Tools

Video and animation

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REFERENCING

HarvardGenerator

Cite this for me — this awesome tool will help you format your reference lists and citation pages. Plus, you can use it for formatting online videos, podcasts, and email correspondence. Just fill in the information, sort your pages alphabetically, and download all formatted pages.


SEARCHING

Google Search Education – this tool will help you search: it offers trainings and videos to teach everything about academic research, and you’ll find a daily puzzle designed to develop your complex research skills here. This tool is designed for teachers, but it does not make it less useful and informative for everyone concerned to academic research and writing.


ORGANISING

Zotero — this tool is free to use, and it’s designed to help students and researchers collect, organize, cite, and even share their sources if needed. One click – and you add a resource to your personal library. This tool covers thousands of sites, so you’ll definitely find the resource with information you need to complete your research or assignment.

Mendeley — this is a social network to organize your academic research and collaborate with fellows who can help you find information or complete your task. You can use this tool to generate bibliographies, find and read papers, import papers from other software, and much more.


  • InstaGrok – this is an interactive tool that collects content (educational one) and displays it in a cloud of related words. Thanks to its innovative features, your learning will become more effective: integrated journals, note-taking, access to key facts, research reports writing, interactive visual interface – they all can be customized and shared.
  • Mentor Mob — make your learning easier with this bright and useful resource that features the best guides and skills on the Web and lets you track your progress or discover people who share the same interests and academic goals. You can use this tool to search for info and guides you need, or you can sign up to become a part of their community and track your learning progress.
  • Scrivener — this tool can be deservedly called a powerful content generator, as it helps you compose and structure documents. You can control its editing and formatting, view components of your draft, import your research files as PDF files or images.
  • Dropbox – you’ve definitely heard of this tool many times already; and if you do not use it for your academic research and writing, it’s high time to do this! This free service lets you bring documents, images, videos and other types of content anywhere; moreover, you can share them. This tool is definitely worth your attention if you work with data.
  • Scrible – this set of tools was designed for your highlighting and bookmarking web pages. Available for all browsers, Scrible makes it easier to annotate and bookmark pages: it saves your annotations and lets you format your bibliographies. It’s perfect for your academic research.
  • refDot – this is an extension for Google Chrome that formats your references for use in bibliographies. How does it work? You simply click the refDot icon to enter the information you need: the pop-up box lets you enter the url, title, year, and date of access.

 

Resources:

  • Bartleby – the resource to provide unlimited access to information and books on the Web. It’s free to use, and it’s a very informative website for both students and researchers who need to find books quickly. Search Bartleby by title, subject or author, and you are welcome to use its huge database of references, fiction and nonfiction, or verses for your research.
  • Lexicool – this is your resource to find different dictionaries online (by language, subject, or title). About 8,000 links to dictionaries, glossaries, translation and language resources are available for your academic research.
  • Bid4Papers – this resource devoted to academic writing provides complete glossary of essay terms every student will need to know and remember for successful accomplishment of academic assignments. Plus, here you will find many tips on research and writing to improve your skills. Professional academic writers are ready to answer your questions and help you reach academic goals.
  • Xrefer – this is one of the largest online reference services to help you find information you need. It combines books from the world’s leading publishers, partners with leading publishing brands, and uses latest digital technologies to ease your academic research and unlock the value of reference material.
  • Student Hacks – this is a website that shares productivity tips with all students who want to study smarter. Here you’ll find complete lists of resources for writing, research, effective and productive study; moreover, this website will tell you about everything concerned to student life.

From 15 Best Tools and Resources For Students: Academic Research

Questia – online resources for research (library, referencing, searching.) Some information free; works in public domain, publication information, Boolean searches, short bibliographies of books and articles


Tools for structuring data:

Free software

  • Aquad is a free qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) that supports content analysis of open data in qualitative research
  • CATMA is an intuitive tool for text analysis and literary research.  The web application facilitates the exchange of analytical results via the internet.

Other options could be  fsQCA, OpenCode, RQDAYoshikoder,  and more Computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software


Licensed software

  • Nvivo –  A platform for analysing unstructured data. Free one month trial.
  • Leximancer – automatically analyses your text documents to identify the high level concepts in your text documents, delivering the key ideas and actionable insights you need with powerful interactive visualisations and data exports. Trial license available

An alterantive method for structuring data using word and excel:

  1. Use MS-Word to break up the transcripts into transactions (press Enter).
  2. Then move the text into MS-Excel and add column headings for static information about each transcation (who, when, where, what).
  3. Then add headings for dynamic information, such as coding categories or themes.
  4. Transport these to MS-Access and create forms with either lists or drop down menus for coding. The result is a very flexible means of filtering, categorising, isolating and counting.

(adpted from instructions by Bijan Riazi-Farzad, University College London)

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