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Insert Citations In Multiple Formats Easily With Google Docs

Google Docs is a handy free writing tool with a lot of great hidden features, including the research tool. You can save yourself some time and use the research sidebar to automatically insert the appropriate citations you need for your paper.


How Budget Cuts Increased Australian Cyber-Security Risks

You’d struggle to argue that this year’s budget cuts to funding for CSIRO and universities are going to give Australia any kind of advantage in science. It seems that anti-science agenda could also have a direct impact on our ability to deal with online attacks.


How Big Data Can Help Fix Medical Research

A recent paper in the British Medical Journal suggests that evidence-based medicine is in crisis. Evidence-based medicine is based on the practice of employing treatments that have scientific research that backs up their effectiveness. It is usually set against medical practice that is based on anecdotal experience or simply doing things because that is the way they always have been done.


Ask LH: How Can I Stop Procrastinating While Researching?

Dear LH, The trouble with the internet age is that once you start researching a topic, it’s hard to know when to stop. You can read so many inspiring articles and watch so many thought-provoking videos. The information available is endless. How can I make sure I’m not wasting time during this phase? What rules should I apply?


Four Google Services You're Not Using To Their Full Potential

Many of us use the obvious Google services: search, Gmail, Drive and Calendar. However, the company has a host of other products that may surprise you with what they can do.


No Balloons For You! Helium Prices Set To Skyrocket

A worldwide shortage of helium will cause prices to inflate by as much as 3000% over the coming decade, scientists have warned. And you thought children’s parties were expensive now…


Why Negative Reviews Aren't Always Bad

It’s easy to see every negative review and bad news. But a recent report suggests that bad reviews might actually be coming from some of your best and most loyal customers.


Annotary Marks Up Web Pages And Saves Them For Later Research

Chrome/Firefox/Safari: Whether you’re researching a new car purchase or a university paper, you’re going to be dealing with a lot of different web pages. Annotary lets you highlight and mark up sites, save them for later, and even share your research with collaborators.


How To Find Scientific Information On The Internet Without Getting Duped

Actual scientific data is your best defence against misinformation, but locating real facts amongst selectively-quoted studies and outright lies online can be difficult. We’ve told you before how to tell if something controversial is actually true, but what if you want to read up on a subject without stumbling into half-truths and pseudoscience? Here’s how to use the internet as a powerful research tool without being led astray.


How To Work Around The Wikipedia Blackout

English-language editions of Wikipedia will be offline for 24 hours from 4pm Wednesday January 18 (Australian Eastern daylight saving time) to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US. If you urgently need Wikipedia content during that period, what can you do? Here are a few emergency alternatives.