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A list of resources to assist with writing and publishing in the sciences.
Try taking advantage of free and readily available resources for learning how to do effective research.
- Google Lesson Plans offers free advanced research strategy modules, which include everything from choosing search terms to narrowing a search to get the best results using advanced field operators and Boolean searching strategies. You are certain to learn something you didn'y already know about Google searching.
- Open data sets can bring you a weath of information that has already been gathered for you. This article from The Journalist's Resource talks about ways you can find open-source data. Also, Branner Earth Sciences Library holds classes in data visualization and using Google Fusion tables in the Stanford Geospatial Center.
- Never underestimate thepower of real-time searching for information -- whether it is through twitter, blog searches, or late-breaking news.
- This is a long list of tips from an investigive reporter on resources he uses for information-gathering: A journalist’s handbook of tips and resources
Organizing Your Research
There are many different types of free services you can use to organize your research.
- Evernote: In addition to organizing Web research, reporting notes, source info and other raw material, Evernote helps for recording ideas in audio, picture and text form.
- Google Docs allow you to collaborate internally on content.
- Google Fusion Tables is a visualisation tool that mixes maps with data, making it a go-to platform for data journalists.
- Google Alerts, which allows you to keep track of the topics that interest you by specifying words or phrases that appear in news stories and other articles online.
- Bookmarking services can be helpful. Pinterest offers those who prefer a visual pinboard a great way to store web pages that you would like to revisit when researching an article. Delicious and Pinboard are also popular bookmarking services.
Not sure where to start? Try one of these databases.
From the bookshelf
This library covers topics related to any type of engineering discipline. They also provide quicklinks to the most popular engineering databases.
This library covers the chemical and chemical engineering disciplines that are not covered at the Terman Engineering Library.
You have run into something in a field that you are unfamiliar with and want some help with it from a Stanford subject librarian.