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Quickstart Guide to R Package Building

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Want to make your research more reproducible? Try housing it within an R package! While R packages are typically used to house broadly applicable functions for defined use-cases, they offer a lot for researchers looking to make their project-specific code and data more accessible and organized. Building an R package may sound daunting. However, it’s …

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Zotero: It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s … Citation Management Software!

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Zotero is a piece of software intended to help you manage citations. That might not sound like much, but in practice it’s a portable, pluggable, online and on-your-computer tool that can keep track of all your research. It will collect information about your reading while you research. It can even function as a place to …

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Analyzing preprints: The challenges of working with SHARE metadata

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As can be seen from a series of recent publications, there is great interest surrounding preprints—scholarly manuscripts that are published ahead of peer review. And while these studies show a rise in the number of documents posted on preprint servers, they fail to offer a clear picture on how the growing number of preprint servers are …

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Locking Down Your Digital Identity with FemTechNet

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As FemTechNet point out: “Locking down your digital identity is not only for those who are being harassed – it’s good practice in general. However, if you find yourself being cyberstalked, harassed, or threatened with violence this information can be particularly important and timely.” With this in mind, the network compiled a list of tips …

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Comment, reply, repeat: Engaging students with social annotation

Picture the last time you sat down to read an article for class. If your university experience was anything like most students’, chances are, you were alone. While solitary reading has benefits and is a common aspect of learning in higher education, it may not be the most effective way to read. Research suggests that …

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Introducing Feminism into the Classroom: A Syllabus On Women Writers Who Challenge Societal Structures Through Literature

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If literature is meant to challenge students by presenting them with different worldviews, then how can secondary and post-secondary educators construct a syllabus that encourages students to consider the implications of those worldviews? How can we design a course that invites students to consider what specific authors or characters may be trying to highlight about …

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