Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Essential tools for researcher-wannabes at UCLA: where to start ...

It's so hard for people who are starting to do research to know where to go and resources available on campus at UCLA. So, I decided to put together a essential list of tools and resources that are extremely helpful and are available at little to no cost.

1. Data abstraction

Center for Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI) has a team of programmers led by Ayan Patel with the mission to accelerate the time from data collection to publication. Here is the intranet  link to submit request to abstract data from UCLA Epic.

2. Data storage:

CTSI also offers an online cloud based database manager, called REDCap, free of charge to UCLA and affiliate institutions. To request an account, go here.

3. Drop by statistical consultation is also offered by CTSI.

4. Citation manager:

EndNote offers a free cloud based citation manager that syncs with Microsoft Word after installing a plug in. This is an awesome resource and it's free! A must have for anyone who writes paper and want to save time with citations.

5. Learn statistics. 

Through CTSI, I signed up for Track II program, which is one of three programs, to learn how to do clinical research. I took 4 graduate level statistical classes and a bunch of modules. This was the best thing I've ever done to facilitate my understanding and efficiency in doing research.

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