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Research Tools By: Nader Ale Ebrahim
Transcript of Research Tools By: Nader Ale Ebrahim
Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture,
Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The scenarios “I just join as new graduate students and I am not sure how to do a literature search”
“I have been into research for sometimes now but I spend a lot of time to get the articles I want”
“I am sure I have downloaded the article but I am not able to find it”
“I wanted to write a new paper, how can I manage the references in the shortest possible time?”
“I have many references, some for my old papers, some for my current research. Sometimes, they are so many that I can’t recall where I have kept them in my folders!”
“I have written an article and I am not able to find a proper Journal”
"I want to increase the citation of my papers, how do I do?"
Objectives To reduce the search time by expanding the knowledge of researchers to more effectively use the "tools" that are available through the Net.
To evaluate the types of literature that researchers will encounter.
To convert the information on the search for a written document.
Help researchers learn how to search and analyze the right journal to submit.
To promote their publication for further citation.
Outline Part 1 Search for a proper article
Finding review articles
Evaluate a paper/journal quality
Do an effective literature search
Keeping up-to-date (Alert system)
Indexing desktop search
Organize the references (Reference management)
Target suitable journal
The impact factor-Journal ranking
Promote your publication to get more citation
Reduce Research Time Research can be a time consuming and sometimes boring task. How can you make it easier for yourself?
An effective search strategy can save hours of wasted research time and provide a clear direction for your search.
Accelerate Research Help research student to spend less time on IT issues and more time on discovery.
Effective search strategies an understanding of the types of information available
the skills to use the various research tools
an appreciation of how to access this information
the strategies to evaluate the literature
Search for proper article How to Find and Develop a Viable Research Topic? Step One: Identify a Topic.
Step Two: Test Your Topic.
Test the main concepts or keywords in your topic by looking them up in the appropriate background sources or by using them as search terms.
If you are finding too much information and too many sources, narrow your topic by using the and operator
Finding too little information may indicate that you need to broaden your topic.
Keywords Ask your supervisors what their expectations are right at the beginning?
Google Wonder wheel Save time by exploring relevant results related to the original keyword you search for. Whether it’s for a research you are doing, a term paper or just about anything else consuming your time, Google wonder wheel can tell you what you are missing or need to search and save you that precious research time.
Finding review articles To demonstrate finding review articles in a Google Scholar search, enter the search:
"health insurance""review article" and click on the Search button.
Critically Analyzing Information Sources 1- Initial Appraisal:
Date of Publication
Edition or Revision
Title of Journal (Distinguishing Scholarly Journals from other Periodicals)
2- Content Analysis:
h-index (Jorge E. Hirsch) A scientist has index h if h of [his/her] Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Np − h) papers have at most h citations each.
The Eigenfactor Score measures the number of times articles from the journal published in the past five years have been cited in the JCR year.
Like the Impact Factor, the Eigenfactor Score is essentially a ratio of number of citations to total number of articles. However, unlike the Impact Factor, the Eigenfactor Score:
Counts citations to journals in both the sciences and social sciences.
Eliminates self-citations. Every reference from one article in a journal to another article from the same journal is discounted.
Weights each reference according to a stochastic measure of the amount of time researchers spend reading the journal.
Citation tracking Citation indexes allows you to search the academic literature in ways that illuminate the progress of academic debate in your field. With a citation index, you can easily identify the most influential articles, and the leading academic authorities. You can track backwards (using lists of cited articles) and forwards (using lists of articles which cite a particular article). As a result, you can determine the position of academic debate at any time in the past
Keeping up-to-date Desktop search Mind mapping Reference Management EndNote Why use EndNote? EndNote allows you to create your own reference library. This library can be used to store the bibliographical details relating to the articles and books that you use. When it comes time to write your thesis, you can employ the library to insert references into your text and produce your bibliography. EndNote will save you hundreds of hours over the course of your research.
Survey Proofreading Tools (Editing Tools) Plagiarism checker Tools Target Suitable Journal Disseminate Your Results (Advertising) Thank you!