Center for Faculty Development
Research Process & Policies Resources
Check the library’s list of Research Guides to find helpful resources (e.g., databases, journals, books, websites, and videso) by discipline.
- How to Be a Good Researcher: A strategic guide for academic success, Evans
- When to use What Research Design, Vogt, Gardner, and Haeffele
- Designing and Conducting Survey Research, Rea and Parker
- Basic Statistics for Social Research, Hannema, Kposowa, and Riddle
- How to Construct a Mixed Methods Research Design, Schoonenboom and Johnson
- Fundamentals of Qualitative Research Methods, free online course
Additional free online courses that may be useful can be found at edx.org.
- See the Scholarship of Teaching Learning Program library guide containing links to helpful books, databases, and videos
- Guide to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning by the Center for Educational Innovation at the University of Minnesota
- Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Bishop-Clark and Dietz-Uhler
Scholarly Writing Resources
This webblog includes useful readings, activities, and a self-paced course, Writing Process Reengineering, on writing by Thomas Basbøll, writing consultant at the Copenhagen Business School Library.
- How to be a More Productive Writer, Huff
- Is there a better way to write your academic papers? New research says yes
- Demystifying Academic Writing: Genres, Moves, Skills, and Strategies, Fang
- Writing for Success, Horkoff
- Resource on citation style guides from the USM Libraries
Grants and Funding
Per their website, Office of Research Administration (ORA) assists faculty and staff as they pursue, then manage external funding for varied types of projects that support the University's mission. ORA is also responsible for the administration of contracts and grants awarded to the university.
Use ORA’s Assistance Navigator to help you find what you need
ORA is divided into four units to assist with securing and managing external funding:
- Funding and Information Services
- Proposal and Award Management
- Financial Reporting and Audit
- Compliance and Technology
ORA oversees SPIN, a web-based, comprehensive database of funding opportunities, as well as a worldwide database of scholar profiles to help you find collaborators and promote your own work.
As well, ORA provides access to the Grants Resource Center(GRC), that promotes federal and private sponsored funding opportunities and provides up-to-date funding information, and individualized services through campus liaisons through GrantSearch, a user-friendly funding database arranged by academic discipline.
Available to faculty, staff, and students in the CEHS, the Office of Research Support Services provides more tailored pre-award support for preparing and submitting funding proposals and acts as a liaison to ORA.
The NIH is the largest public funder of biomedical research in the world which includes 27 separate institutes or centers all with their own mission and foci and funding opportunities.
NIH’s Grants and Funding website includes resources to find funding, assistance with the application process, and information on pre- and post-award processes.
The Department of Education oversees the establishment and administration of federal educational and educational financial programs.
View available Department of Education grants.
National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering in all 50 states.
NFS funding resources include finding funding, support for preparing and submitting a proposal, as well as the ability to search and review funded projects.
Documenting Your Scholarly Impact
Data from these sources can help identify the impact of scholarly works by author. For each database search by author to cultivate list of publications and citations.
- Google Scholar Citations: Search by author name to generate citation list, number of citations, and h-index.
- Web of Science (log-in via USM Library): Search by author name, and then select “Citation Report” to generate a summary report of publications, citations (total and average per publication), and h-index
- Journal Citation Reports (log-in via USM Library: Provides the most comprehensive list and metrics on journals. Can gather 5-year impact factor, total citations per year, journal citation indicator (citations compared to average citations of journals in the category), journal ranking by impact factor as well as other metrics.
- Google Scholar Metrics: Provides a list of top 100 journals, that can be refined by subcategories, and provides h-index metrics. Includes the most basic information on journal metrics.
- Scimago Journal & County Rank: Includes journals and country specific information drawing from information in the Scopus database.