Reading List is here!

The Library is now using Reading List to manage readings for UNE units through Moodle.  All new readings are being added to Reading List and as older readings are moved across, eReserve will gradually be phased out.  Unit readings that have not been moved to Reading List will be accessible in eReserve, which will continue to manage and host past exams.

Have a look for ‘Reading List’ in your unit’s Moodle site in the first instance. 

In Reading List, readings will be in your School’s preferred citation style and can be marked as either required or recommended.  Readings can have comments added by the unit coordinator, and may be sorted into groups.

Reading List’s benefits include the ability for unit coordinators to discover, add, organise and annotate readings quickly and easily.  Links to relevant Library resources, scanned resources as well as online resources can be added to a unit’s list of readings in Reading List, keeping them together for ease of access or refresh as necessary.

For assistance with using Reading List and for help to find the best resources available, contact your Librarian.

Berenice Scott and Jessica Fitzgerald

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Meet your HDR Support Network

The UNE Postgraduate Conference 2019 is being held January 15-16.

The purpose of this event is to create “intersections of knowledge”, by bringing our postgraduate researchers together and provide an opportunity demonstrate resilience created through research to colleagues and interested individuals from across UNE and the community.

Alongside this, is the conference special session: meet your HDR Support Network

In these concurrent sessions HDR students will meet one-on-one with a number of staff from UNE’s student support networks.

You will learn more about the library, academic skills officers, UNE Sport, counselling, IT services, and many more, giving them the opportunity to put names, faces, and services together.

If you would like to know more about the support and services offered at UNE then these sessions are for you!

Register at Eventbrite for your HDR Support Network one-on-one session.

Seats are limited so register now.


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tUNE up Courses – Coming Soon

The Academic Skills Office will soon be running two of their tUNEup programs. 

The next tUNEup from Home University Preparation Course will run from 22 October – 2 November, 2018. This program has proven to be a very effective booster program for students who are beginning university studies OR have been experiencing difficulties with their academic literacy in their study program. Students may enrol as often as they feel the need to improve their skills.  

The course is free, runs over a period of two weeks and covers aspects of academic writing, study skills and online learning. Specific areas covered in the course include paragraph writing, paraphrasing, referencing, academic writing style, grammar and punctuation. Further details of the course can be found on the ASO website at

If you wish to recommend the next tUNEup program to first year or other continuing students, details are:

tUNEup from home: 22 October – 2 November, 2018

To register, use either of these methods:

The online tUNEup your Maths program for students from 22 October– 2 November, 2018. The course is free and runs over two weeks prior to Trimester 3, 2018.

tUNEup your Maths

The tUNEup Mathematics course is designed to assist students to fill in some gaps in their secondary school-level mathematics. The two-week course focuses on some early algebra and pre-calculus material.

Students will focus on one topic each day of the two-week program. The time required to complete the course work will vary from student to student, depending on ability. Some students may need to devote up to 3-4 hours a day to each topic. Further details about the course can be found on the ASO site at

To register:

Book into ‘tUNEup Maths’ online at

OR email:

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Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

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Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes with academic publishing? Probably not, let’s be honest. But whether you’re an academic, student, or librarian – it’s important to know the landscape that surrounds the big business around academic publishing and why the Open Access movement is so important to the future of research.

To celebrate Open Access Week 2018, UNE Library will be hosting a screening of the documentary Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.

WHEN: Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018

WHERE: The Letters Room, Dixson Library

TIME: 1:15pm (running time is approximately 65 minutes)

RSVP: Register online via UNE Library

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Sharing your work online without breaching copyright: or how I learned to stop worrying and use ResearchGate correctly

Academics often like to make their published work as accessible to readers as possible, which is great. Unfortunately, they are often not aware if they are breaching copyright with their publisher, which isn’t great. Hopefully in this post I can give you some information about the questions you need to ask, the resources you can use, and how to best disseminate your research without infringing on any contracts you may have with publishers.

Definition of terms

Pre-peer review version: The version before revisions arising from peer review are made (sometimes called the pre-print) and still in the format you originally submitted to the publisher.

Post-peer review version: The version of your work after peer review, but still in the format originally accepted by the publisher (most commonly a word.doc), except with added revisions (sometimes called the post-print).

Publisher version: the published version of your work that has been stylised per publisher guidelines and is available through physical copy or on their website. Usually, the publisher owns copyright of this work.

Please visit Sherpa/Romeo (details below) for copyright details for specific publishers or contact UNE’s Researcher Services Librarians.


How copyright is often breached

With most publishing models authors cede copyright of the publisher version of their publication to their publisher. This means that when an author shares a publisher version online instead of, for example, linking to the publisher version on the publisher’s website, they have breached their copyright. It is important to know which version of your publication you have ownership over (see definition of terms, above) and when and where you are allowed to publicly share your publications.

If you publish Open Access you maintain copyright of your work and are able to upload your publication online when and where you wish.


How to share publications online (the legal way)

ResearchGate is a very popular publication sharing platform. Put simply, you are unable to upload a publisher version of your work onto ResearchGate (or any other sharing platform). To avoid breaching copyright, you can upload a pre-peer review version at any time, a post-peer review version after the embargo period has ended, or information about a publisher version (title, abstract) and either link to the publisher’s website or ask people to contact you directly.

This applies for several other sharing platforms such as, Mendeley, ArXiv, and personal websites.

How can I share it? advises on what you can share, how you can share it, and where you can share it. If you have a publication you can enter in the DOI (digital object identifier), select if you are an author on the publication or not, and be given a list of what you can share and where.

If you are looking to publish and want to know more about sharing policies there are a number of publisher sharing policies listed and information on worldwide voluntary principles.

How can I share it? also has information on a number of scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs) that may be suitable for you to upload your publication to. These include figshare, LabArchive, and the Center for Open Science.


It is a requirement that all publications from UNE students and staff be stored in UNE’s Repository. Upon publication you will be asked to provide metadata, the publisher version for the dark archive (this is not made public), and a pre-peer review or post-peer review version of the output to make it open access (if applicable).


Other resources

Please contact UNE Library ( if you have any questions.

UNE’s Copyright page

Sherpa/Romeo– a database of publisher copyright and self-archiving policies

A social networking site is not an open access repository

Getting it right: Disseminating research in the world of open access publishing, academic social networks and institutional repositories’: Panel discussion + Q&A Webinar

Publishers escalate legal battle against ResearchGate (HigherEd, October 2018)


-Eleanor Colla, Researcher Services Librarian, UNE

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Research UNE (RUNE) is now Live!


Research UNE’ is now live! 

UNE’s new research repository has been launched in record time to ensure UNE has ample time to prepare for the next round of ERA reporting. There are some features that are still in development and you will notice further changes and enhancements over the next few months.

Researcher profiles are one of the most exciting features of the new system. Researchers at UNE are now able to showcase their research outputs together under a personal profile.  They can decide on the order they would like their research outputs to display and link their ORCID and Researcher ID. This means greater visibility and impact for the work of UNE Researchers.  If you do not have an ORCiD, the international digital identifier that distinguishes you from other researchers, now is the time to sign up.

In order to submit new research outputs to ‘Research UNE’ you will need to login to your account. Use your UNE credentials to login (via Shibboleth). You can then start a new submission or begin to edit your Researcher Profile.  There are Guidelines and Help pages on the new site to assist you.  The Library will also be offering hands-on training in the coming weeks.  Please contact your Researcher Services Librarians for individual help  Please email to report any issues regarding the new repository.

Enjoy exploring the new repository, which now includes publications, datasets and researcher profiles.

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Google Dataset Search

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If you’re a data scientist or suffering from a compulsion to mine vast amounts of data for some “data gold” then you may find Google Dataset Search of interest. Alternatively, you may be curious about what all the fuss is about big data, data mining, data analytics, data analysis and data modeling.

“Data analysis is the process of evaluating data using analytical and logical reasoning in order to examine each component of the data. Typically this process is done automatically by analytics tools but the process works by inspecting, cleaning, transforming, and modelling data with the goal of providing useful information, suggesting conclusions, and supporting decision-making.” [1]

Google’s new Dataset Search allows you to search for publicly held datasets in a similar manner to Google Search. Dataset Search is still in beta though it appears refining web searches are much the same as the common search techniques used for Google Search. Public datasets that are quite popular at the moment include US Medicare data, weather data, disease surveillance, motor vehicle accidents and GitHub. The current aim of Google Datasets Search is to connect the datasets from thousands of data repositories and make them discoverable for users. Datasets currently available mostly include sets from environmental and social sciences, government data and news organisations.

What is a dataset?

According to Google, a dataset may include:

  • A table or a CSV file with some data
  • An organized collection of tables
  • A file in a proprietary format that contains data
  • A collection of files that together constitute some meaningful dataset
  • A structured object with data in some other format that you might want to load into a special tool for processing
  • Images capturing data
  • Files relating to machine learning, such as trained parameters or neural network structure definitions


– By Martin Hyson, Electronic Resources Officer, UNE Library.


[1] “What is Data Analysis?” 2016.Progressive Digital Media Technology News, Jul 28.

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Borrowing from Home

Borrowing from the University Library these days is like 21st Century shopping.

  • You can walk into Dixson or the Law Library and choose what you want. You can even use the self-serve checkout machine if you want to.
  • If you live too far away, we can post you books, and we’ll include a pre-paid return and a tracking label.
  • You can browse our physical collection by using the Virtual Browse tab, to the right of the Get It and Details tabs in a physical item’s record in ‘Search’.
  • Perhaps you’d like to browse one of our large eBook collections, such as ProQuest Ebook Central?
  • If you just need a chapter or an article, we can digitise and email it to off-campus students. You can even borrow in person from participating ULANZ libraries, if you happen to live near one of those.
  • You can use Chat or Ask A Librarian to have a subject-specialist librarian help you select something.

You can find out how to do all these things by looking at the Library’s webpage. Near the top of the screen you’ve find a menu beginning with a Home symbol. Under Find you’ll see how you can locate particular categories of items, such as Theses, videos or past exam papers. Have a look at the Borrowing menu to find out how long you can keep items, borrow from another university library or how to have something sent to you. The Services menu will give you ideas on some of the services you might not have known we offer. On the right of our homepage are Ask A Librarian and Chat.

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Upcoming Library Class – Borrowing and Library “Search”

The Library will be holding a class on the 26 September from 4 – 4.30pm. Come along to the Library’s Training Lab or attend via webinar (the link will be sent before the session). Learn about our postal and digitisation service, the new Reading List, and practice some searching on ‘Search’ – the Library’s discover layer. In ‘Search’, we’ll use the features of Advanced Search, and we’ll also apply filters so we find the most relevant resources.

Registrations are now open at

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Returning your books to UNE Library for online students

When you borrow books from UNE Library as an online student, you will also receive in the parcel:

  • a return postage paid sticker; and
  • a parcel post tracking label.

When it is time for you to return your books to the Library, simply attach these stickers to your parcel to have free tracked postage.

Please remember to retain the sender’s copy of the tracking number for your records.

You can then track the progress of your returned items by visiting the Australia Post website or by calling 137678 with the tracking number.

Be aware that Australia Post delivery times can vary considerably. We have found it can take between 4-8 days for parcels to reach Armidale through parcel post. If you are worried that this might lead to your book being overdue, you can renew the item online* or contact and let them know the tracking number so that we know the parcel is on its way back.

We hope that this is a useful service, please do not hesitate to contact the Library on 1800 059 735 with any questions that you might have.

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