10 Essential Web Tools for Research Scientists

Published by James on April 06, 2010

1. Stumbleupon is not just for blog-surfers. Research scientists can set Stumbleupon to peruse funding and grants websites and scientific journals to keep up to date on the latest opportunities and discoveries.

2. Grants and Funding website: This is your one-stop resource to find funds for research and training in the sciences. This service is completely free.

3. Science Mag.org has articles on the latest news for every branch of science. Even mad scientists need some fun reading once in a while, and here you can find out how massive a quark really is, read a cheery piece titled “Death by Necroptosis,” and check in on the status of Madagascar’s forests and China’s sustainability efforts.

4. If you’re ready to leave academia and make some money, NewScientistJobs.com is a great job search engine to start with. Upload your resume, browse by discipline, find out who is recruiting or just check out the old-fashioned job search.

5. Lab Support is a job placement website specifically for scientific, engineering and preclinical professionals. The jobs range from contract, contract-to-hire and direct hire opportunities in areas like lab work, Environmental, Health & Safety etc.

6. Kelly Scientific is another job placement website, but with a global scope and offices nation-wide. You can find temp jobs and permanent positions all over the world, and you can use the search for free.

7. For tips on how to research online effectively check out this very scientific article, written by a librarian, specifically for scientific researchers.

8. Scirus is the most comprehensive scientific research tool on the web. With over 370 million scientific items indexed at last count, it allows researchers to search for not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.

9. INFOMINE is the search engine to go to when you need to find databases, electronic journals, online library card catalogs, articles and directories of researchers.

10. Intute is a similar free online search service from the UK that specializes in helping people find the best websites for academic research. Browse by subject – like Agriculture, food and forestry; Geography and environment; physical sciences; and Mathematics and computer science to find articles by top researchers. 

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