Study and Research Support Tools
Here’s some handy sites, apps, and research tools to help you stay up to date, manage your time, and reach your full potential!
Remember to use the research application submissions decision tool to determine whether you should seek research governance (RGR) or Isle of Man Research Ethics Committee (IOMREC) approval, prior to commencing your research.
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- Academia.edu: a social networking website for academics. The platform can be used to share papers, monitor their impact, and follow the research in a particular field. Get registered, promote your work, and interact with other scholars and researchers
- Academic Phrasebank: The Academic Phrasebank is a general resource for academic writers. It 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. Other phrases are listed under the more general communicative functions of academic writing.
- Acronym buster: provides a comprehensive list of more than 1,000 commonly used acronyms and abbreviations in the NHS
- Bad Science: this website features blogs written by Dr Ben Goldacre, an academic who reviews and disentangles the misuse of science and statistics by other professionals
Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology: This resource covers several EBM issues and also includes a case study, multiple choice questions (MCQs), guidance on how to analyse a paper, and an example of a good review. Published on the Web by the University of Nottingham
- Centre for Evidence-based Medicine: This website provides details on the work of the CEBM, software tools and PowerPoint presentations in EBM; workshop videos; details of courses and workshops; The Oxford International Programme in Evidence-Based Health Care; research and publications
- ClinOwl: ClinOwl is a content aggregation service that organises the latest clinical articles from leading peer-reviewed medical journals into medical specialty and sub-specialty, making it easier to browse and search clinical content online. The database contains over 15,000 articles across 40+ clinical specialties/sub-specialties and is updated daily with content from more than 100 leading medical journals
- Connected Papers: A visual view of an area of study - use connected papers to check you captured all the relevant information in your literature reviews, discover research related to your topic, and grow your bibliography
- Diggo: a multi-tool for personal knowledge management. Dramatically improve your workflow and productivity. Easy and intuitive, yet versatile and powerful. Annotate, book mark, and highlight web pages
- Dropbox: a cloud storage solution. A free account with Dropbox gives you 2GB of cloud storage helping you to access your documents quickly and easily on all of your devices
- Easel.ly: Create your own infographics to present ideas, figures and more. Choose from thousands of customisable templates or start from scratch to create an impressive infographic which can be embedded or shared online
Evidence based Medicine Toolkit: This website provides information about the University of Toronto centre's activities, definitions of EBM, syllabus plans, lists of EBM teaching resources and links to Web-based materials
- Flickr: Search, share and store photos. A free account with Flickr gives you 1TB of storage. It is also a great source of creative commons licensed images. See the TEL blog for a handy Flickr attribution tool
- Goblin Tools: a collection of small, simple, single-task tools. Use Magic ToDo to break down tasks including essay writing and literature reviews into manageable chunks. Be aware: It uses AI, so the accuracy cannot be 100% guaranteed
- LinkedIn: LinkedIn is a social networking site designed specifically for the business community. The goal of the site is to allow registered members to establish and document networks of people they know and trust professionally – there is options to interact with other professionals, promote yourself professionally, and keep up to date with sector news
- One Note: a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users' notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network
- Padlet: This is an online wall where you can post text, images, videos, links and files from anywhere on the web, including YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, enabling instant collaboration with others
- Phrasebank: an academic phrasebank to help you with you get sentences started, and write in an appropriate style
- Pocket: Put articles, videos or pretty much anything into Pocket. Save directly from your browser or from apps like Twitter, Flipboard, Pulse and Zite. It syncs across your phone, tablet, and computer so you can come back to it whenever and wherever you'd like, even when you're offline
- Pomotodo: a time management app designed to boost productivity. It uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks
- Quizlet: A learning tool which will let you study anything via flashcards, games, and tests
- Refworks: This is a useful resource to help you input, organise, and manage your references. Refworks allows you to store documents on your account, add text references easily, and produces your bibliography saving time and minimising the risk of user error! See Library staff for further guidance
- Researchgate: A place to search, share, and promote your research with other likeminded people. Can be connected with LinkedIn and Facebook
- Socrative: An app which allows assessments, or quick question polls to be displayed in real time for effective classroom engagement
- Systematic Reviews
- Systematic reviews and other types of reviews
- How to spot spin and inappripriate use of statistics: This briefing sets out some common ways in which statistics are used inappropriately or spun and gives some tips to help spot this including the three essential questions to ask yourself when looking at statistics: Compared to what? Since when? Says who?
- Tweetdeck: Keep track of trends, follow hashtags, and monitor your time line while running searches – all in one place!
- Vimeo: Create and share video content online
- Wayback Machine: is a web archive which keeps records of how pages looked in the past and allows you to save copies of pages for future
- Who Funds You?: Who funds you identifies the funding transparency of public policy think tanks and research agencies. This resource will be useful for probing into the sources of political narratives
- Wordpress: Create a free blog to allow you to share your research, or track progress on a project. This can be used in conjunction with PollDaddy for in text voting buttons
- Writing an Essay: A beginner's guide to writing an essay, it focuses on structure and content
- Write a Dissertation: A how to guide to writing a dissertation - it focuses on structure and content
- Writing for Publication: A series of FAQs to help with the process of planning, writing, reviewing, and promoting your publication.