Sunday, 19 April 2015

Upskill Programme : 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 April 2015 . Details of the workshop are as follows:

                        Title                                      :  Introduction tothe “Research Tools”
                        Speaker                                :  Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim
                        Date                                      :  24 April 2015 (Friday)
                        Time                                     :  9.30am – 12.30pm
                        Venue                                   :  Computer Lab, Level 4, Institute of Graduate Studies    
          Max. No. of Participants         : 40


Research Tools” can 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
            literature search”
•          “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:

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

TEL : 03-79676935
FAX : 03-79568940


Application is now open from  20 -  22 April 2015  or until the maximum capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

Interested participants, please submit your particulars by clicking the following link: REGISTER HERE .

Thank you.

Deputy Dean
Institute of Graduate Studies
University of Malaya
50603 Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA

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