Research Tools

There are so many research tools readily available on the web which can be used to help you in producing good quality research efficiently. Let’s explore some of the tools here:

Searching Tools:
KRISALIS OPAC – to search for library physical materials. i.e book, printed journal, audio visual
KRISALIS Discovery – to search throughout all databases subscribed by Library (integrated search)
Repository@USM – to search for  USM internal archives and theses
MyTO – to search for Malaysian theses
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, NLDTS – to search for International theses
DOAJ, Open Access Button, Unpaywall, Open Knowledge Maps – to search for open access articles
Google Scholar, Microsoft Academic – to search for scholarly articles worldwide
MyCite – to search for scholarly articles published by local journals
Web of Science, Scopus – to search for highly cited articles (indexed bibliographies)
Figshare – to search for scholarly materials include datasets, poster, media, figure, code

Writing Tools:
smmry – to summarize articles for easy reading
Endnote, Mendeley – to manage your articles (pdf) and bibliography
Mindmeister – to create mind map for your research workflow
Dropbox ,Google Drive, Mega – to store your materials on cloud
SPSS,NVIVO – to analyze your data
Turnitin – to check plagiarism

Publication Tools:
JCR, Scimago, DOAJ, MyCite – to evaluate the quality of journals
Springer Journal Suggester, Elsevier Journal Finder, Endnote Journal Match – to suggest you the relevant journals to publish based on your manuscript
SciRev , MedSci – to identify about the period of reviewing process
Sherpa Romeoto show the copyright and open access self-archiving policies of academic journals

Research Monitoring & Sharing Tools:
Mendeley, ResearchGate, LinkedIn – Scientific social network
Researcher ID, Scopus ID, Google Scholar ID, Orcid ID – Researcher profile platforms
Figshare , Slideshare – Research sharing platforms
Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar – Monitor your citation and author impact (h-index, i10 index) , Plum Analytics, Impactstory – to measure your alternative impact (social media impact)

#Some of the tools are based on library subscription (e.g  Web of Science & Scopus), and if you try to get access from outside campus, you need to login via ez-proxy

#If you are interested to explore more about each tools, we do provide special class for this under Information Literacy Skills (Advanced). Please join the class here

# For more information on Research Tools, please refer to this awesome project on 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication