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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.

90 day library loans for Masters & PhD students

You’ve spoken and we’ve listened: starting from this year, all University of Melbourne Masters students and PhD candidates will now be able to borrow library items for up to 90 days!

This applies to materials you would have borrowed previously for 28 Days. Also, remember you can renew items up to 10 times and if you’re after something that is out, you can request it and pick it up from your preferred library.


More information about University of Melbourne library loan periods here.

CiteScore: a new journal citation impact measure

Elsevier has a new journal citation impact measure – CiteScore.

CiteScore metrics are calculated using Scopus data for 22,000+ serial titles. This includes peer-reviewed journals, book series, conference proceedings and trade journals – in 330 disciplines.

Read about CiteScore methodology and access CiteScore here. Click on CiteScore 2015 methodology link.

The independent Scholarly Kitchen blog has a post on CiteScore which provides additional information. Read Phil Davis’ post here .


By Pearson Scott Foresman - Archives of Pearson Scott Foresman, donated to the Wikimedia Foundation, Public Domain,

Image: by Pearson Scott Foresman. Public Domain,

Improved CloudStor FileSender functionality: end-to-end encryption and more.

File sharing and collaboration is now easier for Australian researchers with upgraded CloudStor. One of the new features for CloudStor FileSender is end-to-end encryption providing secure file transfer.

Read more here.

What is CloudStor? It’s a file sharing and storage service designed and built by AARNet to support data-intensive research collaborations. It is an on-net service for AARNet-connected institutions, providing individual researchers with 100GB free storage and group quotas available on request. Fast access, easy to use – no plugins required.

CloudStor storage is located in Australia.


Image: Cumulus clouds in fair weather. Photograph taken by Michael Jastremski. CC BY-SA 2.0 from:

Image: Cumulus clouds in fair weather. Photograph taken by Michael Jastremski. [CC BY-SA 2.0 from: Wikimedia Commons]

Wiley – first major publisher to require ORCIDs from submitting authors

John Wiley & Sons Inc. recently announced plans to require ORCID iDs as part of the manuscript submission process for a large number of Wiley journals. Read their press release here.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, and internationally recognised registry of unique researcher identifiers. It provides a method for linking your research activities and outputs using a 16-digit number to identify individual researchers in much the same way that ISBNs and DOIs identify individual books and articles. ORCID is discipline- and corporate-neutral and also interlinks other identifier systems. read more about ORCID here.

Data Forensics meets Cultural Preservation (new date)

Find out how the University’s award winning Data Forensic Lab is preserving and providing access to important digital collections such as the Bill Mitchell and Germaine Greer archives. Using state-of-the-art forensic tools, the lab is helping preserve obsolete digital media for future research and is unlocking a fascinating story about the intersection of people, data and technology.

New date Wednesday 7 December 2016, 12:15 – 1:15pm, in the Digital Studio, Arts West.

*Access to the Digital Studio is from Level 3, via the West Wing Lift on Ground Floor at Arts West. Access to Level 2 (where the talks will be held) will be arranged on the day. Arts West Map here.

Visit the Digital Studio website here.


Track your online research reach, engagement and influence

The University of Melbourne’s subscription to Altmetric Explorer for Institutions has recently been upgraded. Use this tool to analyse and report on the attention surrounding your research.

A single research output may live online in multiple websites and can be talked about across dozens of different platforms. Altmetric Explorer for Institutions helps track online attention to research from sources such as: news outlets; public policy documents; Scopus (citations); blogs; social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo and Pinterest; Wikipedia; online reference managers: Mendeley, CiteULike, and more.

Altmetric detail pages provide authors a collated record of the online mentions and shares of their research. Users can browse all of the original posts and click through to view them at the source. The data from Altmetric Explorer for Institutions can be filtered by author, department or output type (article, book, etc) and it’s possible to save searches, analyse results and export the data.

Access to Altmetric Explorer For Institutions here.

Read more about Altmetric data sources here.

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Grad Research Festival 2016

Full steam ahead for the inaugural Grad Research Festival 2016 to be held on Thursday 24 November 2016, 9:30am – 5pm.

Hosted by Melbourne Centre for the Studies of Higher Education with sessions from the University Library, GSA, Academic Skills, Melbourne Careers, OREI, Alumni Relations, Research Platforms, Melbourne CSHE, L.H.Martin Institute and faculties. It’s BIG…part conference, part festival. The program for the day includes sessions on a wide range of topics arranged around the themes: Get Engaged, This Academic Life and Build Your Own Career.

The University Library is presenting the following 3 sessions:

Data Management for graduate researchers in STEM subjects 
Good research data management practices enable sharing and reuse of your data, keep your data safe, support your future research and can verify research outcomes. In this session, GRs will learn how to document and manage their research data, and will be introduced to some tools that make the process a bit easier.

My Research Profile
Workshop/seminar looking at tools for creating online research profiles. GRs will be able to set up their ORCID profiles and will also learn about the pros and cons of networks such as and ResearchGate.

Open-Access and my Thesis
This seminar will look at the upcoming changes to the open-access requirements for graduate research theses, outlining the changes, why and when are they happening and what GRs will need to do. From 2017 digital versions of theses will be open access via the University Repository (Minerva Access); print copies no longer required by the Library.  The session will also examine the criteria for embargoing public access to your thesis and will look at managing 3rd party copyright material.

More information about the Grad Research Festival 2016 and registration here.

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