How to read a book in 2hrs or less

Cats are reading a book by Catunes (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Cats are reading a book by Catunes (CC-BY-SA)

How to read a book in 2hrs or less (Thanks Gradhacker)

  1. Start by finding and reading book reviews using Quick Find. Book reviews give you a summary of the book’s main points and help you determine what parts will be helpful for your research.
  2. Read the title, table of contents and skim the introduction and conclusion for the author’s argument. What are they trying to say? How do they say it?
  3. Only read in detail the chapters relevant to your research. Skim the introduction, headings and conclusion of other chapters for context.
  4. Write notes by answering questions: How does the author’s views impact the answer you give to your research question?
  5. Do a cited reference search. Find out what other high impact researchers have said about the book and its arguments.

Click here for QUT Library books on successful reading at University or use Studywell for multimedia reading resources.

To Do Week 1

Kelvin Grove Library

QUT Kelvin Grove Library All Rights Reserved Queensland University of Technology

Find a comfy spot in the Library

Are you a quiet person or do you like the hustle and bustle of busy brains in the background? QUT Library has a mix of quiet and conversational spaces to pick from. There are private nooks to escape the madding crowd and expansive couches to watch the passing hoards. Book your own study room and settle down.

Ask a question at the Library Learning and Research desk

Bring your assignment questions to the Library Learning and Research Desk and ask us about how to research, write, reference or edit your work.

Fill out all your assessment and exam due dates into your semester planner.

O-week rocked–or perhaps you can’t remember? No matter, now is the time to be your own secretary. Write down important dates from your unit outlines and Lecture 1 slides into your paper diary, semester planner and phone. You’ll be glad you did when you drop your phone in the toilet in week 4.


Know someone who is new to using computers?

Computers are used in every part of uni study – from enrolling in classes to finding information for assessments to submitting final work. If you haven’t used computers much before, it can be hard to know where to start. Does that sound like anyone you know?

If so, tell them about the free IT Skills Solutions appointments that run each day until week 3.  We’ll get them ready and confident!

Book here – remember, it’s free!

ITSS Web image


Chat to a librarian online

library chat

Whether you are studying on campus, at home or at a café, QUT Library is available to help you. For the times when you need advice from a librarian but are not able to visit our Learning and Research Desks, we offer an online chat service, “Chat to a Librarian”.

You can chat in real time with a librarian during semester at these times:

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

It’s easy to get started. Hit the chat button on the Library Home Page, fill in some basic information and you can start chatting with one of our friendly librarians.

You can use the chat service to get help with finding information for your assignment, assistance using databases, and advice on referencing.

If you need help outside the times that the chat service is open we have loads of information to help you anytime that you need it. To find the answers to some common Library questions try the AskQUT Library FAQ. For help with referencing try QUT cite|write and there are some great tips on assignment research and writing available on Studywell.

We look forward to talking with you soon.

How to read a journal article in 25 minutes

25 minutes to read a journal article

Altered Eastman Interval Timer, Squared Circle Version by Bryan Costin (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Blast through your core readings this semester by skimming them in 25 minutes. Focus your notes on content relevant to assessment items and use a stopwatch to fix your attention: 5 minutes to read the abstract. 5 minutes to read the introduction. 10 minutes to read the discussion/conclusion and 5 minutes to write a note to your future self about how the reading relates to, or could help you with your assessment. You can always come back later for more detail.

Click here for QUT Library books on successful reading at University or use Studywell for multimedia reading resources.



QUT Library is social…


Keep up to date with what’s happening in the library by following us on your favourite social media platform.

The Library tweets information about new resources, upcoming events, academic skills and general interestingness. If you have a Twitter account follow @qutlibrary to stay informed.

Our YouTube channel has a range of videos that will help you explore library resources and improve your study habits. There are videos on everything from finding a book on the shelf by call number to time management to referencing correctly.

The QUT Library blog (which is actually what you’re reading now) is a great place to find information that can help you as you progress through the semester. Our blog posts are designed to tie in with academic milestones, so you’ll want to visit the blog to get your exam study tips.

If you prefer to get your information visually then come and take a look at our Pinterest and Flickr pages. Our Pinterest boards are designed to provide you with some inspiration in your subject area and our Flickr sets let you see all the different library spaces.

QUT Library is in a variety of online spaces, so no matter where you are, come and have a look at what we have to offer.

Orientation Week at QUT Library


It’s Orientation Week at QUT and the library is bustling with students (and librarians!) returning after a long and enjoyable summer. There is plenty happening on campus (orientation activites, and some new cafes and places to eat), but don’t forget to visit the library to get your free copy of QUT cite|write and join our workshops and tours as you prepare for the semester ahead.

Our workshops cover a lot of useful study skills for new (and returning!) students:

  • plan your semester so you have plenty of time for each assessment
  • keep up with your readings
  • take effective notes
  • find the information you need
  • organise the information you have gathered
  • write better academic essays
  • know how to reference your assignments at QUT
  • develop editing and proofreading skills
  • work effectively as a group
  • develop effective presentation skills
  • prepare for different types of exams
  • know where to go, and who to ask for help

There are workshops scheduled throughout the week (and continuing into semester) so check out our registration page or stop by the library’s Learning and Research Desk to chat with a Library Adviser about how to sign up.

Special Valentine’s Day Edition – love in the movies

Hearts and Candy

Hearts and Candy by RDoke (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Teddy Bears and pink everywhere – it must be Valentine’s Day. Cuddle up this weekend with someone special (substitute pets, laptop or a drink of hot chocoloate where necessary) and sample some of the different flavours of love on film (all available in the Library).

Tragic Love

When two is just not enough Love

Valentine’s Day Antidote

Special Bonus Valentine’s Day Marathon

Unrequited Love


Bookfacing competition


The library is running a Bookfacing competition and you are invited to enter!

Bookfacing you say?   Ok.  All you need to do is…

  1. Find a book with a cool image
  2. Merge yourself or your friend(s) with that image
  3. Take a photo or make a short video
  4. Cite it! Provide info about the book you used
  5. Send it to us by 7 March – or Twitter tag #qutbookfacing

The best photo and best video win a $50 voucher.  Easy!

Be creative.  There is no shortage of great books with amazing images in the Library.

Competition Terms & Conditions