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


You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Week 5 (31 July – 4 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 1/8 1:00pm Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Thu 3/8 9:30am Online research survey tool N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 4/8
Academic writing expectations at the HDR level S07 2.18 South Bank


Week 6 (7 August – 11 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 7/8 10:00am Endnote S02 3.13 South Bank
Wed 9/8 1:00pm Managing information resources and writing your literature review G10 2.25 Gold Coast


Week 7 (14 August – 18 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 14/8 10:00am Build and leverage your research profile N53 1.49 Nathan
Fri 18/8 10:00am Strategic publishing G10 2.04 Gold Coast


Week 8 (21 August – 25 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 22/8 10:00am Endnote N53 1.50 Nathan
Wed 23/8 1:00pm Developing your academic argument G10 2.25 Gold Coast


Week 9 (28 August – 1 September)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 28/8 1:00pm Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Thu 31/8 10:00am Managing information resources and writing your literature review
N53 1.51

How to boost your productivity

Are you drowning in constant emails, phone calls, paperwork, interruptions and meeting actions? You need to work smarter.

Now, if you’re looking at us to give you some tips on how to do this, let me set you straight. We all need to learn to work smarter. Yes, even us.

And since we didn’t have the answers, we went searching and come up trumps with this handy little eBook in our Books 24×7 database:

Smart Work is the busy professional’s guide to getting organised in the digital workplace.

This book ‘throws you a lifeline by showing you how to take advantage of your digital tools to reprioritise, refocus and get back to doing the important work’.

According to Smart Work, one way to boost productivity is to reduce email noise (Chapter 4):

Minimise the emails hitting your inbox
Manage the amount of information and junk emails in your inbox by setting up filing rules, unsubscribing from distributions lists (when they add no value) and reporting spam.

Turn off email alerts
Research ‘suggests that the intrusion of constant email alerts causes a loss of focus and can lead to our concentration work taking one-third longer to complete’.

Check email proactively
Schedule time to check your emails. Crowley suggests you should ‘aim to put aside two, maybe three blocks of time during each day to process your emails’.

Batch information emails to be reviewed later
Keep all your valuable, not time-critical, information emails in one convenient location. Simply, create a separate folder and use either a manual or an automated strategy to direct relevant mail into it. Then, just allocate time to read the messages.

Delete decisively
Be ruthless.

Manage other people’s expectations
When you receive an email that isn’t a priority for you, be sure to set a clear expectation about the work and when you will be able to do it. The SSSH strategy can help you with this (see Chapter 4 for details).

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: the biological basis

Researchers from the National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED) have discovered a cell receptor which could be a key contributing factor to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

And we have the lead researchers presenting their findings at our upcoming Friends of the Library event on 10 August.

Come along to the Gold Coast campus to hear Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines discuss their groundbreaking research, as well as immunological, cell signalling and genetic features in CFS patients.

They will also talk about the challenges with CFS diagnosis, clinical presentation, and treatments.

CFS is a debilitating disorder characterised by extreme fatigue or tiredness that doesn’t go away with rest. It can also be referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

Around 400,000 Australians are believed to be affected by CFS, many of whom are house bound or bed bound.

Following the presentation, Friends of the Library members will be invited to join us for a cocktail reception and the opportunity to network with industry colleagues and our presenters.

It’s an event not to be missed! Register now.

Friends of the Library membership

You will have the option to become a Friends of the Library member when you register for this event. A Friends of the Library membership includes:

  • Invitations to a range of events featuring national and international guest speakers
  • Friends-only cocktail receptions
  • Access to exhibitions and displays in our libraries
  • Friends of the Library e-newsletter
  • Discount on University Library borrowing
  • 20% discount on Griffith Review subscription

Event details

  • What
    Presentation on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • When
    10 August 2017
    5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Where
    Leneen Forde Chancellery (G34)
    Gold Coast campus
    Griffith University

What to do when retiring your old mobile device

Have you recently upgraded your mobile phone, or are you thinking about it in the near future?

With the continual innovation of new technology, the life expectancy of your mobile device can be as short as three years before you need to update – or maybe you elect to update sooner to stay on top of the newest releases.

So what should you do with your old device? Recycle it, of course!

Griffith is committed to finding sustainable solutions for our end of life electronics as part of our E-Waste and Sustainability campaign. To facilitate this, there are E-Waste recycling stations at each campus library, as well as the EcoCentre and various student centres.

However, just as you wouldn’t leave a public computer without logging out of all your personal accounts, don’t forget to remove your personal data from your mobile device before disposing of it!

Lately, there has been an increase in the number of phones being dropped off to be recycled that still have access to the owner’s highly confidential data: private text messages, personal photos, online accounts and even banking passwords!  

To avoid the risk of having your accounts hacked or money stolen, it’s important to ensure you remove your personal data before your recycle.

Simply follow the checklist below, then get recycling!

  • Back up the device
  • Manually remove any personal information (a factory reset does not necessary delete all personal information)
  • Log out of online accounts  (iCloud, iTunes, App Store, Google Play, etc) and social media (Facebook, Instagram)
  • Manually turn off any ‘find my phone’ applications (i.e. Find my iPhone and Android Device Manager)
  • Unpair any devices such as Car Media or iWatch
  • Perform a factory reset
  • Remove your SIM card

For further information on the data management of your device before recycling visit the Recycling Devices webpage, or take a look at the tips on the Mobile Muster, Apple iOS, or Android websites.

New Interlibrary Loan Request form and website

New interlibrary loan request form and website

Did you know you can request books and articles from non-Griffith libraries?

That’s right! You can borrow items from other university libraries, council libraries, hospital libraries, government libraries, and almost any other type of library you can think of.

The process has always been pretty simple. You just have to be a Griffith staff member, or postgraduate student and submit a request using our online form.

If you’ve ever requested an Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you’ll know just how easy it is. But we have made some changes recently.

The Library has changed its ILL request form and website. This is due to improvements to underlying systems that will be taking place over the coming months.

To request an interlibrary loan, head to the new ILL website. If you have requested but not yet downloaded items from the ZPortal, please do so before 31 August 2017.

For further information, please contact library@griffith.edu.au

Artists’ books exhibited at QCA Library

Artists’ books exhibited at QCA Library

The Artists’ Books Brisbane Event was held in July this year. As part of this event, the Queensland College of Art (QCA) Library exhibited books from the Centre for the Artist Book.

The Centre for the Artist Book is a collection of over 650 artists’ books, multiples, and ephemera by international and Australian artists held at grahame galleries + editions.

The opening of the exhibition was attended by approximately 60 international, interstate and local conference delegates, including curators and librarians from cultural institutions and universities, QCA staff, students, and artists.

Guests included German book artists, Ulrike Stoltz and Uta Schnieder, as well as the Journal of Artists’ Books, Editor, Brad Freeman.New England Art Museum, Director, Robert Heather officially opened the exhibition.

New England Art Museum, Director, Robert Heather officially opened the exhibition. He acknowledged grahame galleries + editions, founder, Noreen Grahame’s substantial contribution to the development of artists’ books practices, print culture and contemporary art in Australia.

A documentary video about Noreen Grahame and selected works from the exhibition is being produced by the Griffith Film School, Live Lab industry engagement program.

A bibliography and descriptive catalogue of the works were produced for the exhibition and are now available at QCA Library.

What you need to know about accessing eBooks

What you need to know about accessing eBooks

Griffith has purchased or subscribed to over 300,000 eBooks on various platforms. ProQuest Ebook Central has become Griffith’s largest platform.

Now, we are sure you and your students are loving how accessible eBooks are. Students can access them 24/7 from anywhere with internet connectivity (and a mobile device, of course!).

But we understand you also have concerns about eBooks and ironically, this is mostly to do with access.

So every now and again, your students may not be able to access an eBook. This is probably because the eBook has a user limit.

For example, we may only have subscribed to three copies of that particular eBook, and three other students are currently using it.

There is a workaround to this problem. Tell your students not to leave their exam or assignment prep to the night before. Every person and their dog will be trying to access the same eBook at that time. There will be access issues for sure!

Ask them to try and access the book at different times of the day. We recommend early morning!

There are also limits to copying, printing and downloading our eBooks.

Now, with ProQuest Ebook Central, students can copy 20% of an eBook within a 24-hour period. And they can print or download 40% of an eBook’s total pages within a 24-hour period. That’s because ProQuest Ebook Central resets every 24 hours.

This screenshot shows the user limit for an eBook and the number of pages that remain each day to copy, print or chapter download.

If you or your students experience problems with access to our eBooks, please email library@griffith.edu.au and your request will get through to the right people.

Do you want to use an eBook for your course? The easiest way is to fill out the Suggest a Purchase form.