Become a book in our Human Library!

Calling all staff and students with an interesting life story to tell!

The Griffith University library is gearing up for its second annual Human Library event on 21 March 2018 and we want you!

If you missed last year’s Human Library, you might be wondering… what exactly is a Human Library? Human Libraries are part of a global movement to break down social barriers, and challenge prejudice and stereotypes through conversation. We believe we can help spark social change through encouraging positive conversations with people who may not ordinarily have the opportunity to speak with each other.

How does the Human Library work?

In a Human Library, readers borrow people instead of books. If you sign up as a human book in our Griffith University Human Library, you can expect to be loaned out up to three times during the two-hour event. The loan period is for approximately 20 minutes, giving you enough time to share your story, answer questions from your borrower and engage in positive and real conversation.

We will provide a safe, conversational space for our books and readers with the aim to create a positive experience for all involved.

Who can be a human book?

Human books are often people who have faced discrimination and prejudice in their life as a result of occupation, ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, cultural background, health, social status, lifestyle or disability.

Our selection of books in last year’s Human Library included a homeless person, a refugee, an adopted person, a widow, a Muslim woman, a Muslim man / prisoner of war, a lesbian, a gay male, a Maori, an Indigenous person, a woman in IT, a veteran and assistance dog, an author, a person with tattoos and a person with dreadlocks. 

How do I register as a human book?

If you are willing to give people insight into your life with stigma, discrimination or prejudice in the hope to create a more tolerant and understanding community, we’d love to hear from you!

Register your interest via our online form now. Feel free to contact Renee Wilson or Brigitte Braddock at for more information.

Want to see a Human Library in action?

The 2017 Griffith University Human Library was a huge success with 20 human books loaned out to borrowers. Check out our wrap-up of last year’s Human Library event.

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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Dimensions: The next generation of information discovery

Have you heard of Dimensions? No, not like the dimensions of your bedroom or lego blocks.

Dimensions is a new discovery and analytics platform for researchers.

The research landscape has significantly evolved over the past decade, however the ways impact is measured and the channels for discovery have remained relatively static. Dimensions has been developed to address this disconnect.

Product development began in 2017, when a group of Digital Science portfolio companies partnered with over 100 leading research organisations around the world–including Griffith University.

Together, they developed a next-generation discovery and analytics platform that combines data from across the research lifecycle. This platform breaks down information barriers, ultimately making it easier for researchers and research organisations to discover, access, analyse, report and inform.

This infographic gives an overview of Dimensions and how it was built.

Dimensions was launched at the Wellcome Trust in London on Monday 15 January 2018, and is already gaining positive press coverage, including through various academic and research news platforms such as Digital Science, Inside Higher Ed and STM News.

However, the launch is just a starting point. Over the coming weeks more features will be released, and data will be continually improved and broadened.

Dimensions is structured in a way that means it will be improved in a continuous process with the research community as key stakeholders–because a vendor can and should not do this in isolation.

Take a look at Dimensions for yourself–you can access the Dimensions website or the Dimensions app directly.

Griffith Library is proud to be a development partner in an initiative that Dimensions has as its core value a broad cooperative approach to providing ‘… a more collaborative place for scholarly search, one that is closer to the academic environment than the current client-supplier environment.’

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 write a tweetable abstract


Just when you have finally mastered how to write a coherent and concise abstract for your research paper, publishers have changed things up. A number of publishers also now require a ‘tweetable abstract’.


Tweetable abstracts should provide the main conclusions or the key message of a paper in a way that is easily understood.

A common mistake made by academics in writing tweetable abstracts is not using tags or hashtags. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Assistant Editor, Samantha Ponton said ‘very few authors use the symbols ‘@’ and ‘#’ in their tweetable abstracts, to refer to an author’s Twitter username or to tag a keyword, respectively’.

‘Hashtags can be used to increase the visibility of a tweet, as users can search Twitter for keywords using this symbol as a prefix, for example, #ecology or #statistics’ she said (Submission requirement aims to boost social media engagement, 2013).

Other common mistakes include using overly technical scientific jargon and superfluous hashtags, or exceeding the character limit (How Twitter Literacy Can Benefit Conservation Scientists, 2013)

Not sure how to write for Twitter? Check out this helpful guide from the University of Pennsylvania. Or the 2014 BRW article 14 tips for getting the most out of Twitter Audience Platform.

Further information
Social media library guide
This guide provides links to helpful social media resources online and in the library.

Griffith University Social Media Guidelines
These guidelines outline the University principles concerning the use of social media and provide advice that assists staff in establishing and using social media spaces. They are framed within the University policies relating to conduct, copyright and intellectual property, privacy, use of information technology and information security.

10 immutable laws of email etiquette

Dog with mouth open

Mind your manners!

There are so many rules in life.

Don’t chew with your mouth open. Don’t eat after 7.30pm (you can thank Oprah for that one). And the wardrobe-limiting – blue and green should never be seen unless there’s something in between.

Nobody can follow all the rules. You have to pick and choose ones that resonate with you.

Whether you are partial to a midnight snack in your blue and green onesie, or you chow down at a work function with your mouth open, you have to consider which ones may have a negative impact on your life.

Let’s be honest, wearing an olive green blouse under a navy suit will hardly hold you back at work. Unless you work at Vogue, and even then, it could be perceived as fashion-forward.

And it’s the same with email. There are some email etiquette rules that you should absolutely follow so you don’t horrify your colleagues with your awful email manners.

Then there are others which you can flagrantly break with no consequences. For instance, a clear subject line is super helpful, but if you forget to write one, it’s no biggie (or is it? You tell me).

And if you happen to overuse exclamation marks in a friendly email to a colleague, they’ll know you’re just enthusiastic, and not childish and unprofessional.

So what are the email etiquette rules you should absolutely follow?

Tim Sanders discusses the 12 immutable laws of email etiquette in a video series on Books24/7 (yes, there are videos in the popular eBook database). Here’s 10 of his immutable laws:

  1. 1.  Don’t give bad news over email
  2. 2.  Don’t copy an email over someone’s head
  3. 3.  Stamp out ‘reply to all’
  4. 4.  Think before you forward
  5. 5.  Never pre-address an email
  6. 6.  Don’t send an email at unprofessional hours
  7. 7.  Don’t write War and Peace over email
  8. 8.  Break the thread with a phone call
  9. 9.  Don’t send an email to someone that you could hit with a rock (figuratively-speaking)
  10. 10. Don’t send massive attachments (without warning)

To access the video, search for ’email etiquette series’ in Books24/7.