Researcher@Library Blog

Make an index for your book or dissertation – with Thesis Whisperer

Index by jarmoluk via Pixabay (CC0)

If you are struggling with the index in writing your book and/or dissertation, you’re in the right place! The excellent Thesis Whisperer (Dr. Inger Mewburn) has wrapped up a short post to help you through the day, with a few steps in creating a perfect index:

  • Step one: Develop some useful themes
  • Step Two: find the chunks of text that relate to the themes
  • Step Three: throw out the themes

Read the post on the Thesis Whisperer blog (and make sure you follow for some #PhDChat arriving timely in your journey), or leave some comments and tips you developed yourself with us! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for frequent updates straight to your inbox every Monday!

Managing the digital chaos

Using digital technologies effectively has become a mainstream requirement for the modern scholar. But how do you manage a tsunami of file formats, storage systems, metadata standards – not to mention the latest digital tools and cloud services – when all you want to do is focusing on your research question? And all the more when you incorporate images in your research?

Image by MTZD vis Pixabay (CC0)

In the upcoming weeks, Researcher@Library workshop series will bring you three sessions to get you started with reviewing your strategies in managing your digital resources including files and images used in your research:

Register for your spot before it runs out! Only for University of Melbourne graduate students, staff and early researchers.

Subscribe to Researcher@Library blog for frequent updates and news straight to your inbox, or follow the 23 Research Things blog for some tips and tools regarding using images (e.g: Thing 13). Registration and information for all Researcher@Library sessions can be found on the Workshops and Tours page.



Finding news for your research and work


The University of Melbourne has subscriptions to many major print and online newspaper resources from Australia and internationally.
Image: Journalism by moritz320 via Pixabay (CC0)

The Baillieu Library receives The AgeThe AustralianAustralian Financial ReviewSydney Morning Herald and Times(London) daily. These newspapers are held on the newspaper shelves until the microforms arrive.

Generally, the microform copies of Australian newspapers are three months behind; there is a one week delay from the date of publication of the Times.

The Giblin Eunson Business, Economics and Education Library receives the Australian Financial Review daily.

The University Library also has subscription to online newspaper and major news databases such as Factiva, ProQuest, Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) Daily Reports, Trove Digitised Newspapers and More.

Choose to read region-specific news from:

  • Australia and New Zealand;
  • United Kingdom and Ireland;
  • the United States and Canada; or
  • rest of the world.

For more information and access to these resources, please visit the LibGuide on Finding NewsSUBSCRIBE to our blog to stay tuned with updates and tips for your research journey!

Need a refresher on Open Access?

Image: “Open Access button” by Sara Thompson via Pixabay (CC BY-SA 2.0)

For some holiday reading, we thought you might want a refresher and reminder on Open Access publishing because as researchers, it is critical to understand the impact as well as legality of your work.

Here are three of our favourite ‘things’ from the 23 Research Things blog on Open Access:

Subscribe to both blogs to enjoy your news, events, tools and tips! Happy Easter to everyone celebrating!


New Researcher@Library workshops for all Graduate Researchers!

PSA: The Researcher@Library training page had just had a makeover and now include sessions tailored for each stage of your candidature!



Graduate researchers should regularly check the Researcher@Library Training website for workshops and training relevant to different stages of your candidature. The Library is offering a suite of new and updated face-to-face and online workshops tailored to the research life-cycle: early (pre-confirmation), mid- and late-stage (close to thesis submission). These groupings are intended as a guide only – students are able to register for relevant sessions on a needs-basis at any stage of their candidature.  

New students are encouraged to attend the Getting started with library research orientation session held once a month in the Baillieu Library, and as an online webinar 3 times a year. Regular webinars on Reference Management are also held, supporting EndnoteZotero and Mendeley users. 

Upcoming sessions after the Easter Break include a new workshop: Working with Images, designed for anyone who might be using images (graphs, illustrations, photos and other non-textual material) in their research, conference papers, presentations or publications. The sessions teaches you how to search for, save and credit copyright-compliant images as well as raising awareness of how to protect your own creative copyright. Related sessions include Digital Imaging 101102 and 103, snappy 30 minute technical overviews on how to format images for your publications and thesis without tears!  

Mid- to later-stage graduate researchers will learn about the latest digital tools to help you optimize your publications strategy by finding relevant journals in your field; introduce you to issues around Copyright and your thesis and how to submit your work into the University’s Open Access Repository.


Head over our revamped website and register your spots for the upcoming sessions in April and May!


Happy Easter to everyone celebrating!


Library resources for your research – SAGE Research Methods

Do you want to:

  • read classic or cutting-edge books; or
  • find quick definitions; or
  • design a research project; or
  • learn about quantitative and/or qualitative methods; or
  • listen to research methods experts?

SAGE Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool which links SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. 

SAGE Research Methods Cases is a collection of case studies of real social research that faculty can use in their teaching. Cases are original, specially commissioned, and designed to help students understand often abstract methodological concepts by introducing them to case studies of real research projects.

You can access Sage Research Methods Online with your University of Melbourne account through the Library Catalogue. 

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Checklist for your digital life

Have you ever asked youself:

  • what does Google know about you?
  • is your browser safe against tracking?
  • do you have an account that has been compromised in a data breach?
  • how safe are your passwords?

If you haven’t been thinking about these for a while, it’s time for a Digital Spring Clean! In the era when your digital presence is just as important as – if not more than – your physical life, it is critical to know how much you are disclosing about yourself to the cyber world.

Image by Tumisu via Pixabay (CC0)

The University of Melbourne has published resources and policy on appropriate social media behaviour. As researchers, you can also manage your research profile and online presence with the help of Researcher Identifiers among other professional social networks such as LinkedIn. If privacy and security are your concerns when doing your research, you might want to take a look at a review of browsers and search engines you might currently be using.

Read the Library’s LibGuide, part of the Library Pop-Up series, for more information about protecting yourself and your digital security, personally and professionally as a researcher.

Library pop-up series to support your study

Being a student and a researcher can sometimes be daunting. The University of Melbourne Library is offering a series of pop-up sessions at multiple libraries on Parkville campus to provide students and graduate researchers with a range of topics, such as:

  • Free apps and softwares: Office 365, MyUniApps, etc.;
  • Reference management and tools;
  • Time management tips;
  • Exam preparation;
  • Digital Spring Clean: how safe are you in the cyber world? (more information on this topic here); and
  • Tips for productivity.

To view the online resources and get a more comprehensive schedule of the pop-up sessions, check out this LibGuide.

If you need help with other topics such as Academic Writing, check out the range of drop-in sessions offered by the Student Peer Leader Network.

Happy studying!

NVIVO training vouchers for free online training with QSR

Update: All vouchers have now been distributed. Please view other NVivo training resources offered in University of Melbourne here.


The University of Melbourne has been given a limited number of free vouchers for online NVivo training provided by QSR International. QSR International’s online courses combine flexible self-paced study with virtual interaction with experienced facilitators and class peers. The offer is limited to the following two training courses:

  • Fundamentals of NVivo (25 places) – AU course only
  • Moving on with NVivo – Advanced (25 places) – AU course only

To obtain a discount voucher code, complete an Expression of Interest 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.

Australasia Preserves: Establishing a digital preservation community of practice

Last month, the University of Melbourne Library Digital Scholarship team organised and hosted the inaugural “Australasia Preserves” event (you may remember it from this post). 75 people interested in digital preservation in Australia and New Zealand brought together from a variety of different institutions and organisations.

Main questions that were discussed:

  1. How could an Australasian digital preservation community of practice work?
  2. How can it be useful to you?
  3. Are there opportunities for collaboration?

The event has resulted in the establishment of a Community of Practice for digital preservation. Read more on the event and resources with the CoP here.

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