Online Resources to Stay Involved with Research

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**We will update this web page on a regular basis with new resources!

Website resources to help you stay involved with your research and develop professional skills

While UC Davis has suspended in-person classes and lab work, the Undergraduate Research Center has compiled various online resources that will help you continue to think critically about your research, learn techniques and engage in professional development.

  • Find and Search the Research Literature
  • Finding journal articles related to your research is an important skill to help you learn more about your field, compile citations and keep up-to-date with new advances. Here are some good resources with advice about searching the literature and different databases:

    Setting up “alerts” or an RSS feed to get regular updates about literature in your field

    Subscribing for “alerts” or an RSS feed are powerful tools that can help researchers receive regular updates and stay up-to-date about literature in their field. (The acronym RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary.) Steps for subscribing to alerts vary in different databases or publishers. Publishers will often have a page listing RSS feeds or email alerts for all of their journals.

    Consider opening a Feedly account: “Keep up with the topics and trends you care about, without the overwhelm.” Feedly is convenient because it uses your Google account.

    Set up Google Scholar Email Alerts

    Set up PubMed Email Alerts

    Set up Science magazine Email Alerts and RSS Feeds

    Check out the ACS Journal RSS feeds

  • Write a literature review 
  • Write a literature review of your research topic – One of the best ways to learn more about your research topic is to write a literature review!  This is also useful as part of an Honors Thesis, for the introduction/background section of a publication, or for a Provost’s Undergraduate Fellowship.  Here are some good resources with advice about writing a literature review.

  • Watch research and science education videos on
  • JOVE has both research and science education videos that will benefit your research and lab classes, and also help you learn more about techniques of interest to you.

    JOVE education videos - Great resource to help learn content for labs, research and lecture! These are peer-reviewed and professionally made videos (so are more reliable than some YouTube videos).  Free access until June 15, but our library also has a subscription)

    JOVE Journal research videos – A visual research journal with results and techniques in many research areas.  These videos are peer reviewed and professionally done, including results of new research.  Great resource to find topics and techniques related to your research interests.  Also has a comments/Q&A section for each research video.

  •  Watch virtual seminars/webinars about research
  • There are many great webinars and virtual seminars about scientific and professional development topics that can help you learn about a topic, practice skills, or consider grad school opportunities.  Check out some of the links below.  To build critical thinking skills when you watch a seminar or webinar, practice writing 2-3 questions you would ask the speaker about the topic or their ideas. If it is a scientific seminar, try to look up at least one paper from the speaker to learn more about their work or the topic – in the same area or for another project.

    Webinars from Science Magazine in all areas of science

    Virtual seminars and interviews on ACS Division of Organic Chemistry website:

    Watch ACS webinars for science and professional development (on ACS website):

    Watch ACS webinars related to technology innovation:

  • Watch and practice science communication
  • Tips for Science Communication:

    AAAS Resources for Science Communication

    And-But-Therefore Framework for Story-telling (Randy Olson)

  • Learn a modeling software
  • One example is STELLA (Systems Thinking for Education and Research; from isee Systems), a modeling software package that diagrams, charts, and uses animation help visual learners discover relationships between variables and helps simplify model building. Users can download a free trial that has significant features to learn how to use the software. Sample Models are available.

  • It's the perfect time to do an IDP (Individual Development Plan)
  • Links about why IDPs are important, and samples:

    links to recommended IDP websites: