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Welcome to the first edition of Library Plus, an all-new regular Library update.


While our doors are currently closed, our services are very much open and available to you and your students. We have a lot going on – acquiring new resources, consulting with staff and students, teaching online workshops, and planning for upcoming trimesters.

The newsletter aims to keep you up to date with everything we are doing and what we have planned. It will also address a range of wider issues that affect research and researchers.

Libraries at selected campuses will reopen on 13 July. See the Library's home page for details.

Maureen Sullivan, University Librarian

What's new

  • Griffith's 3-Minute Thesis competition will be fully online this year. The Library's Yuri Banens has created two short clips - Filming your video and Editing your video - to help you create your video and help your entry stand out. Find out more about the competition, including dates, on the 3MT pages.

  • The Australian Research Data Commons will fund proposals under their Australian Data Partnerships program to support the development of high quality, national scale, multi-institutional data collections that support leading edge research. EOIs opened on 7 July, and awards will be made in December for a January, 2021 start. Read more.

  • Couldn't make it to the last RED Data Wrangling with OpenRefine workshop? Learn how to clean, organise and prepare data for analysis using OpenRefine with our new online self-paced training.

Spotlight on ...

The Gale Digital Scholar Lab

An innovative new online tool, the Gale Digital Scholar Lab allows users to collect and analyse data sets from Gale Primary Sources, using built-in text analysis and visualisation tools. 

Natural language processing (NLP) tools can be applied to raw text data, facilitating new discoveries and insights. 

What can you search?

Griffith University’s Gale Primary Sources holdings  include, among others, the following data sets:
  • The Making of Modern Law
  • Nineteenth Century Collections Online
  • China and the Modern World
  • Women’s Studies Archive
  • Archives of Sexuality and Gender
  • Refugees, Relief and Resettlement
  • British Library Newspapers
Use the library catalogue to access the Digital Scholar Lab, Gale Primary Sources, and find each individual archive. 

The library recently hosted a Digital Scholar Lab webinar to enable researchers, HDRs and academic staff to learn more about the Lab’s high-powered computational analysis tools. The webinar, entitled Tools to explore and compare histories of racism, civil rights and social inequalities, was recorded and you can view it online after filling in a short form.

Find out more about the Lab.

Hot topics

Open scholarship

Pandemic resources

Top Tip

Want to create a higher resolution PDF version of a Word or Powerpoint file? Instead of saving your document or presentation as a PDF, go to Print and then select Microsoft Print to PDF instead of your usual printer or print queue. You will be prompted to provide a title for this new file. Creating a PDF in this way will greatly enhance the resolution of any images in the PDF output.

What you might have missed on the blog

Our blog, Library Connect, aims to keep you informed on issues that matter. Here are some recent highlights.

  • Do your research achievements stand out? Are you readily identifiable and distinguishable from your peers? Actively managing your researcher profile will increase the visibility and impact of your research and potentially link you to new audiences and collaborators. Read how to boost your profile.

  • Trimester 2 reading lists are now available for course convenors to work on. You can quickly add a wide variety of resources to your lists, as well as request digitisation of print resources. Lists can be customised by week, module, topic or assessment item. Read more.
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