Academics and researchers in almost any field may find the below resources helpful. I will add resources specific to coastal resilience and adaptation soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact me with questions.
- 1 Technology and Apps
- 2 Essential Research Tools
- 3 Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Resources
Technology and Apps
Frustrated with the formatting, editing, real-time users, and revision, mobile app, and storage limitations of Google Drive/Docs, DropBox, Box, SugarSync, SpiderOak, and all the rest?
Want to be able to retain your document formatting, including citations, have multiple editors in real time (with chat, tracking, commenting), painless sync, and virtually no storage limit? FINALLY? I never thought I’d be saying this, but I’ve switched to Microsoft OneDrive and Office365.
Microsoft OneDrive with Office 365. Get 1-10TB (yes, that’s TB) of storage!
FREE for many university students, staff, and faculty!
Sharing is easy (really, Microsoft has finally worked out the sharing bugs).
Last Pass – Protect your online accounts.
Evernote is my go-to app for organizing my research notes, web clippings, drafting blog posts, and more.
Asana is my go-to task management app for organizing my projects and teams.
Essential Research Tools
Provides overviews of research topics including: the foundations of research, sampling, measurement, design, analysis, and write-up. Whether you need a refresher in construct validity or a quick look up on post test analysis, this well-organized site gives concise explanations and examples and links for further reading. Includes quantitative and qualitative methods content.
Learn how to cite! Online guide
Reference and citation management software
A MUST-HAVE. Never format another bibliography by hand again – ever!
There are several good ones to choose from. If you are not in the US, most of your colleagues probably use Citavi.
Most of these have free versions, but there are storage limits. Your university probably provides a reference manager at no cost. I mostly use Zotero because that’s what I started with when EndNote was still not very user friendly.
They all have a “cite while you write” feature or plugin that will revolutionize your writing! You can choose any citation format and even change the format midstream. Cited works will automatically be added to your bibliography in alphabetical order and in your specified format.
Click on the images to visit the websites.
If you are not in the US, most of your colleagues probably use Citavi.
Here’s a comparison table from Washington University Libraries.
Be sure to evaluate the features in more detail before you choose. If you find that you’d like to switch to a different app after using one for a while, it’s fairly easy to export your library to another app.
Warning! You may lose annotations, tags, and other customizations that you spent a lot of time on if you export your library in RIS format to switch to a different app (e.g. from Zotero to EndNote).
Coastal Resilience and Adaptation Resources