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University of California Press makes 700 eBooks available for free

Open Culture reports that the University of California Press has made 700 of its eBooks freely available to the public. The UC Press eBook collection contains almost 2,000 academic publications on a wide range of subjects; 700 of these are now on open access. The available titles can be browsed here by subject area. Unfortunately, they can’t be downloaded but they can be saved using the ‘Bookbag’ tool, so you can return to your title of choice. The University of Melbourne Library already has electronic access to many of these titles but the move to open access is very welcome. Personally, I’m dipping in to Edwin Hall’s The Arnolfini Betrothal: Medieval Marriage and the Enigma of Van Eyck’s Double Portrait.




RILAS: Applying for a research grant? Library support for your application

With the next ARC and NHMRC funding rounds opening in early 2014, many researchers at the University of Melbourne will be preparing applications. The Research Impact Library Advisory Service (RILAS) can assist researchers to determine the impact of their publications and other research outputs for the purposes of grant applications. RILAS can provide a written ‘Research Citation and Impact Report’, which includes citation counts and journal impact metrics from Thomson’s Web of Science and Scopus’ SciMago Journal Reports (SJR). This will help you to determine:

  • How often you are cited
  • Where you are cited
  • The impact of your creative output
  • The impact measures for key journals
  • Your h-index.

The service preferably requires two-weeks delivery time. Contact rilas-library@lists.unimelb.edu.au for assistance, and for more information visit the RILAS webpage.


Academic Staff Survey: The first Australian survey of scholarly information practices in research-intensive universities

For more than a decade the Library Client Satisfaction Survey has provided national benchmarks for evaluating the quality and range of services provided for university students in Australia. To date, there has been no comparable benchmark survey of academic staff members’ attitudes, needs and usage of university libraries.

The Academic Staff Survey 2013 explores academic staff members’ research processes, teaching practices, attitudes towards publishing and research data management, and the role of the university library in academic life.

The survey is open to any member of the University of Melbourne’s academic staff — continuing, fixed-term, casual, early career, mid career, late career, from tutor to Professor Emeritus. It should require no more than 20-25 minutes to complete. Participation is both anonymous and voluntary.

For more information, and to access the survey, visit the Information Futures website.


NVivo: Introduction and Advanced courses at UniMelb

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is once again offering courses for NVivo 10*. These 4 hour courses are open to all current UniMelb students and staff. The Introduction to NVivo 10 course is for beginning, recent or lapsed users who need to refresh themselves on the basics and gain a solid foundation for more advanced applications of the software. The Advanced NVivo 10 course is for users familiar with the software or for those who have completed the Introduction to NVivo 10 course.  Continue reading “NVivo: Introduction and Advanced courses at UniMelb”


Gallipoli Battlefield Survey – Read about Professor Tony Sagona’s archeological research

Professor Tony Sagona and a team of archeologists, historians, classicists, geographers and government officials from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey, have been surveying the Gallipoli battlefield. The materials being uncovered are building a more complete account of life in the trenches and how it may have varied at the front line across opposing sides of the conflict. Linking new with old data and documenting all the discoveries in the field is a key objective of the survey and also a major challenge. Digital mapping of physical location with the data as it is uncovered enables new details to emerge and confirm aspects of the battle.
Read about the battle, the story and the researchers in an article recently published in Slate Magazine: http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/american_military_history/2013/11/the_battle_of_gallipoli_winston_churchill_mustafa_kemal_and_the_battle_that.html

Professor Sagona and colleagues will also be publishing a book about the survey in August 2015 with Cambridge University Press.


23 Things for Research

Digital tools are an increasingly vital part of research activity but the range and complexity of such tools can be overwhelming.

If you are challenged by:

  • Tools that are easy to access, but difficult to use
  • Tools that require complex customisation to meet your needs
  • The overwhelming number of tools & their fitness for your purpose
  • Ways to automate parts of your research methodology

Then help us help you! Tell us what YOU want to learn more about:

Collaboration Tools Mind-mapping tools
Blogging and Wikis Visualisation tools
Time management & Organisation Using QR Codes
Social Media Researcher profiles
Digital asset management & curation Online citation analysis & publication
Communication tools Online survey tools
File sharing GIS and Mapping tools

The University Library is planning a 23 Things learning environment that suits YOUR research needs. For a recent example from Oxford, see the Bodleian’s current ’23 Things’ program: http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/23things/all-about-23-things/. If you’re interested in being involved in a similar project here at Melbourne, leave your comments below.


EndNote and Mac compatibility

EndNote has been tested for compatibility with Apple OX 10.9 (‘Mavericks’). Thomson Reuters has issued the following guidelines:

EndNote X7
There are some minor issues and a free update patch will be released in the next few weeks.

EndNote X6
EndNote X6 is not officially compatible with Mac OS X 10.9 ‘Mavericks’. EndNote X6 is being tested with Mac OS X 10.9 to determine informal compatibility any exceptions found will be reported on the Thomson Reuters Customer Portal.

EndNote X5 and earlier
Due to major compatibility issues, it is not recommend to attempt to use EndNote X5 or earlier on OS X 10.9. When attempting to launch EndNote X5 or earlier, a warning message comes up that will include “unable to load ….ENCore.Bundle”. EndNote X5 and earlier will fail to launch after receiving this message. There are no known workarounds for this issue besides moving to a more recent version of EndNote or restoring your computer  (using a Time Machine Backup for example) to a previous version of Mac OS X.


Open Access Week: Points of view

Open Access is – unsurprisingly, perhaps – flavour of the week and the topic of much discussion.

The Conversation has several articles on the subject. Two recent discussions include Roxanne Missingham (University Librarian, ANU) on the impact of open access on the scholarly publishing industry and Martin Eve (Lecturer, University of Lincoln) responding to John Bohannon’s report on the failure of peer-review and editorial processes among some open-access journals.

Also, in the Guardian Peter Suber (Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication) addresses six myths about open-access publishing. Closer to home, the Thesis Whisperer hosts an interesting piece by Belinda Thompson (Menzies Centre for Health Policy, ANU) on why ‘grey literature’ is not open access.

Finally, staff and students at the University of Melbourne publish a number of open-access journals; find them here. And on a broader note, the Directory of Open Access Journals seeks to provide links to all peer-reviewed, open-access journals.


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