Category Archives: Links

Bitesize stats resources for researchers!

Broad_chain_closeupA great selection of links to statistics resources, recommended by UN research students.

If you have any more recommendations in your discipline please email the links to me!

Basic Stats Online Links

These ‘how to’ videos contain “most” stats tests for social sciences up to advanced level  (Factor Analysis) Read the rest of this entry

Jeff Ollerton: The Cliff

Research Support Hub readers will surely be interested in Professor Jeff Ollerton’s latest blog post, The Cliff, in which Professor Jeff reflects on 20 years as a PhD examiner, discusses the growth of literature in his field and what it means for new research students, and highlights a mysterious publishing statistic.

You can subscribe to all Jeff’s posts at

Bitesize resources for researchers!

Another selection of Web resources, recommended especially by UN research students.

Social Research Hub: A forum, Twitter feed and Blog for social researchers in a wide range of fields, including human geography, education, linguistics, law, psychology, sociology.

Research blogs: From the publishers of Research Fortnight and Research Professional.

PhD life: A personal blog about the PhD experience.

Literature Review HQ: A literature review toolbox containing articles, podcasts and other resources.

So you want to blog?: Instructions on how to get started on a Blog of your own.

Next week – watch this space for statistics resources online!

If you have any good research Web resources that you’d like to share please email them to Simone Apel.

A blog of blogs… and other research resources!

A bitesize selection of Web resources on research for PG students and supervisors.

If you have any good research Web resources that you’d like to share
please email them to Simone Apel.

Blogs on WordPress

Research whisperer
The thesis whisperer
Doctoral writing
Supervisor’s friend

On Twitter

Viva survivors


Beyond the PhD


Podacademy: Sound Thinking; Podcasts of current research.
Tedtalks: Some of the world’s greatest educators, researchers, and community leaders share their stories and visions onstage at the TED conference.

‘Just About…’: YouTube researcher tips from University of Warwick

University of Warwick library have launched Just About…, a new YouTube channel for sharing short tips and guides for researchers, based on their information skills workshops. Among the initial offerings is a guide to setting up alerts in Web of Knowledge and Google, which any researcher may find useful.

Don’t forget that University of Northampton research training videos are also available through the NILE RES001 module – new additions are posted to our Training category.

Thumbnail image: Hungarian television set from 1959 by Takkk via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons)

Blogwatch: UoN researchers at SCAPE 2012

Jeff Ollerton reports from SCAPE 2012, the annual meeting of the Scandinavian Association of Pollination Ecologists, which included presentations from André Rodrigo Rech and Stella Watts of the university’s Landscape and Biodiversity Research Group.

Jeff’s post, barely two days old, is already prominent in various Google searches relating to the conference, and demonstrates how a blog can be a valuable tool for disseminating your research work, activity and interests.

If you’re a University of Northampton researcher with a blog of your own – or if you’re thinking of starting one and need some advice – please let us know (or see the slides from our recent workshop).

Thumbnail image: California High Desert Honey Bees Pollinating a Yellow Beavertail Cactus Flower  by Jessie Eastland via Wikimedia Commons (Creative Commons)

Blogs added, blogs wanted

Writing ball keyboard by Sverre avnskog (Creative Commons)We’ve added some new university staff and researcher blogs to our blogroll in the right-hand column:

At History at The University of Northampton Dr. Drew Gray and the history staff are posting on a variety of interesting topics including crime and punishment, Northampton Castle, motherhood in the media and political strategy.

Cotswold History is the blog of PhD researcher Nell Darby and focuses on the social history of the Cotswolds region, with posts on cautionary tales,  local eccentrics, magic lanterns and everyone’s favourite,  murder walks.

Professor Mike Redwood is a seasoned blogger whose posts on the global leather industry date back to 2007. He has recently posted from the Netherlands, Shanghai, Germany and everyone’s favourite, Northampton on leather and its relation and relevance to the University of Northampton.

These new sites join our existing link to the blog of Professor Jeff Ollerton, whose diverse posts revolve around biodiversity by way of creationism, architecture, post-everything activism and everyone’s favourite, toilet seats.

If you’re a blogging PhD or staff researcher we’d love to add your site to our list – please contact Nick with the details.

Main image: Writing ball keyboard by Sverre avnskog (Wikimedia Commons, public domain)
Thumbnail: Underwood Keyboard (Wikimedia Commons, public domain)

Interpreting scientific abstracts

Huffington Post has a short and interesting post by Nature editor Noah Gray on the art and benefits of deciphering scientific abstracts.

…with the ability to regularly recognize key scientific components from an abstract, the savvy reader will be in a position to better-police that other omnipresent science information filter, the one that sometimes operates with mixed efficiency: mainstream media.

Thumbnail credit: Enigma Machine by marypcb on Flickr (Creative Commons)