Relax & catch your breath between exams

You know when the words stop making sense on the page and you’re re-reading the same sentence again and again – it’s unlikely you’re taking anything in… your brain’s fried, it’s time to take a break….   White sneakers on green grass

QUT has some great distractions from the real world – so here are some ways to have a quick refresh, so you can get back to the books.

  • Have a game of table tennis – there’s a table in the courtyard on level 2 (entry level) at the KG Library
  • Take a walk around the Brisbane Botanical Gardens, just a hop skip and jump from the GP library
  • Head halfway across the Goodwill Bridge, have a coffee, and sit and watch as cyclists wreak havoc on pedestrians
  • Head up to the garden level of P Block (level 6,The Cube) at GP and stretch out on a bench for a power nap
  • Take a walk around the QUT Art Museum, a new exhibition begins on Saturday 16 June – Abstraction: Celebrating Australian Women Abstract Artists.
  • Get to the Games Lab at KG library and play a retro classic
  • Have a walk around the bookshops at either campus and pick up something great to enjoy over the break.
  • Go for an indoor swim – one-off rates are available at campus fitness centres.
  • If you’ve got a great spot and can’t bear to leave the library we have some great video streaming options (EduTV & Kanopy)

 

 

Extended opening at Gardens Point Library

Gardens Point Library has extended opening hours for the Semester 1 exam period.

Gardens Point Library

From Friday 1st June to Thursday 21st June 2018 the Library will be open:

  • Monday – Friday: 7am – 2am
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9am – 2am

HiQ will be available from 7am to 10pm weekdays, and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

During the extended opening hours, QUT students and staff will have access to the following services and study spaces at Gardens Point Library:

  • all study spaces including study rooms
  • library collections (including the Course Reserve collection)
  • the 24-hour computer lab located on Level 2
  • the QUT Wireless network
  • self-checkout machines for borrowing
  • self-service printing stations for printing, copying and scanning

QUT students and staff will be able to access the building using their QUT ID card. Entry and exit will be via swipe card access at the main entrance next to Merlo Coffee. QUT Security will be in the library at all times for your safety. You’re also encouraged to carry a mobile phone and download the SafeZone app.

From everyone at QUT Library, we wish you all the best for your exams!

Explore Nearmap

Do you want to see what your house and suburb looked like 10 years ago?

Would you like to put in solar power but are not sure how much electricity you would generate?

Nearmap is a database of high quality aerial photomaps of Australian cities over time. It is highly relevant for Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Design. It may also be useful where a visual representation of census data over the map is desired.

Things you can do with Nearmap:

  • Track development of an area over time
  • Calculate solar energy production
  • Observe patterns of shade
  • Measure and mark out boundaries
  • Estimate the volume of pits, mounds and excavations in truckloads or cubic meters
  • See the elevation of bare earth and the actual surface, and details of slope between two points
  • View flood levels

Data layers:

  • Health including adult distress, childhood development, life expectancy
  • Law enforcement by types of crime
  • Property approvals, noise and value
  • Economics including business size, mortgage, income and rent values, and SEIFA relative social disadvantage
  • Environmental land use
  • Nearby schools
  • Demographics including country of birth, household size, age, age by gender, and population size

An example of Nearmap use…

  • Police Search and Rescue use Nearmap to find individuals and evidence. Using Nearmap to look at elevation and slope, the search team can calculate how fast people (children vs adults vs the elderly) will move, including factoring in tiredness over time. This allows the search area to be plotted for maximum efficiency.

Access Nearmap via QUT Library’s Databases and specialised search tools. You can then select a relevant study area or view all databases to find the Nearmap link.

Find out more at http://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/databases/nearmap

Labour Day – Opening Hours

Our final long weekend for Semester 1 is upon us. During the Labour Day public holiday both HiQ and the Library will be open to assist you with all your queries and study needs. Our opening hours are –

Gardens Point: 9am – 5pm

Kelvin Grove: 9am – 5pm

Law Library:  10am – 5pm

You can find more information about the library’s opening hours on our website.

If you can’t make it onto campus you can speak to a HiQ Adviser via the phone or via online chat. And if you need help finding information for upcoming assignments you can also check QUT Library’s How To Find Guides. And don’t forget to use QUT cite|write to create the references for those assignments, and see our Referencing Hacks for some extra help.

Anzac Day 2018

On Anzac Day, the 25th April, we pay tribute to and remember those who have served. Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions, marking the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

This year we commemorate the Centenary of the First World War (1914-1918).

Commemorating 100 years of ANZAC, Kelvin Grove Library.

To help understand the Australian experience of war, the Australian War Memorial website provides information about Anzac Day and the Memorial’s commemoration projects for the Centenary of the First World War.

QUT Library also has a wide range of resources available for learning more about Anzac Day and the First World War. The following books and videos are highly recommended:

We will be open on Anzac Day, Wednesday 25th April. Our library website provides more details on our opening hours.

New look Quick Find!

The new look Quick Find on the Library website can now be personalised just for you. Alongside your favourite features, you’ll find the following new functionality:

  • Permanently save your favourite items and search history to My Favourites.
  • Easily filter search results to show only online material or use the ‘Available in hardcopy’ filter to show only physical items.
  • Search for your unit code and find a link to your QUT Readings list.
  • Find more links to related articles in search results for peer-reviewed articles, like those on a similar topic, articles from the reference list or articles that have cited the paper.
  • Use the new browse items search to easily find your textbook or find books by a certain author.
  • Easily check if the Library has access to a specific journal using the new ‘Find a journal’ search.
  • Request scans of print journals and chapters of books held in the Library from within search results.
  • See your current loans and requests displayed in a more user-friendly way in the new-look ‘My loans and holds’, making it easy to check current loans, view hold and scan requests, or see any Library messages.
  • Automatic renewal of items on loan the end of the loan period (up to five times, unless recalled).

Visit QUT Library’s website for information about the new Quick Find search.

We’d love to know what you think about the new Quick Find, let us know your feedback or suggestions

 

On your marks, get set, GO!

The Commonwealth Games are on at the Gold Coast from 4th April – 18th April. Even though we are up in Brisbane we still need to expect changes to our commute to and from QUT, at both campuses! You can find all the details about what changes to expect from your train, bus, car or bike journeys at Get Set for the Games.

The Commonwealth Games do coincide with our extra-long mid semester break so you might not be coming to campus as often. But have no fear, you can access many library resources from the comfort of your own home. While you are keeping an eye on the marathon you can chat to a librarian about any of your borrowing, referencing or assignment questions. Or, whilst an exciting high jump competition is underway have a look at our How to Find guides. Want to watch all the swimming races you can but still need to find information for your assignments? No problems! Use the Library’s Quickfind search to find books, journal articles and conference papers or use one our many databases and specialised search tools to find the perfect article or set of statistics! And if you need any further assistance you can always contact HiQ.

Now you are all set to enjoy all the upcoming sporting events you want plus keep up to date to all your studies. Talk about winning!

Easter Opening Hours

Easter is fast approaching, as is semester break. This is a great time to relax but to also get a head start on the second half of the semester. The Library and HiQ are here to help you with that! During the Easter Break Kelvin Grove, Gardens Point, and Law Libraries will be open, here are all the full details –

Friday 31st March – Closed

Saturday 1st April – Open 9am-5pm

Sunday 2nd April – Open 9am-5pm

Monday 3rd April – Open 9am-5pm

The Law Library will be open from Saturday to Monday also but from 10am-5pm.

If you can’t make it into campus you can also chat to HiQ online.

After the public holidays our normal opening hours will resume. From everyone at QUT Library we hope you all have a happy and safe long weekend!

Cite it!

QUT cite|write is your go to guide for citing and referencing at QUT. Four referencing styles are covered in this guide: APA, Harvard, Legal and Vancouver. The style you use will depend on the faculty you’re in and your lecturer’s preference. Check out the “Getting started” section for an overview of your style.

QUT Library is offering workshops on referencing in weeks five and six. They are now open for booking!

Practical referencing workshops

Ever had trouble working out exactly what it is that you’re trying to reference? Still not sure where to find all the bits and pieces you need to create a reference? This workshop will help you get more familiar with different types of resources and how to reference them, including articles, websites, reports, ebooks and more. The APA and Harvard styles are demonstrated.

It will be assumed you know the basics of referencing, so view the short Referencing Made Simple lesson before the workshop. You can also revisit the basics of referencing with this short video from QUT Library.

New business models for creative outputs

By Nerida Quatermass

In creative life, many things motivate us to share. Sharing has many benefits. An obvious benefit in a traditional business model is a sale of work. But sharing creativity is also about engagement with your community. Engagement can be difficult to achieve in a world chock a block full of creative content.

Creators are exploring new models for engagement. Interested?

The free eBook Made with Creative Commons showcases some extra-ordinary examples of creators who share their works incorporating licensing under Creative commons licences. It’s still possible to sell your work! As an example, think Cards against Humanity.

The case studies in the book exemplify the power of sharing, which is a defining value of the  Creative Commons movement:

The power of the open licences to maximise innovation.

The power of case studies to provide a guided transition to incorporating Creative Commons in open business models.

The publication of the book itself is a great story about the power of community as the book was crowd-funded on Kickstarter.

In addition to accewaterdropsssing the eBook there are a number of ways that you can get hold of a copy of this book to keep.

(Made with Creative Commons. Cover design by Klaus Nielsen, vinterstille.dk)

(Photo by Linus Nylund on Unsplash)