Tell us what you think about QUT Library and win an iPad!

Tell us what you think about QUT Library for your chance to win an Apple iPad, by completing the QUT Library survey.

The survey is designed to give you an opportunity to state your opinions on how well you think the QUT Library performs in relation to what you think is important. Your opinions are valuable and will help us understand how we can make QUT Library work better for everyone.

Higher Degree Research Scholarship Round open now

QUT’s Higher Degree Research Scholarship Round is open from 12 August – 13 October 2013

QUT understands that the workload of a research degree makes it difficult for full-time students to support themselves. Up to 200 scholarships valued at more than $25,000 each to cover living costs  will be awarded in 2014 to high performing new and continuing higher degree research students.

Applications are now being accepted for 2014 research scholarships, including Australian Postgraduate Awards, QUT Postgraduate Research Awards, International Postgraduate Research Scholarships and a variety of other school, faculty, and institute awards. How you apply will depend on whether you are a current research student or are planning to apply for admission to a research course in 2014, but all applications must be received by 11.59pm AEST on Sunday 13 October.

The Research Students Centre will also be hosting student information sessions at both Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point campuses, so drop by to find out more about the scholarships and their eligibility requirements, and get some tips to help you with your application.

  • The Kelvin Grove information session will be held on Friday 30 August from 10am to 11am in Room 109, Level 1, 88 Musk Avenue.
  • The Gardens Point information session will be held on Monday 2 September from 10am to 11am in the Owen J Woodworth Room, Level 12, S-Block.

Writing Great Assignments

The secret to writing great assignments is all about how you begin and end the process. Take the time to plan and edit to make your writing clear, logical, relevant and … great!


  • Plan your time carefully so that you will have time to edit before the due date. Aim to write at least one draft. This will remove the pressure to write perfectly and you’ll build momentum.
  • Know what type of assignment you’re writing. Reports, essays, critiques, annotated bibliographies, etc. have different structures, tones and styles. Know the difference before you begin.


  • Break the assignment into chunks and divide the word count by the number of paragraphs you plan to write. Start writing whichever paragraph you like: there is no need to write the introduction first!
  • Check regularly to ensure that your writing responds to the task sheet, the marking criteria and any other resources available on Blackboard.
  • Take short breaks every hour and reward yourself when you reach the end of each section.


  1. Am I answering the assignment question?
  2. Do I use clear examples and good evidence to support my ideas?
  3. Is my assignment organised and carefully structured so a reader can follow my logic?
  4. Am I referencing correctly and consistently?
  5. Is my writing formal and free of errors? Am I using the scholarly language of my discipline: the technical terms, words and theories that are used by my lecturers and are relevant to my subject area?

For any help with writing assignments, come and see us at Study Solutions!

Starting your assignments

It’s week 4.

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

By now you will have started thinking about your assignments. For many units, assignment due dates will start around week 6 of the semester.  That’s only two weeks away.

Things you could do to get started:

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 it off – time can slip away quickly.  For best results with less stress, start early and work consistently. Good luck!

Library opening days during the Ekka

Due to the public holiday for the Royal Brisbane Show (the Ekka):

  • Caboolture Library will be closed Monday 12 August. It will be open on Wednesday 14 August
  • The Kelvin Grove, Gardens Point and Law libraries will be open Wednesday 14 August but for a shorter day. GP and KG will be open from 9am to 5pm, Law will be open from 10am to 5pm. These libraries  will be open on Monday 12 August at their usual hours.
  • Chat to a Librarian will be normal hours on Monday (10am to 9.45pm) but only from 12pm to 5am on Wednesday.

See full Library opening hours at

New ebook collections

QUT Library now provides access to the following ebook collections. These ebook collections add more high quality ebook content to our existing ebook collection. All ebooks are available via Quick Find or the QUT Library Catalogue. Contact Ask a Librarian for more information or assistance to use these resources.

American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium Series Online
American Chemical Society (ACS) Symposium Series Archive

CCH Ebook Collection 2012

Emerald Business, Management and Economics ebooks Series Collection

IEEE eLearning Library via IEEE Xplore Digital Library

IEEE Wiley Ebooks Library via IEEE Xplore Digital Library

IGI Global InfoSci Books (2012 Collection)

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) eBooks

Intersentia 2011 ebook collection

Palgrave Connect ebook collections:
Business & Management Collection 2011
Business & Management Collection 2012
Business & Management Collection 2013
Economics & Finance Collection 2011
Economics and Finance Collection 2012
Economics & Finance Collection 2013
Education Collection 2011
Education Collection 2012
Education Collection 2013
Language & Linguistics Collection 2011
Language & Linguistics Collection 2012
Language & Linguistics Collection 2013
Literature Collection 2011
Literature Collection 2012
Literature Collection 2013
Media & Culture Collection 2012
Media & Culture Collection 2013
Political & International Studies Collection 2011
Political & International Studies Collection 2012
Political & International Studies Collection 2013
Social Sciences Collection 2011
Social Sciences Collection 2012
Social Sciences Collection 2013

Royal Society of Chemistry ebooks (2012 Collection)

ScienceDirect ebook collections:
ScienceDirect Chemistry eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Computer Science eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Engineering eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Energy eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Environmental Science eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Finance Books 2012
ScienceDirect Forensics eBook Collection (2012)
ScienceDirect Materials Science eBook Collection
SpringerLink ebooks Professional and Applied Computing (2012)
SpringerLink ebooks Earth and Environmental Science (2012)

Springer ebook collections:
Business & Economics eBooks (2012)
Computer Science (2012)
Engineering (2012)

Woodhead Publishing ebook collections:
Energy and Environmental Technology (2008-2011)
Materials and Engineering (2009 – 2011)
Materials and Engineering (2012)

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

New Science and Engineering Resources

QUT Library now provides access to the following excellent information resources to support research and teaching and learning in the science and engineering subject areas.

Included below are databases and online journals. Contact Ask a Librarian or the Science and Engineering librarians for more information or assistance to use these resources.

Advanced Energy Materials
AIAA Journal
Biophysical Journal
Building Simulation: an International Journal
Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging
British Standards Online: Modules GBM48 and GBM51 (Construction in General and Civil Engineering)
Chemistry : An Asian Journal
Hip International
IBM Journal of Research and Development
Journal of Bone and Mineral Research
Journal of Renewable and Sustainable Energy
Knovel New Subject Area : Computer Hardware Engineering
Nature Physics
Nearmap (high resolution photo maps of Brisbane and other Australian Cities)
Proceedings of the Australian Society of Sugar Cane Technologists
Proceedings of the International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists (ISSCT) Congresses
Security and Communication Networks
SAE Digital Library

Image used with permission from Microsoft

The library’s Children’s Book Week Competition is now open!

Win a $100 book voucher for Children’s Book Week!

To celebrate Children’s Book Week (17-24 August), QUT Kelvin Grove and Caboolture Libraries are holding a competition.  Current QUT students can win a book voucher valued at $100.  All the shortlisted books will be on display from 2 August, with the competition closing 15th and winners announced Wednesday 21 August.

How to enter:

  1. Competition entry forms will be available between 2 – 15 August.
  2. To enter the competition, guess the winners of the 2013 Children’s Book Council of Australia awards in the following categories: Picture Book; Early Childhood; Younger Readers; Older Readers; Eve Pownall Award for Information Books.
  3. Place your completed competition entry form in the Children’s Book Week competition boxes near the displays.
  4. Entries close Thursday 15th August.  The winner will be the first entry drawn that correctly guesses the winners of the highest number of categories.
  5. All entrants entrants who correctly guess at least one category winner will win a coffee voucher for the respective campus venue.

Click here for competition terms and conditions.

Image courtesy of artist Bob Graham and the Children's Book Council of Australia.