Welcome to Study and research support for Education. On this site you will find guides, tools and resources to build your skills and knowledge in university study, research and assessment. These core skills, such as critical thinking, effective research and teamwork will also serve you well throughout your professional career.
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Acknowledgement of first peoples
USQ acknowledges the Giabal and Jarowair peoples of the Toowoomba area, the Jagera, Yuggera and Ugarapul peoples of Ipswich and Springfield, the Kambuwal peoples of Stanthorpe and the Gadigal peoples of the Eora nation, Sydney as the keepers of ancient knowledge where USQ campuses and hubs have been built and whose cultures and customs continue to nurture this land. USQ also pays respect to Elders – past, present and future. (USQ, 2017)
Throughout your university study, and your professional career, you will need to find, assess and utilise information. This section offers an introduction to effective ways to search, and offers advice on the best resources to use for your assignments.
Do you find yourself spending hours going through search results to find the actual information you are looking for? A search strategy targets your search so your results are more relevant, and less numerous.
Mathematics is often a part of university study, so it is important to develop the mathematical skills necessary for study within most disciplines. Resources are available for students who have maths anxiety or for students who are studying mathematics off-campus.
The official USQ guides to APA referencing with templates and examples of in text citations and reference list entries. Select from APA 6 or APA 7 referencing style. Please consult your StudyDesks, course materials, and course examiners for advice on which APA style you are required to use.
APA referencing – in-text citations
APA referencing – the reference list
Further information on referencing can be found through the library website.
As a Teacher, you will need to be able to find, access, use, and create specialist resources, such as Curriculum and syllabus materials. This section offers links and guides for finding these resources for your study.
The USQ Library holds a wide selection of resources to address preparation for classes, and learning and teaching materials for loan during practicum. Listed in the catalogue, Curriculum material is available to students at each campus library, and to external students via our document delivery service. Special extended loans are available by arrangement, to cater for rural and remote practicum.
The Online environment provides access to teaching materials, class activities, assessment items and lesson plans. Sites which allow students to create and store their own materials are also available.
Higher Degree Research (HDR) students require more advanced research skills to complete literature reviews and research projects. This section will take you through the research process and offer guides, tutorials and resources to help you conduct in depth research.
Endnote is a bibliographic management program provided by the university. It allows you to create, search, sort and annotate a personal library of research. Using Endnote you can insert properly formatted citations directly into the text or reference list of your document in Word.
This is where you will find the HDR Thesis Presentation Schedule which outlines the formatting requirements for USQ theses. Other official forms and guides for completing your HDR program can also be found at the Office of Research site. The Office of Research produces ReDTrain, a series of initiatives and events to help you develop your skills and knowledge.
This community offers a good space to connect with other USQ research students for advice and support. This is a closed Facebook group for USQ research students. You will need to request access to join.
Need help with statistics? USQ's Statistical Consulting Unit (SCU) offers workshops and consultations on research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation. This service is only available to postgraduate research students at USQ. You can self-enrol to access this site.
Meet-up Meet-up is a student peer support program where you can discuss your questions and concerns with other students. This may be available in your course, or join (USQ Login required) the online Meet-Up Student Community.
Course Specific Guides
There may be specific support resources offered within your course Study Desk. In addition, FYI provides a collection of guides, tutorials and links to resources with a specific Education focus, and also instructions on how to access Curriculum resources such as Scootle, C2C, and The Learning Place.