New online reference sources


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QUT Library now provides access to the following excellent new online reference sources. Reference sources are a good starting point for any assignment or research topic, as they can help to clarify concepts and keywords, as well as provide an overview of a subject. They include dictionaries, encyclopaedias, directories, handbooks and manuals.

Oxford Reference Library: Includes 96 reference titles

APA Handbooks in Psychology: Includes 24 reference titles

Oxford Handbooks Online Business & Management Foundation Collection

Oxford Handbooks Online Philosophy Foundation Collection

Comprehensive Renewable Energy

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Composites

Encyclopedia of Hydrological Sciences

Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science

Encyclopedia of Computational Mechanics

Van Nostrand’s Encyclopedia of Chemistry

Comprehensive Biophysics

Encyclopedia of Environmetrics

Please make use of these excellent resources to support your learning.

Self-service printing and photocopying

***Please note the information contained in this post may be out of date***

QUT Printing Services (QPS) have reduced the cost of of self-service printing and photocopying!  The new prices came into effect on the 22nd of July and will make printing your assignments and lecture notes that little bit cheaper.

Self-service printing and photocopying prices





If you need any help with printing, QPS Service Centres are located on Level 2 of the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove libraries.  At Caboolture, students can get printing help from library staff at the Learning and Research Desk.

For further information about printing services and helpful printing tips go to Help and resources page of the QPS website.

Four ways to rock your next talk

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Adapted from The Thesis Whisperer – Four Ways to Rock Your Next Talk

All around Australia PhD students are preparing for the 3 minute thesis competition, so it seems like a good time to be talking about presenting skills!

You have a great research question, cool data and a spot at the next conference. That means you have somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes to impress a bunch of people who know your field just as well, if not better than you do. If you’re a PhD student, some part of you hopes that this talk could be the gateway to a job. You want to do the kind of talk that makes people think that working with you would be a good idea.  So here are four tips for great academic talks:

Forget normal (everyone else already has)
While everyone remembers the great talks and the awful talks, few people remember the “normal” ones. Perversely, it is precisely those “normal” talks that we often use as the guide for our own work.

The talks that really stand out for being great are a much better model. How did those speakers make their work seem interesting and engaging? What did they do that set them apart? Take note of the little things that make talks look and sound great.

Know your audience
Unless you have been to a conference before and/or know the field especially well, do a little recon on the kinds of people who will be there and the kinds of research they are doing. Find out who the “big names” are and how they present their work. In short, do your homework.

If they expect really tight data analysis, do that and present it with flair. If they expect you to deeply engage with theory, do that and engage with the audience too. In short, do what they expect and even more! Remember no one remembers normal.

Throw out some stuff
How do you know what to present and what to leave out? The first rule is simple: keep it simple. A good rule of thumb is to attempt to summarise your presentation in one sentence that is short enough to fit on a t-shirt and only include material that says something about that sentence. That way, you keep to the most important ideas and facts and let the audience ask you if they want more info.

The second rule is this: either it flows or out it goes.  There is nothing worse than a talk that consists of several bits of information with no links between them. It confuses your audience and you at the same time. Rehearse it a few times – doing that will soon tell you what works and what doesn’t.

Be helpful
Every audience member is silently asking “why should I listen to you?” The only answer that ever works is “because I can help you.” If your study is as good as you think it is, it should say something about a larger process, a wider problem or a bigger issue. Make the most of that link: it is not just a vital part of doing a good talk but it is an important building block for your future career.

The QUT 3 Minute Thesis competition is coming up in August with the final being held in September.  Details are at

Find more resources on presentation skills via –

Research Students Training Resources
Studywell > Presenting

Getting started with study

New in semester two? Awesome, welcome.

You’re enrolled, you’ve got your student card, your password and email is set up, your tutorials are organised, and you’ve found the Library, the Student Guild Bar and the best coffee on campus…

So, what next?

Now is when you have time – time to plan your weekly schedule, organise your readings, and to learn some important new skills so you can stay ahead with your study all semester.

Then here are some things you can do now:

These are our suggestions but, just in case you need more convincing, check out the top ten tips of QUT students who are almost ready to graduate.

But most importantly … welcome to QUT!

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Online videos available for you!

The Library has a wide range of online videos, including videos for education, dance, theatre, counselling and nursing.   Access these via QUT Library’s collection.

Recent additions include ArtFilms Digital, Health and Society in Video, and regular additions to Kanopy.

Video clips and play lists can be created – links to these can be added to BlackBoard pages.

There is also a large selection of popular films and documentaries available. Check out some of these –

Need more info?  Check out the subject guide Accessing Video for Learning and Teaching.

NAIDOC: A week of celebration

Dates: 7-14 July, 2013

Theme: We value the vision – Yirrkala Bark Petitions 1963

NAIDOC stands for the National Aboriginal and Islander Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920s who sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.

Today, NAIDOC is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and an opportunity to recognise the contributions of Indigenous Australians in various fields.

The 2013 NAIDOC theme marks the 50th anniversary of the presentation of the Yirrkala Bark Petitions to the Australian Federal Parliament. Find out more at the NAIDOC website.

Activities take place across the nation during NAIDOC Week in the first full week of July. QUT encourages all staff and students to participate in community celebrations, to find an event near you visit the NAIDOC events calendar.

30th anniversary of the Tasmanian Franklin Dam Case

30 years ago in 1983, an historic High Court decision marked a victory for the environmental movement in the battle to stop a hydro electric dam being built on the World Heritage listed Gordon River in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Dam case not only heralded a win for the Tasmanian wilderness but also for the Federal government in its exercise of powers over the States.

Read about it in this little book in the Law Library The Franklin dam case : commentary and full text of the decision in Commonwealth of Australia v State of Tasmania / by Michael Coper. Find a transcript of the High Court  judgment on AustLII, or read the reported case, (1983) 158 CLR 1, in the Commonwealth Law Reports via library subscription database Westlaw AU. You will need a cup of coffee and a comfortable chair.

Image courtesy of Tasmanian Electoral Commission website.