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Department of Research, Instruction, & Engagement: Research



AI Tools


Bard provides more detailed answers to questions asked than the typical Google search through this large language model. Bard's main goal is to retrieve information in a simple answer versus a search engine results page.


Scite is one of the most popular AI-powered academic research tools that improve any academic research in one go. Its own natural language processing and machine learning helps users do better research on scholarly articles and analyze citations. 

Moreover, Scite allows researchers like you to assess the dependability in any particular context of references. It helps in evaluating the quality and impact of the research. It also provides better visualizations and metrics to understand the citation landscape of a particular paper or a topic.


It is one of the most commonly used AI tools for scholars and students, as it helps with grammar and language correction for academic and technical writing. It has 3000+ grammar checks, tone, and style enhancements, which help scholars write better theses and projects without any errors. 

Trinka helps you document scientific findings and allows you to have a more technical tone and style without any difficulty. Therefore, for academic research purposes, Trinka is the most promising tool, as it helps document research papers and white papers in a better way. 



You can consider Elicit as one of the easiest go-to AI tools in the market to process your knowledge. With the help of this tool, you can design and conduct qualitative research. From analyzing the textual data to specifying the key themes, sentiments, and patterns, a researcher can use this tool to automate. 

Also, Elicit can be used to deduce summaries and visualizations for effective data interpretation. For any researcher, Elicit is a gold mine as it helps them gain deeper insights and make informed decisions.


Tableau is a powerful tool that helps users to analyze data. With its drag-and-drop interface, Tableau helps users easily explore, understand, and identify data, trends, patterns, and outliers. It supports everything from basic charts and graphs to advanced maps, treemaps, and heat maps. 

It is a popular choice for data analysts, businesses, and researchers across industries for its user-friendly interface and robust data visualization capabilities.

Semantic Scholar

Semantic Scholar is an AI academic search engine that focuses only on relevant research papers. It is used in computer science, neuroscience, and the biomedical sciences. Also, its natural language processing and machine learning techniques help to analyze the content. 

This tool can help researchers find and navigate relevant literature, visualize citations, and track scholarly articles. It’s advanced search capabilities and citation analysis are some of the most recommended features to use. With its AI-driven approach, you can efficiently create and deliver high-quality scientific literature.


Consensus is one of the best AI tools if you are looking for genuine scientific findings. Using this AI tool, you can’t go wrong with any research information, as they source the information for you only from published sources. That makes the process very reliable and uncomplicated to understand the subject and document it effectively. 

Also, this AI tool scans each topic thoroughly (through peer-reviewed research) so that it can provide you with a genuine and well-researched article that will reduce your stress. 


Zotero is an AI-powered management tool and your personal research assistant. It is specially designed to help researchers and scholars collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research documents. This tool can help you customize all your collections and automatically extract metadata from sources. 

Zotero has 10,000 citation styles for you to format your work and match your style to a publication. Moreover, it takes help from references and bibliographies to edit text and give you genuine information in your Google Doc or Word document. 

Conferences in the Southeast U.S.

When more information becomes available (dates of future conferences, calls for proposals, etc.), I will update this section of the LibGuide.

  • Alabama Library Association Annual Convention
  • Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association (This will be at ASU, but no date is available yet.)
  • ASU Annual Research & Creative Activity Symposium (This will be at ASU, but no date is available yet.)
  • CSMT Annual Research Symposium (This will be at ASU, but no date is available yet.)
  • 4th Annual Montgomery Higher Education Research Forum
  • SELA Conference

Tips for Getting Published

Journals To Consider

The following lists include state and/or regional journals and national and/or international journals.


State & Regional Journals

Alabama Libraries

SELA Journal


National & International Journals

College & Research Libraries

Education Review

Journal of Academic Librarianship


Alabama State University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides ethical review of human subjects research to protect the rights and welfare of human subjects of research. The IRB also seeks to  assure that human research is conducted according to applicable federal and state laws and regulations and the relevant policies of the Research Protection Program.

Things To Consider:

  • It takes about 10 business days for the IRB to approve or provide feedback on a protocol, so please keep that in mind when performing research.
  • CITI Training is mandatory for Human Subjects Research. This training is not difficult but it can be time-consuming, so please plan ahead and do not wait until the last minute to plan research projects.

Visit ASU's IRB website for links to:

  • IRB Forms;
  • IRB Requirements;
  • IRB Policies & Procedures;
  • CITI Training Information;
  • and other relevant information
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