Get some extra help at Study Solutions

The Learning and Research Desk is a great place to come when you’re looking for help , but if you think you might need some extra assistance with your study, Study Solutions might be exactly what you’re looking for!

Study SolutionsDuring your 25 minute Study Solutions appointment, you will have the undivided attention of a library staff member, who will work through whatever questions or issues you might be having with your study.  These can include, essay structure, understanding your assignment task, research, time management… just about anything to do with successful study.  However, there is one thing library staff won’t do and that is proofread your entire assignment.  What we will do, though, is help you to develop the skills to edit and proofread your assignments yourself.

Study Solutions is available at all branches of QUT Library.  Register for your free appointment, or speak to the staff at the Learning and Research Desk.

(RSS) Feed Me: How to design journals with the content you want

Aggregators are everywhere to help you very simply bring together and tailor to your needs the blog feeds, web updates, videos, news headlines and fresh information.

Most of us suffer information overload and find it difficult to keep up with all we think we need to read. Aggregators consolidate updates from a variety of sources – portions or whole blogs, websites, database or Google Scholar alerts on relevant searches, even Facebook updates – and bring them together in one spot. It saves you trawling around (or, as I like to call it, interblag procrastination) and tailors your browsing material to your needs and interests.

Most websites, blogs and even databases now provide RSS feeds or Twitter updates to alert subscribers to their latest articles. Long favoured by the technologically savvy, new technologies, such as ipad apps, or browsers provide spaces to bring together your favourite updates and create a journal or magazine populated with the content you’re interested in.

Apps such as Flipboard, Pulse, FLUD and Zite can create a magazine of content from your nominated publication or a curated collection of material on a particular topic ranging from gaming to interior design and presents it for you your ipad, iphone or android device.  See the Flipboard demonstration here: http://tiny.cc/p2sgc

Email software such as Outlook has a built in RSS feed readers, which deliver feeds as emails. Browsers such as Firefox have a RSS reader built into the toolbar.

Available to anyone with a Google Account, Google Reader is a free online reader and can be used to populate Ipad apps or create displays within the iGoogle homepage. Netvibes is another online aggregator providing a more visual display on the dashboard.

Trouble with references?

Can’t find the information you need for your reference? Whether it is missing publication details, AWOL DOIs, or anonymous authors, QUT cite|write can provide some answers.

QUT cite|write contains extra advice for all those resources which don’t quite have all the details you need for your reference list. Just click the button!

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Click the Authors box in your style for advice on how to reference anonymous works, corporate works, and authors which are cited in secondary sources. It also has specific examples for multiple authors and the use of et al. – as these are different for QUT APA, QUT Harvard, and QUT Numbered.

DOIs are relatively new to QUT referencing styles, so this button includes everything you need to know about Digital Object Identifiers. There’s even a nifty video demonstration on the APA Style Blog about how to find them.

Publication Details includes the correct abbreviations for your style including how to cite a resource with no date (n.d.) in press (in press) or approximate (ca.1986). And Page numbers covers how the different styles ask you to reference ‘pageless’ electronic resources.

If your reference still won’t sort itself out, you can always ask a librarian online or on campus.

Or if there’s a common referencing question, you would like to see our guide answer, why not let us know in the comments below.

All you ever wanted to know about our 250,000 ebooks

Our new subject guide offers guidance on ebooks and how to access them on a variety of readers.

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QUT Library currently has a collection of approximately 250,000 ebook titles and growing.  These range from Dummies guides to Manga or Google Earth, to collected conference proceedings and the latest discussion on climate change. They are a vast resource to support our learning and research.

However, ebooks are a relatively new technology and are published across a range of platforms with differing features, application requirements and appearances. To make this easier we have a new subject guide to help you.  QUT Library Ebooks and Reading Online/Downloading to Computers/Smartphones/Tablet Devices/Ebook Readers is a comprehensive guide to using our ebooks – what software to use, how and what can be downloaded, how to print.

It also offers a guide to various readers – the Kindle, Android and Apple devices such as the iPad, Sony Reader, Kobo and the Nook.
For example, learn about downloading EBL ebooks to your iPad with the Bluefire Reader app and why the Kindle is not an effective ebook reader to buy to access QUT Library’s collection of ebooks.

Your feedback and suggestions are welcomed to ensure this guide remains relevant and useful to your needs.

FAQs for QUT APA: health resources

If your discipline uses QUT APA to reference your assignments (e.g. nursing), some health resources can be tricky to get just right.  We’ve compiled the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

I’m referencing well known organisations like the World Health Organization or the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Do I have to spell the full name out each time?

For APA referencing, you can use the abbreviation if the first time you spell out the title and place the initial in the square brackets. So if the first reference was:

(World Health Organization [WHO], 2011)

All following references could be: (WHO, 2011).

If it is a less well-known organisation or if there is any scope for confusion (e.g. in the unlikely scenario you’re discussing both the British Broadcasting Corporation and Brisbane Boys College) you can use the full name each time.

How do I reference a specialist health resource like a Systematic Review, Evidence Summary, DynaMed entry et cetera?

QUT Cite|Write has full examples for specialist health resources from  MIMS Online, JBI Connect +, DynaMed, Nursing Consult & Cochrane. They are located in APA Examples > Journals. Select, DynaMed, MIMS, Systematic Reviews or Evidence-based resources to find an example for your resource.

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I’m actually citing something that’s not a journal article, because it’s a factsheet/guideline/brochure/form/poster about a particular health issue. How do I do that?

 This is relatively easy with QUT APA. Provide the four key elements of the reference (author, date, title, location details). Plus, if it’s not clear from the title of the work whether it is factsheet/guideline/brochure/form/poster, insert this information in square brackets after the title. E.g.:

Queensland Health. (n.d.). Common breastfeeding concerns: When do I stop breastfeeding? [Factsheet]. Retrieved from http://access.health.qld.gov.au/hid/ChildHealth/DietandEating/breastfeeding_ap.asp

 Of course, QUT Cite|Write is only a guide, so check with your lecturer/tutor if there are any special requirements (E.g. Psychology students follow A guide to formatting in psychology).

You can also refer to the APA 6th Manual, ask a librarian (online or on campus) for help with QUT APA.

Or submit your own Frequently Asked Referencing Question to Add Lib – just leave a comment below and we’ll post an answer.

(Streaming) video killed the DVD star?

Perhaps not, but the functionality and availability of streaming video is increasing. QUT staff and students in CI, Health, & Education already have access to key streaming video collections.

Theatre in Video – view entire stage productions or documentaries online. There are a range of productions from twentieth century theatre history, multiple versions of classic texts for comparison, not to mention famous faces (e.g. Blythe Danner in The Seagull or Derek Jacobi and John Gielgud in Richard II.)

Education in Video – is still growing, but it already has 77 hours of online video, which includes footage of students and teachers in actual classrooms.  You can browse key educational topics such as technology, learning styles, and literacy.

 Counselling and Therapy in Video – video resources for social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counselling. Like the other Alexander Street Press collections listed above, there are free online help resources available.

TV News – provides desktop access to ABC and SBS news stories, current affairs, as well as documentaries. The search is particularly useful for monitoring current affairs or a particular topic in the media.

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