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Some of the newest additions:

Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History

Catalogue record, available from: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History.

The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Asian History is a dynamic, innovative, comprehensive, self-reflexive online research encyclopedia, which provides access to state-of-the-art research and also connects readers to the full range of internet resources for research and teaching, including audio, visual, video materials, digitized archives, and other primary sources.


Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum

Catalogue record, available from: Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum.

The Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum systematically collects newly published Greek inscriptions as well as publications on previously known documents. It presents complete Greek texts of all new inscriptions with a critical apparatus; it summarizes new readings, interpretations, and studies of known inscriptions, and occasionally presents the Greek text of these documents. The online edition includes all Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum (SEG) volumes, and will incorporate all future volumes in the series.


Early English Books Online – now on ProQuest Platform

Catalogue record, available from: Early English Books Online.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 – from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War. EEBO is enhanced by the Text Creation Partnership making it possible to search the full text of a book and read a transcription of the text. EEBO covers the database content of: Early English Books Tract Supplement, Thomason Tracts, Early English Books I & II.


Read more about these resources on the blog!

“Work smart — and play smart” – on balancing academic success with a social life

International scientific journal ‘Nature‘ has a fantastic series of online articles on ‘Work-life balance‘ in their Careers Community – ‘a place for Nature readers to share their professional experiences and advice‘.

Recent post Three tips to achieve academic success — while enjoying a social life, written by Alejandra Ortega, has a number of important insights on “the importance of working efficiently to make time for friends and fun”.

Be sure to read the full article here.

Here are some of our favourite points from the article.

Set small goals, plan your schedule and stick to it

  • take a few minutes per day/week to jot down your plan – without being overly ambitious
  • try a new digital/conceptual tool: do you like the Pomodoro technique? Short periods of time spent solely focused on one task, followed by a short break. Usually about a 25-to-5 minute structure repeated and followed with a longer break. Read more about the different ways to use Pomodoro and the benefits for your brain.
  • For Ortega, “In two hours on a Pomodoro schedule, I am more productive than in an entire day of distraction-filled ‘work’.”

Aim for your own best

  • I had missed many nights out and so much fun just to score a handful of extra points on an exam. Sometimes, an extra mark isn’t worth it.”
  • Try not to buy into the competitive nature of Academia – and don’t compare yourself to others.
  • I had spent too long chasing perfection when ‘good enough’ would have done the job.” Getting the best marks isn’t always necessary for scholarships, program admission, jobs, etc.

There is always time for extracurricular activities

  • Hobbies, extracurriculars and pastimes are important! An amazing way to combine seeing friends/meeting new people while indulging in your passions.
  • “Follow your passions, find some hobbies and make them part of your routine.”
  • “These activities take only one hour per day, and they actually make me more productive. To arrive on time to these hobbies, I have to work rather than ‘fake work’.”
  • “Your brain needs breaks, so do not saturate it with work. After three hours of analysing data, you stop thinking clearly and start making mistakes. Stand up, go and play table tennis and come back with a fresh mind. Extracurricular activities keep us motivated to work more efficiently.”


Read the full article.

Digital Research in Action: Digital mapping for the humanities

Are you an Arts researcher? Would you like to expand your knowledge of digital research methods and tools that could further your research?

The Digital Research in Action workshop series could for you! Throughout the year, a series of workshops has been running to support Arts researchers and introduce them to “emerging digital research methods, advanced critical thinking and tools for data analysis.”

The next upcoming workshop is on Digital Mapping for the Humanities, a session demonstrating how to use digital mapping across a range of arts disciplines (from art history, archaeology, literature, social and political history, archives, museums).

Digital Mapping for the Humanities

The Lab, Level 2 of the Digital Studio, West Wing of Arts West (access via the rear lift)

What will the workshop involve?

Digital mapping is one of the most popular methodologies for working in the digital humanities. Any project or collection that has some kind of place-based aspect to it can often benefit from a range of digital mapping approaches, even if you have never worked directly with maps or geographical methods. This workshop will offer suggestions for working with ‘messy’ humanities data, and suggest ways to manage the uncertainty and fragmentary nature of many of the sources we work with in the humanities.

– Learn about how digital mapping can be useful both as a practice-led research method and as an output for your research.

– Hear about a range of ways to get started with digital mapping using open source web-based apps.

– Get a hands on chance to experiment with different methods.

The workshop will be a scaffolded introduction to georeferencing, methods for mapping data, and, methods for extracting geodata from messy humanities sources (texts, old maps, images).

You will need: a laptop, tools and software will be web-based. Examples and data sets will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring any historical maps (digitised), place-based data, and sources from their own research as these may be incorporated into the hands on activities.

Limited places available, make sure you register early so you do not miss out. Preference for this workshop will be given to Faculty of Arts staff and students.




About the presenter

Dr Katrina Grant (@orientalhotel)
Centre for Digital Humanities Research, ANU

Katrina Grant is a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Centre for Digital Humanities Research. Trained as an art historian, she now works across a range of projects that emgage computational methods and dgital tools to extend humanities research. This includes a digital mapping project looking at climate change in seventeenth-century Italy, the development of digital educational resources for the National Museum of Australia, and, 3D modelling of archaeological bone collections for research and outreach, to name a few. She teaches digital humanities methods and project design to undergrads, masters and PhD students at the ANU.

Image: Screen shot from Digital Mapping the Roman Campagna


Future events

Postcolonial Digital Humanities and Poetry of the Global South

Friday 18 October 2019, 9:30 am – 12:30 pm. Register Now.

Crafting digital research projects: Data, design and methods

Wednesday 13 November 2019, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. Register Now.


This workshop series is supported by the Arts Research Office.

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That’s a wrap! UoM Visualise Your Thesis Competition 2019

Visualise Your Thesis challenged graduate researchers to present their research in a 60 second, eye-catching digital display. Using a pre-supplied template, entrants were tasked with developing a striking looped presentation to encapsulate their research projects in short, engaging, digital narratives.

The August 28 awards event officially marked the end of Melbourne University’s 2019 local competition heat. Entries this year were all brilliant – judges Rose Hiscock (Director, Science Gallery Melbourne), Alana Pirrone (Design and Communications Officer, Melbourne School of Population & Global Health) and Simon Clews (Director, Melbourne Engagement Lab) had a difficult decision upon them.

A big congratulations to all of our 2019 competition winners!

  • 1st Place & Viewers’ Choice 
    Carmen Glanville (PhD student)
    Protecting Pets by Changing People
    Animal Welfare Science Centre, Faculty of Veterinary & Agricultural Sciences.
  • 2nd Place
    Crystal Nguyen (PhD student)
    Restoring vision with regenerative therapy
    Centre for Eye Research Australia, Department of Surgery (Ophthalmology), Melbourne Medical School. Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences.
  • 3rd Place
    Sharman P. Tan Tanny (PhD student)
    For some, reality is hard to swallow 
    Department of Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences

Be sure to take a look at the 2019 Competition Showcase to see their entries and follow along with the online international competition via our website and twitter (@VisualiseThesis)



Find-A-Study: New service for researchers


Connecting students and current research

Find-A-Study is a platform to engage students and researchers on relevant studies, providing a standard platform for recruiting participants.

When seeking participants for a study, post it on Find-A-Study to gain access to a large user base of applicants, with criteria-based matching and automatic notifications sent to potential candidates.

The service includes:

– access via your University of Melbourne student log in

– a profile where your own projects and studies can be listed

– an email notification service for new posted studies that match your personalised criteria

– desktop, mobile, tablet compatibility

– more unique features!


See more information in this Knowledge Base article.

Start using Find-A-Study today, and leave your reviews for this service here.

Are you ready for Researcher Connect: Digital tools & skills showcase? Explore the program now!

Researcher Connect – Wednesday 28 August 10 – 4 at the GSA

Join us to discover all your digital research and skills support services on campus! Attend taster classes covering tools, find out about available digital platforms plus connect with your research support professionals. Whether you are currently involved in research or new to it, this event is for you!

Here is a first look at the program of the day, explore the sessions and start planning now!


Who is coming to the experts showcase?

– Digitisation Services (10-12)

– Visualise Your Thesis (10-12)

– HPC, Cloud, Data Storage & Research IT (10-2)

– Research data management advice & design, Humanities and Social Sciences informatics (10-4)

– Systematic Review tools and services (10-4)

– EndNote, Mendeley & Zotero: Q&A (Reference management tools) (10-4)

– Research data stewardship (12-4)

– Flaunt it!: effectively promoting your research & ways to track impact and engagement (12-4)

See the full program

Continue reading “Are you ready for Researcher Connect: Digital tools & skills showcase? Explore the program now!”

Save the date! Researcher Connect: Digital tools & skills showcase

people walking in hallway

Date and time: Wednesday 28 August 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Venue: Graduate Student Association (GSA Building) | 1888 Building

Join us to discover all your digital research and skills support services on campus! Attend taster classes covering tools, find out about available digital platforms plus connect with your research support professionals. Whether you are currently involved in research or new to it, this event is for you!

Shape of the day

  • Lighting talks on virtual reality and big data curation for health research
  • Taster classes in digital tools to work smarter
  • Sessions on reference management, copyright literacy, Virtual Reality for research, Open Science, data curation and more!
  • Meet the experts showcase – booths in Gryphon Gallery
  • Free coffee vouchers will be provided!

The full program of Lightning Talks, Res Pitches and Meet the Experts showcase booths is available on the website now.

See the program and register now for the day – be sure to show up for a free coffee voucher and snacks!

Stop by for a little while or stay all day to explore the booth showcase in the Gryphon Gallery, chat to the University’s digital research skills experts and attend sessions/lightening talks relevant to your research.

See you there!


Identifiers: the key to connected research

MacBook Pro, white ceramic mug,and black smartphone on table


ORCID, DOI, IGSN, RAiD!  Alphabet soup?


Australian Research Data Commons explains these commonly used and misunderstood unique identifiers and why they are so crucial in ensuring that researchers and their research data/outputs are linked and trackable.

Identifiers connect research data/outputs to important contextual information.


“Identifiers are also used to provide persistent access to outputs via a clickable link such as a DOI or digital object identifier. Importantly, when used in a citation, identifiers support attribution and the collection of usage metrics. That is why there are services to create and manage persistent identifiers for research data, research samples, software, researchers and research projects.”

– ARDC, read more.


Take a look at these identifier services provided by ARDC to create and manage the unique identifiers for your research data/outputs now.



EduTV is here!

Library with books and television screen
Image via Pixabay

New to the Library collection is eResource EduTV!

This Video Streaming service from Informit contains over 50,000+ broadcast programs from free-to-air and pay TV channels in Australia, including documentaries, news and current affairs, films and drama series.

Coverage dates back to 2006 and includes content across a wide range of learning areas. Free to air content is recorded from the ABC, SBS, NITV, 9, 7, 10 channels – among others. EduTV also includes several programs broadcast on Pay TV such as The History Channel, National Geographic, BBC Knowledge and Discovery channels.

EduTV makes it easy for lecturers and students to find and watch relevant television content instantly.



– Immediate streaming access

– Content includes documentaries, drama, series and more from free-to-air and pay TV

– Archives of programs starting from 2006 with up to 120 new programs added weekly

– Instant institutional login—IP address authentication

– Accessible anywhere with an internet connection

– Simple and advanced searching with programs classified by subject areas

Key subjects include:

  • Business and economics
  • Culture and society
  • Current affairs
  • English language
  • Geography and nature
  • Health and physical education
  • History
  • Hospitality and tourism
  • Indigenous studies
  • Languages
  • Legal studies
  • Mathematics
  • Media studies
  • Performing arts
  • Politics and government
  • Religious studies
  • Science and technology
  • Visual arts and design

Learn more about this resource here and try it out today!

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