Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Staff: submit your textbooks adoptions for semester 2 now

To ensure your students are able to access the resources they need in semester 2, via the Library, please submit the details of the books you have prescribed or recommended by 20 April. 

All the information you need to submit now is on the textbook adoptions page.  

Please note that the Co-op Bookshop has now closed, and alternative resourcing is currently being considered.  We will provide further details on new arrangements when they are available.   

Your Liaison Librarian can assist you to identify suitable materials for your course, or email your questions to textbook.assist@rmit.edu.au

Books on a shelf

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Getting the best resources for your first assignment

Your lecturer asks you to find journal articles for your first assignment. What does that even mean? Where do you start looking? Watch this video. *Warning: contains cute cats.

If you need to find scholarly articles for your assignment, you'll need to search a database. As an RMIT student you have free access to a vast number of databasesDatabases help you to find high quality, up-to-date journal articles (and more) that have been published by respected publishers. This video contains the ins and outs of databases but no cats. :-(

So where should I start?
The best place to start is your subject guide. Specially designed for your subject area these guides point you to the best resources for your studies, including which databases to search for quality journal articles
You can also search for electronic resources at the Databases A-Z where you'll find shortcuts to our most frequently used databases (like ProQuest, Emerald or Lynda.com). You'll be able to search for e-journals, e-books, newspapers, videos, images and more.
You have access to a vast range of free e-resources, which you can access anywhere, anytime. Jump in and explore!

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

RMIT authors showcase - Professor McMurray and Dr Muenjohn

At RMIT University Library we are extremely proud of our academics and the contributions they make to research and innovation in their fields.
A recent addition to the Library’s collection is The Palgrave Handbook of Leadership in Transforming Asia co-edited and co-contributed to by Dr Nuttawuth Muenjohn and Professor Adela McMurray from RMIT University. This publication provides a comprehensive overview and evaluation of the variety of the leadership issues that affect the relationship between leaders and their followers in the Asian context. Read the book.

Photo of Professor McMurray
Professor McMurray has extensive experience researching in public and private sectors and has published over 220 refereed publications. Her research is internationally recognised and she is the recipient of four Australian Research Council grants, two industry Collaborative Research Centre grants and various other grants. Adela has won teaching and leadership awards, she chaired the USA Academy of Management’s International Theme Committee and is a member of a number of journal editorial advisory boards. Adela’s research expertise addresses workplace innovation, organisational culture and climate, cultural diversity and sustainability.
Photo of Dr Muenjohn

Dr Muenjohn’s research focuses on leadership studies, international management, workplace innovation and cross cultural issues in management. He has worked on various research collaborations with international networks in the Asia-Pacific region such as China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India and Australia. Dr Muenjohn has been the recipient of the RMIT College of Business for Best Research Supervisor Award in 2015 and 2013 and has been awarded research grants and funding from ten research projects in the last five years, of which he was the first Chief Investigator in eight.

For more information with more comprehensive bibliographies and lists of their publications visit their staff profiles:

Professor Adela McMurray
Dr Nuttawuth Muenjohn

Other joint publications:

Moussa, M. McMurray, A. and Muenjohn, N. 2018, 'A Conceptual Framework of the Factors Influencing Innovation in Public Sector Organizations', in Journal of Developing Areas, Tennessee State University, United States, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 231-240 

Muenjohn, N.,McMurray, A. (2017). Design leadership, work values ethic and workplace innovation: an investigation of SMEs in Thailand and Vietnam In: Asia Pacific Business Review, 23, 192 - 204

Alenazi, F.,Muenjohn, N.,McMurray, A. (2017). The effect of demographic characteristics on leadership behaviour In: World Journal of Management, 8, 15 - 31

Muenjohn, N.,McMurray, A. (2016). The impact of leadership on workplace innovation in Thai and Vietnamese SMES In: The Journal of Developing Areas, 50, 479 - 486

Khalili, A.,Muenjohn, N.,McMurray, A. (2015). Leadership behaviour, creativity and innovative behaviour: instrument development inquiry In: Proceedings of the International Conference on Business and Information (BAI 2015), Hawaii, United States, 4-6 February 2015

Thursday, 1 March 2018

University Co-op bookshop closing Bundoora and city stores

The University Co-op Bookshop will be closing its stores on the Bundoora and city campuses on 8 March.

Students will still be able to order their books through the Co-op's online service.

Where can I collect my outstanding orders?
If you pre-ordered in-store or paid for click-and-collect you can collect your purchase from the Co-op store at VU City Flinders Shop 2, 300 Flinders Street.

How can the Library help?

The Library will generally hold a copy of your textbook, search LibrarySearch.

Academics: if the textbook you need is unavailable for purchase, talk to the Library about the ereserve service. We can help by scanning chapters and making them available to your students. We will also continue to collect information from you about which titles you are recommending or prescribing. This will help inform the Co-op as to likely demand and will ensure titles are held in the Library. Make sure your lists are up-to-date or contact textbook.assist@rmit.edu.au.

Alternatively, textbooks may be ordered from suppliers including:

or direct from the publishers including:

Secondhand textbook can be purchased from:

Textbooks can be rented from:

Or find the best price from:

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Researchers: want to share your data?

Research data is the information, records and files that are collected or used during the research process. Examples of research data include notebooks, recordings, survey forms, specimens and other samples, photographs or computer code required to reconstruct meaningful information.

Making data discoverable increases your research impact, assists with the verification of results and more importantly allows others to reuse the data in new research endeavours. 

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The RMIT Research Data Catalogue is a metadata publisher that enables RMIT researchers to share information about their research data across the globe. It automatically publishes this information to Research Data Australia, enabling international access and collaboration. See RMIT records 

Email research.data@rmit.edu.au to have your dataset added to RMIT Research Data Catalogue, or for more information. Sam Gibbard and Adam Rivett from the Library can assist you and advise on storage and other research data management related issues.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

RMIT authors showcase - Professor Penelope Weller

As part of our showcase of RMIT authors, we are pleased to feature Penelope Weller, Professor, and Director of Juris Doctor Programs in the Graduate School of Business & Law at RMIT University.

Photograph of Penelope Weller

Penelope’s research is in the area of mental health law. Her research has been influential in mental health law reform in Australian states and territories, and Northern Ireland.

Penelope’s latest publication, Health law: frameworks and context is co-written with Anne-Maree Farrell (La Trobe University), John Devereux (University of Queensland), Isabel Karpin (University of Technology, Sydney) who are all respected academics in this field. Drawing upon a range of disciplinary perspectives, the book adopts a theoretically informed and principles-based approach to examining health law. It comprehensively covers the fundamental concepts of health law in Australia and internationally.

Find the book at RMIT University Library:
Farrell, A.M., et. al., 2017, Health law : frameworks and context, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Other publications by Professor Penelope Weller, available at RMIT University Library, include:

Weller, P., 2010, Rethinking rights-based mental health laws, Oxford, Hart Publishing.

Please view Professor Penelope Weller’s staff profile for a more comprehensive biography and list of her publications.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Research Writing Group Kit: helping doctoral students, researchers and supervisors with writing groups

The Research Writing Group Kit, developed by Study and Learning Centre staff, is a fabulous tool for anyone writing research who would like to learn how to establish and run a writing group. Learn how to set up, maintain, facilitate and coordinate a group.
Judy Maxwell describes the kit and how the Study and Learning Centre provides help to doctoral students, researchers and supervisors wishing to establish writing groups.
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The benefits of research writing groups (RWGs) are well-documented. They can enhance research students’ conceptual knowledge and their ability to communicate this effectively through their research writing (Aitchison, 2009; Aitchison & Guerin, 2014). Kamler and Thomson (2006) remind us that research writing is not only about engaging in textual practices; it is as much about developing scholarly identity as a researcher. RWGs effectively contribute to this by encouraging group members to explain their research and share their research writing with others, and this builds confidence and authority in their work.
The Study and Learning Centre facilitated RWGs across the university for many years, but the number of groups grew, and some existing groups became too large to allow all members to have their text discussed. Clearly, we needed a more sustainable approach in terms of staffing. Our solution was to develop the Research Writing Group Kit that would support peer facilitation of RWGs.
The Research Writing Group Kit is a set of online tools for anyone writing research (including research candidates, early career researchers and supervisors) that would like to take part in a writing group. The kit provides information about setting up and maintaining a group; the role of the facilitator; guidelines for coordination and operation; routines and activities for effective writing production; and key research writing issues.
The kit includes the following:

  • A Handbook for Facilitators of RWGs. This includes sections on coordinating groups, managing group dynamics, and a set of trouble-shooting FAQs. It also has a set of templates for a variety of purposes, e.g. a procedures agreement, a contacts list, rights and responsibilities, a needs analysis and an evaluation form. Not all groups use all of these; some run in a more informal way, but they’re there if needed. The Handbook also includes a section on various writing group approaches, ideas for networking and other sources of support.
  • A PowerPoint Presentation to use at the first session of a RWG to generate discussion of issues such as what to expect, what the group won’t do (e.g. it isn’t a proofreading service), and the benefits of a RWG. It also facilitates discussion around ‘housekeeping’ issues such as how often the group will meet, location, how communication will take place, etc.
  • Downloadable resources including: 
  • Research writing group kit introduction 
  • Establishing and maintaining a ‘safe’ space for critiquing 
  • Requesting feedback 
  • The art of receiving writing feedback 
  • Giving constructive writing feedback. 
  • A PDF document for developing textual analysis skills to assist in critiquing research writing texts. 
  • Additional PDF resources for 14 writing group activities.

Building sustainable participation
Of course, it's all very well to develop resources, but often the difficulty is getting uptake. In this case, we developed a flier that we email to all supervisors at the beginning of each year, encouraging them to pass on this information to their research students and to consider facilitating groups of their own research students. We make personal contact with the higher degree research student coordinators in each School and supervisors with whom we’ve worked closely. All research students who have attended workshops or had individual appointments with us the previous year are emailed the flier, and we run a workshop as part of a series of workshops run by the School of Graduate Research: The ‘why’ and ‘how’ of setting up and running a research writing group. Any students or supervisors who express interest are asked to contact me.
This results in varying numbers of new, interested students each year. In most cases, new groups are established along disciplinary lines, although some students express a preference for multidisciplinary groups, which we try to accommodate. If we find only one or two potential new group members in a School that already has one or two group, we negotiate with existing group members to see if they're happy to have new members.
Institutional roles
Our involvement with all groups is to attend the first and second sessions and then ‘dip in’ when needed. At the first session, we help the group identify a facilitator (pointing out that this isn’t an onerous job and that it can rotate around the group members) and facilitate decisions around frequency of meetings, the location, and how much text should be submitted. At the second session (and a third, if requested), we model the critiquing process with students’ texts by sharing strategies for ‘noticing’ elements of research writing. At the end of this session, we encourage reflection on the process and discuss any issues coming out of this. We also maintain regular contact with the peer facilitator and offer ongoing support. On a few occasions when a group is in danger of disbanding, the facilitator has asked us back. On these occasions we discuss the purpose and benefits of RWGs again and focus on the specific issues the group has, and we’re often able to keep it together. Occasionally this doesn’t work. Sometimes there are unresolvable group dynamic problems, or perhaps the group doesn’t match the expectations. We also offer to run mini-workshops on any areas of research writing the group is struggling with, e.g. they might want to discuss various cohesive strategies, or ‘moves’ in abstracts.
We find that, in general, groups seem to run well with peer facilitation. We encourage supervisors to pop into groups and this does occasionally happen. Currently, we have two groups that are facilitated by supervisors. We also have some groups with a mixture of research students and early career researchers. Groups often don’t have stable membership; as students become more involved in their research, they’re not writing as much (or at all) so they’ll drop out for a few weeks or months and come back when they’re getting back into the writing. Some groups fold within a few weeks, others stay together for a year or so. However, others have run for much longer, with new members gradually replacing those who graduate. It’s probably no surprise that the groups that tend to stay together longer are those with supervisor or early career researcher involvement. In the last five years since our research writing group kit was developed, the number of writing groups has increased each year. This year we have around ten groups. Although that doesn’t seem like many, it’s certainly more than we managed to directly facilitate before the kit was developed, and we strive each year to increase this.
To obtain the kit please email Judy Maxwell.

Aitchison, C. (2009). Writing groups for doctoral education. Studies in Higher Education, 34/8, 905-916.
Aitchison, C. & Guerin, C. (Eds.) (2014). Writing Groups for Doctoral Education and Beyond: Innovations in Practice and Theory. London: Routledge.
Kamler & Thomson (2006). Helping doctoral students write: Pedagogies for supervision. Milton Park: Routledge.