Resources and tools for research

Find tools to help with the research process and resources to build your research skills and career

Resources for developing your research skills

Resources covering multiple research skills



Reading papers

Developing a research question

  • Building a theory of change for your research is a presentation that explores the different ways your research could have an impact and guides you through creating a theory of change for your research. You can view the workbook that goes with the presentation here.
  • Scribbr has this useful framework for identifying and developing a research question to writing a research proposal.
  • Improving your statistical questions is a free online course by Daniel Lakens.

Open Science and pre-registration


Doing reproducible and ethical science


Data analysis

Writing skills

Writing a literature review

Presenting your research

Tools to help with the research process

Improving your workflow

  • Elicit is a GPT-3 powered research assistant that helps with various tasks, including classifying datasets and finding researchers similar to a list you started with, which may be helpful if you’re looking for a supervisor. Students automatically receive access as part of our coaching process.
  • SMMRY automatically summarises text to save you time.
  • The Brain allows you to organise ideas in non-linear mind maps. We think it’s the best mind-map tool and may be particularly useful during creative research phases and when working in open/new research fields.
  • RoamResearch and Obsidian are note-taking tools which present networks of connected notes in graph form.
  • Notion and Workflowy are project management and note-taking apps. The Notion personal plan is free with an academic email address.

Finding existing data


Development economics

Social sciences

Statistical data

Literature reviews

  • Elicit allows you to enter a question and receive answers from research papers.
  • Connected Papers creates a visual overview of your field of study, showing papers that are similar to the paper you started with.
  • Semantic Scholar is a literature search tool that provides one-sentence summaries of papers and shows papers that influenced or were influenced by the paper you are reading.
  • Scite shows the contexts in which a scientific article has been cited and whether the citations were accompanied by supporting or contrasting evidence.
  • LitMaps creates visual maps of citations between research papers and recommends relevant papers.
  • ResearchRabbit helps you search for papers and authors, monitor new literature and visualise research landscapes.

Reference Managers

Running a successful study

Collections of resources

Recruiting Participants

Building a Study

Tools for building online experiments and behaviour change programs:


Where to publish your paper (both sites provide recommendations based on your abstract):


Many universities have their own university- or faculty/school-based mini-grants programs to support students with particularly promising research or extra-curricular plans (e.g. exceptional research proposals for their undergraduate, masters or PhD thesis or plans to attend conferences or research-based events to support their research). Try googling something like “special research grants [name of your university]” to find whether yours offer this. The 2021 scholarship guide outlines scholarships available in various universities across multiple countries for undergraduate, masters and PhD students. This site features EA funding opportunities for a number of different cause areas and disciplines and you can also check this post for additional opportunities. For alternative protein research specifically check out the Food System Research Fund


International, all disciplines

International, discipline-specific



Prizes from other countries coming soon… Your own department/university likely run their own thesis awards. Consider applying – it is usually a good way to show that your thesis is exceptional.

Internships and other opportunities

We do regular searches to identify opportunities that are relevant to our recommended research directions, and are particularly suited to students interested in research careers and early-career researchers. If you want to make use of this service, please apply here. Opportunities relevant to our prioritised research directions can also be found below: Opportunities can also be found by signing up for the newsletters of the research organisations mentioned in our prioritised research directions profiles. There are also many newsletters linked in this post.

Careers Advice 

Thanks to Michel Justen for contributions to this page. Did some other resource not listed on this page prove useful to you? Help us improve this collection and reach out or comment and suggest edits on this google doc.