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First aid for research problems

A blog by and for researchers, full of helpful tips, tricks and tools for scientific research. SHARE-IT, created by a team of six UM researchers, went online last week.

What makes the Mendeley such a helpful tool for anyone who needs to draw up a list of references for articles and keep it up to date? How to use RSS feeds to stay in touch with the latest developments in your field of research? And what is the use of cloud storage? The new sharit.maastrichtuniversity.nl blog, developed as part of the Leading in Learning programme, helps researchers to set up and carry out their research, says Martin Rehm, SHARE-IT project leader and PhD fellow at the School of Governance. “There is already a lot of knowledge about tools and tricks available within the departments and faculties. We want to bring this knowledge together and share it.” That is why anyone can supply tips and tools. There is also an option for replying or to add one’s own experiences to the blog, which currently has five posts. By clicking a button, users can indicate that they would like a workshop on a certain topic. The project team will then organise it.

As far as Rehm is concerned, this project is the first of a series. “We are now focussing on researchers, but the idea is that in the future we also set up a blog for master's students writing their theses and another that helps writing bachelor's theses.”

 

Riki Janssen

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