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.

 

Exam Preparation 101

Exams are just around the corner. To get you through this semester we have put together our top tips for surviving exams.

  1. Have a look at the Exam Preparation page. There is lots of useful information here including understanding your type be that multiple choice, short answer or essay exams .
  2. See if there any past exams available for your units. If there aren’t any available have a look at some of the library’s Test Taking Skills And remember to practice, practice, and practice some more!
  3. Check your Blackboard site to see if your lecturer or tutor has provided any tips for your exam. What will it cover? How long will it go for? What format will it be? Any information you can get about your exam is good information.
  4. Exams can be stressful but you can manage your exam stress. And if you need some assistance with this, QUT Counselling Services are available.
  5. Find your perfect nook! QUT Gardens Point Library will open with extended opening hours from the 2nd June – 23rd Each night the Gardens Point Library will be open until 2am, plenty of time for you to find the perfect place to study for your exams.

And finally, from all of us at QUT Library, good luck!

Referencing Hack #3 QUT Harvard Style

QUT Harvard is one of the four referencing styles we use at QUT and is based on The Chicago Manual of Style. Like APA, Harvard is what we refer to as an “Author/Date” style and refers to how the beginning of your reference should start.

Students in the Faculty of Creative Industries and School of Justice will be most familiar with QUT Harvard. A question we are asked often is how to cite a TV show or movie. When you are looking for the “author” of the work, who do we attribute credit to? Is it the director, writer, or producer? In the case of QUT Harvard you should always use the writer’s name as the lead reference, followed by the year it was produced, title of the work, the director and producer, where and who it was published by, and lastly the format of the resource.

Example (Writer as main author): Atherden, Geoffrey. 1986. Babakiueria. Directed by Don Featherstone. Produced by Julian Pringle. Sydney: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. DVD.

If the writer of the source is not credited you should then choose the person who is most responsible for creating the work.

Example (Director as main author): Featherstone, Don. 1986. Babakiueria. Produced by Julian Pringle. Sydney: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. DVD.

Key takeaway – if you can’t find a specific referencing example on QUT Cite | Write, you can always build your own reference using parts from other examples. Did you access your TV show or movie from an online database? Add the URL to the end of your reference. The trick for all of these is to be consistent and if you have any questions make sure to contact the Library.

Reading at University

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

Image of QUT Readings home page with the log in button on the right hand side of the top level menu highlighted in a yellow box with a yellow arrow pointing to it, saying click here.

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!

Exam Preparation

“Study hard” by Bartosz Maciejewski (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The end of semester is here and we are well into examination period. We know that this time can be stressful and tricky, you may have multiple exams to study for or exams and assignments to complete at the same time, but with a few tips and tricks under your belt (as well as some planning) you’ll be set to ace your exams in no time.

Firstly, take a look at our exam preparation page. It is filled with useful information about how to tackle different exam types, as well as general study tips about time management.

You can also take a look at our exam preparation blog post from earlier this year to get some hints for what to do in the days leading to your exam. Also, don’t forget – Gardens Point Library has extended opening hours until 10pm Friday 18th November for all your late-night study needs.

If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed you can always contact QUT Counselling Services or read this tip-sheet about managing exam stress and anxiety.

QUT Library wishes you good luck! And if you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask.

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

Picture of Gardens Point level 5

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!

QUT Library Student Survey now open

Want to win an iPad mini?We’re excited to announce the start of the QUT Library Student Survey, which will run from 5-26 September 2016.

What’s so exciting about it? Well, if you take part then you can enter a competition to win an iPad mini 4.

To us though, that’s not the most exciting bit – we’re actually more excited about finding out what students think about our services (really!).

We run the survey every three years and ask students about what services are important to them, and how we are performing in these services. A lot can change in three years – it’s really useful for us to find out where our students’ priorities lie in 2016 so that we can focus on these areas.

But it’s not just about that or about finding out how well we’re doing. The survey results are used to guide real improvements to library services. Student feedback from the 2013 survey led to:

  • Displaying computer availability on digital screens to make it easier to see what is available
  • Doubling the number of laptops available for loan at the Caboolture Campus Library
  • Installing extra power facilities for mobile devices
  • Installing signs in quiet study areas to help reduce noise levels

What are you waiting for, complete the survey and help us to make things even better.

Welcome to semester 2!

Blink and it is semester 2 already! Welcome to all the newcomers and welcome back to all the old hands. Are you ready to get back into study? O-Week is over and done with, so it’s time to get back into the game.

A couple of things to get you up to speed for second semester:

  1. QUT Readings has replaced the CMD (course materials database)
  2. Assignments are to be submitted online now – Goodbye Assignment Minder!
  3. QUT is now smoke free

If you’re a new student make sure to come to the Library Helpdesk and grab a hard-copy of Cite Write and have a chat to the friendly librarians who are waiting to help with all your study needs and questions. Don’t forget you can also contact us online, we’re always here to help!

Mid-Year Fiction and Film Fun!

What do you like to do when there are no exams to study for, no assignments to finish at the last minute (check out Assignment Calculator to help plan your study), or lectures to take notes through?

Some people like to take a holiday, others like to spend time with their friends and family, others like to binge on television shows, and others like to read. Guess what? The library can definitely help you with the last two!

Check out a list of some of our film and TV databases. I recommend Kanopy for streaming access to a great bunch of movies and documentaries like Pride and Prejudice or Gayby Baby.

If you’re more of an “old-school” DVD kind of person you can borrow from the extensive film and TV collection at Kelvin Grove Library – just look for the call-number range: 791.43 on level 4 – R Block.

Maybe reading is more your thing? If so, you should take advantage of our online subscription to Overdrive which is a collection of fiction and non-fiction audio-books and ebooks.

Whatever you decide to choose over mid-year break make sure to stay safe and relax!