Exam preparation tips

exam80a9aIt’s coming around to that time again – exams! Students from across all faculties take exams so we’ve put together some quick tips for you to do the best you can in your final assessments.

What do you need to know?

You can’t take your exam if you don’t know where the room is or what you need to bring. Make sure you check your unit Blackboard site as well as your exam timetable on QUT Virtual for any last minute changes.

Once you know the date of your exam you can start your plan of attack. Set aside some time each day to study, making sure to take regular breaks. You might like to use this exam study planner to help.

Study actively! This means don’t just read your textbook but make notes, use a highlighter, draw pictures, or make flash cards. Take a look at this exam preparation tip sheet for more ideas.

Remember exam preparation is not just about knowing the content, it is about knowing the type of questions you will be asked and managing your time to get the best result.

Do you need a place to study outside of the library? Remember you can search for after hours computer labs via the IT Helpdesk using the advanced search button.

Kelvin Grove 24 Hour Computer Labs

  • D Block (D201, D204, D205)
  • F Block (F504)

Gardens Point 24 Hour Computer Labs

  • V Block (Level 2)
  • G Block (G216 is available 8am-8pm 7 days per week).
  • F101 is available 24/7 with swipe access

Follow us!

Calling all social media fiends!

Do you want to keep up-to-date with all of the funky and informative things happening at QUT Library? Great! Take a look at some of our social media accounts while you’re on the bus and get to know the library a little better.

Not only do we have the usual Facebook and Twitter (what would librarians do without Twitter?), we’ve got Pinterest, Youtube, Instagram, and Flickr. All of these tools paint a picture of what the library has to offer. Stay tuned for more in-depth posts about the benefits of subscribing to each of these accounts.

Ada Lovelace Day

Mathematician, writer and computer programmer: Ada Lovelace was ahead of her time. In the 1840s, she designed the first ever algorithm to be performed by a machine and has since become a symbol for women today in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (otherwise known as STEM).

October 13 is Ada Lovelace Day: A day to celebrate women in STEM and share the stories of female role models who have inspired others to participate in such a male-dominated field.

William Henry Mote Colored engraving based on Chalon portrait (1838) from Wikimedia Commons

William Henry Mote Colored engraving based on Chalon portrait (1838) from Wikimedia Commons

It’s easy to get involved! You can:

  • Send a Tweet
  • Update Facebook
  • Add a link to FindingAda.com on LinkedIn
  • Write about Ada Lovelace Day on your blog
  • Email your friends and/or relevant mailing lists
  • Post an item on LinkedIn or Facebook Groups

There are heaps of other great (and simple!) ways to get involved! You might like to brush up on your knowledge about women in science, mathematics, and engineering by having a browse through our QUT Library collection or read about QUT’s ongoing commitment to STEM.

Are you a woman working in STEM? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below! Who are your female STEM role models?


International Open Access Week: Open for Collaboration

Open Access Week

Join us for International Open Access Week!

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd October is International Open Access Week. Around the world, universities are holding events to celebrate and to draw attention to the many benefits that flow from an ‘open’ approach to data, research outputs and scholarly communication. This year you are encouraged to be ‘Open for Collaboration’. QUT Library is hosting two events plus there is a joint QUT, Griffith and University of Queensland event hosted by Griffith University at their Southbank Campus. The program will be of interest to QUT academic staff and HDR students so register for one or more of the events and be part of International Open Access Week.

Publishing Futures: Beyond the journal article
The session will preview the future landscape in scholarly communication in the digital era including new modes of academic publishing.
When: Monday 19th October, 2-3:30pm
Where: IHBI Seminar Room, Level 4, Q Block, 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove

Towards Open Science: Innovations changing (research) process, peer review and publication.
This session will discuss the open models of knowledge creation and distribution arising from increasing global expectation of open access to Government-funded research outputs.
When: Tuesday 20th October, 2-3:30pm
Where: Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, Gardens Point

Open for Collaboration – International Open Access Week Seminar
Come along and listen to a panel of Brisbane academics talk about their approach, facilitated by Professor Ginny Barbour, Executive Officer, Australasian Open Access Support Group.
When: Wednesday 21st October, 2-4pm
Where: Ship Inn Conference Centre, Southbank Parklands
Registration is free, but essential.

Contact Library Research Support for more information.

Mental Health Week in the Library

Some lovely Library staff with platters of healthy snacks for students in our Library Chillout Zones for Mental Health Week 2015.

Some lovely Library staff with platters of healthy snacks for students in our Library Chillout Zones for Mental Health Week 2015.


This week QUT Library has been bustling with activities for Mental Health Week 2015. The purpose of Mental Health Week is to reflect on mental health and take some positive steps to highlight the importance of mental wellbeing. Here are some of the positive activities we’ve been up to this week:

QUT Law Library in conjunction with the QUT Law Society held a breakfast with industry partners who shared their knowledge and strategies about how they cope with stress in the workplace.

Colouring in, popcorn, fairy floss and snow cones were all on offer in the Library this Mental Health Week

Colouring in, popcorn, fairy floss and snow cones were all on offer in the Library this Mental Health Week

One of the mooting courts in the Law Library made way for colouring in activities and the free snow cones, fairy floss and popcorn were a big hit!

Our staff got in on the action and squeezed in some cuddles with cute baby animals.

Caleb with the cutest baby piglet! Nawww!

Caleb with the cutest baby piglet! Nawww!






Annette up close and personal with this cute baby goat!

Annette up close and personal with this cute baby goat!

On Thursday October 8 on level 4 of Kelvin Grove Library, we’ll be offering free five minute massages between 11am-1:00pm and 4pm-6pm. QUT Counselling is also holding free mindfulness meditation sessions to help you stress less. These will be held from 12:15pm-1pm at Kelvin Grove Library in R403. There are many more Mental Health Week activities happening this week at QUT.

If you’d like to know more about mental health, visit QUT Counselling, check out the online resources available at The Desk or for urgent assistance, call Lifeline.

Referencing 101 – APA Style tips

It's still puzzling me

In the library we get a lot of questions about referencing – so here are some handy tips to get you on the way with citing in APA Style (remember to check with your tutor or lecturer for what referencing style you need to use in your assignments).

APA (American Psychological Association) is one of the four main referencing styles used at QUT.  It follows what is known as the author-date system and is pretty simple once you figure out the rules.

When gathering information to format your reference you need to think about four key parts:

  1. Author name or organizational body
  2. Date/year the work was published
  3. Title of the work
  4. How/where the work was published

If you can find those four parts of the reference then you are ready to go! It’s just a matter of piecing it all together to fit with the style rules of APA – this means things like knowing when to put titles in italics or where to put a comma.


Neal, M. J. (2005). Medical pharmacology at a glance (5th ed.). Malden, MA: Blackwell   Publishing.

Queensland Rail. (n.d.). Queensland Rail free wi-fi. Retrieved January 6, 2011, from             www.queenslandrail.com.au/RailServices/City?Pages?wifi.aspx

Look at the above examples, can you recognize each of the four key parts that make up the reference?

If you need some more specific help on the rules of APA style the APA Style Blog is a good resource which answers some of the trickier aspects of APA.

Make sure to always check QUT CiteWrite for examples of how to cite different types of sources.

You can borrow a copy of the APA Style manual (6th edition) from the library

Or, you can ask a librarian through any of our usual contact points.