Researcher@Library Blog

Defining research impact

What do we mean when we talk about research impact?

Core elements and concepts that underpin research impact definitions (Source: LSE Impact Blog).

The concept “research impact” has been widely used in academic literature, but never clearly defined within the modern discourse. Five Queensland-based researchers, Kristel Alla, Wayne Hall, Harvey Whiteford, Brian Head and Carla Meurk, went on the search and proposed a conceptualisation of the term, especially in relevance to the impact of research when translated into policy.


Four core elements of research impacts are proposed as:

  • contribution (the areas of research influence; e.g. economy, policies)
  • avenues of impact (processes by which research could have impact; e.g. effects on knowledge, attitudes)
  • change (synonyms used to describe “effects” or “benefits”)
  • levels of impact (e.g. national, international).

Has this challenged the current bureaucratic definitions of what it really means for a research to have impacts? Read the full article here and share your thoughts. Don’t forget to Subscribe to our blog for a frequent digest and never miss a post again!

Notice on rewording of “SourceIt@Melbourne”

Have you been familiarising yourself with some library search? From the 2nd January 2018, the terminology “SourceIt@Melbourne” that currently appears on the button linking to full text content has been phased out and the new label “Find It@UniMelb” introduced.

The button will retain its distinctive colouring – red background with white font and the only change is the wording. We hope clients will find “Find It@UniMelb” clearer and will seek feedback about the change, during the year.



Seasons Greetings from Researcher@Library

Image: New Year by monicore via Pixabay (CC0)

It’s the last working day of 2017! Time does fly when you’re having fun. On behalf of the University of Melbourne Library, the Researcher@Library blog team wish you a happy holiday around your loved ones. To all celebrating this weekend, have a Merry Christmas and to everyone else, enjoy the holidays and Happy New Year! Make sure you subscribe to our blog here and get weekly updates to never miss any posts.

See you all again in 2018!

– The University of Melbourne Library

Free Self-Serve Digitisation Service for University of Melbourne Staff and Students

University Digitisation Centre

Do you have a digitisation job to do but no quality equipment to use? The University of Melbourne Digitisation Centre (UDC) offers a free digitisation self-service for University of Melbourne staff and graduate research students who need access to equipment for:

  • Flat-bed scanning
  • Digitising slides, negatives and photographs
  • Book scanning
  • Business document scanning

Book in to the service through for a range of equipment and on-site professional support from expert staff. For more details, visit UDC’s website here.

Launch of University-wide Qualtrics online survey tool for all staff and research students

Learning Environments is very pleased to announce the launch of a University-wide Qualtrics licence available to all staff and research students. All staff and research students now have the opportunity to use this online survey tool in their research, support role, or teaching and learning activities.

Staff and research students access the University’s Qualtrics account with their University credentials at this link.

A University Qualtrics support page has been created and includes links to guides and other resources. Please refer to this web page in the first instance.

Requests for further information are via the LMS support request form.

Royal Society of Chemistry: Publishing how-to guide


The Royal Society of Chemistry recently released a publishing how-to guide support researchers as they prepare to publish. The guide covers everything a researcher needs to consider if they want their article high quality and a valuable addition to the scientific record, including:

  • choosing the right journal
  • understanding author guidelines
  • writing and structuring
  • checking the article
  • submitting the article
  • article assessment
  • revising the article
  • promoting the article

This guide can be accessed here. Other resources and templates can also be found on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s journal author and reviewer resource centre.

23 Research Things@Melbourne: That’s a Wrap!

Haven’t been able to keep up with the 23 Research Things blog? This week marks the end of the 2017 edition of this initiative, with an aim to provide tools to support the research activities of academics and graduate students at the University of Melbourne, all over Australia and further around the world.

Image: “That’s a wrap” by Sean MacEntee via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Image: “That’s a wrap” by Sean MacEntee via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

One final summary post is out to wrap up all the expertise shared over the three months, with updates on some of the tools provided and discussed earlier. Thematic division of the 23 posts into clusters will help readers grasp a better overall picture of the set of tools. Read the summary post here.

If you have missed a few posts, the 23 Research Things blog is always there for your reference! Click here to access all previous posts, and subscribe to get any updates in the future. Congratulations on another great year, 23 Research Things team!



Going Digital! – Subscribe to the University Digitisation Centre newsletter

The University of Melbourne Library is committed to increasing engagement with the collections for research and teaching as well as bringing them to the attention of local and global communities. Recently, University Digitisation Centre (UDC), part of Research & Collections, launched this quarterly newsletter, Going Digital, with the hope to keep researchers up to date with the University Library’s ambitious digitisation program, provide information when new materials are available and increase opportunities for the University community to propose collections to be digitised.

For everyone interested, subscribe to the newsletter here. The first issue published earlier this week on 5 December 2017 can also be found here.

Trial database – Exile Shorts

Exile Shorts streams award-winning short-form, student films and educational audiovisual content.

The database focuses solely on delivering short-form and includes:

  • Titles from the British Film Institute, American Film Institute, USC Cinematic Arts, University of Melbourne VCA, AFTRS, National Film Board of Canada.
  • The early work of filmmakers and artists like Alfred Hitchcock, Jane Campion, Ridley Scott, Gillian Armstrong, Norman McLaren and Salvador Dali; and
  • Films that have won majors awards at: The Academy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, TIFF, Berlin and more.

Each film has been carefully selected by the Exile Shorts curatorial team and categorised by: film convention (direction, screenwriting, cinematography, performance etc.); theme (revenge, love, isolation etc.); genre (drama, comedy etc.); organisation (AFI, USC, BFI); and the stages of mastery (emerging, established and master). The Curated by Exile Shorts category provides an great place to start exploring the database.

The content is exclusive to Exile Shorts and is not otherwise accessible online. It spans from 1888 to present day, creating historical value and insight into the development of media technology.

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.

NOTE: This trial will end 10 December 2017.

Number of posts found: 370

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