Friday, 18 September 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 September 2015 . Details of the workshop
are as follows:

 : Introduction to the “Research Tools”
           : Dr. Nader Ale Ebrahim
                 : 25 September
2015 (Friday)
                : 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 toolsthat 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 toolsas 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


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.


is now open from  14 - 17 September 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




TEL : 

FAX : 


Upskill Programme: Introduction to the Research Tools

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