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Libguide: Statistical and Mathematical Software

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The statistical and mathematical software guide is one of our most popular library guides and provides information for the University of Melbourne (UoM) community on where to access statistical software on campus; how to purchase licensed copies; training opportunities; links to support materials; and further reading. With information on advanced software such as NVivo, Minitab, MATLAB and etc, this is a useful guide for UoM researchers.

Click here to find out more.

Understanding your Publishing Agreement

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Authors and publishers will generally have a publishing agreement (sometimes referred to as an author or licence agreement) in place when a work is published.

Publishing agreements vary between publishers and will also vary depending on whether or not the work is being published as a book, book chapter, journal article or conference paper. Some publishers do not use publishing agreements, in which case, they only have the right to publish the work for the purpose it was submitted. For example, if an author submits an article to a particular journal and there is no agreement in place, the publisher can only publish the article in the issue for which it was submitted. They would not be able to re-publish the article in an annual collection of popular articles without the permission of the author.

The agreement will generally cover information such as when the work will be published; how it will published (in print or online or both); how many copies will be made available etc; if the author is entitled to any royalties, how they will be shared between the author and publisher, when they will be paid etc. The agreement will also address how copyright in the work will be managed.

Click here for more information about publishing agreement.

Royal Exhibition Building & Uni Melb Archives

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Graduation season is in full swing and many take place in Melbourne’s world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. This magnificent building is the oldest surviving from the Great Exhibition era that is still operating as an exhibition hall. Standing strong in Carlton Gardens, the Royal Exhibition Building is beautiful inside and out—a true landmark of Melbourne.

Dozens of trade fairs and public expos are held at the REB annually, continuing 135 years of bringing new ideas to Melbourne. It’s also home to gala dinners, fashion shows, community events and so much more. Whenever the building is available, we daily hold tours of the meticulously-restored interior with guides to tell the story of its triumphant arrival, its unappreciated middle age, and its rebirth as the first World Heritage listed building in Australia.

Click here to view the original drawings for this building at the Uni Melb Archives.

How to promote your research achievements without being obnoxious?


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Promoting your research achievements is not being arrogant. In fact, it is a necessity. You cannot depend on your research work being picked up automatically. But promoting it the wrong way might make you seem obnoxious. Professor Anne-Wil Harzing at the Middlesex University has written an excellent article on this exact topic.

Click here to read more about this exciting article.


Google Scholar Citation Profiles: the good, the bad, and the better

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Google Scholar Citations lets authors set up a profile page that lists their publications and citation metrics.

The citation metrics are updated automatically, and you can choose to have your list of publications updated automatically or update them yourself.

You can make your profile public, so that it appears in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

Click here to check out this interesting article about setting up a good Google Scholar Profile


IDCC19 – Workshop Registration is now open

International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) is an established annual event with a unique place in the digital curation community, reaching out to individuals, organisations and institutions across all disciplines and domains involved in curating data and providing an opportunity to get together with like-minded data practitioners to discuss policy and practice.

The 14th edition of the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will be run in partnership with the University of Melbourne. The conference will be hosted at the new Faculty of Arts development at Arts West, which has award winning, state-of-the art facilities.

The conference is supplemented by a rich programme of workshops. These events must be booked separately from the conference. You do not have to attend the conference in order to register for the workshops. The registrations for the following workshops have now been opened:

  • Moving Ahead with Support for Data Management in an Academic Institution
  • Digital Preservation Carpentry
  • Innovative connected research infrastructure for Terrestrial ecoscience researchers and decision makers
  • Defining and Implementing Digital Curation Workflows
  • Peer-to-Peer Train-the-Trainer workshop
  • From Data Curation to Software Curation: Enhancing Reproducibility and Sustainability of Data and Software

Registration will open until 21 January 2019.

Click here for more information about the workshops.

SciFinderⁿ (Trial)

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SciFinderⁿ  is the newest product in the SciFinder family, providing a comprehensive collection of content covering chemistry and related sciences from around the globe. SciFinderⁿ is currently having its trial and will end in 18 February 2019.

SciFinderⁿ “allows scientists to

  • Search all reactions, substances and references at once
  • Get the right results at first search with the best chemical relevancy engine
  • Use powerful, comprehensive filters for rapid focus
  • Display results  in a format designed for quick comprehension
  • Quickly understand research velocity with publication trend analysis

SciFinder-n includes:

  • MethodsNow Synthesis which contains more than 5 million fully described synthesis methods and procedures, giving you step-by-step instructions on how to make the compounds important to your research; and
  • PatentPak which allows you to search through millions of patents sourced from more than 30 patent offices and instantly locate the chemistry within.

Use your SciFinder LogIn ID and Password to access the SciFinder-n trial.  You must have registered in SciFinder prior to 19th November 2018 to be able to access this trial. If not, please contact Trial queries (using your unimelb email address) for assistance.

Click here to find out more

Digital Preservation for Everyone

It is World Digital Preservation Day on Thursday 29 November, and to celebrate we are live streaming from the AIATSIS / Australasia Preserves seminar Digital Preservation for Everyone.

This Canberra-based event will feature presentations and provocations on the importance of digital preservation, and articulate the need for new stakeholders to become more involved in digital stewardship. Ross Harvey and Jaye Weatherburn will explore some of the ways in which digital preservation can expand to incorporate new perspectives and ways of working, and how collaboration and community building remain essential for the success of long-term digital preservation. Organised by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

The live stream will take place in room 161, ArtsWest on Thursday 29 November from 10:00am – 12:30pm. Please come along and join us. Map

If you cannot make it to the venue, you can register for the livestream from wherever you are.

For more details, see

Struggling to fit everything in your research grant application?

Squeezing your research ideas into the limits of funding and grant proposals can be a tedious task. In this post on LSE Impact of Social Sciences Blog, Jonathan O’Donnell, Research Whisperer, RMIT staffer, and now PhD candidate, provides many practical tips on how to crib some extra space in grant applications.

Topics covered include:

  • How to save characters and lines or pages (it all helps!)
  • Identifying and removing redundant phrases
    And more!

Read the full post or subscribe to Researcher@Library blog for more tips and resources to assist your research!


Learn new skills online

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Pick It Up Online is a Skillsoft training resource for learning new skills online and provides online resources that can help you prepare for interviews, future employment and further professional learning in addition to learning Microsoft Office and other software programs. 

Learn skills such as:

  • Basic Presentation Skills
  • Public Speaking Strategies
  • Working with Difficult People
  • Writing under Pressure
  • Fundamentals of Cross Cultural Communication
  • Time Management and Productivity
  • Personal Productivity Improvement
  • Performance under Pressure
  • Perseverance and Resilience
  • Decisiveness
  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Thinking critically
  • Optimizing your performance on a teamm
  • Campus to Corporate
  • Interviewing Strategies for the Interviewee

Click here for more information

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