Access to The Chronicle of Higher Education

You’re always switched on!

As a Griffith academic, you are ahead of the curve with relevant news, information and trends in higher education.

But, just in case you sometimes fall behind the eight ball, we’ve got you covered.

Griffith University Library provides you with unlimited, premium access to the entire Chronicle of Higher Education, including:

  • daily news and advice columns
  • in-depth articles about current issues faced by universities
  • an archive of previously published content
  • vibrant discussion forums
  • career-building tools such as online CV management
  • data and analysis on the latest higher education trends, statistics, and salaries
  • a huge range of e-newsletters.

You can access the The Chronicle of Higher Education from any location, any device, any time. Simply, create a free account and login to access premium content:

  1. Go to www.chronicle.com
  2. Click on ‘Log In’ in the top right corner
  3. Click on ‘Create an Account’
  4. Use your Griffith email address and choose a password

Happy browsing.


Microsoft Paint lovers rejoice!

Microsoft Paint – for some of you, an icon of your childhood.

Our world almost fell apart when Microsoft announced earlier this year that they’re no longer supporting Microsoft Paint, after 32 glorious years! There was an outpouring of grief on the internet when they announced they were killing the classic program. Some of us let go of our inner geek and protested fiercely; our lives would never be the same.

Many glorious hours were spent creating masterpieces (they were masterpieces, right?), stopping only occasionally to play solitaire or minesweeper. MS Paint was there for us to play on as a child, even before we even understood what the internet was.

The September issue of PC World brought us some overwhelmingly wonderful news: Microsoft will save Microsoft Paint, making it a downloadable app. All Hail!

To add even more awesome to the news, it will be available for free!

Read the full article in the September issue of PC World, which is available to Griffith students and staff via the EBSCO database:


Access primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences

Are you a social sciences or humanities researcher? Read on!

We’re sure you know: primary sources are important for research. They provide direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art.

To assist with your research, over time, Griffith Library has acquired digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. These include:

Eighteenth Century Journals Portal
Digitally access unique and rare 18th century journals. Eighteenth Century Journals Portal brings together rare journals printed between c.1685 and 1835, and illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life.

Mass Observation Sections I, II. III, IV
Mass Observation Online covers the original Mass Observation project, the bulk of which was carried out from 1937 until the mid-1950s, offering an unparalleled insight into everyday life in Britain during these transformative years.

Empire Online
Empire online has been developed to encourage undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society. Material in the collection spans five centuries, charting the story of the rise and fall of empires; from the explorations of Columbus, Captain Cook, and others, right through to de-colonisation in the second half of the twentieth century and debates over American Imperialism.

Slavery, Abolition and Justice 1490-2007
Access digital facsimiles of printed and manuscript materials relevant to trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition, as well as materials relating to slavery today, desegregation and social justice. Topics covered include the African Coast, the Middle Passage, the varieties of slave experience, religion, revolts, abolition and legislation. The facsimile documents are presented alongside contextual essays contributed by leading academics in the field. You’ll also find case studies from America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Cuba.


New to project management? 5 things you need to know

Well, let’s be honest. There’s way more than five things you need to know about project management. It’s quite a complex topic. But below are five project management eBooks to get you started.

You can access these eBooks in the Books24x7 database. Your helpful Griffith University library provides access to this database and its amazing resources.

There are books on general project management resources, tool and techniques, best practices, PMP Certification and PRINCE2.

So if you are new to project management, or simply looking to further your already extensive knowledge, head to the Books24x7 database and start reading!

Project Management Basics: How to Manage Your Project with Checklists
McBride, Melanie. 2016
Including detailed checklists and hard-headed advice, this practical resource provides step-by-step instructions for managing any project in a clean sequence of five classic phases―initiating, planning, executing, releasing, and closing.

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), Fifth Edition
Project Management Institute. 2013.
This book ‘provides guidelines for managing individual projects and defines project management related concepts. It also describes the project management life cycle and its related processes, as well as the project lifecycle’.

Project Management Leadership: Building Creative Teams, Second edition
Burke, Rory & Barron, Steve. 2013.
Providing exercises and worked examples throughout, this comprehensive guide offers a look at the human factors involved in Project Management, in particular, the leadership skills required to ensure successful implementation of the current best practice.

Project Management: A Managerial Approach, Eighth Edition
Meredith, Jack R. & Mantel, Samuel J.
John Wiley & Sons. 2012.
Focusing on all facets of the steps needed to successfully manage a project – from planning and resources to budgeting and more, this book will also help those preparing to take the PMBOK® certification exams of the Project Management Institute.

PRINCE2 for Dummies, Second Edition
Graham, Nick.
John Wiley & Sons. 2010
Offering practical and easy-to-understand advice on using PRINCE2, this comprehensive guide will help you divide your project into manageable chunks, so you can make realistic plans and know when resources will be needed.


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).


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.


Does torture work?

Photo of hands in handcuffs

Well, you’ll have to read John W. Schiemann’s book to find out.

In his 2015 publication, Does Torture Work?, Schiemann ‘examines whether interrogational torture is effective in obtaining valuable information and at what cost in terms of torture’s brutality and frequency’ (taken from abstract).

According to the abstract, the book ‘draws on historical accounts, previously secret CIA documents in the war on terrorism, and the proposals advanced by torture proponents to build a game theoretic model of interrogational torture’.

‘Illustrating the model outcomes with narratives from Pinochet’s Chile to Algeria to the use of enhanced interrogation techniques against Al Qaeda operatives at CIA black sites, the book compares the results of the model with proponent benchmarks on information reliability, torture frequency, and torture severity’.

In his book, Schiemann shows that ‘interrogational torture fails to reliably generate valuable information but will be both more frequent and more brutal than proponents expect and are willing to accept. Having shown that interrogational torture is ineffective, the book then demonstrates just why and how it fails’.

You can read this book online via the Oxford Scholarship Online: Political Science database.

The database contains the full text and abstracts of classic and newly published Oxford books in the areas of political science – from Comparative Politics to Political Theory, International Relations to European Union Studies.