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Academic Research: 25 Tools and Resources to Help You Write a Good Paper Bakers make bread. Fiction writers create characters. Bloggers generate content. And students… Students do science. They use writing as a key language skill in college: they write academic papers of all types, developing literacy, critical and analytical thinking, understanding of different subject areas, and getting ready to become a significant part of modern society where writing is called “a threshold skill” for hiring and promoting employees (according to the report of National Commission). Harnad, S. (2001) The self-archiving initiative Unlike the authors of books and magazine articles, who write for royalty or fees, the authors of refereed journal articles write only for 'research impact'. To be cited and built on in the research of others, their findings have to be accessible to their potential users. From the authors' viewpoint, toll-gating access to their findings is as counterproductive as toll-gating access to commercial advertisements. With the online age, it has at last become possible to free the literature from this unwelcome impediment.

Live Training – Search Education – Google With these webinars, you can improve your own search skills and learn how to bring search literacy to your school. Browse the archive of past trainings, and make sure to follow us on Google+ to stay up to speed on the latest tips and trainings from Google. Even better search results: Getting to know Google search for education Google makes it simple to find the information you need, but there are strategies for finding higher quality sources even more easily. Learn the basics of predictive search, a method for drawing on what you know about what you need to find it faster, including successful word choice and using the filters on the left-hand side of the screen to uncover information you never dreamed was possible.

Best Educational Search Engines For Academic Researchers Conducting academic research is a critical process. You cannot rely solely on the information you get on the web because some of the search results are non-relevant or not related to your topic. To ensure that you only gather genuine facts and credible data for your academic papers, check out only the most trusted and incredibly useful resources for your research. Here's a list of gratuitous and best academic search engines that can help you in your research journey.

McMaster Library Some open access journals charge authors a publishing fee. Many non-open access journals also make page or author charges in addition to subscription charges to readers. The Tri-Agency Open Access Policy identifies the cost of publishing as an eligible expense under the Use of Grant Funds Use SHERPA/JULIET to find more info about research funders’ open access policies McMaster University does not offer grants for Article/Author Processing Charges (APCs).

5 Tips on How to Give Engaging Presentations Giving presentations is an art that can be learned through practice, trial and error. I am pretty sure that everyone of you have done some presenting either in front of a small group of colleagues ( e.g. at school ) or facing a bigger crowd such as the case in conferences and public speaking sessions. The degree of anxiety and stage-fright a presenter feels varies according to several reasons most important of them is experience. Academic Word Lists The Academic Word List (AWL), developed by Averil Coxhead at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, contains 570 word families which frequently appear in academic texts, but which are not contained in the General Service List (GSL). Research has shown that the AWL covers 10% of words in academic texts; if you are familiar with words in the GSL (which covers around 80% of words in texts), you would have knowledge of approximately 90% of words in academic texts. The words in the AWL are not connected with any particular subject, meaning they are useful for all students.

CIRSS Digital Humanities Data Curation What is this? The DH Curation Guide is a compilation of articles that address aspects of data curation in the digital humanities. The goal of the DH Curation Guide is to direct readers to trusted resources with enough context from expert editors and the other members of the research community to indicate to how these resources might help them with their own data curation challenges. Each article provides a short introduction to a topic and a list of linked resources. Structuring articles in this way acknowledges the many excellent resources that already exist to provide guidance on subjects relevant to curation such as data formats, legal policies, description, and more.

Learning Historical Research - Home William Cronon (Photo by Rees Candee) Welcome! We've designed this website as a basic introduction to historical research for anyone and everyone who is interested in exploring the past. Whenever you frame a question with reference to how things have changed over time, you commit yourself to doing historical research.

AWL Headwords - School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies This list contains the head words of the families in the Academic Word List. The numbers indicate the sublist of the Academic Word List. For example, abandon and its family members are in Sublist 8 of the Academic Word List. Sublist 1 contains the most common words in the AWL. Sublist 2 contains the next most common words, and so on. There are 60 families in each sublist, except for sublist 10 which has 30. Large-Scale Data Sharing in Biological Research In response to requests from the large-genome sequencing scientific community, the Wellcome Trust sponsored an international meeting in January 2003 to discuss pre-publication data release. Held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the meeting primarily brought together representatives of the producers of large-genome sequence data, the users of such data, funding agencies and scientific journals. The Wellcome Trust supports the recommendation made at the meeting for high-throughput, large-genome projects, which we consider to be community resource projects. Typically these will be multicentred, multifunded and international projects such as the Human Genome Project and the Mouse Genome Project. The Trust is pleased with the outcome of the meeting and the reaffirmation of the Bermuda Principles as regards large-genome sequencing projects. Download the full report of the Florida meeting, 'Sharing Data from Large-scale Biological Research Projects' [PDF 36KB].

10 Great Search Engines for History Teachers Use the LUNA Browser to check out David Rumsey’s Map Collection with more than 30,000 images, searchable by keyword. Find excellent sources for women’s history with the Genesis dataset and extensive list of web resources. Get access to historical military records through Fold3, the web’s premier collection of original military records and memorials. Use the Internet Modern History Sourcebook to find thousands of sources in modern history. Browse and search to find full texts, multimedia, and more.

expanding vocabulary: the AWL The ‘academic word list‘ is something worth knowing about, as a rough guide to vocabulary that’s used a lot in academic contexts, but not so much ‘off campus’. You can download the basic list by clicking on the image below, where I’ve put them into a handout format. Print it, keep a copy handy in your pocket, read through the lists and make sure you know most of these words.. Start with the left side column (most frequent), then the second column (next most frequent) etc, and just highlight any you’re not sure about, and look them up or ask Toronto Stmt: Prepublication Data Sharing Nature 461, 168-170 (10 September 2009) | doi:10.1038/461168a; Published online 9 September 2009 Open discussion of ideas and full disclosure of supporting facts are the bedrock for scientific discourse and new developments. Traditionally, published papers combine the salient ideas and the supporting facts in a single discrete 'package'. With the advent of methods for large-scale and high-throughput data analyses, the generation and transmission of the underlying facts are often replaced by an electronic process that involves sending information to and from scientific databases.

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