Psychology: Research Tools
PubMed Research Tools
- Get The ResearchThis tool will allow you to search for scholarly articles and highlight key terms in the titles and abstracts which will then be defined on the toggled screen to the right. Though this is an early release of this tool, it can be helpful in assisting you with understanding the basics of research topics you may not be familiar with. Currently, it indexes scholarly articles from PubMed, which specializes in research mainly in biology and medicine but also includes relevant research in neuroscience, psychology, and human development.
The screenshot below shows how you can select highlighted terms to display the definition on the toggled right, which are embedded from Wikipedia.
Discover Engagement Around Research
Altmetrics - Discover Online Engagement
Altmetrics are the metrics applied to the scholarly outputs, usually scholarly journal articles, that demonstrate the attention, such as shares and mentions, on social media, news, public policy, patents, syllabi, YouTube, Reddit, and other "alternative" metrics outside of scholarly citations. Two competing altmetrics data providers provide the majority of this data to researchers, administrators, publishers, and students: Altmetric and Plum Analytics (PlumX). Virginia Tech subscribes to Altmetric's database, Altmetric Explorer. See below for a link to setup an account.
Here's an example of an article with online attention: The Toxic Truth about Sugar (Nature), which has Altmetric attention from news media outlets, blogs, and Twitter users (also see the PlumX details for comparison between the two data sources).
- Altmetric it! BookmarkletInstall the free bookmarklet for Chrome, Firefox and Safari to view the online shares and news and policy mentions of an article with a single click.
- Create Altmetric Explorer AccountBefore you can access the Altmetric Explorer database, you will first need to create an account using your VT email address.