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Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Workshop on: Introduction to the “Research Tools”

 Dear All Postgraduate Candidates,

Greetings from Institute of Graduate Studies!

We are pleased to announce that we are organizing a
workshop for the month of May 2014 . Details of the workshop
are as follows:

: Introduction to the “Research Tools
Speaker        : Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim
: 30 May 2014 (Friday)
: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Venue           : Computer
Lab, Level 2, Institute of Graduate Studies    
Max. No. of Participants  : 20 


Research Toolscan be defined as vehicles that
broadly facilitate research and related activities. Scientific tools enable
researchers to collect, organize, analyze, visualize and publicized
research  outputs. Dr. Nader has collected over 700 tools that enable
students to follow the correct path in research and to ultimately produce
high-quality research outputs with more accuracy and efficiency. It is
assembled as an interactive Web-based mind map, titled “Research Tools”, which
is updated periodically. “Research Tools” consists of a hierarchical set
of nodes. It has four main nodes: (1) Searching the literature, (2)
Writing a paper, (3) Targeting suitable journals, and  (4) Enhancing
visibility and impact of the research, and six auxiliary nodes. Several free
tools can be found in the child nodes. Some paid tools are also included. 
In this workshop some tools as examples from the four main nodes will be
described. The e-skills learned from the workshop are useful across various
research disciplines and research institutions.

Problem statements:

The search can be time consuming and sometimes tedious
task. How can make it easier? How do deal with situations such as:

“I just join as a new postgraduate student and I am not sure how to do a
•          “I
have been in research for some time now but I spend a lot of time to get the
articles I want”
“I am sure I have downloaded the article but I am not able to find it”
“I wanted to write a new paper, how can I manage the references in the shortest
possible time?”
“I have many references, some of my old papers, and some of my current
research. Sometimes, they are so many that I can’t recall where I have kept
them in my folders!”
“I have written an article and I am not able to find a proper Journal”
"I want to increase the citation of my papers, how can I do?"

We need an effective search strategy
which can save hours of wasted research time and provide a clear direction for
your research. The benefits of attending this workshop are numerous and include
learning how to change the direction of searching to discover and how to use
more efficient the tools that are available through the Net.


The workshop seeks to serve the following objectives:

To help students who seek
to reduce the search time by expanding the
ii.             Knowledge of researchers to more
effectively use the "tools" that are available through the Net.
To evaluate the types of
literature that researchers will encounter.
To convert the
information of the search for a written document. 
To promote their
publication for further citation.

Who should attend?

Simply, senior and junior researchers
along with supervisors who like in expanding their knowledge and developing a
research focus in the shortest possible time. Senior researcher can use the
tools to present their research more effectively to the scientific world which
will bring a higher level of comments and citations from other researchers
which will in turn improve their research. Junior researchers will be able with
the use of these tools to find a correct title and be able to focus and write
high quality academic proposals, thesis and articles.

Speaker profile

Nader Ale Ebrahim is currently working
as a research fellow with the Research Support Unit, Centre of Research
Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of
Malaya. Nader holds a PhD degree in Technology Management from Faculty of
Engineering, University of Malaya. He has over 19 years of experience in the
field of technology management and new product development in different
companies. His current research interest focuses on E-skills, Research Tools,
Bibliometrics and managing virtual NPD teams in SMEs’ R&D
centers. Nader developed a new method using the “Research Tools” which
help students who seek to reduce the search time by expanding the knowledge of researchers
to effectively use the "tools" that are available on the Internet.
Research Tools consist of a hierarchical set of nodes. It has four main nodes:
(1) Searching the literature, (2) Writing a paper, (3) Targeting suitable
journals, and (4) Enhancing visibility and impact. He was the winner of
Refer-a-Colleague Competition and has received prizes from renowned
establishments such as Thomson Reuters. Nader is well-known as the founder of
“Research Tools” Box and the developer of “Publication Marketing Tools”. He
conducted over 100 workshops within and outside of university of Malaya.


Interested participants, please email us at ips_upskill [at] um [dot] edu [dot] my with the following particulars:

Title of Upskill Programme:
Name :
Matric No.:
Faculty :
Contact No.:

Thank you.




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