Weekly Research Tips

Using Photographs

Effective photographs can be worth a thousand words of type. But before publishing a photograph for which you do not hold copyright, be sure to obtain permission from the copyright owner. 

Published date: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 11:21
Review by Another

When giving your draft to someone to edit, let the person know what level of editing (light, medium, or heavy) you want. Specifying the level of editing may help you get the most useful feedback.

Published date: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 11:10
Reviewing Own Work

When you write an assignment or a research paper, cool off before you review it. Leaving the paper for some time may help you identify potential mistakes you did not see earlier.

Published date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 16:40
Finding Similar Articles

If you want to know whether others have published a similar article you are planning to write, consider using some keywords of your proposed title to search for those articles. Doing so may help you identify gaps in the literature on your topic.

Published date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 12:16
Definitive Statements

Beware of making definitive statements that may prove to be false. For example, before writing a statement such as "Our study was the first to ...", ask yourself if you have searched the literature well. Also, because some publications do not show up on literature searches, consider cautious wording, such as "Our study appears to have been the first to ...".

Published date: Monday, June 12, 2017 - 12:08
Manage Your Time

Make sure you set aside one or more periods of time each week when you devote yourself to research and don’t let other demands impinge on this time.

Published date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 12:05
Make Meaningful Connections

Publicise your research and make connections with other researchers as much as you can. Make contact with others working in areas related to your interests even if they are in different departments or in other universities in different countries. Join relevant research networks or start your own.

Published date: Friday, May 26, 2017 - 11:31
Collaborations

Think carefully about who you collaborate with on research before agreeing to do so. Good collaborators will add immensely to your own work whereas bad ones will make your life difficult and you won’t be happy with the outputs you produce.

Published date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 09:28
Deadlines

If no external deadline has been set, set deadlines for yourself and try to adhere to them as much as you can. This would help you finish in time and then move on to the next piece of writing.

Published date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 12:33
Organize Your Files
Create a file on your computer to write down any research idea you have, however rough and however brief, even if it is just a provisional title and some notes about possible content. It can always be polished and developed later or even discarded if you decide eventually not to go ahead with the idea.
Published date: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 08:53