Supporting you through the research process
The University Library offers high quality resources and services that support our researchers and graduate students through the complete research lifecycle. We can help maximise your research outcomes.
Get help locating published research and key information
- Library guides - curated collections of resources. Get started with Essential Guides, explore discipline-specific resources with Guides by Subject Area. See additional research-focused topics in Guides for Advanced Researchers.
- Popular bibliographic and citation databases
- Theses – locate Australian and international theses.
- Company, industry and country information – a guide to our business databases.
- News and newspapers - access news from Australia and around the world.
- Inter-library Loans - access to books, journal articles, and other resources not available in our libraries.
- Search tools & shortcuts to full-text to save you time.
- Lean Library, Browzine, and LibKey Nomad
- Google Scholar library links
Supporting your grant
- Digital Scholarship is a hub of expertise in digitisation, data management planning, digital curation, forensics and preservation. The team welcomes collaboration with researchers who are developing proposals with a significant digital scholarship component.
- Open research - information and how-to advice on embedding open practices into your research – includes information on complying with funder open access requirements.
- Research Impact Advisory Service (RILAS) for University staff – information to assist you to determine the impact of your publications and other research outputs.
Managing information and data
Get help managing your references and data:
- Managing Data@Melbourne - online training in research data management
- DMPMelbourne - an online tool to help you create a data management plan (DMP)
- Options for managing references - guide
- Statistical and mathematical software -guide
- Digital Scholarship is a hub of expertise in digitisation, data management planning, digital curation, forensics and preservation.
Publishing and sharing
- Scholarly Publishing – a guide to choosing publishers, journal selection and evaluation tools, Open Access publishing and author profiles.
- Open research - information and how-to advice on embedding open practices into your research. Open research aligns with The University of Melbourne’s Principles for Open Access to Research Outputs at Melbourne.
- Researcher profiles, identifiers and social networks - a guide to maximising your impact
- University Copyright Office - advice, support and resources for University researchers.
- Minerva Access (institutional repository) - make your research publications openly available
Do you need to demonstrate the impact and engagement of your research for a grant application or a promotion? Find below links to tools and advice for maximizing, monitoring, measuring, and managing your research impact and engagement:
Research Impact: tools and support to assist with measuring research. Includes self-help guides by Faculty.
Your Minerva Elements profile, if linked to Scopus and Web of Science, will provide citation counts and h-indexes from these sources.
Research Impact Library Advisory Service (RILAS): The University Library can assist academic staff to determine the impact of their publications and other research outputs for grant and promotion applications.
Researcher profiles, identifiers and social networks: Maximise your impact: Guide providing tips on how to promote your research and profile as a researcher.
Altmetrics: a guide to gathering alternate metrics from online activity such as social media, news media, government policy, and more.
Preserving and archiving
- Get expert advice on research data, digital archiving and preservation by contacting Digital Scholarship.
- The University Digitisation Centre (UDC) provides a range of digitisation services to the University community.
- Read about Digital Preservation - Digital Preservation Project Blog
Resources and guidance on copyright considerations affecting your research and publication
Digital Stewardship Team
Assistance with digital transformation of your research, digital preservation and research data management planning
Get support with using UniMelb applications, managing your digital Uni life, or setting up your devices with software
The 2020 Visualise Your Thesis Competition helps graduate researchers to develop essential digital communication skills to effectively convey their complex research to a general audience.
The winner of the University of Melbourne heat will represent the University in the online 2020 International Visualise Your Thesis Competition.
Registrations will open: 1 July 2020
Registrations close: 5 August 2020 at 12pm (noon)
Entry submissions close: 12 August 2020 at 5pm
Awards event: 26 August 2020
- Finding Information
- New to the Library? Here's an introduction to our services and locations.
- Getting started with research? See our guide to the Library's research support.
- The Literature Review: a guide to planning, researching, and writing the building-blocks of your thesis.
- Which are the key databases in your research area? See our Subject Research Guide.
- Explore research methods and concepts to help you to design your research projects.
- Looking for digital tools to support your research? See our 23 Research Things program.
- Supporting your grant
- Melbourne Scholarships provides information about funding opportunities for graduate researchers at the University of Melbourne.
- Research Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) provides information on grant schemes, a Grants Bulletin and grant funding databases (Research Professional, COS Pivot and Jason). RIC also offers a Grant Applications Library.
- The Library offers a guide to grants and scholarships.
- Managing information and data
- Managing Data @Melbourne is the University's research data management training program. It consists of six short modules, which outline the fundamental practices of good data management. Develop the skills you need to draft your research data management plan. Access the program here.
- Reference management programs can be used to organise references and associated notes and articles, and to generate a bibliography in a variety of referencing styles. See the Library's Research Guide on reference management tools for more information and support guides. Information on Reference Management training can be found on the Library Research Training page.
- Licensed software includes: EndNote and RefWorks.
- Statistical tools: The Library's Statistical and Mathematical Software Guide provides information to the University of Melbourne community on where to access quantitative and qualitative research data analysis software on campus; how to purchase licensed copies; training opportunities; links to support materials and selected library reference books.
- The Digital Scholarship Program is part of the Library and includes the University Digitisation Centre (UDC) and a variety of specialised research data services. We provide research data management support, data curation and digital forensics services, digital asset management and preservation advice, analogue/digital format conversion advice, 2D and 3D digitisation, as well as advice with digitisation equipment selection, technical support and out-sourcing options.
- Publishing and sharing
- Publishing your doctoral research is crucial to building your profile as a researcher. The Library's Getting Published Guide provides an overview of the tools and services available to help you to publish strategically. We also run classes on Research Impact and Publishing - see the Library Research Training page for details.
- Which journals should you target? Journal directories such as Cabell's, PubsHub and Ulrich's can help.
- Consider setting up researcher identifiers, such as an ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID), to link all your publications and create a visible online presence. See our Researcher Profiles Guide for more information.
- The University Copyright Office can provide advice on copyright issues relating to your thesis and other research publications. They also provide advice on the making the digital copy of your thesis Open Access.
- Measuring impact
- The Library's Research Impact Guide provides an introduction on how to measure the impact of published research, including your own.
- Who is citing whom? Citation databases such as Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar can help you map out research trends and identify high-impact publications. Find out more.
- As an early-career researcher, consider setting up profiles such as ORCID, ResearcherID, Scopus Author Identifier, and a Google Scholar profile, to ensure that your publications are grouped together and easily identified and properly attributed. Read more about researcher profiles on our Library Research Guide.
- Preserving and archiving
- Digital Thesis Submission: The Graduate Research Hub provides more information on how to submit a digital copy of your higher degree thesis.
- Research Data Management: Good research data management practice enables researchers to conduct their research more efficiently, offers greater opportunities for sharing and reusing the research data and allows for better management of research resources. The University Library provides an online training program for graduate researchers in research data management (MANTRA). Find out more and sign-up.
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Researcher@Library program for graduate researchers and academics
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