If you’re anything like us here at Edanz, you rely on the web to keep up with your research needs and all the latest news in publishing. But the internet is a big place, and everyday there are more and more tools popping up with promises to help you work faster and more efficiently. It’s a lot of work just to make sense of it all. To help make this easier, we’ve compiled a series of resources we’ve found that can help you with your work and that we think offer genuine value. This list is by no means exhaustive, and we don’t get any kickbacks for mentioning them here; these are just some of our favorites. Our first roundup features some useful tech tools and tips. Stay tuned for future posts featuring ethics, language, and publishing resources. Let us know if there are any other topics you’d like to see featured!
Getting the most out of Google
Howtogeek has compiled a list of ways you can improve your Google searches in this helpful infographic. Your time as a researcher is valuable, so being able to narrow down your searches quickly can save hours of frustrating hunting.
Make your presentations stand out
No one likes a boring presentation, but it’s hard to get enthusiastic about giving one when you don’t feel inspired by the tools you have to use. Mashable has pulled together 5 of the newest apps to add some life to your presentations. We’ve tried Prezi and it offers some nice zoomable animation features that PowerPoint doesn’t. Why not give some of the others a try and let us know what you think!
Create eye-catching infographics
Infographics are everywhere. Eyecatching and informative, they give readers a lot of information in a quick, enjoyable punch. But you don’t need to be a graphic designer or Photoshop pro to make infographics. infogr.am is a free site that provides you with helpful templates in a variety of colours and looks and has a nice simple interface. This post also offers free templates and helpful tips on creating infographics in PowerPoint.
This reference manager and social network took the academic community by storm when it launched. It offers a central place to organize your pdfs, allows you to collaborate with other researchers, format references, and much more.
Track and share your research for more impact
A new tool called Kudos is being trialled by several major publishers to help researchers explain their work and increase the impact it has. This tool allows you to add short descriptions and links, and share your work by email or social media. You can even track how well it’s working through built-in metrics. We also like ImpactStory, one of the originators in online impact tracking, for the easy way it tracks views, shares, citations, downloads and more for your published articles.
Find relevant articles
Doing literature searches is extremely time-consuming and it can be easy to miss relevant articles. Similar to Mendeley, PubChase lets you upload pdfs that you currently have, but it then uses that information to recommend other articles that might be of interest to you. But maybe you’ve found some relevant articles but your institution doesn’t have access to the full journal? We really like the model used at DeepDyve, that lets you preview and rent articles for a set period of time instead of buying them outright. They can also send you monthly email updates on new articles based on your previous use history.
What other resources do you use to make your everyday research easier? Let us know in the comments section below!