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Researcher Unbound - About

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About Researcher Unbound

Are you embarking on your research and need some help in the research process?

Researcher Unbound is a series of Library workshops that aims to address your needs at every stage --- helping researchers like you discover and grasp essential skills such as literature searching, referencing, publishing and measuring research impact.

Researcher Unbound is underpinned by a holistic framework that supports and guides the development of research capabilities. Mapped across the research journey, it comprises necessary research skills under 7 domains.

Research Skills Framework


Research Skills Framework


Scope & frame an idea for your research

Apply various frameworks / methods / tools to help you ideate, scope your research topics, and identify research gaps or discover emerging trends:

  • Mindmaps
  • PESTLE analysis
  • PICO model
  • Questioning existing literature or research


Conduct effective literature search to support your research

Apply appropriate search methods to find the relevant information to support your research. Learn about:

  • The differences between primary and secondary research for the various disciplines
  • The advantages and disadvantages of various search methods such as citation pearl growing, using keywords vs controlled vocabulary, search operators, etc.
  • How to conduct a systematic review

Use & Cite

Use & cite sources in appropriate citation style

Learn to:

  • Evaluate & select information sources according to specific evaluation criteria (e.g. CRAAP, etc.)
  • Apply reference management tools to keep track of sources
  • Understand copyright and fair use, including Creative Commons licenses, to prevent copyright infringement
  • Apply duplicate content detection tools (e.g. Turnitin and iThenticate) to prevent plagiarism

Organise & Analyse

Collect, organise, analyse & manage your research, including data, effectively

Learn to:

  • Apply latest tools for research collaboration and for keeping current in your field of research
  • Apply emergent digital research methods in an evolving technological environment. Includes text mining, geographic information systems (GIS), social networks, data visualisation and data analytics
  • Apply best practices for managing your research data


Publish & communicate to share your research effectively

Learn to:

  • Apply the appropriate writing skills for theses, publications, conferences/ research proposals, grant funding applications etc.
  • Understand the publication process (such as manuscript submission, selection and editorial review) in order to get your research published
  • Find suitable journals / publications to publish your research
  • Communicate your research to engage the public

Create & Impact

Commercialise your ideas / scientific discoveries / inventions to achieve the intended benefits to society

Learn about:

  • Patents
  • Intellectual Property (IP)
  • Product design
  • Entrepreneurship

Measure & Enhance

Measure the impact & enhance the visibility of your research

Learn to:

  • Understand the importance of author identifiers (such as ORCID iD, ResearcherID, Google Scholar Citations author profile, etc.) and apply best practices for building your research profile
  • Understand the importance of depositing your research into the Institutional Repository – ScholarBank@NUS and other repositories to enhance the discoverability and impact of your research output
  • Apply tools / methods (such as citation databases and altmetrics) to measure your research impact and societal influences

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Email us for:

  • Collaborations (with faculty / department, publishers / editors, research institutes & organisations) to conduct research skills workshops for the NUS community
  • Suggestions on new workshop content


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Content updated on 26 Apr 2018

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