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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