our databases to help with any summer semester information needs, our videos to keep you entertained over the break and our eBook collection for those who want to get into their summer reading. Our top picks for this summer are –

  • christmas-1073705_640Die Hard – This action packed movie is a Christmas classic!
  • A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens novel as an audio book makes it easy to get into the festive season.
  • Day Boy – Read a new take on vampires from a local Brisbane author.
  • A Walk in the Woods – The comedian Bill Bryson takes you on a hilarious hike.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You – Based on Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew, this is a must watch movie!

But remember, if you want to borrow any library books or DVD in hard copy or speak to a librarian make sure to contact us before December 24th.

From all of us at QUT Library we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!

 

All in this together: tips for using library spaces

students in library spaces KGExam period is right around the corner. By now, you need to be starting to think about your approach to exam preparation. Using library spaces and rooms might be part of your strategy – we think it’s a good one!

The library offers study spaces of different types – for study groups, for conversation and collaboration, for topping up your power supply or time to study on your own. Whatever your needs – on the floor, in a room, at a desk or on a couch, you’ll likely find your ideal study space. Rooms are available for bookings made in advance of your study sessions.

Exam stress is real and you don’t need any extra when you’re trying to concentrate on exam revision. When using spaces in the library, particularly the collaborative zones, it’s a good idea to exercise a little consideration for your peers. Many of you will have exams and so many of you will be in the same boat – all in this together.

We’ve come up with some top tips for being a considerate peer in library spaces during exam preparation and exam period:

  • Try not to listen to loud music. Instead, bring some earphones.
  • You may like to bring a meal or snacks into the library. Totally fine with us! But maybe don’t be the student who brings the smelly or over-powering food.
  • Don’t sit at a desk with a computer when you’re not using it. Another student might need it.
  • Don’t put laptop cords across walkways. This causes a trip hazard. Not cool.
  • Return library books on time. And this includes the course reserve items. Don’t be a scrooge!
  • Planning when and where you’re going to study? Luckily, Gardens Point Library will again be extending opening hours during the study and exam period. From the 28th October until 10pm on 18th November the library will be open from 7am – 2am Monday to Friday and 9am – 2am on the weekends. There are ample study times for you to choose from, yay!

For more top exam & study space tips, these other past blog posts have you covered.

Now go ace that exam prep and those exams!

Don’t leave personal items unattended

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Gardens Point Library , Level 5.

When you’re in the study zone, in a comfortable spot and smashing the ‘to do’ list, we understand it is tempting to make a quick trip to the bathroom, or go out to grab a coffee. But this can be when items are taken and we are always sad to hear when theft occurs in the library.

This is your friendly reminder to not leave your bag, laptop, or books on tables unattended. If you need to go for lunch, coffee or the bathroom, make sure you take your belongings with you or ask a trusted study-buddy to stay and mind your things.

If you think something has been stolen you will need to report it to campus Security. They can file a report and any information you give creates a record to help them return your property to you and maybe prevent future thefts.

If you’ve lost something (or found something) visit the library Helpdesk and see the librarians. You can also log an online form to report your missing item.

Don’t risk adding stress to your load. Losing a laptop or a library book can be a real pain and inconvenience to your study. Keep an eye on your stuff.

If you see something that isn’t quite right then let a staff member know. Also remember we are obliged to report unattended bags to security so take your things with you when you leave – it also frees up study spaces for other students!

R U OK? Day

Today is all about asking the important question, are you okay? People all over Australia will be asking this question to connect in a meaningful way with one another and to help those who may not be doing well.

Student life can get tough, there is no shame in admitting it. With assignments, exams and everyday life pressures may come stress, anxiety and worry. But no one has to go through this alone, there are many places to go to for help and support including QUT counselors. The library can offer support to help with time management and study support too.

R U OK? Day is a cause that all Australians can get behind. R U OK? suggests the following ways in which we can all make a difference –

  • Have regular, meaningful conversations about the ups and downs of life. You don’t have to be an expert to do this, just show you care by being a good listener.
  • If you feel in your bones something is up with someone, take the time to ask how they are.
  • Listen without judgment, encourage action and check in with them again.
  • You don’t have to fix their problem or take away their pain, just make them feel supported.

For more conversation tips visit R U OK? website.

R U OK? Day is a reminder for us all to talk to our peers, colleagues, team mates, friends and family. To reconnect and support one another and feel like we belong! So if you see someone who might be struggling, take a chance, start a conversation, text, call, email or just start chatting. Ask are you okay?

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