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Communicating your research

Academic research is traditionally communicated in articles which are aimed at an expert audience and published in specialised journals. But if you are thinking about disseminating your research more widely, and possibly beyond an academic audience, blogging or writing for news outlets like The Conversation may be the answer.

This week, the 23 Research Things blog gives graduate researchers options to communicate research and studies to a wider, public audience through vehicles such as bloggings, news outlets and many others.

Read the full post here, and subscribe to the 23 Research Things blog here.

Open Access Week 2017 – Webinar

Open Access Week 2017 is happening this week, 23-29 October 2017 – everywhere!

Addressing the theme of this year’s Open Access Week, “Open in order to……..”, this webinar, hosted by the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), will explore the benefits of making scholarly outputs openly available.

Guest presenter Heather Joseph (SPARC), a world leader on the issues surrounding open access, is currently leading the charge to get the issue of Open Access through the US Congress via the bipartisan Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act.


Date and time: Thursday 26 October 2017, 11am – 12pm.

More information and registration here.


Social media for researchers

Have you been using social media forever? Maybe it is time to utilise your expertise with the social networks to elevate your career as a researcher.


This week, the 23 Research Things blog explores the tips and tricks in using social media to build a solid research profile online. The post focuses on three main channels and major social media currently used by researchers and organisations worldwide: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Altmetrics, a software to measure the impact of mentions via social media, is also explained, including a guide by the University of Melbourne Library.

Read the full post here and subscribe to the blog to stay tuned.

Getting published for the first time

How should you approach writing your first research article? Once you’ve pressed submit, what happens next? What practical steps can you take to maximize the impact of your research?

You might be interested in listening to Getting published for the first time, a 15 minute podcast. It’s part of the 15 minutes to develop your research career podcast series created by publishers Taylor & Francis, and Vitae, the international program which supports professional development for researchers.  Listen to the Getting published podcast here.


Inter-library Loans for postgraduates and staff at University of Melbourne Library

DID YOU KNOW: The University of Melbourne can provide access to books, journal articles, and other resources which are not available in our libraries?

If you are a(n):

  • Academic and general staff
  • Postgraduate research and higher degree student
  • Honours student
  • Final year undergraduate student doing research (with your supervisor’s approval),

you will be able to take loans from other libraries. More detailed information can be found here.

If you have used the service, the library would love to hear your feedback through this Inter-Library Loan Service 5-minute survey here.

Showcasing a research project as a poster

Looking for a succinct yet impactful way to showcase your research project? Posters are visual tools that can effectively summarise a complex study.

This week, the 23 Research Things blog’s new post will get you started with creating effective posters and infographics.

Read the full post here, and subscribe here to receive frequent posts from the 23 Research Things initiative for support and tools helpful to your research journey.

If you are interested in using posters as a visualisation tool for your research, you might also want to check out the ePoster Competition: Pitch Your Thesis as a part of Research@Library Week 2017 in August. The full gallery of all ePoster entries can be found here. Subscribe to this blog for more updates!

Calling all UoM Wikipedians for a Community of Practice meeting!

Building on the recent ResearcHERs Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, the University of Melbourne Library is initiating a new ‘Community of Practice’ for UoM Wikipedians.

Time: Friday 27 October 2017, 12.00-1.30pm.
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock room, Baillieu Library.

Join us:

  • 12.00pm-12.45pm: Discussion on how the new community might work, and/or
  • 12.45pm-1.30pm: Wikipedia Basics workshop

Alternatively, join us for some independent Wiki editing in good company.

BYO lunch. Tea & coffee provided. All welcome.
To register:

Email enquiries:

Antipodean Prints: Joseph Burke and the Development of the University of Melbourne’s Print Collection

This presentation investigates the early development of the University of Melbourne’s Print Collection.

Beginning with the exceptional donation of over 3500 Old Master prints bequeathed in 1959 by Dr Orde Poynton, the collection was enriched in the early 60s thanks to the cooperative effort of legendary figures in the Australian art world such as Professor Joseph Burke, Dr Poynton and Dr Ursula Hoff.

The presentation also unveils the acquisition strategy adopted by Joseph Burke and highlights how he intentionally used a different collecting approach from that of the National Gallery of Victoria, acquiring reproductive engravings that would complete the NGV’s Old Masters collection.


Time: Monday, 23 October 2017 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Venue: Leigh Scott Room, first floor, Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne (Parkville campus).

Presented by: Dr Angelo Lo Conte, Ursula Hoff Fellow 2017.

Images in research

Images may form an integral part of your research, or they may be useful as a means of communicating your research. This week, 23 Research Things blog brings researchers two posts to provide insights on using and manipulating images in your research to make sure everything is copyright-compliant and able to assist you in communicating your ideas. 


  • Thing 12 on Open Access Images and the different Creative Commons licences. 
  • Thing 13 on Manipulating images helping you to understand the possibility and risks in editing images for research. 


Subscribe to 23 Research Things blog for previous posts on digital tools, visualisation, data management and other topics of interest. Posts are out on a regular basis. 

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