Doing academic research can be a pain-in-the-butt, especially if you don’t teach at a four-year institution that has lots of institutional access to it.
But there are tools out there that make it easier, and I’ve written about several of them.
I thought it would be useful to bring them all-together in one post. Let me know if I’m missing anything:
Author Path is a free tool to help university students write theses or journal articles. I had my daughter check it out (she just completed her Masters Thesis), and she says it would have been very helpful to her.
New Tool for Open-Access Research is from Inside Higher Ed.
Frase lets you find, and then summarizes for you, research. It seems to me like a super-charged “Explore” button that you found on the bottom of Google Docs.
Comments on my feed about paywalls prompt this periodic reminder of how to access paywalled journal articles. #7 is the most reliable, but you will have to wait. pic.twitter.com/5XB0uANDTv
— Daniel Willingham (@DTWillingham) June 29, 2020
Figshare “is a repository where users can make all of their research outputs available in a citable, shareable and discoverable manner.”
Scholarlys lets you create a feed for new research papers on topics you’re interested in – it’s sort of a Google Alerts for papers, but in a scrolling feed form.
How to Find, Read, and Use Academic Research is from Cult of Pedagogy.
LitMaps looks like an interesting way to do academic research.
Recall looks like a potentially very useful tool for research.
White House Orders Journals to Drop Paywalls on Publicly Funded Research is from The NY Times.
How to access papers for free
3. Open Access Button
4. Paper Panda
5. 12ft ladder
— Dr Lisa Nivison-Smith (@LNivisonSmith) October 5, 2022
Consensus is a new online tool that uses Artificial Intelligence to analyze your research question and explore 200 million peer-reviewed articles to find the answer. It’s in beta and, when I tried it, the answers did seem a bit better than what I would find using Google.
How to download academic papers and books for free pic.twitter.com/slxtHkbFRs
— Alex Strasser (@AStrasser116) October 2, 2022
18 Google Scholar tips all students should know is from Google.
Elicit uses AI to help make research easier.
Explain Paper will…explain academic papers to you in plain language.
CHATGPT AND BEYOND: THE BEST ONLINE RESOURCES FOR EVALUATING RESEARCH CLAIMS is from Learning and the Brain.
Research Rabbit uses AI to organize… research.
This is from Recomendo:
Like the previously recommended SciHub, Libgen (Library Genesis) is a shadow library offering free scientific papers online. But in addition to journal articles, this Russian-based site also offers magazine articles, books, and especially full textbooks often required for school. I use it to find scientific papers. Scientific and academic information is often very hard to get, especially in the developing world, so Libgen is extremely valuable everywhere, despite the fact that US-based publishers consider it a pirate site they are trying to take down.