Researcher@Library Blog

SciVal Training Sessions for Research Managers and Administrators

Steve Riddell from Elsevier will be in Melbourne on Tuesday 28th March 2017 to deliver the three SciVal training sessions listed below. University of Melbourne staff can register for any or all of these, depending on their level of familiarity with SciVal. Continue reading “SciVal Training Sessions for Research Managers and Administrators”

Reading Room’s new request management system now live

The Reading Room’s new request management system, Aeon, is now live. As of 6 March 2017 Aeon has replaced the online form-based system researchers used to place requests for accessing Special Collections, Grainger Museum and University of Melbourne Archive material. Researchers wishing to place a Reading Room request must now do so by visiting and creating a user account.

Researchers can use their University credentials to create accounts and view and manage their requests. Aeon allows researchers to see the progress of their requests, it also provides full bibliographic references and request history and supports tagging requests according to researcher-designated terms such as specific research topics.

For more information about the system, see the Reading Room’s information page here.

Library workshops for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences researchers

Want to find out more about research data management or data visualisation? Come along to one of our workshops aimed at researchers in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Research data management for HASS: Information sessions and workshops

Visualise your data for HASS: Information sessions and workshops

These are just two of our many library workshops for graduate students and researchers.

Image above: Social network visualisation by Martin Grandjean [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Publishing Your Research Archive Online

Historian Rebe Taylor collaborated with the University of Melbourne’s eScholarship Research Centre to develop an award-winning annotated history and finding guide about the collections and papers of Ernest Westlake (1855-1922).

The guide was based on Taylor’s PhD research, and the accessibility of this research assisted Taylor when it came to turning her PhD thesis into her book Into the Heart of Tasmania. Taylor has said this about the experience:

Having my ‘chief archive’ online is humbling, but it has also been liberating. It has allowed me to write more imaginatively, knowing that readers can substantiate my text; that I didn’t ‘make it all up’!

The publication of the finding guide by the eScholarship Research Centre raises the profile of Taylor’s research and facilitates ongoing research into Westlake’s activities and engagement with Indigenous Australians in Tasmania.

Whilst it is now relatively easy for academics to create personal websites about their research, varying degrees of maintenance is required in order to ensure that the websites remain up-to-date and accessible.

In contrast, Taylor’s collaboration with the eScholarship Research Centre resulted in the creation of an award-winning finding guide that was developed on archival standards and will therefore remain accessible long-term with little maintenance.

Explore the award-winning finding guide and learn more about the project in Pursuit. 

Into the Heart of Tasmania by Rebe Taylor (MUP, $34.99). Available now from and wherever books are sold.

New Reading Room request management system coming soon.

Reading Room staff are implementing a new request management system to make the requesting process easier for our researchers.

The new system ‘Aeon’  will enable you to track the progress of your Archives, Grainger and Special Collections requests, view a detailed request history and order items directly from the Library catalogue easily. Aeon is designed to meet the unique needs of reading rooms providing access to precious collections and is in use at leading international institutions such as Harvard, Princeton and Yale.

Aeon will replace the current ordering system and we are aiming to ‘go live’ for first semester.

Reading Room staff will be on hand to keep you up-to-date with the changes and provide support in using Aeon once launched.

In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding Aeon, how it will be used and what benefits it can provide, please get in touch.

Email any enquiries here.

Read more about our Reading Room here.

Researcher@Library at Res Baz Melb 2017

The key theme of ResBaz Melb 2017 is “community” and Researcher@Library is participating to empower your digital literacy.  ResBaz runs from Tuesday 21 February
to Thursday 23 February 2017.

ITS Research Services

Researcher@Library workshops are to run on Thursday 23 February 2017.

10-11am: Research Data Management

Researchers from all disciplines accumulate data as part of their research practice. This data can comprise a variety of forms: notes and documentation, interviews, images, archival records, surveys, and much more. Good research data management planning keeps your data secure, allows you to find and access it easily, and can verify research outcomes. It also supports your future research by enabling you and others to share and reuse your data. In this session, you will learn how you can effectively manage your research data and explore some of the services available at the University that can help.

11am-12pm: ORCID & Researcher Profiles

Researcher profiles such as Google Scholar can help increase your online visibility, allow you to take credit for you work, find out who cites your work, and be prepared for applications which ask for a demonstration of your research impact. An Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a permanent identifier which facilitates disambiguation of researchers and research outputs and is increasingly used by funding bodies and journal publishers. This workshop will give an overview of the digital researcher profile landscape. [Bring your own device to set up profiles and your ORCID during the session]

12-1pm: Sharing your Research Articles


* The Research Bazaar is a free 3 day conference hosted by Research Platforms at The University of Melbourne. Read more about ResBaz Melbourne 2017 here.

Altmetric for Institutions Workshop

Altmetrics logoTuesday 7th February 11.00-12.00 Baillieu Library, eLearning Studio #1.

This workshop—for both researchers and research administrators—will teach you how to use Altmetric for Institutions, a tool that can identify, track and report online engagement with you research outputs via Twitter, Facebook, media outlets, weibo, Mendeley and more. The workshop will be useful for anyone interested in understanding the reach and impact of research, or who need to report to funding bodies on their own or others’ research impact beyond the university sector. The workshop will cover:

  • Who’s talking about your research?  Where are they? And what are they saying?
  • How to save and export data in Altmetric and how to set up alerts.

More information and registration details can be found here.

Digital Scholarship Team wins National Award

The University’s Data Forensic Lab has been recognised for its innovative use of ICT by VALA.

The prestigious VALA Award, made biennially, is presented to the Australian library or information service judged to have made the most innovative use of information technology during the previous two years.  The VALA Award recognises outstanding and innovative use of ICT to improve service to customers.

The Data service and forensics lab offers a range of services for examining, analyzing, recovering, re-using and preserving data stored in digital media in a forensically sound manner.

For the first time in its history the award was jointly presented to two recipients. The University of Melbourne and the National Library of Australia.

Free Online ‘Fundamentals of NVivo’ Training for University of Melbourne researchers (2017)

An update: all complimentary ‘promotional’ vouchers for 2017 NVivo training have been distributed.

Other NVivo training and support options:

QSR International 

  • Workshops, eDemos and webinars:  Free resources here. Paid training here.
  • Getting Started Guides
  • QSR NVivo Forums, and NVivo FAQs

NVivo demonstrations 
Animated demonstrations of how to create and set up a project are included with NVivo software.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

GSA is likely to offer NVivo workshops for students and staff in 2017 – at time of writing none scheduled. GSA schedule here.

NVivo > Statistical & Mathematical Software guide

Information for the University of Melbourne community on where to access NVivo on campus; how to get the software; training opportunities; and links to NVivo support materials produced by QSR. Access guide here.


The University of Melbourne Library has a limited number of free vouchers for online Fundamentals of NVivo Windows/Mac training provided by QSR International. QSR International’s online courses combine flexible self-paced study with virtual interaction with experienced facilitators and class peers.

NVivo for Windows

  • Fundamentals of NVivo for Windows

NVivo for Mac

  • Fundamentals of NVivo for Mac

How it works?
The courses run typically over a one-week period and use online resources to facilitate learning that accommodates the time constraints of each individual participant. Participants are given access to the virtual classroom environment where an expert facilitates activities, discussion and Q&A sessions.The course ends with a live interactive session where you can share your work with fellow participants and the facilitators and discuss specific questions. Typically participants can expect to devote approximately 10 hours to course work.

View the QSR Course Schedule here ensuring that you have selected the correct time zone (Asia Pacific) and course type (Online).


To obtain a discount voucher code, please email Jennifer Warburton ( using your University of Melbourne email address. Discount codes will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis and can only be issued to University of Melbourne staff and students with a valid university email address.


Engineering Village – new numeric search feature for Compendex and Inspec


Now you can refine your searches using numeric data – e.g., rate of a data transfer, thermal properties of a material, size of microchip components —across both Compendex and Inspec on the Engineering Village platform. Speed up your searches and open up new lines of investigation quickly and easily.

New to Engineering Village or want a quick refresher? Once logged into Engineering Village access the Getting Started learning module via the Getting Started tab on the right side of the screen. It includes instructional video tutorials that highlight the most important Engineering Village features and functionalities. Getting Started covers training topics, such as:  ‘How to run a Quick Search’, ‘Working with the Results’, ‘Setting up and using Alerts’, and more. The module can be started in any order and can be completed in just a few minutes.

Compendex is a comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research in the broad subject areas of engineering and applied science including: nuclear technology; bioengineering; transportation; chemical and process engineering; light and optical technology; agricultural engineering and food technology; computers and data processing; applied physics; electronics and communications control; civil, mechanical, materials, petroleum, aerospace, and automotive engineering. Compendex combined with the Ei Engineering Index Backfile provides coverage from 1884 to the present day. The database is updated weekly. Access Compendex here.

Inspec is a leading bibliographic database providing access to the world’s scientific literature in: electrical engineering; electronics; physics; control engineering; information technology; communications; computers; computing; manufacturing and production engineering. Inspec combined with the Inspec Archive provides coverage from 1898 to the present day. The database is updated weekly. Access Inspect here.

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