Winter is here and so is Week One

Although Week One can seem dark and full of terrors it doesn’t have it to be. With some help from QUT Library you can start this semester with confidence and the right tools to succeed.

Here are some of our top tips for getting started on the right foot this semester.

  1. Check out our online learning modules about referencing and finding information. These will help you get on track for your assignments and start the semester well ahead of the White Walkers.
  2. Make sure to stay on top of your readings. Do this by being organised and reading efficiently for university. Top tip – you don’t have to read every word. Our previous blog, Reading at University, gives great advice so you don’t spend your semester swamped by Lannister enemies or in in your readings.
  3. Find your prescribed textbooks at the Library. Search our Classic Catalogue for a unit number to find its prescribed texts. Can’t find an available copy? Request a copy of the book by placing a hold on it or see if it is available through our BONUS+ Catalogue. You could also look for an earlier edition, although make sure to check that the information in the older book is still current and accurate.
  4. And finally, make sure to say hi to the friendly staff at HiQ. They can provide support for all your university needs such as library assistance, IT support and student administration. Unlike Jon Snow, they know a lot!

So start your semester off with a bang, figuratively not Cersei literally, and visit QUT Library.

O Week – What’s happening in the library?

Welcome!

QUT Library offers a range of orientation activities to help you prepare for Semester 2, whether you are new to QUT or returning for another semester.

Library Tours

This tour is much more than a walk around a building because QUT Library is so much more than just a building! Your Library has study spaces, services, resources and people to help you, both at your campus and online. During O Week, library tours are held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove. Tours depart from HiQ at:

  • 10am
  • 11am
  • 12pm
  • 1pm
  • 2pm

Referencing made simple

Referencing is an important skill that you must use at uni. This session introduces you to the principles and styles of referencing and citing using QUT cite|write. It also explains how you can paraphrase the work of others, avoid plagiarism, and make sure that your work has academic integrity.

Researching made easy

It’s easy to find information but getting the best scholarly information quickly is a skill. After this session, you will use databases more efficiently to find relevant information and current journal articles for your assignments.

Kelvin Grove Library

We look forward to welcoming you to QUT Library for Semester 2 and if you need help please contact us.

For more information about O Week, check out QUT orientation for students

Cooking up Success with Copyright!

Recently Librarians and Archivists from around Australia cooked their way to success! On the 15 June 2017 the Copyright Amendment (Disability Access and other Measures) Act was passed through Parliament with full support. This means that previously copyright protected documents such as diaries, letters and old recipes are no longer hidden away. They will be able to be made freely available to the public.

This massive reform was made possible by the Cooking for Copyright campaign launched in 2015 by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as part of its FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources) initiative. Participants were encouraged to cook vintage recipes as a fun way to raise awareness about the need for copyright reform and to highlight the issues associated with perpetual copyright for unpublished materials.

Jessica Coates from the Australian Librarians Copyright Committee says “Even when notes or scribbles are hundreds of years old with no possible chance of tracking down descendants, they are still locked away due to copyright protections. This change means things like the diaries of Captain Cook or the letters of Jane Austen can be accessed and used by school kids, researchers and the general public.” You can find more information about the copyright success from the Australian Libraries Copyright Committee.

To celebrate this amazing achievement, QUT Library is hosting another Cooking for Copyright morning tea exactly two years after the first one. Here are all the details –

When – Monday 31st July at 10:30am

Where – QUT Gardens Point Library, V Block, Level 3, Activity Room

How – Please register for this event via EventBrite

More reform is needed to Australian copyright law to achieve the balance required for creators and users of copyright materials to participate in knowledge creation. Professor Matthew Rimmer, Professor, Intellectual Property and Innovation Law School, will speak to this issue.

From page to screen

Many books have been adapted for the screen over the years, and this trend isn’t over yet. QUT Library has many of these popular titles in a variety of formats, including as books, ebooks, DVDs and online videos. Visit our library website for tips on searching for feature films and TV series.

Filmstrip-92140__340 by geralt (CC0 Public Domain)

Why not check out these book titles which have inspired recent movies and TV series? These are all available through QUT Library.

Movies

TV series

 

NAIDOC Week – Our Languages Matter

2017 National NAIDOC logo

NAIDOC Week runs from the 2-9 July and celebrates the rich history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia. This year’s theme is ‘Our Languages Matter’ and hopes to emphasise the vital role Indigenous language plays in the cultural identity, spirituality for Indigenous Australians and in linking them to their land and water.

Today only about 120 languages from over 250 are still spoken and many are at risk of being lost. Each unique language carries with it stories, rites and knowledge so it is important they each one is preserved and maintained. Ms Anne Martin, National NAIDOC Committee Co-Chair has said,

“Each language is associated with an area of land and has a deep spiritual significance and it is through their own languages, that Indigenous nations maintain their connection with their ancestors, land and law.”

This NAIDOC Week why not learn about the languages that shaped Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Here are some of the resources available at QUT Library that can get you started on your language journey.

Semester Break is here!

It’s that time of year again where all you have to do rest, recuperate and have some fun. Even though you may not need to use the library to find information for your assignments or to borrow your text books, while on holiday there are still a lot of fun things you can access at the Library to make your semester break even better!

Did you know you can borrow and play computer games? Borrow your favourites for the holiday and play all you want. Kelvin Grove Library even has Xbox One and PS4 consoles available to use in the Games Lab on level 4. The most popular games are already installed on these so you can get playing straight away!

You can also settle in and borrow or stream the movies you have been dying to see and the TV shows you need to catch up on, all through QUT Library. Watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens, get started watching Vikings or re-watch Game of Thrones Season 6 to prepare for the upcoming season. There are so many feature films and TV series to watch semester break won’t be long enough!

Want to rest your eyes from all the screens around you? Don’t forget you can borrow novels from the library too. This includes young adult fiction, found in the Curriculum Collection, and graphic novels too. Plus we have three great eBook platforms, including BorrowBox, Axis 360 and Overdrive fiction collection, where you can find audiobooks as well as some more great reading material.

Now you are all set to enjoy your semester break to the fullest. From all of us at QUT Library, stay safe, have fun and we will see you soon!

 

World Refugee Day

Today is World Refugee Day and coincides with celebrations for Refugee Week in Australia. This year Refugee Week runs from Sunday 18 June to Saturday 24 June 2017 and provides an opportunity for us all to experience and celebrate the rich diversity of refugee communities.

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, and for World Refugee Day 2017 has suggested we read a book about refugees.

QUT Library holds a wide collection of resources about refugees, including the following highly recommended reading.

Books for children:

Titles for adults:

Just Dance 2017 is now in the Games Lab!

If exam stress is getting to you, burn off some energy and release those endorphins with Just Dance 2017 – new on the Xbox One in the KG Library Games Lab.

September alternative by Joanmp14 (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Test out your groove in the Games Lab to tracks from Anitta, Sia, Justin Bieber, Major Lazer, Fifth Harmony, Queen and Beyoncé.

And with our subscription to the Just Dance Unlimited add-on, dance to an additional 150 hits including songs such as “Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)” by OMI, “Better When I’m Dancin” by Meghan Trainor, “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and many more.

Grab the Xbox One controllers from the Kelvin Gove HiQ in the Library, head to the Games Lab on level 4 and bust some moves.

Keep your belongings safe in the library

Gardens Point Library

This is a friendly reminder to keep your personal property secure while you are in the library.

Don’t leave your bag, laptop, books or other personal belongings unattended. If you need to take a break for lunch or even to go to the bathroom please take your items with you or ask someone you trust to look after your things.

If you think something has been stolen you will need to report it to Campus Security. They recommend clearly marking your property to leave no doubt as to ownership.

Enquiries into items of property lost on campus may be made at the Campus HiQ. Any property found on campus should also be handed in at the Campus HiQ where details of the find will be recorded. You can report any lost items via the online Lost property form.

For more details on how QUT manages lost, stolen or damaged property see the Manual of Policies and Procedures.

 

SAGE Higher Degree Research Student Publication Prize now open to Q1 + Q2 journals

The SAGE Higher Degree Research Student Publication Prize has been extended to include Q1 and Q2 Scimago ranked journals. Higher Degree Research (HDR) students who are the lead author on a paper that has been published in a peer reviewed journal with a Q1 or Q2 ranking in Scimago, can enter the SAGE Higher Degree Research Student Publication Prize.

Three prizes are up for grabs: first prize $1500; second $900 and; third prize $500. A panel of five will evaluate the papers entered based on originality and readability (writing style and clarity).Don’t miss this opportunity to be recognised for your research and writing skills.

To enter you must:

  1. Be a current QUT Higher Degree Research (HDR) Student (QUT MOPP).
  2. Be the lead author and have played a significant role in data collection, data analysis, and preparation of a manuscript accepted for publication in a refereed (peer-reviewed) journal, allocated a Quartile 1 (Q1) or Quartile 2 (Q2) ranking in Scimago in any subject area, between 1st January 2017 and 31st August 2017; and
  3. Email library.research@qut.edu.au to advise of manuscript acceptance and publication details by 14th September 2017.

You’ve already done the hard work of writing and publishing the paper, enter now with the chance to further highlight your research!

For the full terms and conditions and to apply, click here. If you’d like more information, contact library.research@qut.edu.au.