You know you want to be our Facebook friend

Photo by Instagram user @thetorontozoo

Photo by Instagram user @thetorontozoo

Are you on Facebook? Ermahgerd, what a coincidence… we are too. We should totally be friends!

Jump onto Facebook and find us at @griffithunilibrary. You’ll be sure to ‘like’ our posts – we post useful bits and bobs about the goings on at Griffith Library. Never again will you miss a happening Friends of the Library event, a new and innovative library resource, or an exciting update to one of our plethora of services.

Facebook is a new addition to our social media family of Blogs, Instagram, and Twitter. We know staying connected is important to you, so our Facebook page is just another opportunity for you to engage with your library.

Remember, Facebook is social. So be friendly and follow us! At the time of writing this post, we had just under 500 followers. With a press of a button, you could help us reach half a century.

We understand though if you can’t commit to following a new Facebook page. You could just ‘like’ a post you found informative, ‘share’ a post you think would interest others, or be brave and ‘comment’ on one of our posts.

Check out @griffithunilibrary on Facebook today!

3 free apps to help you save money


Show me the money! No matter our financial situation, we are always looking for ways to keep our bank balance healthy. Nobody wants to throw their hard earned cash down the drain! So we rounded up three free apps to help you pinch those pennies.

GasBuddy – Find cheap fuel prices
By: GasBuddy Organization Inc
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
GasBuddy is now available in Australia! Fuel prices change on average, 3 to 4 times a day. Stay up to date and save heaps at the servo by finding the cheapest fuel with GasBuddy.

Hitch-A-Ride – Rideshare with friends
By Hitch-A-Ride Pty Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes
If you’re a driver looking to share commuting costs or a passenger who needs to get somewhere, Hitch-A-Ride will make your life easier. It uses Facebook to connect with Friends, or Friends-of-Friends to either Hitch or Drive within your area. Set up a work group on Hitch-A-Ride to arrange carpooling options with colleagues who live nearby. You all share the same destination, so why not share some of the costs of getting there too?

Acorns AU – Invest spare change from everyday purchases
By: Acorns Grow Australia Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Acorns helps you save and invest spare change from your everyday purchases into a diversified portfolio of stocks and bonds. You can easily get started in minutes: anytime, anywhere. Featured in: TIME, The New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, Forbes, WIRED, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, USA Today, and The Verge.

Scooby Doo, where are you? Alexander Street of course!


Alexander Street Press has videos…. lots and lots of videos!

You can find documentaries, television series (like the American 60 Minutes, and Meet the Press), instructional materials, interviews, biographies and more!

There is plenty of content to put in Learning@Griffith for your students to watch (and learn!). We highly recommend taking a look at Academic Video Online: Premium. You can even highlight the most important piece of your content by making a clip.

But it also has a little something for film buffs, film students, film scholars, and anyone looking for a cinematic experience in their reading material.

Alexander Street Press contains the Film Scripts Online collection. Film Scripts Online contains over 1,100 scripts and makes available accurate and authorised versions of copyrighted screenplays. You can compare the writer’s vision with the producer’s and director’s interpretations from page to screen.

The script archives go a fair way back. Can we interest you in something from the 1930’s? There is a musical by Lloyd Bacon starring twinkle-toed Ginger Rogers. Or maybe you are keen for something more adventurous? The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938) may be right up your alley (or river…)

That’s not to say contemporary content is amiss. There is a selection of scripts from the last decade or two. Have a read of The Departed (2006), Scooby Doo (2002) or Oceans Eleven (2001).

For assistance with finding, viewing, or sharing content, take a look at the Alexander Street Press Resource Center.

Give us your opinion and win $200!


Check your Griffith University email folks! You may have been selected to give your opinion on the quality of Griffith’s IT Services.

If you have been invited to participate, simply complete the IT Service Quality Survey and go into the draw to win a $200 prepaid Visa card.

Information Services is keen to know about your experiences with using our IT services, resources, and facilities. Help us, help you! Tell us what you think (honestly!) and we will use the feedback to improve our services to you.

The survey is completely confidential and is open until Monday 9 May 2016.

Want to digitise a course reading?

Course Readings

So there is a book chapter or journal article you want to make your students read. You are in the process of adding it to your course reading list (as a required reading, bwahaha!) But, horror of horrors, you can’t find a digital copy of the resource anywhere.

What do you do next? Well, you could hunt around online for the old Digitisation Request Form. But your search will be in vain as it is no longer available.

Or you could go to the Course Readings page and follow the Request Digitisation How-To Guide. You will learn you can now request digitisation from within a reading list. The Guide lists each step of the super simple new process.

Do you have the print resource sitting on your desk? You can scan it and submit it as a PDF with your digitisation request. If you don’t, that is fine too. We can try to track down a copy to scan for you.

For assistance, please contact Information Services by phone on x55555 and select option 3 for Library Enquiries.

What can you do in May to become a better researcher?


You can attend our academic, library and computing skills training for HDR Candidates and Researchers. They are a series of workshops targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.  Check out the May timetable and book now! Or take a look at the 2016 Semester 1 Workshop Timetable for upcoming training.

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Here’s your chance to look inside a human body


Do you know what a palpebral is? Need a clue? Cat’s have three of them… Human’s have two. And goldfish have none.

If you are still scratching your head (the uppermost part of your body), you may need a lesson in anatomy. And as luck would have it, we have the perfect online resource for you!

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is the optimal anatomical learning solution. Watch and listen to world-renowned anatomist Dr. Robert Acland as he explains anatomical movement within each region of the body.

Containing more than 300 narrated videos, the Video Atlas is designed for medical, dental and health students, medical practitioners, as well as anyone looking for information about human anatomy. With its simple language and realistic imagery, the Video Atlas is unlike any other anatomical learning tool.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy provides a truly three-dimensional look at anatomy. As you watch, the specimen rotates to let you see it as a fully three-dimensional object. View a sample video clip to experience the impact of this powerful imaging technique.

The five-volume Video Atlas is easy to navigate. The content can be searched by anatomical regions and parts, as well as by the A-Z index. Run times are listed for each part. You can start, stop, and pause at any time while viewing a video.

Want to watch videos on your mobile device? You totally can; your viewing experience will not be compromised. The Video Atlas now has full mobile functionality for both Apple and Android devices.

Access the Video Atlas anytime, anywhere from your computer, smartphone, or tablet device (if only to find out what the heck a palpebral is…)


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