How to help exam insomnia

Sink into sleep by Judith Davidson Insomnia and Anxiety by Colleen E. Carney and Jack D. Edinger

Students studying intensely can struggle to fall asleep or wake up in the middle of the night with their minds racing. Here are three techniques to help exam insomnia.

  1. Take an observer’s stance. Notice where your mind is going and jot down your observations and problem-solving thoughts on a notepad.
  2. Calm yourself by slowing your breaths down to 4-6 per minute and count 10 of them.
  3. Do not try to sleep, instead create bedtime conditions where your body falls asleep.

Conditions that tell your body it is bedtime include: exercise during the day (but a few hours before bedtime), get up at the same time each day, create an evening wind-down ritual and a bedroom with soft lighting.

For other tips on improving your sleep, check out these books in the QUT Library catalogue or visit QUT counselling Services for a private, confidential counselling session.

New releases from has released some new instructional videos in a variety of subject areas.

From “Monday productivity pointers” to “Leading change”, “Retouching bridal photographs” to “Programming for non-programmers” there is sure to be something for everyone.  Just sign into and then click on the “new courses”.

Don’t forget to check out for anything you need to know. teaches software and other skills through high quality instructional videos. So, if you are having trouble with that Powerpoint, or want to try another tool instead, check it out!

You can create personal profiles and playlists, bookmark your favourite videos and receive certificates of completion.

Please note – first time users must create an individual account using an @qut, or email address.

If you need help with, there are some good resources listed under “support” or you can ask at the IT helpdesk!

Free access to new Palgrave Pivot titles

Screen Distribution and the New King Kongs of the Online World by Stuart Cunningham  Entrepreneurship in Iran Palgrave Pivot title Sustainable Development and Green Communication  African and Asian Perspectives

Palgrave Pivot is a new type of peer-reviewed publication that is shorter than a book, but longer than a journal article.  Pivot allows for faster dissemination of research suitable for a medium length format.

Access over 100 Palgrave Pivot titles across Business, Social Sciences and the Humanities via QUT Library.

The very latest Palgrave Pivot titles are also available for you to download here.  But be quick, the free access to these latest titles ends Friday 1st November, 2013.

Researchers wishing to publish a Pivot title can find out more here,  or contact your Liaison Librarian

All systems go for AcWrMo

Steampunk computer

Steampunk computer made by Jake Von Slatt--by floorvan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

November is Academic Writing Month (#AcWrMo). AcWrMo is ideal if you are writing a thesis (Honours, Masters or PhD), then AcWrMo is for you. AcWrMo is also recommended for any researchers with a deadline.

6 Rules

  1. Decide your academic writing goal.
  2. Declare your goal on the shared Google Docs spreadsheet, over twitter (#AcWrMo), on your blog or to your dog.
  3. Draft a writing strategy
  4. Discuss your progress
  5. Don’t slack off
  6. Declare your results

If you want to join in, then sign yourself up on the shared Spreadsheet with outlandish writing goals and get writing.


Academic Writing Month

Shhhh! Silent zones in the library

It’s getting to the pointy end of semester where you might be looking for a quiet place to knuckle down and study. Look no further than the library, where there are dedicated quiet floors to escape loud phone conversations or the hubbub of group work.

KG – Levels 5 and 6
GP – Levels 6 and 7

Respect your peers and keep the noise down when working on these floors.

Help us reimagine the curriculum collection

Detail from Children's Room Mural by Yetti Frenkel

Detail of Children's Room Mural by Yetti Frenkel (Photo: Elizabeth Thomsen CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Are you in the faculty of education? Do you have opinions about cool stuff the Library should have in the curriculum collection and the sort of space that it ought to be?

Faculty of Education students are invited to join a small focus group discussion Each participant will receive a $20 Coles/Myer voucher.

When: Tuesday 5 November 10:00am to 11:30am. Light refreshments will be provided.

Where: Kelvin Grove Library, R614

Places are strictly limited to 15 and will be filled on a first come, first served basis.

Please register your interest by emailing by 5pm Friday 1 November.

Cooee education students

QUT Library needs your help to create a groovy new library space and cool stuff to put in it. We are already pretty proud of our collection: heaps of books, puppets, maps, games, rocks, construction sets and more. But we want to be even more spectacular (is that even possible?). Can you help us? We need YOUR input.

The survey is open to education students only until 3 November 2013 and upon completion of the survey you have the option to enter the draw to win one of four $50 Coles/Myer vouchers.

Tell us how you use the QUT Library Curriculum Collection

Tell us how you use the QUT Library Curriculum Collection

New digital collection of Asia-Pacific images

QUT Library has a new digital collection.  The Dr. Iraphne Childs’ Geographical image collection is the result of photographs taken across three decades of study and research, and span the globe in coverage. From Japan and Hawaii in the seventies to Australia and New Zealand throughout the eighties and nineties, this collection documents in images, Dr Childs’ early study years and later, her successful career as a Geography Lecturer.

The images cover a range of physical and urban landscapes, agriculture, seasonal climatic change, cultural festivals and everyday life, and will be of interest across many disciplines.  Every image has an Attribution-Non Commercial Creative Commons license, and as such are able to be used in accordance with the conditions of that license.

Along with the Diane Cilento Gift, this new collection will be available via the Digital Collections homepage from Thursday 10th October.

A PDF app that speaks back

person wearing headphones

365: Day 216... by Ali Anne (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Reading and taking notes is an essential part of student life and PDF is a popular format for core readings in QUT units.

There are a number of programs that allow students to highlight, add sticky notes, add images or comments to improve comprehension and critical analysis of PDF content on their iOS device (e.g. Notability or Endnote).

ClaroPDF is unique by having note-taking features plus high quality reading voices so that students can listen to their readings as well as writing notes.

Students are lucky that ClaroPDF is currently FREE on the Apple app store in support of Dyslexia Awareness Week.

ClaroPDF Overview Video

ClaroPDF icon

Download ClaroPDF

This week is International Open Access Week

In 2013, 21st to 27th October is International Open Access Week.  To celebrate OA Week, QUT Library’s Research Support Team will be running two events on Friday 25th October.

The first session, which will be held at the KG campus in the IHBI seminar room starting at 9.30am, will be of interest to anyone with an ARC or NHMRC grant (or thinking of applying for one) as it will focus on the open access policies recently introduced by the NHMRC and the ARC. We will hear the CEOs of these research funding bodies (via a video clip) explaining why these policies were introduced and then we will discuss the implications and practicalities involved in complying – plus how the Library can help. This session will be presented by Paula Callan, QUT’s Scholarly Communications Librarian.

The second session, which be held at the Gardens Point campus in V714 starting at 11.30am, will provide a more general look at the role of open access in the changing landscape in scholarly communication with a specific focus on new metrics for tracking impact. This session will be presented by QUT’s Research Support Coordinator, Stephanie Bradbury with special guest, Professor Tom Cochrane, DVC (TILS), who will talk about new initiatives in OA book publishing.

KG event:  Friday 25 October, 9.30am -11.00am, KG Q430 (IHBI seminar room)   RSVP here  

GP event: Friday 25 October, 11.30am – 1pm  GP V714 (GP Library)  RSVP here

International Open Access week 2013