A research process can be divided into discrete elements, but it is neither simply linear nor cyclical. Throughout the various stages of research, different tools and technologies support activities like looking for funding or grants, searching for information doing a literature review, data discovery and collection, writing proposals, seeking collaboration, publishing and archiving.
A visualization of (e-)research as interrelated clusters of scholarly tasks could look as follows (adapted by Jankowski & Tatum, from Jankowski [2009,8]):
In this part of the portal practical information is provided on aspects of the research cycle:
- funding opportunities for your research
- searching for data and scholarly literature: about search techniques and strategies
- collaborative tools help to make the work of research teams more effective and efficient
- reference managers like RefWorks, Endnote, Mendeley or Zotero help you to keep track of your literature and other sources
- writing skills are vital for a researcher: who doesn't publish, doesn't exist!
- How to find and present at academic conferences.
You can also click on the links in the menu to the left for more information.