Advanced Research, Quick Information, and eBooks – “Young Bits” – Chapter 4

Cloud storage and smart search engines have made research a great deal less demanding. Results can be compared worldwide more efficiently, allowing for faster progress in advanced research. Since the vast majority of youngsters have a tablet they can bring everywhere, digital course material and books are convenient.

Advanced research describes the many ways researchers conduct formal scholarly research, investigate a research problem or seek to prove a hypothesis.

The most known research platforms are:

    • Reasearchgate is a site from researchers to researchers you can find academic work. On the platform, you can access over 135 million publication pages from a wide range of fields like Engineering, Mathematics, Biology, Computer Science, Climate Change, Medicine, Physics, Social Science, Astrophysics, Chemistry and so on. 
    • Academia is a platform for sharing academic research. Academics have uploaded 36 million papers, and 95 million academics, professionals, and students access the plarform every month. Academia is providing free access to research for everyone and paid premium capabilities to subscribers. Their goal is to accelerate reseach in various fields like climate change, diseases, artificial intelligence, etc.
    • Google Scholar is a search engine created by Google where individuals can find all the academic works. The platform is freely accessible and indexes peer-reviewed online academic journals and books, conference papers, theses and dissertations, preprints, abstracts, technical reports, and other scholarly literature, including court opinions and patents.

All these websites are made for scholars, students, researchers and people who are interested in academic works and quality scientific research.

If you are searching for quick information Wikipedia is a good platform to consider. Wikipedia is a multilingual free online encyclopedia written and maintained by a community of volunteers through open collaboration and a wiki-based editing system. Wikipedia is the largest and most-read reference work in history and will provide you with a huge database of information. When you use it, keep in mind that the information is written by volunteers so it does not usually pass the academic requirements.

Also, when it comes to information, e-books have become a great alternative to ordinary books, especially when it comes to accessibility, costs and storage. Of course, nothing can beat the pleasure of a flipping pages on the couch, but when it comes to information, e-books are definitely something to consider. 

An ebook – short for electronic book, is a book publication made available in digital form, readable on any computer or electronic device.

If you never used e-book before – here – you will find a guide that will help you to download and install the e-books on your device.

Lots of stores provide you with the opportunity to buy e-books, but if you are searching for free materials to read Project Gutenberg is the place you want to search first. You will find the world’s great literature here, with a focus on older works for which the copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for you to enjoy. No fee or registration! No special apps needed! 

Open Library is also huge online storage where you can find lots of the published works of humankind. The platform is based on volunteering and donations so everything you will find is free. 

If you are still searching for a book – Google Books – is the place you need to be. 

We hope you found this informative, so see you next week for a new “young bit”.

The content for this post is part of our online campaign called “Young Bits” which aims to increase the quality of Digital Youth Work by providing the interested parties with knowledge and tools that exist on the internet, but are not structured in a handy manner. The campaign represents the main result of the project „DIgital Technology as a TOol”, a training course that was financed with the support of the European Commission through Erasmus+ Programme. This blog reflects only the author’s views, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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