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By Research Cooperative, 2018-04-08
The universe of academic information is constantly expanding, and services to make that information accessible are also expanding. An internet services company (Allconnect, USA) gives good basic advice on how to find reliable information sources: The Student's Internet Research Guide
Google Scholar - this has a wealth of related tools for literature search and research.
Semantic Scholar - supported by the Allen Institute for AI; an open and free tool for literature search.
worldwidescience.org - this portal can be used with many different languages .
Major publishers or publishing networks
Bioline International - A "not-for-profit scholarly publishing cooperative committed to providing open access to quality research (bioscience) journals published in developing countries" (Open Access).
BioOne Complete - A "full-text database of more than 200 leading journals in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences"
ScienceDirect - Search portal for peer-reviewed journals, articles, book chapters and open access content published by Elsevier. Find articles from over 3,800 journals and more than 37,000 book titles.
Taylor & Francis Online - A commercial publisher in all major subject areas. When viewing a journal page, open access content is indicated by an orange unlock icon.
By Research Cooperative, 2018-02-03
There are many books on academic writing methods, but not many that look comprehensively at common phrases used in research writing. This University of Manchester (UK) website looks useful:
The site ' aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation'... and states that ' the items in the Academic Phrasebank are mostly content neutral and generic in nature'.
Topic headings include: Being Critical, Being Cautious, and many more. Each topic is introduced by an overview of usage for the topic. I highly recommened reading these passages and also the main introduction here: http://www.phrasebank.manchester.ac.uk/about-academic-phrasebank/"> About Academic Phrasebank .
By Research Cooperative, 2017-06-22
Newspapers are a major resource for many kinds of research. Here are some newspaper directory sites. Please tell us about any other directory sites of interest.
Newspaper archives are especially interesting.
They take us back to the 19th century, more than 100 years ago, when global views of the world were just beginning to become apparent to most people, through the industrialisation of printing technology and paper production. I wonder what is regarded as the first newspaper in the world?
Here is a start:
By Research Cooperative, 2017-04-19
This information access company has a lot to offer researchers and research organisations in Asia and the Pacific, and beyond. The website is provides adavanced and very well-organised search portal.
Informit describes itself as a: '...provider of information management services to the education, government and corporate sectors. We have an excellent understanding of the needs of students, researchers, educators and professional. Informit exists to preserve, enhance and distribute hard to find content. ..support[ing] the wider research community and [driving] better information management services'
'Informit provides access to ... over 100 databases..[covering] a wide range of subjects, including health, engineering, business, education, law, humanities and social sciences.... sourced from publishers, associations and peak professional bodies as well as international authors.
From its head office in Melbourne, Australia, Informit works with library consortia, associations and agents to help users advance their research through access to peer reviewed and specialist journals, monographs, reports, conference papers and bibliographic indexes, collated with a focus on regional perspectives and otherwise hard-to-find research... from Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and around the world.'
By Research Cooperative, 2017-04-13
A useful website for research and writing: http://www.factfish.com
This site, based in Germany, may be useful for many authors seeking basic information related to social and economic issues globally, and country by country. The stated aim is: "to simplify the process of collecting information on decision-relevant topics. We speed up the process and make it cost-effective.
In relation to food and agriculture, for example, the site takes data from published FAO sources, and then makes it easy to explore the data and display the results graphically. So it is does not just 'collect information', it also offers a toolkit for looking at data and displaying it in ways that make interpretation - and decision-making - easier.
The high-level categories currently offered by Factfish are:
- Population and health
- Energy and environment
- Education and science
- Geography and agriculture
- Transport and communication
Within these high-level categories, hundreds of sub-categories are shown. On my wishlist: a high-level category for Biodiversity and ecology - the living foundations of our world economy!
By Research Cooperative, 2017-03-27
I have been using the Dropbox cloud online service for some years, and have been very happy with it most of the time.
As a Mac user, I had some early issues with file labels, but recently, this has not been a problem.
If members of our network would like, they can support me, as Admin (and thus the Research Cooperative) by using the following code when joining Dropbox:
Thanks, Peter (Admin)
By Research Cooperative, 2017-03-09
It can be useful to know where an email is coming from, or where the server for a website is located.
If you can find the IP address (usually easy to do with most email and services and internet browsers, then you can find the nearest source of the message or page you are looking at. This can sometimes help you decide whether the message or page is reliable, legal or genuine (even if it is a nuisance), or an actual fraud or scam.
This is one way of learning more, for example, about an academic journal that you think might be a scam or "predatory online journal".
Here is one Malayasia-based service I am testing: IP2location
Neustar is a US-based and global company that gives useful background information, mainly directed at helping companies that conduct online transactions. Geolocation is one of the tools used.
By Research Cooperative, 2017-01-14
There are numerous ways to organise academic meetings, large and small. The most critical matter is having a clear aim and a theme that brings people together in new ways - not just to give presentations but also to make personal academic connections. For this reason, the social aspects of a meeting (workshop, seminar, conference, or congress) can be just as important as the academic aspects.
I have not used any of the systems below, so would welcome comments by anyone who has!
EasyChair - describes itself as "probably the most commonly used conference management system". A free service is offered, that looks useful, and then more advanced systems that are priced according to the maximum number of submissions that the organisers intend to consider. Overall, the costs appears to be about 50 cents to one dollar (USD) per submission.
Open Science Framework for Meetings - The Open Science Framework is creating open source tools to support 'the entire research cycle'. This includes tools for scientific collaboration, writing, project management, and meeting management.
Their mission statements include the following: ' The OSF is a free, open source service of the Center for Open Science . We’re aligning scientific practices with scientific values by improving openness, integrity and reproducibility of research.'