The more systematic your approach to storing and organizing the information you have found during your research process, the faster and more accurately you will be able to work. The Internet is very dynamic and information that you find today may be gone tomorrow. For this reason it is very important that any information that is relevant to your research be kept in a single location like a personal database.
Devise a system that suits your needs and think about both the technology or type of database, as well as the way you will organize the information within that database.
You can store information on your computer or you can make use of cloud solutions like Google Drive (see video at the right) and Dropbox. These online tools allow you to store information and share it with your supervisor or other researchers world wide.
Sending large files
WeTransfer is a free online service that allows you to send large files (up to 2GB) to one or multiple recipients.
On the homepage of WeTransfer you will find a small box where you can upload a file, fill in the e-mail address of sender and receiver and if needed can enter a message. After clicking "Transfer" button the application does the work and sends an e-mail to the recipients mailbox.
There are other online services that send large files, but often they require registering and/or software installing. Neither actions are necessary with WeTransfer. Files remain available for two weeks, after this period the validity of the download link expires.
There are many software programs available in the market specially developed to manage literature references. Some of them need to be installed on your own PC, others are web-based programs.
The most frequently used reference management software programs are listed below.
Software requires installation on own PC
The VU University Library supports and provides training on Endnote.
Should you consider buying one of these programs to use at home, you can purchase them with discount on the website of Surfspot. Login with your VUnetID. We recommend you check with your department which program is most often used.
NARCIS is dé nationale portal voor wie informatie zoekt over wetenschappers en hun werk. Naast wetenschappers maken ook studenten, journalisten en medewerkers binnen onderwijs, overheid en het bedrijfsleven gebruik van NARCIS.
NARCIS biedt toegang tot wetenschappelijke informatie waaronder (open access) publicaties afkomstig uit de repositories van alle Nederlandse universiteiten, KNAW, NWO en diverse wetenschappelijke instellingen, datasets van een aantal data-archieven, alsmede beschrijvingen van onderzoeksprojecten, onderzoekers en onderzoeksinstituten.
Dit houdt in dat NARCIS (nog) niet gebruikt kan worden als ingang tot complete overzichten van publicaties van onderzoekers. Er zijn echter steeds meer instellingen die al hun wetenschappelijke publicaties via NARCIS toegankelijk maken. Op deze wijze kunnen de publicatielijsten van de wetenschappers zo compleet mogelijk worden gemaakt.
In 2004 is de ontwikkeling van NARCIS gestart als een samenwerkingsproject van KNAW Onderzoek Informatie, NWO, VSNU en METIS in het kader van de dienstenontwikkeling binnen het DARE-programma van SURFfoundation. Dit project heeft de portal NARCIS verwezenlijkt, waarin in januari 2007 de dienst DAREnet is geïncorporeerd. Sinds 2011 is NARCIS een dienst van DANS.
A MOOC is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.
National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System
NARCIS is the main national portal for those looking for information about researchers and their work. Besides researchers, NARCIS is also used by students, journalists and people working in educational and government institutions as well as the business sector.
NARCIS provides access to scientific information, including (open access) publications from the repositories of all the Dutch universities, KNAW, NWO and a number of research institutes, datasets from some data archives as well as descriptions of research projects, researchers and research institutes.
This means that NARCIS cannot be used as an entry point to access complete overviews of publications of researchers (yet). However, there are more institutions that make all their scientific publications accessible via NARCIS. By doing so, it will become possible to create much more complete publication lists of researchers.
In 2004, the development of NARCIS started as a cooperation project of KNAW Research Information, NWO, VSNU and METIS, as part of the development of services within the DARE programme of SURFfoundation. This project resulted in the NARCIS portal, in which the DAREnet service was incorporated in January 2007. NARCIS has been part of DANS since 2011.
When people create educational resources, they may choose to share them with others openly and freely. This means that others can use these materials as part of their courses and lessons without permission. A creator of an open textbook, for example, can give explicit permission to others to use their book free of charge. We call these open education resources (OER).
Read more about it in our LibGuide Resource Centre for Education Resources and Copyright