Friday, 14 August 2015

Upskill Programme: Introduction to the “Research Tools”

Dear All Postgraduate Candidates,

from Institute of Graduate Studies!

are pleased to announce that we are organizing a workshop for the
month of August 2015 . Details of the workshop are as

               : Introduction to the
“Research Tools”
           : Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim
                 : 21 August 2015
                : 9.00am – 12.00pm
              : 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.


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.


workshop seeks to serve the following objectives:

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.

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.


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




is now open from  14 – 18 August 2015 or until the
maximum capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

participants, please submit your particulars by clicking the following



Deputy Dean

Institute of Graduate Studies

University of Malaya

50603 Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA


Upskill Programme: Introduction to the “Research Tools”

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