Researcher@Library Blog

SAGE: How to write to get published

On February 9, the University Library will host Rosalia da Garcia, Director of Library Sales & Marketing at SAGE Publications who will be talking about the process of writing journal articles effectively.

Her presentation will guide new researchers on how to plan and prepare for writing their first articles early in their careers. It is very much a practical, nuts-and-bolts session where Rosalia will take you on a week by week journey, beginning from writing the abstract to following up with editors.

This session is open to graduate students and staff, and booking is essential. Book here.

Monday, 9 February 2015, 2:30-4:30pm. Baillieu Library, Dulcie Hollyock Room (map).

New Library Trial Database: The Making of the Modern World

The Making of the Modern World, Parts I (1450-1850) and II (1851-1914), documents the dynamics of Western trade and wealth that shaped the world from the last half of the 15th century into the beginning of the 20th century. It offers new ways of understanding the expansion of world trade, the Industrial Revolution and the development of modern capitalism.

The collection provides full-text searching of an array of rare books and primary source materials, including: Monographs; Serials; Political pamphlets and broadsides; Government publications; Proclamations; a wide range of ephemera and much more.

The Making of the Modern World contains over 62,000 titles sourced from leading collections at major libraries around the world.  In addition to the primary source material there are research tools: Chronology, Key documents, Contextual essays; Most popular searches.

The database is accessible through the link above, and the Library Catalogue, and from the E-Resources@the University of Melbourne blog where you can also leave comments about the database.

Trial ends 6 March 2015

Biomed Central Open Access Roadshow

Open access publisher BioMed Central is holding a roadshow at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne on Thursday 19th February 2015. The roadshow has sections focussed on the following audiences: students, post docs, early career researchers, lab heads, professors, clinicians and investigators, and will cover the following topics:

  • The journal of the future, what will it look like?
  • Finding an open access home for your research
  • Scientific integrity and reproducibility, navigating the modern landscape
  • Coproducing journals together with patients and the public
  • A workshop on how to get your paper published
  • A panel discussion on peer review, the different way it works, and is it broken?

More information and bookings

SciVal – new subscription & introductory training sessions

The University Library has a new subscription to SciVal, a web-based strategic analysis tool based on Scopus data. SciVal offers a view of research performance and collaboration opportunities from a variety of perspectives. SciVal can be accessed here via the Library Catalogue.

Elsevier are providing two introductory sessions on the Parkville campus on Thursday 22 January 2015.

  • 10.00 – 11.30am
  • 2.00 – 3.30pm (repeat)

Click here for registration.

SciVal Resources:

NVivo training – February 2015

Bookings are now open for ‘Introduction to NVivo‘ and ‘Advanced NVivo‘ courses starting in February 2015.

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) offers workshops throughout the year with instructor Dr Helen Marshall, Senior Associate, Centre for Applied Social Research Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Not sure if NVivo is for you? Come along to a free information session ‘Do I Need NVivo?‘ on Tuesday, February 24th 2015.

Bookings and more information here

SCOPUS – new journal metric: Impact per Publication (IPP)


Scopus’ new journal metric Impact per Publication (IPP) measures the ratio of citations per article published. IPP provides an additional metric for comparing and evaluating journals and may be useful for authors deciding where to publish.

Scopus users can access the IPP metric from the Compare journals tool and elsewhere in the Scopus database. University of Melbourne staff and students can access Scopus here.

Image used courtesy of Elsevier, © 2014 Elsevier B.V.

New database subscription: Cortellis

Cortellis bannerThomson Reuters Cortellis™ Competitive Intelligence combines the same information used by pharmaceutical companies from products such as Thomson Reuters Pharma™ and Thomson Reuters Partnering™ (formerly IDDB). It features daily updates and timely drug pipeline information uncovered and integrated from a variety of sources and global meetings coverage, in order to be on top of the latest developments. Useful for putting together a pipeline analysis, developing a comprehensive competitive intelligence study, etc.

Access Cortellis via the Library catalogue here.

NOTE: Once you have logged in in via the Library catalogue, you must register using a valid University of Melbourne email address.

Rare Maps display of 2014 acquisitions

Detail of 1805 map of east coast of Australia
Franz Swoboda, ‘Generalcharte von Australien nach dem Entwurfe des H. Joseph Marx Freiherrn v. Liechtenstern’ [detail], 1805

This year the University Library has purchased many rare maps to add to its already considerable collection of rare cartographic material. These new acquisitions are mainly from the 18th and 19th centuries, with a focus on Australian material. In addition, the Library also purchased several complementary early world-maps.

For one day only, approximately fifty of these recently acquired maps will be on display in the closed area of the Map Collection.

Fourth floor, Eastern Resource Centre, Friday 5 December 2014, 10.00am–4.00pm

Germaine Greer Collection Highlights on Display – Baillieu Library

greer_bannerGermaine Greer is one of the iconic figures of the twentieth century and an ongoing contributor to current political and social commentary. A display on the ground floor of the Baillieu Library will preview highlights from the extensive Germaine Greer collection at the University of Melbourne Archives acquired in 2013, including notes and drafts for The Female Eunuch, correspondence, diaries, notebooks and photographs.

From Thursday 13 November 2014. Ground floor, Baillieu Library

Collection moves: Architecture, Building & Planning; and Louise Hanson-Dyer Music collections

The end of this month will see two collections moves:

The Architecture, Building and Planning collection will move from the ERC to the Melbourne School of Design building, with collections unavailable between Monday 24 November and Friday 28 November.

The Louise Hanson-Dyer Music collection will move from Arts West to the ERC, with collections unavailable between Friday 28 November and Wednesday 3 December. For more information see the FAQ page.

Given the time of year, the move will primarily affect graduate students and University staff. If you think this will affect your study and/or research project please drop into your relevant branch, prior to the move, and have a chat to one of our friendly Library staff about your options.

Contact: Karen Kealy, General Manager, Library Redevelopments

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