Library and Information Week –10 things you never knew you could find in a library

Today is the start of Library and Information Week. It is a chance for us all to look back on our own experiences with libraries, be that at university, school or a public library, and see what they have done for us. Today we want to look at some of the #fabulousfinds you can discover at libraries.

I can almost guarantee that nearly everyone has had contact with some form of a library within their life and aren’t they just the most amazing things?! Libraries and librarians are the keepers of information. And with such an abundance of information these days it is no wonder that libraries can hold some pretty strange and wonderful things. We want to know what #fabulousfinds you have discovered within libraries!

Amazing things can be found in the depth of libraries collections. QUT’s own library has some #fabulousfinds of its own. Have you discovered these?

Borrow Jen Campbell's Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops from QUT Library.

Borrow Jen Campbell’s Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops from QUT Library.

 

  1. Did you know QUT has access to Marie Claire magazine? Talk about FABULOUS!
  2. The Cilento Gift holds some great books, memorabilia, posters, furniture and original scripts from the late actress Diane Cilento and her husband playwright Anthony Shaffer. Definitely a #fabulousfinds
  3. Why not discover some weird and kooky facts in Weird-o-pedia?
  4. Up for some laughs? Have a look at the eBook, Weird Things People Say in Bookstores.
  5. Brougham Reports are a unique collection of charity reports from England. Available in the Gardens Point Library on level 7, they are the only copy in the world that you can look at, how fabulous is that?!

We need just a few more things to get our list up to 10. So don’t forget we want to hear about your own experiences with libraries and what #fabulousfinds you have made! Let us know using #fabulousfinds and #QUTlibrary and help us finish our list of 10 things you never knew you could find in a library.

For more #fabulousfinds, why not search our curriculum collection or look at some of our other special collections at QUT library.

Happy Library and Information Week!

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Study Hack – Online You

FacebookGoodEvil_JBHave you even sat down and Googled yourself just to see what would come up? Have you ever thought about what your online presence is? Take a look at our social media skills page to read up on how to Create a better online you. Your future self (and employers) will thank you for it!

So much of our lives, including studying, can and is being done online. We have universities course groups on Facebook, industry professionals to meet and follow on Twitter, Instgram and Flickr, Google+ community pages and blogs to follow and gain insight on particular topics. This is all great, however, it is worth thinking about the darker side of online technology. People are more available but also more hidden at the same time. How do you really know who you are talking to?

LookForHelpOnline_JBSo make sure you are getting the best out of your online presence and use it wisely. Create a linked in profile so that professionals within your industry can see your achievements. Ask questions to your tutor if they have created a Facebook group for your class. You can also speak directly to QUT Library staff online too through our Chat to a Librarian service. So even if you can’t get in to uni study help is still available!

Study Hack – Writing

SkeletonplanAcademic writing can be tough whether it be writing an essay or a literature review. We have some great resources in QUT Cite Write which will help you to get started, no matter what writing style you need.

First things first, make a skeleton plan. You can do this for your whole assignment and there are a lot of templates that can help you with this and some of them sound good! Try the hamburger or the diamond templates. After this, you can follow the same template (or try a new one) for each of your paragraphs. Use these templates to decide what information will go where. This will make it a whole lot easier to start writing when you know exactly what you are trying to say and when you want to say it.

ProofreadyourwrokOnce you have finished your assignment it is important that you edit and proof read. Check your grammar, punctuation and the flow of your words. Get someone else to have a look at it for you as a fresh pair of eyes may spot something you have missed. By editing and proof reading your work you will make sure your assignment works as a whole and most important of all, that it answers your task question.

Need more help? Visit QUT Support for learning.

Study Hack – Academic Honesty, what is it?

What is Academic honesty? You might have heard it referred to as plagiarism or cheating, at QUT we have a huge pile of resources to help you give credit where credit is due and be authentic in your studies.

BelieveOnline_JBSo what do you do if you have a whole bunch of great resources you want to use in your assignment? First off, it is great that you have found some resources relevant to your assignment but remember to have a good look at what your source is and where it came from. You want to use good quality information to back up your ideas and arguments. So make sure you don’t quote any information you haven’t verified!

findingInfoEasy_JB Next, you need to work the information into your assignment. You do this by direct quoting, summarising or paraphrasing their work. Remember, direct quotes should only take up 10% of your word count. Paraphrasing is the hardest but recommended. It is worthwhile aiming for as you can demonstrate your own understanding and show off your critical thinking skills! How to Paraphrase will give you some helpful tips so that you can put your best foot forward.

The final step you need to make is to acknowledge the work of the people whose resources you think are awesome have used in your assignment. Referencing or citing another person’s work is really important and there is loads of information about how to do this on QUT CiteWrite.

To avoid plagiarism make sure you reference and give credit to those who have come before you. And don’t forget, pictures and music need to be referenced too!

Need more help? Come and see us at the Library Help desk. No appointment needed.

Study Hack – Time management to the rescue!

Making a plan and sticking to it is often the hardest part of studying. If we can manage our priorities and commitments we can often get things done quicker and with less stress. With Easter coming up everyone is looking forward to a break. Having a break is just as important as studying, but how can you fit in a bit of R & R while still staying on track with your workload?

Why not look at some of the great time-management tools we have to offer to keep you on track and lower your stress levels.

To minimise cramming at the end of semester download a semester planner and stick it on your door, keeping track of your due dates in a visible place often helps you get things done sooner!

Assignment Calculator is a useful tool which breaks down your assessment into manageable chunks.

And if you manage to have the time for it check out the library’s website for some more quick tips and hints. To get started often simple things are the best. Why not write out a ‘to do’ list and highlight the important things?
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And finally, take study breaks! Everyone needs a rest every now and then to recharge. It can also unblock your mind and allow you to answer problems you were stuck on or see things in a different way.

Need more help? Come and see us in the Library and make a Study Solutions appointment.

Remember, good time management = less stress so why not give it a try?

 

 

Our Dreaming: Animating Country

QUT Library is lucky enough to be hosting the Our Dreaming: Animating Country exhibition. It is currently on display at Kelvin Grove Library on Level 4, within the Curriculum Collection, until the end of March.

Our Dreaming: Animating country allows you to experience the colourful culture and history of Queensland’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities. It focuses on the cultural medium of storytelling which has been used for generations to develop a multitude of enduring connections from past to present, people to place and to each other. As their traditional storytelling is transferred to modern communication it is preserved for future generations so that they can. Our Dreaming retells Queensland people’s stories through interactive displays and games which you can explore to your heart’s delight!

This display helps you to understand yourself and your place in the world through the cultural channel of story. So make sure you pop into see it at Kelvin Grove Library before the end of March!

Our Dreaming: animating country display at QUT Kelvin Grove Library

Our Dreaming: animating country display at QUT Kelvin Grove Library

O Week Must Dos!

New to QUT? Welcome! Returning for another semester? Welcome back!

The beginning of the semester can be a busy time, there are new places to check out, workshops to attend and study to organise. But luckily Orientation Week has arrived along with a whole host of activities!

To help you get everything under control here are our Top 5 Must Dos for O week.

    • Meet QUT’s Vice Chancellor, Peter Coldrake, as he welcomes you to QUT.

  • Grab your free Semester Planner to help you get on top of your assignments and exams this semester! During O Week these will be available from Welcome Tents at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove and from the Student Centre at Caboolture.
  • Check out QUT’s online portal, OrgSync, where you can explore activities happening at QUT such as clubs and sporting teams you might want to join, career development and campus life.
  • Pop into your campus’s library and talk to our friendly Helpdesk team. You can also pick up your free copy of QUT Cite/Write which will give you a great introduction to citing, referencing and academic writing at QUT.
  • Make sure to attend your faculty specific orientation. Whether you are an undergraduate, postgraduate or an international student, these orientations will make sure you get the best possible start to your semester.

And don’t forget to grab your ID card! You can do this at any campus.

We look forward to meeting all the new faces and seeing the familiar ones this semester at all of our QUT Libraries!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day

In the library world the 14th of February is more than just a day for romance and chocolates. Library Lover’s Day is a chance to spread your #librarylove and celebrate the relationship libraries have within the community.

Remember the librarians at QUT are always here to help and you can contact us anytime!

Do you have a story to share about your favorite librarian or library? Post it on the QUT Library’s Facebook page or write it in the comments below.

Graduation time!

QUT library is joining in the celebration of our newest QUT graduates this month with a lovely display on level 5 of Kelvin Grove library.

The display features graduation booklets, a gown, and little souvenir teddy bears. If you are curious to know more about academic dress requirements check out this FAQ from the Student Guild (the tassel on your motarboard should fall to the right after graduating).

The most impressive item on display, however, is the Registrar’s mace. It is a symbol of the authority of the institution and is generally carried at the beginning of the academic procession. If you look closely you can see QUT stamped on it.

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Remember, as a recent graduate you are entitled to one year’s free alumni membership to the library, just make sure you register online so we can send a card out to you.

QUT library would like to congratulate all those who have reached the end of their studies, we wish you all the best for a great ceremony and graduation day.

Reading for the holidays

Did you know now that semester is over you can actually read for fun?

QUT Library subscribes to some fantastic online resources which you can read on your mobile device when you take a break from uni. Whether you are jetting-off on an overseas adventure or relaxing by the pool, our ebook and audiobook choices will put you right into holiday mode.

Overdrive and BorrowBox are two options where you can read or listen to books online. You can download books to either your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer.