Boost your SharePoint skills with Master Class

Do you use (or want to start using) SharePoint? Want to sharpen your SharePoint skills?

Then you definitely need to check out the SharePoint Master Class blogWritten and managed by the Business Enablement Teamthe blog contains posts outlining how to use different aspects of SharePoint.

You’ll also find interesting content on information management ideas, as well as information on any upcoming events.

The SharePoint Master Class blog is ideal for anyone who is either currently using SharePoint or would like to start. You’ll find a great range of information from basic to more in-depth.  

If you need some further assistance, you can also book a one-on-one SharePoint training session with someone from the Business Enablement Team. They can help you get started, or help answer any of your curly questions.  

To book a training session, simply select an open appointment slot from the Business Enablement Team calendar, and book in.

New features with ClinicalKey Health Database

Do you use Elsevier’s ClinicalKey Health Database for research?

It’s a fantastic resource to find information on conditions, procedures, drugs and more. However, just like Griffith University is committed to continually developing and growing, so is Elsevier.

In January 2018 new features were added to the ClinicalKey Health Database, however users will need to register for a personal account in order to access these features. They include:

  • Download full-text books or book chapters in PDF.
  • Access your Search History.
  • Access Saved Searches.
  • Access Saved Content.
  • Access ClinicalKey remotely.
  • Use the Mobile App.

Please note that users are not required to register, they only need to register to access the abovementioned features.

Now, you may notice some small changes when you go to use ClinicalKey.  Specifically, if someone goes to download or print out a PDF (book chapter), a pop up box (see below) appears that will inform the user that they need to log in or register for a free account from your institutional subscription. Simply follow the steps outlined, and you’re good to download!

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LexisNexis database is getting a facelift!

Calling all Law researchers!

If you use the LexisNexis AU Law Database, you’re in for a treat!

The LexisNexis AU Law Database, which includes sources such as CaseBase, Halsbury’s Laws of Australia and Queensland Reports has been undertaking quite the developmental journey.

We are currently in the transition phase between LexisNexis AU and a shiny new platform, Lexis Advance.

So, what does this mean for you?

  • There will be no disruption to access.
  • Both LexisNexis AU and Lexis Advance should be available in February.
  • International content should be released on Lexis Advance in January.
  • Due to licensing restrictions the following two databases currently can only be accessed in LexisNexis AU
    – Carter on Contract
    – Journal of Contract Law.

In the next phase, once Lexis Advance is successfully up and running, the old LexisNexis AU database will be deactivated and the two restricted databases listed above will be moved into the new platform.

The changeover is scheduled for the start of Trimester 1–just in time for your new bundle of students to start using it!

There are new copyright rules for exams

What is the Copyright Act?

The Copyright Act 1968 defines the rights of creators of creative and artistic works under Australian law, and provides rules which govern the use of such works. While it may seem long and tedious, it’s incredibly important to abide by.

Luckily, we have a University Information Policy Officer to provide us with relevant and timely updates, as well as specialist advice.

You’ll probably be most familiar with the Copyright Act as it pertains to the amount of a hard copy book you can digitise for your teaching online through Reading Lists – 1 chapter or 10% of the book. We hope that you’re also considering the Copyright Act when uploading materials for online exams. Gold star for you.

What’s new and what does it mean for you?

Under new changes to the Copyright Act, in 2018, staff are now able to copy, adapt and put on Learning@Griffith any kind of copyright material for online exams. This material can even include music, broadcasts, sound recordings and films. There is no limit to the amounts that can be used.

Please note however that this rule is for actual testing, not for practice tests (or for students viewing past exams).

These changes in the Copyright Act open new creative possibilities for online examination.

For more information on this and any other copyright issue, contact Griffith’s Information Policy Officer, Antony Ley.

How to stay cyber secure when travelling

Welcome back! As you embark on another year of research, teaching and/or life-long learning, you’re probably looking back fondly on your holiday memories of lazing by the pool, sleep-ins and enjoying the absence of impending deadlines.

Or maybe you’re so swamped with a busy to-do list of 2018 tasks and priorities that the holiday period seems as far away as the walk from your vehicle to your office now is.  

Cyber security is probably the furthest thing from your mind at the moment. However, it’s something we should always be conscious of.

As we enter the new year, you may have some exciting conferences planned, or maybe even some research field trips. So we’re here to give you a little reminder to stay cyber safe while travelling.

Our cyber security team have put together some helpful tips to ensure you stay vigilant on vacation:

  • Ensure your devices are protected with strong passwords.
  • Disable Bluetooth unless required, as this can be used as an attack vector.
  • Ensure anti-virus and all system and application software is up to date before you leave.
  • Remove auto authenticate on browsers.
  • Be careful with public Wi-Fi networks; these can often be setup without strong security controls.
  • If you are using public Wi-Fi for any sensitive data or communications it is recommended to use a VPN – eduroam wireless can be used at universities while travelling.
  • Only use a device that belongs to you for sensitive web browsing such as finances and commerce.
  • Monitor your accounts for any unusual activity.

For further information, visit our cyber safe travel webpage.

Are you a cyber security warrior or sleepwalker?

Today’s reliance on digital technology has led to a heightened risk of digital and cyber threats. Therefore, it is imperative that cyber security is high upon our (and everyone’s) radar!

Griffith is committed to cyber security, and keeping its systems and data safe. However, you’ve also got a role to play. You can find information on how to stay cyber-safe at our recently launched Cyber Security website.

Want to find out more? Attend one of our information sessions, which are being held across all campuses. There’s no need to register – just turn up!

Campus Date Location Time
Gold Coast Tuesday 21 November G06 1.04 11.30 am – 12 pm
Logan Wednesday 22 November L08 Theatre 1 10.30 am – 11 am
Nathan Wednesday 22 November N29 0.06 2.30 pm – 3 pm
Mt Gravatt Thursday 23 November M09 1.129 10.30 am – 11 am
South Bank Thursday 23 November S07 1.23 2.30 pm – 3 pm

These sessions will cover the cyber security basics, including:

  • What is happening in the cyber threat landscape (it’s actually pretty interesting!).
  • What the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) means.
  • What a Botnet is.
  • What phishing is – they’ll even step through a typical phishing example, explaining how they operate, what sort of people are doing this and why, and what it means for you.
  • Understanding how you can protect yourself from phishing threats in email and on social media.
  • Advice to help stay protected at home, at work and while travelling.  

As we head into 2018 Griffith’s Cyber Security team will continue to deliver activities, training and updates – so stay tuned (and stay cyber vigilant)!

Need to learn to code?

HackyHour web banner

Have you heard of HackyHour? No, not Happy Hour. We all know what Happy Hour is. HackyHour is kind of like that, but with coffee and code.

HackyHour is an informal drop-in session where you can learn to code, get assistance with code or find out about IT services and support available to you.

Researchers from all areas are welcome – the HackyHour staff can assist with data science from Science, Economics, Engineering, Health and more! HackyHour aims to improve your understanding and implementation of the technical aspects of research. It’s also another (fun) way to collaborate with researchers at other institutions and the community at large. Did we mention that there’s coffee?

The Griffith University HackyHour crew (Amanda MiottoHeidi Perrett and Kim Keogh) also host Software Carpentry workshops. These workshops teach you basic lab skills for scientific computing. You can attend an inexpensive class, or learn online (for free!).

Languages such as R and Python are taught at both the HackyHour sessions and the Software Carpentry workshops.

HackyHour sessions are held every Thursday at G’s Wine Bar (alternating between the Nathan and Gold Coast campus) and are absolutely free.  In addition to this, HackyHour staff will often hold free face-to-face classes, and can help you access a range of free online learning resources.




2-3pm on Thursdays
Check out the calendar here


G’s Cafe (N11) – Nathan Campus
G’s Cafe (G40) – Gold Coast Campus


To find out more about HackyHour, check out their website or email