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Scholarly Publication: All you need to know: General Research Tools


Submitting a paper to an unsuitable journal is a key cause of article rejection. When selecting a journal, take the time to review a journal’s aims and scope to confirm that it is suitable for your manuscript. The information in this guide will help you make the best choice when deciding where to publish your research.

Publisher-Specific Resources

Where to Publish



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15 Helpful Online Writing Tools for Students 

  1. Google Docs
    This free spreadsheet, form application and web based word processor that is offered by Google allows the user to create and edit documents, while at the same time collaborating with others in real time.
  2. ReadWriteThink
    From the name, you can tell that this is not exactly one tool. It can help enhance all the three skills. The tool is perfect for high schoolers. With these interactive online writing tools, students can be helped with a number of writing tasks including: writing business letters on templates, comic creation, and practicing storyboarding skills.
  3. 3D Writer
    This simple, single minded tool can be downloaded and installed on your PC. The tool operates just like a word processing program but it is more of a “lean and mean” version. It is very helpful when it comes to creating hypertext fiction.
  4. Button Talk
    This is the MAC version of 3D Writer. What this application does best is focus on story writing. You can use the tool to explore dozens of links to use for hyperlinking. It is simple to use and can be used at a variety of education levels.
  5. Poetry Forge
    With this particular tool, poetry writing is simplified even for the students who claim to hate it. Poetry Forge comes with a number of online tools that will help you to come up with original poetry.
  6. Word counter
    Students can make the most of this tool when writing to help them count the number of times a word has been used in a document. The tool is ideal for students who have a tendency of overusing certain words.
  7. Citation machine
    This interactive web tool is designed to help students quickly and more appropriately cite their sources.
  8. Language tool
    A very effective tool that can be used to check and spot mistakes that may go unnoticed by your word processor. It detects spelling, syntax and grammar errors.
  9. Cliché finder
    At times it is hard to avoid clichés. However, if they are used in a witty way and sparingly, they can come in handy. The cliché finder helps the writer to detect all the clichés found in a document.
  10. BibMe
    Most (if not all) scholarly papers need a bibliography. Students are required to make citations of the source information that they are to include in their paper. This tool provides students with four formats: MLA, APA, Chicago or Turabian for citation.
  11. StayFocusd
    The tool helps students to maintain a clear head as they attempt to work on their assignment. Focusing for students can be hard, but StayFocusd helps by limiting the amount of time you can spend on time-wasting websites.
    Checking the readability of a school paper can be used to determine whether the paper fits the appropriate level of education. You certainly don’t want to be a grade 12 student with a writing level of a grade 2!
  13. MindMup
    A good number of students know how to research and come up with great concepts, but fail to execute them. MindMup is a very useful tool that helps students organize their ideas.
  14. Grammarly
    Grammarly is an online tool that is used to check for and highlight grammar mistakes for correction.
  15. Paper Rater
    Students can use the tool to check grammar, spell-check and check for plagiarism.


Research Tools: Citation Management



  • A reference management service that provides researchers with the resources to simplify the researcher’s workflow so they can concentrate on writing research papers. Maximize your researchers’ productivity with this easy-to-use tool for publishing and managing citations, bibliographies, and references.
  • To help you quickly become familiar with RefWorks, check out tutorials and recorded training sessions:
  • Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research
  • Zotero A free, web-based tool that works as a plug-in within Firefox. Zotero also has a desktop client that works well on all platforms.
  • NoodleTools : Web-based service that walks you through the process of correctly formatting citations.

Integrated tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing.

Each user must create a personal folder by clicking the "Create a Personal ID" button on the login screen. Access to the subscription is enabled via username/password and IP authentication.

Use NoodleTools Quick User Guide for help in creating a new account and navigating some key features.

You need to access NoodleTools account via Office 365 account

Tutorials on using NoodleTools

You can use NoodleTools Express when you just need to create one or two quick citations. There's no need to log in -- simply create citations using the form in NoodleTools Express then copy and paste what you need into your paper.


What is it?

Turnitin is software both accessible online and built into Kottab which can automatically screen student papers for originality.

How does it work?

Turnitin works via text-matching. It checks writing against existing publications on the web as well as its own internal database of student papers, color coding matches based on the source. It assigns an originality number based on the percentage of the text with no match.

Why do we use it?

ECAE provides Turnitin access to students and faculty to improve student writing and ensure academic integrity. Consider it another tool in your arsenal against plagiarism.

English Language support


Grammarly will help you to

  • 250+ Grammar Checks:Check your text for the proper use of advanced grammar rules. Get accurate error explanations.

  • Plagiarism Detection: Find borrowed text before it gets you into trouble. Automatically generate references.

  • Vocabulary Enhancement: Use words that make an impact. Liven up your sentences and improve readability with context-optimized word choice suggestions.

  • Contextual Spell Check: Spot correctly spelled words used in the wrong context. No more embarrassing typos like then-then, two-to-too, lose-loose. 

  • How to set-up and account and use Grammarly . Grammarly supports Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and Edge, but it does not support Internet Explorer

Clarity English

Clarity English publishes effective, enjoyable, easy-to-use ICT for English. It help the students to improve specific language areas including Grammar, Vocabulary, IELTS practice, reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. The students will be registered in Clarity by the administrator and then they can log in using the given ID and password. Ask your teacher or Librarian for assistance.

TheClarity Modules available for ECAE Users are

DPT Admin Panel     Active Reading     Tense Buster   Road to IELTS (Academic Module)      Study Skills Success

         DPT                        Active Reading        Tense Buster             Road to IELTS        Study Skills Success

MindMup is a free software mind mapping application which enables users to store maps on several cloud storage providers, including Google Drive, Amazon S3 and GitHub and collaborate in real time with other users. A good number of students know how to research and come up with great concepts, but fail to execute them. MindMup is a very useful tool that helps students organize their ideas.

Word Counter is a word count and a character count tool that helps to count the number of times a word has been used in a document. The tool is ideal for students who have a tendency of overusing certain words.

Simply place your cursor into the box and begin typing. Word counter will automatically count the number of words and characters as you type. You can also copy and paste a document you have already written into the word counter box and it will display the word count and character numbers for that piece of writing.