This research toolkit provides a collection of sources, tools, and information that you can use to produce a research study. These resources cover everything from the initial study design to the finished product.
Discover What's Been Done Before
Subject Guides for Research
- Follow the citation trail by consulting the references and bibliographies of books and articles of interest. Locate articles of interest by using the Citation Finder or browse online journals of interest after looking them up in the Journal QuickSearch. To learn about works that have cited an article of interest, use the Web of Knowledge or Google Scholar.
Design Your Study
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- Survey Monkey, Zoomerang, or SurveyGizmo are tools that can be used to construct a survey. These sites allow limited use for free, while more extended use comes for a fee.
- Google Docs allows you to create a form with survey questions whose answers are compiled in a spreadsheet.
- Checkbox Web is a complete survey tool that is available for use by graduate students (if sponsored by a faculty member) and faculty and is administered by UNR's Instructional Design Team. To start a survey, go to the Checkbox Web login page and fill out a survey request.
Audio and Video Equipment
- Consult this list of Multimedia Equipment Available for Check-Out to determine what kinds of equipment to use for your project. This list includes video, audio, still cameras, display, drives/storage, lighting, and portable computing, all of which are available for checkout in @One of the Knowledge Center.
Organize Your Research
- For help with formatting your work in MLA, APA, or Chicago styles, consult this list of Style Guides for Research Papers.
Reference Management Tools
- Reference management tools like the ones below allow you to create a library of references to articles, books, maps, web sites, government publications, and other resources. You can
import references from many databases and web sources and easily format them in standard styles, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, and many others.
- EndNote Web is free to UNR students, faculty, and staff. You can access your EndNote Web libraries from any computer connected to the Internet.
- Mendeley has both a desktop component available for free download and a web component that allows you to access your library from any computer and share your references with others.
- Zotero is an easy-to-use Firefox extension that helps you manage your research sources, all from your browser window.
- Reference management tools like the ones below allow you to create a library of references to articles, books, maps, web sites, government publications, and other resources. You can import references from many databases and web sources and easily format them in standard styles, such as APA, MLA, Chicago, and many others.
Analyze Your Data
Statistical and Visualization Software
- See a list of Statistical Analysis and Data Visualization Software available in the DataWorks Lab in @One of the Knowledge Center. Available software include ArcGIS, ArcView, Chem3D, ENVI, Maple, Mathcad, Mathematica, MATLAB, SAS, and SPSS, among others. You can also get Remote Access to Software through the Citrix server.
Other Data Visualization Tools
Produce Your Project
Audio and Video Creation
- Visit the Dynamic Media Lab to learn about the speciality software avilable for audio and video production, including Final Cut Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Premiere Pro, After Effects, iMovie, and many more. An audio recording booth is also available for use.