NSB117 Drop In Session

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If you would like some extra help researching or writing your assignment for NSB117, come along to the Library on Monday the 2nd of April, between 2.30pm and 3.30pm.

Bring your assignment and your questions to B2.25 and a librarian will work through them with you.  Just remember, while we’re happy to check your reference lists, we don’t proofread entire assignments.  What we will do though, is help you to proofread your assignments by explaining appropriate language, grammar and structure to you.

There is no need to book, just come along!

KKB101 Drop in Sessions

Help completing the Study Smart quiz for assessment will be available in B2.25 the Library this week.

Come at either of the times listed below and a librarian will help you with any questions you might have about Study Smart.

Tuesday, 3rd of April, 9.30 am – 10.30 am

Thursday, 5th of April, 10.30 am – 11.30 am

There is no need to make an appointment, just come along!

Add some Methods to your Madness

If you’re struggling to understand more about quantitative research, qualitative research, literature reviews and critical thinkings – there’s whole database of books and articles to assist and use.

SAGE Research Methods Online http://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/databases/srmo has really useful material – either  search for a word or browse via a concept map to find out about different research methodologies (e.g. empiricism, Marxism, positivism, rationalism) whilst browsing to Quantitative Data techniques will provide information on the mystical world of bootstrapping and cluster analysis.

Users can also create their own login and create their own essential lists of readings in the area to share with your team.  There’s a whole bibliography on interviews for example.

It’s an easy database to use and contains entire books, handbooks, encyclopaedias & dictionaries. Definitely the best single resource at QUT library for information on research methods.

Quick video guides are available in the database and on You Tube: http://youtu.be/rJ51IN4L56I

Games lab is go!

Come and try out your gaming skills in KG Library’s newly minted Games Lab!

Located on level 4 of KG Library (near the fabulous CD music collection) you can play all your favourites on Wii, PS3 and Xbox.

PS3 Move and Xbox Kinect are also available if you’re feeling energetic after a long, taxing lecture. Bring your mates and duke it out in a sword-fight or play some ping pong!

All games equipment is available to borrow from the Learning & Research Desk on level 2 of the Library. Just ask the helpful staff at the Desk. Games are also available in the Course Reserve collection and on level 4.

CENSUS DATE is nearly here: FRIDAY 23rd March 2012!!!

This is the last chance to withdraw from an academic unit without financial penalty.

WHAT DOES CENSUS DATE REALLY MEAN?

Census date is the date by which you need to have your enrolment requirements finalised.

SO

On or before census date:

  • Commonwealth supported students must submit their online request for Commonwealth support and HECS-HELP form.
  • Students who selected the up-front or partial payment option pay all or part of their student contribution amount
  • Students with HECS-HELP loan [that is, if you are deferring part or your entire student contribution amount] must provide their Tax File Number.
  • Eligible tuition fee paying students who are seeking Commonwealth assistance to pay their tuition fees must submit online request for FEE-HELP form and provide their Tax File Number.
  • Tuition fee paying students must pay their fees.

IF YOU DON’T COMPLETE THE ABOVE the following could happen:

  • Cancellation of enrolment. In accordance with the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) QUT cannot accept late up-front payment or late applications of HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP forms. Students who are cancelled are required to apply for readmission into a following semester.
  • No additions to enrolment will be accepted after the census date in any teaching period.
  • Full financial liability for any units you withdraw from after the census date.

IF YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE go to:

http://www.student.qut.edu.au/about/key-dates-and-academic-calendar/census-dates.

21 March is Harmony Day

Harmony Day is celebrated around Australia on 21 March each year. It’s a day when all Australians celebrate our cultural diversity. Today is also the United Nation’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

The message for Harmony Day in 2012 is that Everyone Belongs, which means all Australians are a welcome part of the country, regardless of their background. It’s a time to reflect on where Australia has come from and to recognise the traditional owners of this land. It’s also about community participation, inclusiveness and respect – celebrating the different cultures that make Australia a great place to live.

Celebrate Harmony Day today at QUT! Visit the F Block Amphitheatre at QUT Kelvin Grove between 12pm – 2pm for cultural performances, international food, music and dance and free henna painting.

And find out more about Harmony Day at http://www.harmony.gov.au/

It’s Competition Time

Over the next weeks, there is an extra reason for QUT students to subscribe to the QUT Library blog: you could win a $100 Coles Myer voucher…

Here’s three reasons to subscribe to the QUT Library blog via email this week:

#1 It’s helpful:
The blog keeps you updated with practical how-to-guides, useful study tips & tricks and the best places to access help – as you need it throughout the semester.

#2 It’s easy:
Simply enter your email address in the box on the left of the blog homepage. You’ll be sent an email to confirm the subscription and then you’re done!

#3 Current QUT students will automatically enter the draw to win a $100 voucher
If you are a current QUT student and you subscribe to the QUT Library blog before midnight  on the  25th March 2012, using your QUT email address, you’ll be in the draw to win a $100.00 Coles Myer Voucher.

Check out Underground and Independent Comics!

Underground and Independent Comics is on trial until the 31st of March. Check it out here via the Library website.

This ever-growing collection of adult comic books and graphic novels includes tens of thousands of individual comics as well as interviews, commentary, theory and criticism, from The Comics Journal and other sources.

Send us your thoughts on the product via our feedback form! http://libguides.library.qut.edu.au/databases/feedback

The trial ends 31 March so check it out soon.


Google hacks for Uni research

Use these tips and tricks to get the most from Google

While everyone searches with Google, finding good information can be done a lot more efficiently if you use some of the tools and tricks available.

For example “inverted commas” enable you to search for a particular phrase or term e.g. “market analysis” or “information technology” or “Julia Gillard”

You can also search within a specific website or domain, which is often more effective than the search box on the website itself, for example a search of the ABS website for resources on housing:

housing site: abs.gov.au

You can also search for alternative terms (synonyms) so that you get all the useful versions of a word by joining the alternatives with ‘or’

house OR home OR dwelling

Advanced Search on Google will give you all these options & more –  select Advanced Search from the settings wheel on the top right of the page.

In an advanced search you can select by file type (e.g. search for powerpoint presentations), limit results to a particular date range or search only within the title.

Visit the Google guide <http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=136861&rd=1> and Hack College’s brilliant infographic on all things Google <http://www.hackcollege.com/blog/2011/11/23/infographic-get-more-out-of-google.html>

Google Scholar <http://scholar.google.com.au/>is  an excellent tool to search for quality, scholarly academic articles and reports.  It not only finds freely available stuff, you can also set it up to search across many of the QUT library content – depending on what publishers allow.

To set this up from outside QUT

  1. Select Scholar Preferences from the setting wheel on the top right
  2. In the Library Links box do a search for QUT – you will be able to select from there the QUT library.

This will enable you to link your results to the content available in subscriber only QUT databases.

However, remember a lot of reports and financial or company data don’t make it into Google Scholar because of publisher restrictions.

And of course, with whatever you find – take a look to see who the author is, whether the material is original research, whether any claims have been backed up with good reference and when and where it was published.

Be aware that if you log in to Google, from the 1st of March it will be tracking and using your search history to modify its advertising and search results so, though you can take steps

Happy Googling!