Week 3: Reviewing the QUT CiteWrite Reference Tool

QUT CiteWrite is an online and print reference tool provided by the QUT library to help students with academic writing and correct referencing. It is accessible from the library homepage on a panel of links to the right hand side of the page. I’ve used it constantly throughout my first semester and will continue to while I am at university.

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CiteWrite’s homepage has a menu split into tabs that signpost where the user should go for what they want. For example if they need to reference, students click on the Cite section and are taken to a page that gives examples of the four kinds of reference used at QUT and provides examples of different information formats that might need to be referenced such as videos and lecture notes. The academic writing section explains different styles of writing such as essays, case studies and empirical articles. Users can download a printable booklet that gives more general information about academic writing.

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Week 2: Community of Inquiry

I started thinking about who I wanted to be in this class’s community by considering my own personality and what I could bring to the community’s table. I sometimes find too much social interaction overwhelming, but I do enjoy talking to people and I understand the importance of being able to engage with others on a personal and professional level. My lack of experience in communities may work against me, as I have not been part of many online communities outside of one created for student journalists at Griffith. I contributed to that community by occasionally posting job opportunities and answering people’s posts. In a previous class Emerging Technology, which used blogs as a communication tool, I commented on others posts and collected and posted links I thought were relevant to their post. Outside of the internet, I have been part of a small gaming group and am currently part of a small group of museum volunteers, which in turn is part of the wider community/network of Scenic Rim museums. I behave the same way in these communities both online and offline, which is to provide information and make friends with a smaller group of people in the community and talk to them more than others.
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