Archive for October, 2015

14: reference management tools

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Reference management systems enable you to save, store and manage your bibliographies while you’re searching for information across databases and web based resources. A reference management tool can also insert in-text citations as you write up your research, thus automatically building your reference lists. Use these time saving tools as ...

13: presenting your research

Monday, October 26th, 2015

We’ve all been there: that presentation that was death by PowerPoint… Presenting your research well is of course about more than the tools you use, but thinking critically about those tools can also help you to reflect on the structure and pitch of your presentation itself. Thing 13 looks at a ...

12 : digital (social media) curation and content aggregation

Monday, October 26th, 2015

It has never been so easy to generate web content, and a major contributor to this content explosion is social media. Social media has grown extensively in the last few years, and its use has become ubiquitous. Many platforms exist that serve different communities and purposes, with new ones emerging every ...

11: web-conferencing and communication tools

Friday, October 9th, 2015

As cross-institutional research collaboration becomes increasingly common, more and more researchers need to communicate with one another via a web-conferencing tool that allows them not only to talk but also to share screens, collaborate on documents and share files. Even within a single institution, web-conferencing can be useful as a ...

10: using images

Friday, October 9th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_249" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Genetic research. A macro photograph of a transgenic mouse with green flourescing protein, the CaBa-mouse. In order to create this mouse, the Green Florescent Protein Gene (GFP)of the jellyfish, Aequorea victoria, is injected into the fertilized egg cell of a mouse. Thus, the GFP is produced ...

9: survey tools

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

[caption id="attachment_219" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Female students/Land surveying USA 1920 Geography / Surveyor - Female students at Pennsylvania University, USA, land surveying. - Photo, c.1920.[/caption] Image credit: Female students/Land surveying USA 1920. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/search/109_133588/1/109_133588/cite Surveys have always been a major research tool but the increasing number of online survey programs ...

8: mindmapping and brainstorming tools

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Approaching a new research topic can often seem daunting: you often need to get to grips with a large body of diverse, complex and multi-faceted data. Want to get it all under control? Mind mapping and brainstorming tools might be just the thing! What is mind mapping and brainstorming? Mind mapping is an ...