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Online survey tool: Qualtrics – now available to all staff and research students

With the launch of a University wide Qualtrics license, all University of Melbourne staff and research students now have the opportunity to use this online survey tool in their research, support roles or teaching and learning activities.

For current FBE Qualtrics users, please see this notice.

Qualtrics is an online survey tool that allows users to easily create surveys, design them collaboratively, and share responses with colleagues.  Its intuitive design makes creating appealing surveys easy.  There are 16 sophisticated question types with many variations on their setup. Qualtrics has many advanced features including embedded data, advanced branching, display logic, filters on reporting plus many others.

Surveys can be distributed via a number of methods such as email, anonymous links, personal links to track individual responses, social media and QR codes.

Staff and research students can access the Qualtrics account here with their University credentials.

For support on using Qualtrics, including guides, visit the University’s Qualtrics support page.

Please review the above webpage and lodge requests for further information by logging a LMS support request.

Multiple Choice Survey Question
Multiple Choice Survey Question – with images

UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) Community of Practice – for new and experienced Wikipedians

Baillieu Library, Friday 2 February 2018, 12.00-1.30pm.

A regular meetup for new and experienced University of Melbourne Wikipedians interested in addressing the Wikipedia diversity gap. The February meetup will include a demo on how to create timelines and visualisations using the data behind Wikipedia, and a small group Wikipedia ‘basics’ workshop for those new to Wikipedia editing. It’s also an opportunity for independent Wikipedia article editing in good company. All welcome. BYO lunch. Tea and coffee provided.

Time: Friday 2 February 2018, 12.00-1.30pm.
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock room, Baillieu Library

To register:

Check out our Wikipedia Editing Community website here.

Email enquiries:

Melbourne Engagement Lab opens for UoM Graduate Researchers

Are you a Graduate Researcher at the University of Melbourne? The Melbourne Engagement Lab is running a series of free workshops just for you starting in early February!

These programs are designed to assist academic staff and graduate researchers of the University of Melbourne with engaging a broad non-specialist audience, whether via the written word or through other forms of communication.

Registration for each workshop is essential and will open approximately three weeks prior to delivery. To be advised of registration openings, please express your interest via this form or by subscribing to the Melbourne CSHE e-newsletter to receive updates on what’s coming up or changes to programs. Note that all Melbourne Engagement Lab programs are free and open for staff and graduate researchers at the University of Melbourne only. Details and registrations can be found here.

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Australasia Preserves – Conference on digital preservation

Coinciding with the week of the international VALA conference in Melbourne, the University of Melbourne’s Digital Preservation Project, supported by the Digital Scholarship team, are pleased to host a learning and networking event for individuals undertaking or interested in digital preservation in the Australasian region.

This event aims to share digital preservation expertise and knowledge, and explore opportunities for collaboration, and will take place at the University of Melbourne. The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in digital preservation (e.g. librarians, archivists, information managers, record-keeping professionals, senior managers, technical staff, legal staff, etc.). There will be short arranged presentations, an open session for discussion of issues, and a light brunch will be served.

Date: 16 February 2018
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Room 253, Level 2, Arts West North Wing, The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010

Contact: Jaye Weatherburn
Tel: +61 3 8344 1093

For more information, updates and registration, click here.

Turn your next paper into an infographic

Infographic created by Tanja Ivacic-Ramljak (Liaison Librarian (Learning & Teaching) – Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences), University of Melbourne.

Infographics are a great choice when it comes to communicating your research to a public, general and wide audience, from researchers who have the same interest with you to people who might use your research outside academia.

If you have been following our Researcher@Library blog for a while, you might still remember our resources for use of poster and infographics from the 23 Research Things, as well as information about the ePoster competition as part of Researcher@Library Week 2017 – read the summary post here.

This week, the blog will introduce another “How-to” guide on turning a research paper into an infographic, written by Mark Reed and Anna Sutherland. An easy-to-follow introduction to creating meaningful and designer-worthy output for researchers who are stuck trying to come up with ideas to visualise their research findings, the authors explained the process in 6 steps:

  1. Extract your key messages
  2. Simplify your language
  3. Visualise your key messages
  4. Come up with a layout
  5. Convert to graphics
  6. Have a plan for communicating your infographic

Read the full post here on Fast Track Impact, and SUBSCRIBE to our blog to stay tuned with tips to make your life as a researcher more enjoyable!

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.

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