23: library as a research tool

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Well -  we’re finally at the end of 23 Research Things @ACU. For our final post we thought we’d take a look at the ACU Library itself and the services it provides for researchers. Over the past few months we’ve presented a range of digital tools and, of course, different ...

22: on the horizon…what more is out there?

Monday, December 21st, 2015

  More than just on the horizon...it's here! 3D printing 3D printing is by no means a new process but it has become very popular recently due to its increasing affordability. It basically works by turning digital 3D models into physical objects by a process called additive manufacturing, where the models are created ...

21: managing video and audio material

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_424" align="aligncenter" width="300"] 1927: The actress Renee Adoree (1898-1933) plays with a stuffed lion during a break in the filming of, 'The Show' (directed by Tod Browning and produced by MGM) in which she stars with John Gilbert. (Photo by Margaret Chute/Getty Images)[/caption]       We have very quickly looked at screen ...

20: making and sharing podcasts and videos

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Audio Audio may seem ‘old school’, but it can be useful to researchers in a number of ways.  As a dictation tool for quick note-taking and capturing ideas, or for recording interviews that can be transcribed later. Podcasts are also a popular method of sharing and promoting information to a wider ...

19: screen capture tools

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Making your own podcast or video can be fairly straightforward, and there are lots of free tools to make it easier and add bells and whistles. For now, we’ll deal separately with screen capture tools, which offer a video recording of action on a computer screen (with or without an ...

18: text mining tools

Friday, November 20th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_347" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Gold Mining in California. Scenes of the 1849 Californian Gold Rush showing cradling, panning, washing with a 'long tom' and hydraulic mining. Coloured lithograph by Currier and Ives 1871.[/caption]   Text Mining, also often referred to as Text Data Mining or Text Analytics, is a process of filtering ...

17: visualisation tools

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Zombie Apocalypse - https://public.tableau.com/s/gallery/zombie-apocalypse using Tableau Public Researchers produce data in a variety of forms and usually in large quantities. Visualisation tools can help you to synthesize this data and provide engaging ways for presenting it to a broader audience.  This week we take a look at a range of some popular ...

16: mapping tools

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) provide a way to visualise and contextualise complex data. There is a wide range of software available that researchers can use to display and share their research data via blogs, Google Earth & Maps and social media. Whether you’re uploading information from spreadsheets to ...

15: managing research data

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_317" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Recording Data with Bird in Hand. [Photography].[/caption]Research Data So far on the 23 Research Things journey, you will have learned about the variety of tools to help you develop, communicate and present your research. This week we deal with something which you can spend a lot of ...

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 ...