Was your last assignment rushed or incomplete?

Never again! I am going to get my next assignment in on time. I’m going to start early and not get stressed out!

If you would like to keep these promises, you are in luck. Our assignment calculator can do some of the planning for you leaving your brain free to do the work that will get you the results you want.

All you have to do is open the calculator, plug in your assignment due date and the calculator will break the assignment down into manageable chunks. Even better, there are links to online resources that will help you if you get stuck at any stage. Too easy!

Assignment calculator

Give it a go and remember – Assignment Minder closes slightly before the library building closes. Always check the opening hours as part of your assignment planning.

Expanding the ANZAC story

While we take a moment on ANZAC Day to remember those who sacrificed for their country, let’s make sure we don’t forget ALL those who contributed.

Why not complement the more traditional ceremonies by learning more about the Indigenous contribution to our defense at home and overseas. Reconciliation Australia has some excellent information and suggestions to commemorate ANZAC Day. Or experience history live and in person at Black Diggers, a new play directed by Wesley Enoch and written by Tom Wright. Opening in September as part of the Brisbane Festival.

Find out more about Indigenous Australians at war through a fascinating collection of photos and other resources provided by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Studies. Some items included are available right now from QUT Library including Defending whose country?: indigenous soldiers in the Pacific war  by Noah Riseman and Indigenous service: investigating the wartime experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from the First World War to the present: a resource for primary schools by Jennet Cole-Adams and Judy Gauld.

If you are at QUT Library at 11 a.m. this ANZAC Day please join us for a minute of silence to honour all the diggers.





World Book and Copyright Day

UNESCO celebrates World Book and Copyright Day on April 23, an annual event where libraries around the world promote reading and the enjoyment of books.

Copyright is closely linked with the book publishing industry but is also relevant to us all when we are looking for content to reuse in the things we create. It is important to give credit where credit is due and provide the correct attribution details when you use the words, images or ideas of someone else.


Painting of a bison in the cave of Altamira by Rameessos (Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

When I am looking for free images to use in my work I like to use Google Advanced Image SearchFlickr Advanced Search or Wikimedia Commons. These tools allow you to limit to Creative Commons licensed or public domain content.  Creative Commons is an organisation that supports the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge and even has tools that make creating licenses for your own content easy.

These tools are good because they make it easy to find what you need without worrying about the complicated stuff.



Scopus helps researchers ‘mind the gap’

Researchers, are you looking to identify gaps in your field? Save time and get the results and analysis you need with Scopus.

Search simultaneously across disciplines to tap into the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed research literature in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus offers researchers the benefit of sophisticated search and citation tools, providing practical help with the analysis of search results.

The ‘Analyze results’ tab is a great tool for:

  • getting a broad visual overview of a field,
  • finding potential collaborators/co-supervisors for higher degree research (HDR) students, and
  • discovering the research gap.

In Scopus, search results can be sorted by year, author, author affiliation, country, subject area, and more. After selection of search options, it is also possible to choose a subset of results, for example, all articles affiliated with QUT.

Learn more about how to master the data:


Library opening hours and online support over the break

QUT Library opening hours are about to change for the upcoming holidays.

1907 Panic by Soerfm
1907 Panic by Soerfm

Library hours will be reduced, and some days your library may even be closed. Please check your library opening hours before heading in.

No need to panic though — you can access awesome online study support, and return your borrowed items to any QUT Library return shute 24 hours a day.

If you are already at the beach you can still access the ask a librarian chat service during the usual hours until April 20th. We’ll have a short break and be back on Saturday, April 26th.

Enjoy your break!

Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE) Digital Library

Laser Optics by Idaho National Laboratory (CC-BY 2.0)

Laser Optics by Idaho National Laboratory (CC-BY 2.0)

The SPIE Digital Library provided by the QUT library contains an extensive collection of research in a broad range of areas including:

  • Astronomy
  • Biomedical optics and medical imaging
  • Communications and information technology
  • Defence and security
  • Electronic imaging and signal processing
  • Energy
  • Light sources and illumination
  • Lithography and microelectronics
  • Metrology
  • Nanotechnology
  • Optics
  • Remote sensing
  • Sensors

Including 400,000 proceedings and journal articles from 1962 onwards, over 8,000 volumes of Conference Proceedings, as well as over 200 eBooks, the SPIE Digital Library also contains powerful searching tools, multimedia content, and new content added on a daily basis. There are now over 120 specific subject collections that allow researchers to easily find the latest information related to their topic. The new personalisation feature also allows you to customise your experience, receive email alerts on new content, and access information via any mobile device.


Attack distraction. Get mindful!

caffeinating, calculating, computerating by Ryan Ritchie (CC - BY - ND)

caffeinating, calculating, computerating by Ryan Ritchie (CC-BY-ND)

Is it hard for you to concentrate on necessary tasks?  Does your mind wander even when doing something fun? Do you … hey wait! Before you click to the next page, check your phone… oops, distracted again. Read on – I promise I’ll be brief.

We may think that we are great multitaskers but studies have shown that we are mostly wrong.  Truly paying attention to what we are doing in the moment can improve learning and positively affect many aspects of life. One amazing and easy activity to help you cultivate the feeling of flow in your work and to experience your life more deeply is the practice of mindfulness.

Reading about mindfulness and meditation is a great start. Or you could join a club here at QUT. MY Time QUT offers weekly yoga and meditation sessions as well as special retreats and even bush walks.

QUT Counselling also offers weekly mindfulness meditation sessions at both Kelvin Grove and Gardens Point. Go to the MY Time QUT Facebook page for more details.

See, that didn’t take too long. Practicing mindfulness is really …  Is that a puppy?

Fat puppies by cuatrok77 (CC - BY)

fat puppies by cuatrok77 (CC-BY)



It’s Australian Fashion Week – celebrate the awesome work of QUT Fashion

After Darkly, the 2103 QUT Fashion Graduate Show, is a sensory delight. The collections are stunning and varied, and Hayley Elssaesser is already tipped as a label to watch at Australian Fashion Week.  Go Hayley!

Fashion isn’t only about looking fabulous. There are many exciting community-based projects being developed at QUT.

Second Skin, fashion lecturer and researcher Dean Brough’s interdisciplinary work with young people, builds connections between fashion and sun safety. Look great, save your skin. And it was recently showcased on Totally Wild!

Head of Fashion, Kath Horton and other fashion staff developed The Stitchery Collective, a socially inclusive, not-for-profit, design/craft organisation through research undertaken at QUT.  Follow their blog for creative activities you can join in with.  If you love fashion, get making with The Stitchery Collective:

Can fashion be more than pretty clothes for pretty people? The stitchery collective are designers, artists and thinkers who believe it can be. Join us for design workshops, talks, community collaborations, exhibitions and clothing swaps. The stitchery collective: a space for slow, meaningful, challenging, joyous – and pretty – fashion culture.”

You can get your fashion fix at the library by flicking through the fashion glossies on level 6 of Kelvin Grove Library.  Peppermint, Frankie… all your faves are here. The library’s fierce Fashion Subject Guide has even more great fashion resources.

Happy Fashion Week!

QUT helps break down the digital divide

QUT is one of 300 libraries from 24 countries joining Knowledge Unlatched (KU) in support of a shared cost approach to Open Access publishing of specialist scholarly books.

Everyone, anywhere in the world can freely access the Knowledge Unlatched Pilot Collection of books from OAPEN, HathiTrust and the British Library. The collection of 28 new books is the first step in creating a sustainable route to Open Access for Humanities and Social Sciences books.

The Executive Director of Knowledge Unlatched, Francis Pinter says that “libraries and publishers can work together to fund the publication of high quality specialist scholarly books and make them Open Access. This ensures that in the digital world we are not just replicating the old print model, but that we can indeed do better and contribute to breaking down what is fast becoming a new digital divide.”

Contact Paula Callan, Scholarly Communications Librarian, for further details on Knowledge Unlatched, and for support with scholarly publishing and open access.