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!

A quick Q&A with Jeremy Wilson

PhD candidate Jeremy Wilson

Griffith School of Environment PhD candidate, Jeremy Wilson discusses his career, research tips and new Arachnid discoveries.

1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Like many kids I went through an early stage where I was obsessed with dinosaurs and wanted to be a palaeontologist. I’m still obsessed with dinosaurs…but as I got older I became more interested in the things I could see in the backyard, like insects and spiders.

2. Tell us about a previous job (work experience/volunteer work) that you’ve had.
For the last few years I’ve been involved in a long-term study on the Australian Magpie. Did you know that the magpies in Melbourne have white backs, while those further north have black backs? We travelled down twice a year to study birds in the ‘hybrid-zone’, where black-backed and white-backed magpies occur together. Hybrid zones like this are really good for studying natural selection at work. For example, in the magpies we could study how back-colour affects survival and reproductive success and relate this to selective pressures such as visibility to predators.

3. Which 3 apps do you use the most on your mobile device?
Audible to listen to books, Spotify to listen to music and CastBox to listen to podcasts…safe to say I have my headphones in quite a lot!

4. Which 5 celebrities would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?

  • Sam Harris — I’m a big fan of his podcast.
  • Richard Dawkins —To talk about evolutionary theory.
  • Yuval Noah Harari — He has written two fantastic books on human evolution.
  • Jennifer Doudna — She wrote the book I’m currently reading about gene-editing technologies and their ethical implications.
  • Jamie Oliver — I’d try and convince him to cook, but he also seems like an entertaining guy!

5. Tell us about your favourite fictional character.
That’s tough, but I think I’ll choose Pi Patel from ‘Life of Pi’. I loved the book and the movie.

6. What’s the best thing about your current role?
I’m a PhD candidate at Griffith. The best thing about this role is the freedom to choose what you want to study and make the project your own. This can be stressful at times, but makes good results so much more rewarding.

7. We hear you’ve recently discovered some new species of trapdoor spider in Toohey Forest (eek!)–can you tell us a little about this?
During my PhD work I’ve discovered a new lineage of trapdoor spiders which make really cryptic burrows. The burrows of these spiders have a hinged lid over the entrance to their burrow which is made of leaves and blends in flawlessly with the leaf-litter. The burrows of these spiders are so well camouflaged that we didn’t even know they existed in mainland Australia until now! There are over 15 undescribed species in this lineage, spread throughout eastern Australia. One of those species occurs all through Brisbane, including in Toohey Forest!

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I hope I’m an early career researcher doing work similar to that which I’m currently doing: finding new spider species and studying their evolution.

9. What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career so far was getting great feedback from a good journal on the scientific paper I’ve just written. This paper, the result of extremely hard work, will be the first published from my PhD studies.

10. Tell us about a project/research you are working on at the moment. 
Currently I’m writing a taxonomic paper describing four new species of trapdoor spider. These four species are unusual even for trapdoor spiders, as they build strange palisade-like burrows which project out from the ground! All four species occur in south-eastern Queensland and are highly restricted, each occurring in a single national park.

11. What wise advice do you have for new researchers or young academics?
For potential PhD students–work on something you’re really interested in. A PhD is a big investment and you need to be self-motivated. If you’re lucky enough to have a particular passion, work on that!

12. What’s the best resource you’ve discovered in your Griffith University Library?
I use the online resources provided by the library the most. I constantly use the database to search for and access new papers. The library also provides great modules on a range of areas such as how to publish papers efficiently and how to increase the impact of your papers. A special mention also has to go to the Referencing Tool which saved me a few times back in my undergraduate degree.

13. Can you give us your 3 best research tips?

  • Make sure you invest in other areas of your life as well. Research has its ups and downs, so it’s important to have other hobbies which take your mind off your research for some time each day.
  • Prioritise your work each day based on difficult–do the difficult things in the morning when your brain is fresh!
  • Publicise your research. This is one I find particularly challenging. It’s becoming increasingly important for researchers to show the general public why their work is valuable. Most people don’t read scientific papers, so reach out to the media or use social media platforms to advertise your research to a wider audience.

Better scope your audience using Griffith Personas

Personas, or ‘User Stories’ are a useful tool to help you understand the different needs and requirements for a particular user group. They are used to create reliable and realistic representations of your key audience segments for reference.

Planning new subject content? Trying to scope future research areas? Doing qualitative research? You may like to look at using Personas.

There are myriad benefits of using Personas, including:

  • They can help your team/collaborators share a consistent understanding of the user group.
  • They give stakeholders an opportunity to discuss critical features of a redesign.
  • Reduction in time to find and manage information delivering benefits to users . 
  • Prioritisation of high‐value information management initiatives with confirmed business benefit .
  • Reduction of information security risk due to implementation of role‐based identity and access management.
  • Business process improvement aligned with user personas delivers cost reduction and productivity increases .
  • Create foundation work for the development of future customer journeys.

Griffith University is invested in acquiring and developing Personas across business areas. Recently, a project was undertaken to collate existing Personas and create a single repository for use by all Griffith staff.

These are now available and can be accessed via the Griffith Personas SharePoint Community

It is important to note that these Personas are to be considered generic base personas. As there is no ‘one size fits all’ Persona, they must be tailored for individual use and context. The Personas SharePoint site also provides information on how they should be used and updated based on guidance received from the vendor who developed the base personas.

What can you do in February 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 12 (T3) (29 January – 4 February)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 29/01 10.00 am Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan
Tues 30/01 10.00 am Improving writing quality before submission G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Weds 31/01 10.00 am Improving writing quality before submission N53 1.51 Nathan
Thursday 01/02 10.00 am Strategic publishing N53 1.49 Nathan

Study week (T3) (5 – 11 February)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 05/02 1.00 pm Editing your writing G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Wed 07/02 10.00 am Editing your writing N53 1.51 Nathan
Thu 08/02 10.00 am Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Fri 09/02 10.00 am Strategic publishing G10 2.04 Gold Coast

Exam week 1 (12 – 19 February)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 13/02 1.00 pm Endnote N53 1.49 Nathan

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.