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Wikipedia in teaching: benefits and stumbling blocks – Upcoming Panel Discussion

Wikipedia is the world’s largest and most-used encyclopedia, and often students’ first point of call for research. To increase students’ understanding of how to read and contribute to Wikipedia, editing it is being used increasingly in the classroom as a learning activity and even an assessment tool. But where do you start, and what are some of the roadblocks?

Join three academic professionals from The University of Melbourne, La Trobe and Monash as they consider and discuss the use of Wikipedia for university teaching and research. A perfect starting point for questioning how Wikipedia can be used to enhance your teaching in any discipline, come along for the panel discussion.

WhereDulcie Hollyock Room, Ground Floor, Baillieu Library  

When10 May 2019, 1-2pm

Hear academics discuss:

  • how they are using Wikipedia
  • the issues they have encountered in embedding it into the curriculum
  • where and how to start engaging your students with Wikipedia
  • a range of other related topics

The panellists come from a range of academic backgrounds, each bringing alternative insights to these discussion points.

  • Prof. Tina Brock is Professor of Pharmacy Education and Practice in the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Monash University where she is part of the leadership team for an innovative integrated masters course in pharmacy. 
  • Dr Thomas Shafee is an evolutionary biochemist at La Trobe University, with a focus on protein engineering. He is also a keen contributor to improving the images and citations on science topics in Wikipedia. He organises Wikipedia-Academia integration as an editor for PLOS Genetics and editor-in-chief of WikiJournal of Science. 
  • Dr Mary Tomsic is an historian working as part of an ARC Laureate Fellowship on the history of child refugees and Australian internationalism at The University of Melbourne. Mary is a member of Melbourne University’s Wikipedia Community of Practice and is particularly interested in representations of women’s and feminist history on Wikipedia. 

Prof. Tina Brock will talk about how pharmacy students at Monash’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences learn how to edit Wikipedia pages as part of their course. La Trobe University’s Dr Thomas Shafee will share his experience of teaching biochemistry postgraduate students to use Wikipedia, and WikiJournals, for literature reviews. Chairing the panel will be Dr Mary Tomsic, a historian and co-organiser of the Melbourne University’s Wikipedia Community of Practice.

If you have considered engaging your students with Wikipedia or information literacy but don’t know how and where to start this is an event not to be missed – no matter what discipline you teach in!  

This event runs as part of Information Awareness Month and is just one of many events upcoming.

Australian Visionaries — Melbourne University Publishing

Now available through Melbourne University Press are six Australian Classic texts free for eBook download.


Accessible to anyone, the classic titles are just a taste of the many works that have been published by Melbourne University Press, Australia’s preeminent university publisher dating back to 1922.


The titles available in the Australian Visionaries bundle include:
  • Robin Boyd: A Life by Geoffrey Serle, a biography following Robin Boyd’s contributions as a key figure in Melbourne’s Modern Architecture movement.
  • Russell Grimwade by John Poynter, a biography on the diverse life and career of Australian Industrialist Russel Grimwade and the very first text to be published in the Miegunyah Press series in 1967.
  • Charles Conder, The Last Bohemian by Ann Galbally, a passionate biography on Charles Conder, the original and young Impressionist from Heidelberg School whose works remain in many international major collections.
  • Robert Menzies, A Life by Allan Martin, the first detailed biographical account of the life and rise of the powerful public figure Robert Menzies.
  • Mawson, A Life by Philip Ayres, a biography detailing the significance of Sir Douglas Mawson’s life and work as an Antarctic Explorer.
  • A World That Was by Ronald M. Berndt and Catherine H. Berndt, an encompassing fieldwork-based account of traditional Aboriginal life for the Yaraldi group of south-eastern Australia.


These texts each offer a variety of valuable insights into Australian history, contributing to our understanding of how past political figures, cultural movements and complex social networks have evolved and impacted upon our current social climate.


These works have been published by Melbourne University Press’ sub arm Miegunyah Press, who pride themselves on their original, prestigious and affordable publications with unique cover design.


Download these classics today, and take a look at what else Melbourne University Press has to offer.

Mobilising knowledge for policy and practice: research translation, research impact and what this means for you

Image by Pexels via Pixabay
Image by Pexels via Pixabay

Research translation, or knowledge mobilization, is regarded as increasingly important activity as governments and the broader public demand that publicly-funded research has ‘real-world’ impact. Furthermore, as a growing number of PhD graduates find employment outside of academia, being able to ‘translate’ your research expertise in various contexts is increasingly important.

Research translation is generally thought of as the process of getting the right information, to the right people, at the right time, in a format they can use, to influence policy, practice and decision-making in various contexts – in other words, making your research findings impactful.

In this lunchtime session we ask a panel of experts from science, arts, medicine and business, to discuss what ‘research translation’ means to them, what the relationship is to ‘research impact’, and why this is important to graduate researchers and early career academics. This workshop introduces graduate researchers and ECRs to the concepts and principles of research/knowledge mobilization and highlights the skills needed to make your research relevant to broader audiences outside of academia.

Date and time: Wednesday 29 May 2019 12.30pm-1.30pm.

Venue: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Ground Floor Baillieu Library, University of Melbourne.

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Self-service recording pod at the University of Melbourne

Ever dreamt of recording your own podcast?

The University of Melbourne offers the self-service recording pod (humbly pictured above). This facility is located in the Baillieu Library and enables University of Melbourne staff to produce audio and screencast recordings. The service is available during the opening hours for the Baillieu Library (but not during after hours study zone times).

More information on how to book and use this service is available on the Learning Environments website. Happy recording!

Indo-European Etymological Dictionaries Online (Trial ends 23 April 2019)

This database trial ends 23 April 2019.

This online reference work reconstructs the lexicon for the most important languages and language branches of Indo-European. It is a voluminous resource for historical and general linguists. Dictionaries can be cross-searched, with an advance search for each individual dictionary enabling the user to perform more complex research queries. Each entry is accompanied by grammatical info, meaning(s), etymological commentary, reconstructions, cognates and often extensive bibliographical information.

This database is available for University of Melbourne staff and students and can be accessed via the Library Catalogue. Your feedback on trials is important and is used to inform possible purchase decisions. Visit the E-Resources@University of Melbourne blog to add your comments on this trial resource. Subscribe to Researcher@Library blog to never miss an announcement, training and resources!

UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) Community of Practice Meeting April 2019

UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) presents the April Wikipedia meet-up:

Friday 5th April 2019, 12.30-2.00pm.  Dulcie Hollyock Room, Baillieu Library

At our upcoming April meetup, we will join La Trobe University’s #shutupandwiki at 1pm for an hour of intensive independent editing. Helpful Wikipedians will be on hand from 12:30pm to show newcomers how to make edits and create articles. UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) is a regular meetup for new and experienced University of Melbourne Wikipedians interested in addressing the Wikipedia diversity gap.All welcome. BYO lunch. Tea and coffee provided. This is an informal meet-up so join for all or some of it.Enquiries: Stay updated with the Community of Practice.

E-Resources@UoM: New Safari Books Online

O'Reilly Safari

The new platform is a comprehensive repository of business and technology resources that help prepare students for today’s technology-dependent workforce. Unlike Classic Safari, New Safari offers an unlimited user access model with exclusive O’Reilly-produced content from more than 250 world-renowned innovators and corporate leaders which includes more than 36,700 titles and 4,800 videos. The new modern interface offers mobile access, downloading and personalization functionality.

The “Old” Safari platform with still be available until the 30th June 2019. The “New” Safari platform is available now – access via the University of Melbourne Library Catalogue.

Leave your comment on the E-Resources blog if you like this database!

Springer Nature x ResearchGate – the What, Why and How of the syndication


Recently, Springer Nature and Research Gate have announced a pilot to “deliver seamless discovery and an enhanced reading experience” through a syndication of selected Springer Nature journal articles to corresponding authors’ profiles on ResearchGate. The initial three-month pilot will see version-of-record copies of approximately 6,000 full-text articles published in 23 Nature journals from November 2017 onward – all of which are subscription-only with no article-level APC option – uploaded to ResearchGate, publicly available without any access control throughout the pilot period (authors can still remove them from their profiles if they wish).

What this means for both parties?

In an article for The Scholarly Kitchen, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe analysed the rationale and implications of this strategic collaboration between the well-established publisher and the academic social network currently facing lawsuits by other major publishers. At a time when the publishing industry is experiencing major challenges from pirated research content platforms (i.e.: Sci-Hub) and the pressure for Open Access publishing, this “radically open approach”, Hinchliffe wrote, can have significant implications for the rest of the big players in the multi-million industry.

For ResearchGate, this adds to their legitimation efforts, in addition to the driven engagement and interaction to the website. The pilot will also include a heavy load of data and feedback gathering from authors and readers to assess their perception and experiences.

The pilot is planned for 3 months (starting March 2019), with extension to be confirmed after assessment. Read the full article analysing this strategic move on The Scholarly Kitchen website.



New trial database: Shakespeare’s Globe Archive (ends 8 April 2019)

This collection of documents offers insights into the performance practice in the particular space of the reconstructed Globe Theatre. It details the way in which the theatre was constructed as a place of radical experiment. It documents over 200 performances through prompt books, wardrobe notes, programmes, publicity material, annual reports, show reports, photographs and architectural plans. Please note that PDF download options are not available during trials. Trial ends 8 April 2019.

Access the database via the University of Melbourne Library Catalogue or subscribe to Researcher@Library blog to never miss an announcement, training and resources! Alternatively, access all current database trials currently offered by the University Library and leave comment on the E-Resources blog. Have fun trialling!

E-Resources@UoM: Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs

Plumbs logo

Created for busy veterinarians, Plumb’s Veterinary Drugs is the newest digital resource for accessing up-to-date veterinary drug information. This incredibly useful tool allows your practice team to instantly access the drug resource used by nearly all veterinarians every day.

Access the database and instructions for registration on the Library Catalogue. Have feedback about the database? Leave a respond on the E-Resources blog.

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