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Consult the SAGE

When choosing a research method, looking at worked examples based on real data provides helpful insight.

SAGE Research Methods offers that. The database can guide you through every step of the research process – from deciding on the appropriate method to planning out your entire research project, including writing up the Methods section of your paper or thesis.

Methodologies covered include basic and advanced statistics, both quantitative and qualitative methods, and a range of mixed methods, making this tool suitable for all levels of researcher – from beginner to expert.

For those who prefer a more visual search interface - or who simply want to browse what is on offer - the Methods Map (pictured) displays relationships between terms, methodologies and experts.

If you are new to statistical methods, hands-on practice is essential. SAGE Research Methods Datasets enable you to master new methods using sample datasets before applying the methods to your own data. Each dataset is presented with an easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide to best demonstrate how the method can be applied. 

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  • Do you have a number of online identities and profiles? If so, these tips from Fast Track Impact advise you on how to make your digital profile more coherent.

  • Register as an expert to help the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) evaluate proposals for new research platforms, or national data assets.

Spotlight on BrowZine

Browsing made easy

Browsing journals promotes serendipitous discovery. As you flick through a range of journal contents, you may stumble across something you might not have thought of searching for.

BrowZine allows you to view the tables of contents of many journals. If you find something you want to read, you can download the full text. Griffith offers a wide range of material you can access this way. You can browse journals by topic, and export references to citation managers such as EndNote or Zotero.

To use personalisation features such as My Bookshelf and My Articles, set up a (free) BrowZine account. Save your favourite journals to My Bookshelf to make them easy to track and read. Up to 500 articles can be saved for offline reading, and you can organise these into collections.

BrowZine is available both as a mobile app and as a web interface. See more information about BrowZine here, or find out how to download the Browzine mobile app.

Hot Topics

Questionable publishing practices

When considering whether a journal publisher is legitimate, researchers often focus on whether the publisher is < a href="">predatory. While this is important, there is another crucial question: is the journal credible or is it junk? Read more from Griffith University's Antony Ley and Garry Allen in their recent article on junk publishers and special editions in the AHRECS Research Ethics Monthly.

Scientific publishing has changed - or has it?

In The Conversation, Dr. Ginny Barbour examines the changes COVID-19 has wrought in scholarly publishing, with many big publishers making pandemic-related research immediately and freely available, though they plan to lock it up behind a paywall again as soon as the pandemic is over. Preprint servers like medRxiv and bioRxiv have seen their paper download rates increase dramatically as researchers hunt for the latest research.

Top Tip

Not sure what you need to do to manage your research data? Check out our best practice guidelines, which cover every stage from pre-planning to publication and beyond.

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