On your marks, get set, GO!

The Commonwealth Games are on at the Gold Coast from 4th April – 18th April. Even though we are up in Brisbane we still need to expect changes to our commute to and from QUT, at both campuses! You can find all the details about what changes to expect from your train, bus, car or bike journeys at Get Set for the Games.

The Commonwealth Games do coincide with our extra-long mid semester break so you might not be coming to campus as often. But have no fear, you can access many library resources from the comfort of your own home. While you are keeping an eye on the marathon you can chat to a librarian about any of your borrowing, referencing or assignment questions. Or, whilst an exciting high jump competition is underway have a look at our How to Find guides. Want to watch all the swimming races you can but still need to find information for your assignments? No problems! Use the Library’s Quickfind search to find books, journal articles and conference papers or use one our many databases and specialised search tools to find the perfect article or set of statistics! And if you need any further assistance you can always contact HiQ.

Now you are all set to enjoy all the upcoming sporting events you want plus keep up to date to all your studies. Talk about winning!

Finding Information #2 – Searching PubMed

PubMed is a freely available version of the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database and also provides access to some additional content not selected for MEDLINE. PubMed doesn’t contain full-text articles, but may link to publishers’ websites and other resources

Access PubMed via QUT Library’s Databases and specialised search tools. You can then select Health or view all databases to find the PubMed link. When you connect to PubMed, using your QUT login details, and search for information a QUT Fulltext Finder link may appear. This allows you to check if a fulltext copy of an article is available via QUT Library.

Simple steps for searching PubMed:

  1. Identify your search terms for each of your main concepts
  2. Perform a simple search by entering terms in the PubMed search box
  3. Include terms from the controlled vocabulary MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
  4. Use the advanced search to see your search history and combine searches
  5. Apply limits to your search results using the filters sidebar

PubMed uses Automatic Term Mapping which automatically searches for phrases and MeSH terms. Check for successful mapping to MeSH terms by viewing the “Search details” box on your Search results page.

For more help searching PubMed, check out the comprehensive online PubMed Tutorial.

Study Hack – Academic Honesty, what is it?

What is Academic honesty? You might have heard it referred to as plagiarism or cheating, at QUT we have a huge pile of resources to help you give credit where credit is due and be authentic in your studies.

BelieveOnline_JBSo what do you do if you have a whole bunch of great resources you want to use in your assignment? First off, it is great that you have found some resources relevant to your assignment but remember to have a good look at what your source is and where it came from. You want to use good quality information to back up your ideas and arguments. So make sure you don’t quote any information you haven’t verified!

findingInfoEasy_JB Next, you need to work the information into your assignment. You do this by direct quoting, summarising or paraphrasing their work. Remember, direct quotes should only take up 10% of your word count. Paraphrasing is the hardest but recommended. It is worthwhile aiming for as you can demonstrate your own understanding and show off your critical thinking skills! How to Paraphrase will give you some helpful tips so that you can put your best foot forward.

The final step you need to make is to acknowledge the work of the people whose resources you think are awesome have used in your assignment. Referencing or citing another person’s work is really important and there is loads of information about how to do this on QUT CiteWrite.

To avoid plagiarism make sure you reference and give credit to those who have come before you. And don’t forget, pictures and music need to be referenced too!

Need more help? Come and see us at the Library Help desk. No appointment needed.

Be prepared: Getting the best out of Study Solutions!

" Day133: Flickr keeps you studying!" By Abdulrahman AlZe3bi. CC BY-NC 2.0

” Day133: Flickr keeps you studying!” By Abdulrahman AlZe3bi. CC BY-NC 2.0

At the Library, there really is no such thing as a stupid question. Did you know that the most common question we get asked is, “Where are the bathrooms?” Helping you to find the bathroom is just one of the many ways we can help in the Library.

Many students get stuck with pesky research, writing and referencing questions over the course of the semester. At every branch Library, you can have your researching and referencing questions answered straight away at the Library Helpdesk. Our staff are trained to help you get started and point you in the right direction to get your assignments started.

If you have a longer or more complicated question, the Library can provide support for your studies through a Study Solutions appointment. By booking a Study Solutions appointment, you can get a 25 minute face to face appointment for help with your study, research and assignments. From understanding your assignment question, providing feedback on a draft, to working in groups, or organising your work/study load, we are here to help.

You can book a 25 minute consultation from Week 3. Bookings open a week in advance and fill up quickly – so be prepared and book early.

If you miss out on an appointment, never fear! Drop-in sessions are available at both Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove libraries from 12pm-2pm, Tuesday to Thursday. The time of your consultation will depend on how many students are waiting – so be prepared and have your burning question ready and waiting to maximise your time.

So! You’ve booked a consultation or you’re planning on coming to a drop-in session…. what can you do to prepare yourself to get the best out of your Study Solutions session?

1. Be on time! Make sure to note the date, time, and location of your consultation. Write it in your phone, diary, or the back of your hand. Remember you can keep track of your bookings online.

2. Come to your consultation with something specific to work on. Whether it be your assignment question, your draft, a particular study issue you’ve been having, or a question about a resource – this helps us to tailor the support specifically to your needs. Please remember that library staff cannot proofread assignments for you, we can give you tips and strategies so you can proofread yourself (hint: read your assignment out loud to the mirror!).

3. Check our online study resources and see if your question is answered there. If you familiar yourself with resources such as Cite Write, Studywell, and Studysmart, you’ll be well on your way to being a top student on your own!

4. If you’re looking for specific academic language and learning support you can get in touch with Academic Language and Learning Services (ALLS) to arrange an appointment. Language and Learning Educators are specially trained to help students and staff who need help with speaking and writing.


Poppies for the Anzacs

Tower of London Poppies

‘Tower of London Poppies’ By Mark Skarratts (CC BY 2.0)

Poppies at the Tower

‘Poppies at the Tower’ By Amanda Slater (CC BY-SA- 2.0)

888,246 ceramic poppies spilling into the moat of the Tower of London, each representing a British or colonial death during the First World War. (And remember, this is only one side of the conflict!) The installation is called Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. It’s both beautiful and heartbreaking.

Anzac Day, 25th April, is the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand soldiers during the First World War. With the centenary of the landing at Anzac Cove (on the Gallipoli Peninsular in Turkey) coming up, here in QUT Library we’ve been crocheting, knitting and sewing poppy flowers. All the nimble-fingered have contributed – Library and Faculty colleagues, family and friends. Here’s the amazing result – more than one thousand beautiful poppies!

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Library foyer, Kelvin Grove

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Library entrance, Kelvin Grove


ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Library foyer, Kelvin Grove

ANZAC poppy display in the Library

Curriculum collection, Level 4, Kelvin Grove Library


To find out about more the Anzacs and the way their sacrifice is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand, click any of these –



Just Youtube it

 Thanks Youtube          "Bieber_Scene2" by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Thanks Youtube
“Bieber_Scene2” by Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Since its launch in 2005, Youtube has bought us hundreds of viral sensations, launched Justin Bieber and is now the go-to place when you need to know how to fix it, use it, review it or understand how ‘it’ works.

Nestled amongst video gems such as cat in a shark costume riding a roomba is the QUT Library’s Youtube channel – full of instructional videos and how-tos. From the very basic library survival skills such as How to find a book on the shelf and Meet Studywell to our newest video on Social Media Data Collection, the QUT Library is full of videos relating to study at university so check it out, subscribe and add us to your playlist.

We acknowledged that we’re not (yet?) viral but we’re definitely helpful!

Seen the movie? Now read the book

'books & projector' by  Sami Keinänen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

‘books & projector’ by Sami Keinänen (CC BY-SA 2.0)

2014 was a big year for turning books into movies and as the year draws to a close, we thought we’d highlight some of them so you can knowingly nod and ask: ‘Ah, but did you read the book?’ and gain some pop-culture/literary cred as you catch up with friends and family over Christmas and New Year.

Gone girl: a novel / Gillian Flynn. On the morning of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick’s wife Amy suddenly disappears. The police immediately suspect Nick. Amy’s friends reveal that she was afraid of him, that she kept secrets from him. He swears it isn’t true. A police examination of his computer shows strange searches. He says they aren’t his. And then there are the persistent calls on his mobile phone. So what really did happen to Nick’s beautiful wife?

The fault in our stars / John Green. Sixteen-year-old Hazel, a stage IV thyroid cancer patient, has accepted her terminal diagnosis until a chance meeting with a boy at cancer support group forces her to reexamine her perspective on love, loss and life. Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

The Hunger Games / Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games is a trilogy comprising also of  Book One: The Hunger Games (available in print, audiobook and eBook and DVD; Book Two Catching Fire (available to borrow in print, audiobook and the movie on DVD); and Book Three Mockingjay (available to borrow in print and audiobook); and has been made into four movies. The third movie, Mockingjay Part One was released November 22 2014 with the final chapter coming in 2015.

Winter’s tale / Mark Helprin. One winter night, Peter Lake — master mechanic and second-story man — attempts to rob a fortress-like mansion on the Upper West Side. Though he thinks it is empty, the daughter of the house is home. Thus begins the affair between a middle-aged Irish burglar and Beverly Penn, a young girl dying of consumption. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, then borrow it on DVD from the Library as well.

Divergent / Veronica Roth. Also available as eBook and audio book, Divergent is set in a futuristic Chicago, where sixteen-year-old Beatrice Prior must choose among five predetermined factions to define her identity for the rest of her life. It’s a decision made more difficult when she discovers that she is an anomoly who does not fit into any one group, and that the society she lives in is not perfect after all.

The giver / Lois Lowry. With yet another tale of a dystopian future, there was a definite them in young adult fiction and film this year. In The Giver, the future is a rigidly structured society where weaklings, dissenters and the aged are removed, and stirrings of individuality are nullified with drugs, children undergo special ceremonies annually until, after 11 years, they face the Ceremony of Twelve, when the Community of Elders assigns them the tasks that will take them through their adult life. But when Jonas is selected to be the Receiver of Memory, he discovers that the honor of selection is nothing compared to the loneliness and physical pain he must endure as he searches for a way to free his community from the spiritless life it has developed for its members.

This is where I leave you / Jonathan Tropper. Poor Judd Foxman returns home early to find his wife in bed with his boss–in the act. He now faces the twin threats of both divorce and unemployment. His misery is compounded further with the sudden death of his father. He is then asked to come and ‘sit Shiva’ for his newly deceased parent with his angry, screwed-up and somewhat estranged brothers and sisters in his childhood home. It is there he must confront who he really is and — more importantly — who he can become.

Alexander and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day / Judith Viorst; illustrated by Ray Cruz. First published in the 1970s, this classic children’s tale was turned into a movie this year starring Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell. On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.





What does it mean to be human – and other simple questions

'Rodin's Thinker' by  Steven Fettig (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

‘Rodin’s Thinker’ by Steven Fettig (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

The third Thursday of November each year is World Philosophy Day. Begun by UNESCO in 2005 to underline the enduring value of philosophy for the development of human thought, World Philosophy Day 2014 falls on Thursday 20 November.

Philosophy as a discipline is concerned with reason and logic in an attempt to understand reality and answer fundamental questions about knowledge, life, morality and human nature. The ancient Greeks, who were among the first to practice philosophy, coined the term, which means “love of wisdom.” These Ancient philosophers established two main types of reasoning to test the validity of their observations and construct rational arguments: inductive and deductive reasoning. Though flawed, both inductive and deductive reasoning provide the basic framework for the kind of logical analysis that drives scientific research and discovery.

Here are some QUT Library resources to start you on your way (journey?) to intellectual philosopher:

Philosophy : a beginner’s guide / Peter Cave. A perfect introduction for aspiring sages everywhere that’s definitely not a dry textbook.

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance : an inquiry into values / by Robert M. Pirsig. A narrative of a father and son on a summer motorcycle trip across America’s Northwest becomes a profound personal and philosophical odyssey into life’s fundamental questions.

The A to Z of Descartes and Cartesian Philosophy [electronic resource] / Roger Ariew. Descartes lived from 1596 to 1650, and today he is referred to as “the Father of Modern Philosophy.”

Philosophy: A guide to happiness [DVD] In this engaging and informative six part series, popular English philosopher Alain de Botton looks for modern-day applications of the theories and teachings of famous thinkers from various eras, finding practical advice on universal human problems, inadequacies and emotional conditions.

So if you’re up to the task of mulling over a few simple questions – such as what is the meaning and purpose of life? – then Thursday November 20th is the day to begin philosophising.

Get help with your assignments without leaving your couch!


For the times when you aren’t able to visit our Library Helpdesk on campus, we offer an online chat service, Chat to a Librarian.

You can use Chat to a Librarian during semester at these times:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am – 9.45pm
  • Weekends and Public Holidays: 12pm – 4.45pm

To get started, just hit the chat button on the QUT Library home page and fill in some basic information. One of our friendly librarians will be ready and waiting to answer your question.

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 the chat service is open (but you still want to stay at home in your pajamas), 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
  • There are some great tips on assignment research and writing available on Studywell.

We look forward to chatting with you soon.

Finding those elusive spatial datasets is now so easy!

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Spatial Data Finder is a new online tool that makes it easy for QUT researchers to find and access information about spatial research datasets.  Records published in Spatial Data Finder are also published in Research Data Australia (RDA), which is the national registry of research datasets.

QUT Library has partnered with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) on their Major Open Data Collections (MODC) initiative. The QUT/ANDS project aims to identify research datasets with spatial or georeferencing information and provide descriptions of the data to the research community via QUT’s data registry, Spatial Data Finder, which is now live. This project aligns with the open data initiatives of QUT and the Queensland Government, a project partner.

The project team, consisting of Colin Eustace (Project Manager) and Jodie Vaughan (Research Data Librarian), has been working with researchers in the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) to identify and describe spatial and geospatial datasets created by QUT, as well as representatives from various Queensland Government departments, including the Department of Natural Resources and Mines.  In addition to the dataset being described and published (if appropriate), it will also be citable and discoverable by other researchers, both national and international.