Seeking help from the Library and the HPC group

  • QUT Library and the HPC group (High Performance Computing and Research Support) are dedicated to maintaining reliable, up-to-date and convenient resources and services for researchers (see the Library website Researchers page and HPC services). You will be aware of services available to meet your ongoing research needs such as borrowing and document delivery. In this module you will learn more about the physical spaces, one-on-one support, workshops, software and online support offered by the Library and High Performance Computing (HPC) for research students.

Research facilities - physical spaces and other resources Top

  • The Researchers' Centre is a quiet space in both Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove Libraries specifically for Honours, Masters and PhD students. The two Researchers' Centres provide networked workstations and printing facilities.
  • Supercomputing facilities are provided for research students who have large computational or data processing needs. Access to supercomputing facilities can be arranged by emailing the HPC group (hpc-support@qut.edu.au) to discuss your requirements.

    The Visualisation Lab provides advanced capability workstations and other specialised facilities (e.g. 3D digitisation, immersive visualisation facilities and specialised software) to assist students faced with issues manipulating data on standard PCs.
  • Study Rooms in the Library can be booked up to two hours per student per day and contain a variety of equipment including networked computer stations, HD TVs, group work stations, DVD players, gaming consoles, collaborative software and adaptive technology.
  • QUT Printing Services offers a multitude of services including printing, scanning, photocopying, poster printing, binding and laminating.

One-on-one support Top

Staff at the service points, located on the entry level of each library branch, will assist you with selecting and using quality information resources, borrowing assistance and general questions relating to library and university services. This service is available during the Library's opening hours.

Liaison Librarians offer specialised assistance with selecting, evaluating and retrieving information within a particular field of research. They also will assist you with using specialised databases, accessing document delivery, managing your data, research impact, open access publishing, EndNote, QUT ePrints and other researcher specific questions. Contact your Liaison Librarian to arrange a consultation.

High Performance Computing and Research Support (HPC) provides the QUT research community (staff and research students) with consultations and support regarding research methodologies, research software, data visualisation and analysis, collaborative technologies and supercomputing facilities for research projects. Arrange a consultation by emailing: hpc-support@qut.edu.au

Skills and capabilities Top

Study and research skills

QUT Library offers workshops to assist you to develop and apply core academic skills such as time management, writing, editing and proofreading, referencing, taking notes and organising information for research. Enrolled IFN001 AIRS students can attend IFN001 AIRS workshops.

There are a range of Research Skills Seminars and Workshops available to research students. These include opportunities for in-depth instruction on many topics and research techniques, such as EndNote, data analysis and statistics, managing research data, IT skills, and other research support topics. Find out how to take geographically referenced information and view it in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts to enhance analysis with a class in GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

The Research Students Centre provides free training and resources for postgraduate research students, including skills development, workshops, online training and mentoring. Training is aligned with the milestones of your research degree and six key graduate capabilities. The Research Students Training Resources wiki provides access to more online training and research resources.

Specialist Research Software

The HPC Software Catalogue lists a large range of research software that is available to researchers. It includes popular research applications such as MATLAB, C/C++ and FORTRAN compliers, ARC GIS, Fluent, ANSYS, ABAQUS, NASTRAN, Gaussian, Maya, VTK, NAG libraries, Final Cut Pro and many others. The HPC group can also support additional research applications - please contact the HPC group to discuss your requirements.

  • EndNote is bibliographic management software. You can use this program to create a database of your literature references, insert citations into documents and automatically format your bibliography. It is suitable for referencing in all styles. The Library offers workshops throughout the year.
  • Use SPSS for statistical analysis. Quantitative data analysis can be greatly enhanced by powerful software such as SPSS, NVivo and Leximancer. Consultations are available to assist researchers with data analysis and HPC runs regular workshops on SPSS. Contact HPC to arrange a consultation.
  • NVivo is software that supports qualitative and mixed methods research. It can help you organise and classify qualitative data quickly. You can perform analysis and discover subtle connections. It is available via the IT Helpdesk. HPC conduct workshops on NVivo.
  • Leximancer can assist with analysing textual data. Concepts are represented visually. It is available via the IT Helpdesk. HPC conduct workshops on Leximancer.
  • Key Survey is an online survey creation tool available for QUT staff and students, that allow you to easily create and distribute surveys, store response data, create and analyse robust and customisable reports, and export survey data to many formats (including PDF, XLS, CSV and SPSS). Consult this checklist and other support material to help you get started.

Data mining / Machine learning

  • Salford Predictive Miner (including CART, MARS, Random Forests and TreeNet)
  • GeneXproTools (Gene Expression Programming).

Salford Predictive Miner (SPM) and GeneXproTools are two data mining software packages that are useful for classification or regression analyses. The algorithms (including CART, MARS, GEP, RF and TreeNet) are fast, easy to use and optimise, and highly accurate. Consultations are available to assist researchers with their use and HPC conduct some workshops on these algorithms (in first semester of each year). Contact HPC to arrange a consultation.

Online research support Top

The Library Website provides access to resources used in the Library's Research Support Training Seminar Series.

  • QUT cite|write is an introductory guide to citing, referencing and academic writing and is suitable for understanding and applying basic referencing and citing rules. However, as a researcher with more advanced requirements for publishing and attribution, you will need to refer to specific style guides for your discipline, such as the APA Style Guide (for psychology or social sciences), the ACS Style Manual (for chemistry and related sciences), the IEEE Editorial Style Manual (for electrical engineering and computer sciences), or the MLA Handbook (for languages and linguistics).
  • Learning and assessment (on QUT Students) provides information, resources and activities that will assist you to develop effective research and study skills and behaviours.
  • Study Smart is a learning tool to establish undergraduate level information search, evaluation and management.

Activity - engage with QUT Library or HPC services Top

Book a study room, enrol in a class, access an online resource or make a one-on-one appointment to further your research skills.