Do you know about QUT’s “Chat to a Librarian” service?

If you are in need of assistance from the Library, but are unable to visit one of the Learning and Research Desks, QUT Library also offers the “Chat to a Librarian” online chat service:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 9:45pm
  • Weekends and Public Holidays: 12pm – 4:45pm

To start chatting, hit the chat button on the Library Home Page.

Fill in some basic information and you’ll instantly be in real time contact with one of our friendly librarians. Get help with finding info for your assignment, assistance using databases, and advice on referencing. Try it out now!

Outside of “Chat to a Librarian” hours, there’s a ton of handy information available online 24/7. The Ask QUT Library FAQ is a great way to find quick answers to frequently asked library questions. If you don’t find answers there you can submit your own questions here.

To see all the different ways you can get Library help, visit http://www.library.qut.edu.au/help/

We look forward to chatting with you soon…


Get set!

It’s Week 1!

Lectures and tutorials are happening.  You are taking notes and doing your readings.  Things are rolling along.  Great!

Now is the time to think about starting your assignments.  No, it’s not too early!  For many units, assignment due dates will start around Week 6 of the semester.  That’s only a couple of weeks away.

Things you could do to get started:

  • Mark down all your assessment for each unit on a planner so that you have all the dates in one place.  A planner for semester 1 is available here..
  • Use the Assignment Calculator to work out how to get started on your assignments and to track their progress.
  • Set aside some specific time during this week to get going on an assignment.

Not sure about your assignment task?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Talk to your tutor or lecturer about what is required.
  • Ask someone at the Library Learning and Research desk to show you our online learning resources and help you find information.
  • Book a Study Solutions appointment for a 25 minute one-on-one appointment to talk about your assignment and how to do it.
  • Check out your faculty’s peer assistance program to talk to another student about your study.

Don’t put off starting on your assessment.  Time can slip away quickly.  For best results with less stress, start early and work consistently. Good luck!

Photo by Jon Moe via Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/hufse/22937979/


Study Smart

University is easier when you know how.

QUT’s online tutorial Study Smart steps you through the basics of researching, writing and studying. It is packed with ideas, tips and techniques to help you to find, evaluate and manage the information you need for your study and then pull it all together into a great assignment.

Watch, listen, read and practice at your own pace in your own place, university is easier when you know how.

Good research, better assignments, great results – smarter study starts here: http://studysmart.library.qut.edu.au/



New arrivals

New books are always arriving at QUT Library. And ahead of a busy semester among the boxes of textbooks making their way to the shelves there are also a huge range of books on art, politics, fashion, advertising, science, literature and business.

At Kelvin Grove you can keep up-to-date with new arrivals by visiting the new books display on level 2. This week’s new arrivals include Slogan T-Shirts: Cult and Culture, Topsy-turvy World: How Australian Animals Puzzled Early Explorers, Epica Book 25: Europe’s Best Advertising, Motivational Interviewing in Groups, Kafka on the Shore and In My View: Personal Reflections on Art by Today’s Leading Artists. The new Caboolture library will also have a new books display.

You can also explore the full listing of new arrivals on our new titles page.

And remember that if there is a book you like that is at another campus you can place an intercampus request to have it delivered to your branch library.


Find Gyton Grantley at QUT Library

Australian actor Gyton Grantley graduated from QUT with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) and has gone on to star in several acclaimed TV series and films, elevating him to become one of Australia’s most popular actors.

Arguably his most famous performance was as the diabolical Australian gangster Carl Williams in the first series of Underbelly for which he won a prestigious AFI Award for Best Lead Actor and Silver Logie for Most Outstanding Actor. Along with the other seasons of the popular show, Underbelly can be found in the QUT Library collection.

In 2009, Gyton was awarded a QUT Outstanding Alumni Special Excellence Award for exceptional achievement in acting. Read the full story here.

Like all good Aussie actors, he has starred in All Saints and Home and Away and his television and film credits include, among others: Below Hill 60, All My Friends Are Leaving Brisbane, East west 101, Balibo, and most recently, House Husbands (currently on order).

Discover more of Gyton Grantley in the QUT library collection.


Games Lab: Get over here!

Fancy a little bit of R&R between lectures and tutorials? Why not come up to the Games Lab on level 4 of Kelvin Grove library and play your favourites games.

You can collect Wii, PS3 and Xbox controllers from the KG Learning and Research Desk staff and away you go. There are lots of games to choose from in the collection: from Assassin’s Creed to The Legend of Zelda. Why not try out some new dance moves with Just Dance 3? Or take on the role of Captain Shepherd in Mass Effect 3? You can even take on all Batman’s foes in Lego Batman 2 or discover if the cake is a lie in Portal.

Attention lecturers – would you like to use the Games Lab with your students?  Contact the Learning and Research Desk to arrange details.

Let the games begin…