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Research Tools: Supporting Research and Publication


Ale Ebrahim, Nader (2015), Research Tools: Supporting Research and Publication, Dryad, Other,


“Research Tools” can be defined as vehicles that broadly facilitate research and related activities. Scientific tools enable researchers to collect, organize, analyze, visualize and publicized research outputs. Dr. Nader has collected over 700 tools that enable students to follow the correct path in research and to ultimately produce high-quality research outputs with more accuracy and efficiency. It is assembled as an interactive Web-based mind map, titled “Research Tools”, which is updated periodically. “Research Tools” consists of a hierarchical set of nodes. It has four main nodes: (1) Searching the literature, (2) Writing a paper, (3) Targeting suitable journals, and (4) Enhancing visibility and impact of the research, and six auxiliary nodes. Several free tools can be found in the child nodes. Some paid tools are also included. In this workshop some tools as examples from the four main nodes will be described. The e-skills learned from the workshop are useful across various research disciplines and research institutions.