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23 Research Things

Banner image for 23 Research Things23 Research Things is an online learning programme for university staff and graduate students, showcasing a range of digital tools that can support research activity. The programme is a way to discover and explore new digital tools that might be useful to you and also provide a framework for evaluation, reflection and for the wider integration of digital technologies within your research practice.

So far, we’ve covered organisational and productivity tools, using tools collaboratively, file sharing, and using social media as a researcher. There’s still more to come: nineteen more things, in fact; the next post will be on Monday April 28 and will look at blogging your research. So, subscribe to our email updates, have a read, and let us know what digital tools have helped you with your research practice.


Data Citation Index | Trial until 28 April 2014

The University Library currently has trial access to the Data Citation Index from Thomson Reuters. This is designed to be the first single source of data-discovery for the sciences, social sciences and the arts & humanities. The trial ends in less than three weeks on April 28. It can be accessed through the link above, via the Library Catalogue, and from the E-Resources@the University of Melbourne blog, where you can also leave comments about the database.

The Data Citation Index fully indexes a significant number of the world’s leading data repositories of critical interest to the scientific community, including over two million data studies and datasets. The records for the datasets, which include authors, institutions, keywords, citations and other metadata, are connected to related peer-reviewed literature indexed in the Web of Science. It enables users to pinpoint primary research by understanding the impact of the scholarly research it supports, and to measure the contribution of digital research in specific disciplines and identify potential collaborators.

Further information and instructions can be found on Thomson Reuter’s Data Citation Index homepage.


Unique Research Resources: University of Melbourne Archives

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Emperor penguin standing on the ice. Image taken by Herbert Ponting during the British Antarctic Expedition 1910-13. Lantern Slide with Priestley’s handwriting. Raymond Priestley Lantern Slides, Department of Geology, University of Melbourne 1980.0030 LS/127 University of Melbourne Archives.

The University of Melbourne Archives (UMA) is one of Australia’s largest collecting archives, spanning 20km of records, and is home to some of Australia’s most important and unique research resources: from classical antiquities to rare books; from herbarium specimens to Victoria’s early business records. These collections are open to use by all University of Melbourne students and staff. The collections include not just the University’s archival records, but those of Victorian businesses, trade unions and various political, cultural and literary organisations. The scope of endeavor encompassed in the collections is truly astonishing and provides great research potential on a wide range of topics. Researchers have uncovered, for example, Robin Boyd’s unpublished manuscript for the second edition of Victorian Modern, slavery records from Jamaica and Suriname, numbers sheets from Bob Hawke’s pre-selection battle for the seat of Wills, and so much more. In this session, UMA staff will present an overview of the collections, a researcher will discuss the publication potential of the collections and there will be an opportunity to raise specific questions about your own research interests.

The session is open to all University students and staff and there will be an opportunity to view some of UMA’s treasures. Morning tea will be provided.

Wednesday, 9 April, 10:00-11:30am. Baillieu Library, Dulcie Hollyock Room. Book here.

For more information on the University of Melbourne Archives, visit their website.


Asian Film Online – database to test drive

Asian Film Online, from Alexander Street Press, offers a view of Asian culture as seen through the lens of the independent Asian filmmaker. Through a selection curated by film scholars and critics, viewers can explore the impact of globalization and urbanization on people’s everyday lives throughout the greater Asian region.

Researchers and students engaged in area studies, anthropology, film studies, philosophy, geography, education, religion, gender studies, world literature, urban development, cross-cultural communication, journalism, social sciences, and humanities may be interested in exploring this rare collection of films.

Trial access to the databases will end on 14 June 2014. Access the database here or via the Library Catalogue, and from the E-Resources@the University of Melbourne blog where you can also leave comments about the database. Your feedback on trials is important and is used to inform possible purchase decisions.   Other database trials


Redmond Barry Fellowship — Applications Now Open to Scholars & Writers

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Portrait: Sir Redmond Barry, University of Melbourne
University of Melbourne Archives (UMA/I/1108)

Awarded annually to scholars and writers, the Fellowship aims to facilitate the research and the production of works of literature that utilise the superb collections of the State Library of Victoria (SLV) and the University of Melbourne. Successful Fellows receive up to $20,000 to assist with travel, living and research expenses, and will be based at the SLV for three to six months.

Applications close 17 April 2014. Further information and application form .


 


University of California Press makes 700 eBooks available for free

Open Culture reports that the University of California Press has made 700 of its eBooks freely available to the public. The UC Press eBook collection contains almost 2,000 academic publications on a wide range of subjects; 700 of these are now on open access. The available titles can be browsed here by subject area. Unfortunately, they can’t be downloaded but they can be saved using the ‘Bookbag’ tool, so you can return to your title of choice. The University of Melbourne Library already has electronic access to many of these titles but the move to open access is very welcome. Personally, I’m dipping in to Edwin Hall’s The Arnolfini Betrothal: Medieval Marriage and the Enigma of Van Eyck’s Double Portrait.




RILAS: Applying for a research grant? Library support for your application

With the next ARC and NHMRC funding rounds opening in early 2014, many researchers at the University of Melbourne will be preparing applications. The Research Impact Library Advisory Service (RILAS) can assist researchers to determine the impact of their publications and other research outputs for the purposes of grant applications. RILAS can provide a written ‘Research Citation and Impact Report’, which includes citation counts and journal impact metrics from Thomson’s Web of Science and Scopus’ SciMago Journal Reports (SJR). This will help you to determine:

  • How often you are cited
  • Where you are cited
  • The impact of your creative output
  • The impact measures for key journals
  • Your h-index.

The service preferably requires two-weeks delivery time. Contact rilas-library@lists.unimelb.edu.au for assistance, and for more information visit the RILAS webpage.


Academic Staff Survey: The first Australian survey of scholarly information practices in research-intensive universities

For more than a decade the Library Client Satisfaction Survey has provided national benchmarks for evaluating the quality and range of services provided for university students in Australia. To date, there has been no comparable benchmark survey of academic staff members’ attitudes, needs and usage of university libraries.

The Academic Staff Survey 2013 explores academic staff members’ research processes, teaching practices, attitudes towards publishing and research data management, and the role of the university library in academic life.

The survey is open to any member of the University of Melbourne’s academic staff — continuing, fixed-term, casual, early career, mid career, late career, from tutor to Professor Emeritus. It should require no more than 20-25 minutes to complete. Participation is both anonymous and voluntary.

For more information, and to access the survey, visit the Information Futures website.


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