QUT part of a winning formula to break down the digital divide

MKnowledge Unlatched (KU), proudly supported and partnered by QUT, is the 2014 winner of the IFLA/Brill Open Access Award.

Together with 300 libraries around the world, QUT works with KU to fund the publication of high quality specialist scholarly books and make them open access. Anyone, anywhere can freely access the KU Pilot Collection of books from OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library.

The IFLA/Brill Open Access Award was created in 2013 for initiatives in the area of open access monograph publishing. This year the jury voted unanimously for KU, recognising it as the most outstanding and game-changing initiative in the field.

The jury said that they are ‘deeply impressed with the simplicity and elegance of the original concept, with the daring scope of the project, bringing together libraries, publishers and other organisations from around the world, and with the highly successful outcome of the pilot phase that tested the concept’.

Contact Paula Callan, Scholarly Communications Librarian, for further details on Knowledge Unlatched, and for support with scholarly publishing and open access.


Scopus helps researchers ‘mind the gap’

Researchers, are you looking to identify gaps in your field? Save time and get the results and analysis you need with Scopus.

Search simultaneously across disciplines to tap into the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus offers researchers the benefit of sophisticated search and citation tools, providing practical help with the analysis of search results.

The ‘Analyze results’ tab is a great tool for:

  • getting a broad visual overview of a field,
  • finding potential collaborators/co-supervisors for higher degree research (HDR) students, and
  • discovering the research gap.

In Scopus, search results can be sorted by year, author, author affiliation, country, subject area, and more. After selection of search options, it is also possible to choose a subset of results, for example, all articles affiliated with QUT.

Learn more about how to master the data:


Gruen Transfer goes Global: international market research reports

If you’re researching Asia parenting styles,  city living in China, the impact of technology on Children, Indian real estate trends or the clothing industry in Brazil then Passport GMID has the report for you.

Passport GMID is a fascinating database of international market research on consumer trends. It includes a country pulse section, should you want to know what’s the latest consumer trends in the United States or Vietnam.

It’s also a good way to get a grip on what’s happening in finance & economics but written and presented in a clear and accessible way. Not only essential for assignments but an excellent way to keep informed with the real data and facts behind the news.

An important user tip is to check out the excellent video tutorials to be found from the “Help” menu on the black bar.

Passport GMID can be accessed from here: http://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/databases/passportgmid

Need some help with maths or stats?

Struggling with statistics? Finding that core maths unit or clinical prac a bit of a headache? Then you might like to take advantage of the great services & support that the QUT Maths Access Centre (QUTMAC) has to offer.

QUTMAC provides support in numeracy, mathematics and statistics across all disciplines, including nursing and education.  You can access generic and faculty-specific resources and worksheets online via the Blackboard site, or if you’d prefer some more hands-on assistance, drop-in sessions are available on all campuses.

Johnny Thew will be at the Caboolture library every Monday between 11am and 5pm if you would like to drop in for some help. He is also available on Thursdays, please email (johnny.thew@connect.qut.edu.au) by Wednesday afternoon to make an appointment.

QUT Maths Access Centre

Did you know the Maths Access Centre, or QUTMAC for short, has drop in spaces at Gardens Point, Kelvin Grove and Caboolture?

QUT Maths Access Centre is operated by experienced staff and maths/education student volunteers, and they love mathematics and statistics! If you need help building your confidence in these areas QUTMAC is for you. It is open to all QUT students. Feel free to drop in at the following times:

  • Gardens Point. O Block, room O-304. 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • Kelvin Grove Library. R Block, Level 3, in the collaborative space next to the training room. 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday during semester from week 2
  • Caboolture Library. B Block, Level 2. 8.30 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. Wednesday and 1.30 to 5 p.m. Friday during semester from week 1

For more information visit the QUTMAC BlackBoard site http://blackboard.qut.edu.au/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp?tab_tab_group_id=_5_1&url=/webapps/blackboard/execute/courseMain?course_id=_26121_1

Get a grip on the World Economy with IMF stats

An essential resource for Business students and anyone interested in gaining a clear understanding of what’s actually going on behind the news headlines

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) provides a rich source of clear information such as World Economic Outlooks. The data can be searched by country, topic or source – so you can checkout clear graphs to see Australia’s consumer price index, balance of payments and unemployment rate compared since 1980 or its top 10 export partners (who knew Indonesia & Korea would feature so prominently?)
The IMF is a great resource when you’re looking for World economic indicators and financial statistics such as Balance of Payments, Direction of Trade, Trade and Investment & Financial Soundness Indicators.

IMF stats is worth viewing alongside EIU Country Data and PRS Country Data

The IMF e-Library is available from here http://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/databases/imfe
Whilst a simple help guide can obtained from here: http://elibrary-data.imf.org.ezp01.library.qut.edu.au/Contents/HomePageUserGuide.pdf