Get social with QUT Library

socialmedia (3)QUT Library uses a variety of social media platforms to share news and information.

The QUT Library blog (thanks for reading!) is a great place to find information about being a student at QUT. Our blog posts cover a range of topics, from what’s happening in the Library and around the university to study and exam tips to services you might like to access as a student.

Follow us on Twitter @qutlibrary to get information about new resources, upcoming events, academic skills and tons of fun, wacky and interesting links.

Our YouTube channel has a range of videos that will help you explore Library resources and improve your study habits. Videos include advice on finding a book on the shelf by call number, time management, referencing correctly and more.

If a picture is worth a thousand words how many does a pin count for? Explore our Pinterest and Flickr pages to find out. Our Pinterest boards are designed to provide you with inspiration in your subject area and our Flickr sets show you all the different Library spaces.

So follow us on your favourite social media platform. It’s a great way to get connected to the QUT community whether on campus or off.


New to computers? IT Skills Solutions can help

Using computers is an essential part of uni life. If you haven’t used computers much before, it can seem overwhelming. But don’t worry, we have the perfect solution!

You can book a free 25-minute appointment for one-to-one help with:

  • Basic computer skills
  • How to use QUT online systems
  • How to help yourself

Get ready for success at uni. Book your free IT Skills Solutions appointment online or in person at the Library Helpdesk.

It’s not too hard or too late!


Get ready for study


New in Semester 2? Welcome! Returning after Semester 1? Welcome back!

Whether you are new to QUT or returning refreshed from break and ready to tackle another semester, QUT Library has plenty to offer you. Now is the time to:

We look forward to meeting you in the Library and helping you get off to a brilliant start!

Discover Dr Michio Kaku in the Library

Theoretical physicist, renowned futurist and science commentator, Dr Michio Kaku is currently spending some time in Australia and recently spoke at a QUT sponsored event in Brisbane. Dr Kaku, the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at the City College of New York, is a celebrated science communicator and popularizer of science. He is renowned for his ability to make complex scientific concepts understandable by the lay person.

If you weren’t able to attend Dr Kaku’s talk but want to know more about this exciting thinker or if you were a lucky attendee and were blown away and ready for more, you can catch up on all things Kaku at QUT Library.

The Library holds quite a range of Prof Kaku’s work, plus a few collected writings that he has edited. Recent titles such as Future of the mind (2014), Physics of the future (2011) and Physics of the impossible (2009) are available as well as some of his earlier work on strings, superstrings and M-theory.

You can also delve into his Visions of the Future BBC series on the future of computers, medicine, and quantum physics. Watch on DVD or streaming video (for QUT authenticated users only).

There are many great videos online as well.

Time to dust off the humble pen and paper – taking notes by hand is better for your memory!

Sometimes going analogue is the only way to go by Tobias Vemmenby (CC BY 2.0)

Sometimes going analogue is the only way to go by Tobias Vemmenby (CC BY 2.0)

Research recently published in Psychological Science * has found that students who took notes by hand,  as opposed to a laptop, performed better when asked questions about the factual content and concepts they had been taught.

Students watched a TED talk in a lecture environment and then took notes the way they normally would – some on a laptop and others with a paper and pen. Those using a laptop wrote more but when quizzed 30 minutes later they had understood less than those who took notes by hand. Those taking notes by hand also out-performed the others in both factual recall and concept understanding a full week later when quizzed on the topic again!

So taking notes by hand appears to encourage both more concise note-taking and encourage conceptual processing of the information at the time to assist you to understand and recall the information – in both the short and long-term.

With exams coming up, now might be the time to make a switch and try some old-fashioned pencraft.

* QUT students and staff can access the full text here:  Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014). The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Advantages of longhand over laptop note taking. Psychological Science, 25, 1159-1168. doi: 10.1177/0956797614524581

Building work in the Kelvin Grove Library Curriculum Collection

While you are smashing your exams and then taking a well-deserved break after an awesome first semester, we are working hard to improve the Library building and facilities. This coming week some of that work will be happening in the Curriculum Collection area on level 4 at Kelvin Grove.

This means that the Curriculum Collection at KG Library will be closed to students until Wednesday 11 June. Don’t worry though – if you need something from the collection during this time, just ask at the Library Helpdesk on level 2 and staff will retrieve the item for you.

(Unfortunately, moving our books won’t be as magical as in this video.)

Teaching and learning with webinar


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Interested in using technology to enhance your teaching practice? Not sure where to start?

Join education consultant Laurie Burruss for a webinar that will help you achieve learning outcomes for your students through blending of online and in-person instruction. Explore how to enhance curricula with by:

  • Referencing best practices in digital presentations and data visualizations
  • Designing a project or lesson based on a playlist of tutorials
  • Supplementing textbooks with course playlists
  • Providing academic divisions or departments with custom learning paths
  • Establishing rubrics to assess, teach and share in successes

Webinar details:

If you cannot attend the live webinar, you will be able to access a recorded version later.

Changes to level 1 at Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Libraries

As we blogged earlier this week, work is commencing to consolidate the QUT Library print journal collection and that means some changes for level 1 at Gardens Point Library. Well, we didn’t want to leave Kelvin Grove out of the fun! There will be some similar changes happening there as well.

Construction Lego Mini figures by John Robb (CC by 2.0)

Construction Lego Mini figures by John Robb (CC by 2.0)

Gardens Point

Level 1 at Gardens Point is now permanently inaccessible to staff and students. To access print journals from 2012 and prior, you need to complete a copy request form and articles will be delivered to you via email. You can still browse and read current and 2013 journals on Level 4.

Kelvin Grove

From Monday, 2 June, work begins on level 1 at Kelvin Grove and past issues of print journals (2012 and prior) won’t be directly accessible. Again, you will need to complete a copy request form and the article will then be delivered to you via email. Level 6 still has current and 2013/2012 journals for you to access yourself.

Clayton Utz Law Library

No changes. Come and browse our extensive legal periodical collection during regular opening hours.


Get the inside track on publishing your work with the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)

Board Engineer Electrical Engineer by bykst  (CC0 1.0)

Board Engineer Electrical Engineer by bykst (CC0 1.0)

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

QUT Library is excited to host a webinar presented by Jalyn Kelley, IEEE Client Services Manager, for HDR students, postdocs and researchers keen to have their manuscripts accepted for publication by the IEEE.

Learn more about how to publish papers in IEEE periodicals and conferences as well as timesaving techniques for finding technology content.The IEEE Xplore database boasts over 3 million full text documents and is the premier collection of research in electrical engineering, electronics, computer science and related disciplines.

It’s time to lawyer up

Trial by Jury by David Henry Friston (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Trial by Jury by David Henry Friston (Public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

Courtroom drama has been capturing our attention for hundreds, even thousands, of years. More recently, casual TV watching proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Australia is a land of beautiful young solicitors and rakish barristers. Well, probably not, even though we may sight some likely candidates roaming the courts and law offices of Queensland.

To discover the real, non-perjured story of law and justice come to one of the many events organised for Law Week.

  • Get a behind the scenes peek of your local courthouse.
  • Learn more about the different services provided by Queensland Government.
  • Attend one of the many events held across the state.
  • Dip into the comprehensive program planned for May 16th on Queen Street Mall in Brisbane.
  • Make sure you don’t miss our very own QUT Law students as they put Alice on trial for the murder of the Jabberwock. I hear the Red Queen is making a very special appearance as the witness for the prosecution.

And of course, any time of the year you are very welcome to visit and use the QUT Clayton Utz Law Library located on Gardens Point Campus in C Block.