Open for Collaboration

This year’s theme for Open Access (OA) Week is Open for Collaboration, with the intention of involving as wide a group of people as possible in all aspects of being “open”. The Australasian Open Access Support Group is supporting this week and highlighting various activities.

OA Week is October 19-23, but you can get involved early. As part of this year’s week SPARC and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Library are co-hosting a global, virtual edit-a-thon for Open Access-related content on Wikipedia.

You don’t need to be an expert Wikipedia editor to contribute. In fact, you don’t need any editing experience at all! All you need is an interest in Open Access and willingness to share your knowledge by adding it to an article or translating information into a new language. Training for new editors will be provided as part of the event. A homepage for the Open Access Week Edit-a-thon has been setup on the Wikimedia website. On this page, you’ll find everything you need to participate.

You can also attend up to three events at QUT during OA Week in October (19-23) to learn and hear more about how Open Access is driving collaboration and advancing research.

Contact Library Research Support for more information.

Paraphrasing Without Plagiarising

One of the most common questions we get asked in the library is, “How do I paraphrase?” and, “Have I paraphrased this enough?” Paraphrasing effectively is an essential academic skill that you will need to develop throughout your studies.

Paraphrasing involves taking someone else’s ideas and substantially rewriting them using your own words (while still retaining the meaning). It is more than just changing a few words around or using synonyms. You must completely restructure the sentence and use different words than the author. When you paraphrase, you need to acknowledge the source of the idea with an in text reference at the end of the sentence.

This video will give you much more advice about how to paraphrase correctly. A transcript for this video is available.

In short, plagiarism involves passing someone’s ideas or work off as your own. This might happen by:

  • Direct copying, summarising, or paraphrasing another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement of the sources
  • Using or developing an idea or hypothesis from another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement
  • Representing the work of another person as your own work
  • Copying non-word based material (such as diagrams, plans or audiovisual materials) and presenting them as one’s own work
  • Using another person’s experimental results as one’s own or without appropriate acknowledgement.

Paraphrasing is one of the most important skills you can master as it shows your ability to comprehend and communicate your knowledge and understanding of a particular idea.

For more information, see QUT’s guide to academic integrity.


Rainbow Families Storytime 2015

Pride Month at QUT is all about celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Queer culture. We understand families come in all shapes and sizes so to celebrate the diverse families in the community why not bring the kids along and join us at QUT Kelvin Grove Library for some stories and fun?

The event is hosted by QUT Library and held in conjunction with Rainbow Families Queensland and will be a fun morning of kid’s activities, storytelling, and morning tea.

Where: QUT Kelvin Grove Library, Curriculum Collection – Level 4, R Block
Thursday, 24 September 2015 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM
How much? Free
RSVP: Register via Eventbrite

Create a Better Online You this eSmart Week

What would a potential employer find if they Googled you? Do you know how to use social media strategically to create an impressive digital footprint? Have you ever been concerned that you spend too much time on social media?

As eSmart week draws to a close, these are some of the questions you might like to ask yourself. Many of us will be aware of the ways in which social media can be used negatively, but there are also many ways to contribute positively online for the benefit of yourself and others.

Our online self assessment tool 'Create a Better Online You' allows you to see how your thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviours about social media compare to other students.

Our online self assessment tool ‘Create a Better Online You’ allows you to see how your thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviours about social media compare to other students.

QUT Library has developed Create a Better Online You. This is an online self assessment tool which allows you to reflect on the ways in which you use social media with regards to your career and employment, mental health and your online rights and responsibilities. You’ll be able to see how your responses compare to other students and receive some handy tips once you’ve completed each section.

For more information and advice on social media and how it relates to you as a student, check out our full suite of social media resources.