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.

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.

Going out on your teaching prac? Get the materials you need to wow your class

Harmonica class at St. Elizabeth’s Orphanage (public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

During May QUT Library is providing a special service to help education students prepare for their teaching fieldwork placements. Librarians specialising in education and curriculum will be available at a special hot desk in the Curriculum Collection:

Monday – Friday 4 – 6 pm, until May 16th

The Curriculum Collection is located on the fourth floor of Kelvin Grove library and includes everything from high school maths textbooks and teacher resource books to young adult fiction, posters and charts, children’s picture books and finger puppets.


You can search for items in the collection using Quickfind and selecting Kelvin Grove Curriculum in the Available Copies refinement tool (see image). We have also made a guide to help you navigate the collection and find different types of resources.

And while the Curriculum Collection has been developed primarily for education students, all students (and staff) are welcome to visit and borrow items. Revisit the books of your childhood, or borrow something for your own children. Where’s Wally? is out at the moment (yes, I may have checked…) but Where’s Wally? in Hollywood is on the shelf…


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:


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.


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.

BlackWords and AustLit talk to QUT Grad Ellen van Neerven

QUT Creative Writing graduate Ellen van Neerven was recently interviewed by Dr Anita Heiss as part of the insightful series “In Conversation with BlackWords.” Ellen is an up-and-coming author who won the David Unaipon Award in 2013 which honored the unpublished manuscript of her novel Heat and Light.

Read other conversations in this fascinating series with authors such as Melissa Lucashenko and Bruce Pascoe on the AustLit database.

BlackWords is available via AustLit and hosts the most comprehensive record of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander publications.


Tricky Referencing #1

Author quoted in another work (Secondary Source):

Ever come across a really great quote or piece of information while you’re reading a journal article for your latest assignment, only to find out that the author(s) got it from somewhere else? Want to reference it but not sure how?

The first thing you should do is try and locate the original article or book – find the full reference in the reference list at the end of the article and try searching on the Library Catalogue or Quick Find. If it is a reputable, scholarly, reliable source that is relatively recent, you should be able to locate it. You would generally only want to use a secondary source if the item is out of print, written in a foreign language, or unavailable through usual avenues.

If this is the case, and you really can’t find the information anywhere else, you will need to reference it as a “secondary source”. Essentially, you name the primary author AND cite the secondary author in-text, but only the secondary author in your reference list.

Examples for referencing a secondary source can be located on CiteWrite under the Authors tab.

For example:
In-text: Primary author (as cited in Secondary Author, Year, p. _);                   Reference List: Secondary Author. (Year). Title of Secondary Work. Place of publication: Publisher.

In-text: (primary author quoted in secondary author, date, pg no.);                  Reference List: Secondary author. Year. Title of secondary source. Place of publication: Publisher.

Top Tips for referencing a Secondary Source:

  1. Always see if the original source is available first and read it – it is possible that the information or quote has been taken out of context or re-worded to suit the secondary author’s argument;
  2. Don’t reference the original source if you haven’t actually read it – putting a source in your reference list when you haven’t actually used it in your assignment can constitute plagiarism and can result in losing valuable marks;
  3. Use secondary source references sparingly – for example, if the resource is out of print, or written in a foreign language, and if the information is unavailable anywhere else.

Don’t forget! CiteWrite should be your first stop for any referencing queries. If you’re still in doubt, come and ask at the Learning & Research Desk @ the Library.