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February 10, 2023
Why science says you should take a break

How doing nothing can help you reach your academic goals. As a student, professor, or researcher it’s a given that you need to work hard. There’s always another paper to […]

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February 10, 2023
Is there a best time to start a new goal?

How the fresh start effect can help with your New Year's Resolutions I am willing to bet money that no one gets into New Year’s Resolutions with as much passion […]

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February 10, 2023
Rules for reference management

11 tips to help you get the most out of your citation software Reference management programs are one of the best tools an academic can use. They can keep you […]

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February 10, 2023
Help for Hoarders

Three steps for taking control of a growing collection of sources. It's go time. Your advisor's parting words are still ringing in your ears, "Good luck with your Bachelor's thesis!" You've […]

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February 10, 2023
The One-Inch Picture Frame

The single best piece of advice for getting unstuck when writing a dissertation – or anything else A while back I wanted to start doing some creative writing, and I […]

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February 10, 2023
Using the Oblique Strategies Technique for More Creativity in your Academic Work

Try the Creativity Tip that Helped David Bowie get Unstuck You’ve been there before. Your sources are spread out before you, you’ve done the reading, and you are intimately familiar […]

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February 10, 2023
Get it from the source

Why you should avoid secondary citations Did you hear what Anna said? I heard from a friend who heard from her boyfriend’s brother that she said she was mad at […]

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February 10, 2023
Identifying fake news in an infodemic

How the information literacy skills you learn in your studies can help Amidst all the uncertainty of the current pandemic, one thing has become crystal clear: misinformation can spread as […]

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February 10, 2023
A tool like any other

What you need to know before using reference management software Imagine you want to hang up a picture, so you pick up a hammer to pound a nail into the […]

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February 10, 2023
The Perfect Fit: 5 Steps for Finding Academic Sources without Frustration

Whenever I start a research paper, I either feel like I can’t find anything on my topic or that I'm only finding useless information. Am I doing something wrong?  Lisa  […]

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February 10, 2023
Taking a look back

A selection of posts from the first year of the blog The blog team is taking a break this week, but we dove into our archive to find some posts […]

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February 10, 2023
Three Ways to Read Better on a Computer, Tablet, or Phone

Reading on screen versus on paper may impact how much you remember. Here’s what you can do. Coursework and research projects require a lot of reading. As more and more articles and books become available in electronic format, it's likely you’ll be doing much of this reading on a screen. However, research studies have shown that you may retain less information when you read something on screen rather than on paper.  Reading on screen versus on paper  Researchers have found problems with retention when reading onscreen materials. One study of tenth-grade students found that they had better recall and had better reading comprehension when they read a text on paper versus on screen. Another study from 2005 looked at changes in reading over the course of the last ten years. It showed that when people read on-screen, they tend to jump around more in the text rather than reading in a linear, focused manner.   What’s more, some researchers contend that by reading often in this way, we might be rewiring our brains in […]

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April 15, 2020
Using Photovoice With Community-Based Participatory Research

We interviewed Jim Cockell, who is part of a research team in the Faculty of Nursing at the University Alberta. The research team works with photovoice, a community-based participation research […]

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April 15, 2020
Webinar Recap: Teaching Qualitative Methods Online

During our webinar titled Teaching Qualitative Methods Online a panel of instructors discussed best practices on incorporating QDA software, like NVivo into an online qualitative methods course. The panel included Christina Silver, […]

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April 8, 2020
Webinar Recap: COVID-19 and Virtual Qualitative Fieldwork

During our recent webinar on COVID-19 and Virtual Qualitative Fieldwork, Dr. Deborah Lupton, Professor at the Centre for Social Research in Health and Social Policy Research Centre at the University of […]

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April 8, 2020
Webinar Recap: When the Field Is Online

In the second webinar of our series focused on the impact that the COVID-19 crisis has on researchers, When the Field is Online, Dr. Janet Salmons, free-range scholar, Methods Guru […]

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April 1, 2020
An Overview of Grounded Theory Qualitative Research

Using grounded theory, you can examine a specific process or phenomenon and develop new theories derived from the collected real-world data and their analysis. Grounded theory is an inductive approach […]

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March 31, 2020
Applause for the new NVivo

Kristi Jackson, trusted NVivo expert and trainer has reviewed the new NVivo and shares her thoughts. A Visual Delight Import > Organize > Explore!  This is a great new structure […]

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March 20, 2020
The Basics of Document Analysis

Document analysis is the process of reviewing or evaluating documents both printed and electronic in a methodical manner. The document analysis method, like many other qualitative methods, involves examining and […]

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March 28, 2019
Preparing the presentation of qualitative findings: considering your roles and goals

Dr. Philip Adu is a Methodology Expert at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP). In this post he explains the things to consider when presenting your research findings. This […]

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October 25, 2018
How to get the best quality recordings and optimum accuracy for transcription

NVivo Transcription has arrived to help solve the problem faced by many researchers – hours of manual transcription of data sources like interviews, and focus groups, which take precious time […]

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June 29, 2018
Getting to actionable insights from your qualitative data

Best practices for collaborating with colleagues, data source considerations, and sharing actionable insights for healthcare and non-profit researchers Collaboration and stakeholder management Engaging in a research project outside of an […]

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May 29, 2018
NVivo and SPSS: A match made in mixed methods heaven?

NVivo and SPSS both feature heavily in the toolkit I use as a researcher, so I was pretty excited when I heard that NVivo 12 would enable me to work […]

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March 19, 2018
What's new in NVivo 12

The new NVivo 12 is here, and I’m very excited to share with you all the new features and improvements that are available across both Windows and Mac, that will […]

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February 10, 2023
The One-Inch Picture Frame

The single best piece of advice for getting unstuck when writing a dissertation – or anything else A while back I wanted to start doing some creative writing, and I […]

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February 10, 2023
Using the Oblique Strategies Technique for More Creativity in your Academic Work

Try the Creativity Tip that Helped David Bowie get Unstuck You’ve been there before. Your sources are spread out before you, you’ve done the reading, and you are intimately familiar […]

Read More
February 10, 2023
Get it from the source

Why you should avoid secondary citations Did you hear what Anna said? I heard from a friend who heard from her boyfriend’s brother that she said she was mad at […]

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February 10, 2023
Identifying fake news in an infodemic

How the information literacy skills you learn in your studies can help Amidst all the uncertainty of the current pandemic, one thing has become crystal clear: misinformation can spread as […]

Read More
February 10, 2023
A tool like any other

What you need to know before using reference management software Imagine you want to hang up a picture, so you pick up a hammer to pound a nail into the […]

Read More
February 10, 2023
The Perfect Fit: 5 Steps for Finding Academic Sources without Frustration

Whenever I start a research paper, I either feel like I can’t find anything on my topic or that I'm only finding useless information. Am I doing something wrong?  Lisa  […]

Read More
February 10, 2023
Taking a look back

A selection of posts from the first year of the blog The blog team is taking a break this week, but we dove into our archive to find some posts […]

Read More
February 10, 2023
Three Ways to Read Better on a Computer, Tablet, or Phone

Reading on screen versus on paper may impact how much you remember. Here’s what you can do. Coursework and research projects require a lot of reading. As more and more articles and books become available in electronic format, it's likely you’ll be doing much of this reading on a screen. However, research studies have shown that you may retain less information when you read something on screen rather than on paper.  Reading on screen versus on paper  Researchers have found problems with retention when reading onscreen materials. One study of tenth-grade students found that they had better recall and had better reading comprehension when they read a text on paper versus on screen. Another study from 2005 looked at changes in reading over the course of the last ten years. It showed that when people read on-screen, they tend to jump around more in the text rather than reading in a linear, focused manner.   What’s more, some researchers contend that by reading often in this way, we might be rewiring our brains in […]

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February 9, 2023
What is open science?

Knowledge beyond the ivory tower Whenever I watch someone perform a magic trick, I wonder, “How did he or she do that?” In vain – as everyone knows, a magician […]

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February 9, 2023
Head in the cloud?

Helpful online tools for academics When was the last time technology left you stranded? For me it was when I was stuck on hold with my Internet provider and praying […]

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February 9, 2023
How to select a reference management program

Nine questions that can help you find the perfect fit It’s not easy to find just one pair of shoes that’s right for every occasion. The same is true for […]

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February 9, 2023
The open access premise

Making sure everyone has a piece of the (knowledge) pie Imagine that you buy a bushel of apples from your local supermarket and then bake an apple pie following your […]

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