23 Research Things (2017)

Digital tools to support your research

Thing 4: Reference Management

Building a reference list is not the chore it once was. You can use reference management software to: 

  • Store and organise your references and PDF files while you are searching for information 
  • Insert in-text citations or footnotes in your documents as you write up your research and automatically generate reference lists or bibliographies 
  • Sync your library online, so you can access your library from multiple devices and collaborate with other researchers.

In this week’s post we will look at three popular reference management tools: Zotero, Mendeley, and EndNote.  Continue reading “Thing 4: Reference Management”

Thing 3: Web Conferencing

Image: “Headphones, Music” by vmcampos via Pixabay (CC0)

As cross-institutional research collaboration becomes increasingly common, more and more researchers need to communicate with one another via web-conferencing tool that allow them not only to talk but also to share screens, collaborate on documents and share files. Even within a single institution, such as the University of Melbourne, web-conferencing can be useful as a way to connect researchers on different campuses or carrying out fieldwork. The University Library also makes use of these tools to deliver webinars for Endnote and Library Scholarly Literacy classes. Particularly with our regional campuses and off-site cohorts, web-conferencing has become an effective way to offer classes, manage team meetings and to deliver online consultations with researchers and students.
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Thing 2: Survey Tools

Image: “Survey, Opinion Research” by andibreit via Pixabay (CC0)

The ever-increasing number of online survey tools available make designing, circulating, and processing questionnaires relatively easy. For research purposes, though, it can be difficult to work out which is the best digital tool available for your project. To point you in the right direction, Thing 2 discusses and compares 6 online tools. Continue reading “Thing 2: Survey Tools”

Thing 1: Office 365

University staff and students have access to Office 365 through the University’s subscription. This allows you to install Microsoft Office on 5PCs or Macs, 5 tablets and 5 phones. In addition, you have access to 1 TB of storage on OneDrive.  

As well as the Office tools such as Word and Excel that you will be familiar with, Office 365 has a number of tools that facilitate collaboration, and which may be useful for your research. 

In this post, we will cover the following to get you started: downloading Office 365, sharing files, OneDrive and Teams. We will also explore considerations and risks, and point you in the direction of further resources.

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23 Research Things: 2017 edition launching soon!

23 Research Things is a self-directed programme of blog posts introducing a range of digital tools to support the research activities of academics and graduate students. Each fortnight we’ll talk about a set of tools or topics and encourage you to try them out and integrate them into your practice.

In 2014 the University of Melbourne Library successfully ran 23 Research Things for the first time. In 2017 we bring you a refreshed edition with new tools, topics and updates.

Make sure you don’t miss a post by subscribing.More information on 23 Research Things is available here.


23 Things for Digital Knowledge from Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh has launched its 23 Things for Digital Knowledge program, an online, self-directed course, that provides researchers with a way to improve digital knowledge and to experiment with a range of new tools. An introduction and a task is provided for each Thing along with suggested readings and resources. How much time and detail is set aside for each Thing is completely up to the participant. Although the program is aimed in the first instance at staff and students of the University of Edinburgh, it’s open-access and contains a range of useful and informative posts. It’s well worth exploring and can be found here: 23things.ed.ac.uk/


23 Research Things

23 Research Things is an online learning programme for university staff and graduate students, showcasing a range of digital tools that can support research activity. It originally ran from 24 March 2014 as a series of weekly blog posts but the site will remain active as a continuing resource and will be periodically updated. For ease of reference, here’s the full contents of the programme.


Thing 01: Organisational and productivity tools.

Thing 02: Collaboration tools.

Thing 03: File sharing.

Thing 04: Social media for researchers.

Thing 05: Blogging your research.

Thing 06: Managing your online research networks.

Thing 07: Researcher identifiers and your publication profile.

Thing 08: Mind-mapping and brainstorming tools.

Thing 09: Web-conferencing and communication tools.

Thing 10: Finding and using online photos and images.

Thing 11: Managing and manipulating digital images.

Thing 12: Tools for presenting your research.

Thing 13: Screen capture tools & making and sharing podcasts and videos.

Thing 14: Survey tools.

Thing 15: Tools for Social Media Curation and Content Aggregation.

Thing 16: Reference management tools.

Thing 17: Managing video and audio material.

Thing 18: Text mining tools.

Thing 19: Mapping tools.

Thing 20: Visualisation tools.

Thing 21: 3D Printing.

Thing 22: Managing research data: file management and version control.

Thing 23: The Library as a research tool & final thoughts.

23 Research Things 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.

Whatever your current level of confidence, the programme aims to help you develop a strategic approach to integrating digital skills into your work as a researcher; you might be using some of the tools already, in which case the programme will encourage you to think more deeply about how and why they can benefit your professional practice, and how to get the most out of them.


Thing 23: The Library as a research tool & final thoughts

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Well, after twenty-three weeks we’re finally at the end of 23 Research Things. For our final post we thought we’d take a look at the University Library itself and the services it provides for researchers. Over the past few months we’ve presented a range of digital tools and, of course, different people will find some tools to be of greater importance to their research than others. The Library, on the other hand, is pretty central to academic research: yes, as library professionals we might be a tad biased in that assessment but almost all researchers will at some point make use of the Library’s services and tools. Whether you’re a first-year PhD student or a seasoned research specialist, the Library has a lot to offer. Thing 23 was written by Mark Shepheard (Library Research Support Officer, Graduate Research) in collaboration with Hero McDonald (Arts Librarian) and Andrea Hurt (Client Services & Liaison Librarian, Arts).

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Thing 21: 3D Printing

Photograph of varios 3D printing objects from University of Melbourne
A collection of 3D objects printed by UDC over the last year

This week, we look at 3D printing and how it is aiding not only research but everyday life. Thing 21 was written by Adrian Di Lorenzo (University Digitisation Centre) in collaboration with Bernard Meade (Information Technology Services) and with a special thank you to Silvia Paparozzi and Ben Kreunen (University Digitisation Centre). By the end of the post, you’ll hopefully have a better understanding of 3D printing and how it could be incorporated into your work to enrich your research outcomes.

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