Analyse, synthesise and assimilate research
Scholarcy can help you understand papers, get a deeper insight into your field of study, and synthesise research to make it easier to find connections and draw comparisons. In this section of the guide, we will walk you through a concrete use case.
Use case: learn a new concept and write about it
Let’s say you want to learn the basics of a new concept, conduct a quick review of the evidence, compile key information and write a summary about it. For example sake, say you want to learn about Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and whether it helps with anxiety disorders. How might you do this with Scholarcy?
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Gain a high level understanding
[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]First, you could do a search within Scholarcy for ‘Cognitive behavioural therapy introductory paper’, then generate a flashcard summary. The idea here is to find a paper which provides an overview of CBT.[.text-col-1]
[.number-box-cms]2[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]From here, you can read the abstract, Scholarcy highlights and Summary, as well as take a look at the Key concepts.[.text-col-1]
💡 You can enhance how your flashcard is summarised, by opening the Scholarcy summary section and clicking the ‘Enhance’ button.
[.number-box-cms]3[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]Finally, you can click the Spotlight button at the top left of your flashcard and select the important points option, to explore Scholarcy highlights.[.text-col-1]
Get a snapshot of the evidence
[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]You can gauge the state of knowledge on a topic by looking at a systematic review or meta-analysis. For example: to determine the efficacy of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for anxiety, you could search for ‘Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and anxiety meta-analysis’ in Scholarcy, and generate a Flashcard summary. To try this yourself, combine a research topic with 'systematic review' or 'meta-analysis', to see the state of research to date.[.text-col-1]
ℹ️ Bonus: as systematic reviews are 'studies of studies' which analyse and summarise large bodies of research, and as Scholarcy itself can summarise said summaries ever further, you get to relive 2010's film Inception. At least until you go down a rabbit hole, end up in limbo, and your professor reiterates that quoting Leonardo DiCaprio is not valid. This is probably not the best time to recommend them CBT.
[.number-box-cms]2[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]Skim through the flashcard and try to find information relating to efficacy. The results section is a great starting point, followed by the Study subjects and analysis, Scholarcy highlights and Summary sections.[.text-col-1]
Here we can quickly find some useful information:
- “Moderate efficacy of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety-related disorders compared to placebo in a randomized placebo-controlled study of 41 studies.”
- “Findings demonstrate that CBT is a moderately efficacious treatment for anxiety disorders when compared to placebo.”
- “Large effect sizes were found for (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and acute stress disorder.”
- "41 randomized placebo‐controlled trials with a total of 2,843 patients were included in this meta-analysis."
[.number-box-cms]3[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]You can [.text-highlight]highlight key information as you go[.text-highlight], as well as save it to your flashcard notes.[.text-col-1]
See how a study compares to previous research
[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]Say you want to drill down on the details, and see how a specific study compares to previous research. In your flashcard, scroll down to the Comparative analysis section and expand it.[.text-col-1]
The Comparative analysis can highlight:
- How the study differs from previous research
- How the study builds on previous research
- Counterpoints the study has made compared to earlier claims/research
- Confirmations of earlier findings
💡 Determine research quality indicators in more depth, watch this video.
ℹ️ If this section is not visible, Scholarcy was unable to identify related work.
See how many times a cited source has been supported or refuted
[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]From the References section of your flashcard, click the blue Scite icon 🔵. This will display a tooltip with three icons.[.text-col-1]
- Green tick icon 🟢 = number of papers supporting or agreeing with the current paper.
- Black info icon ⚫ = number of mentions from other papers.
- Orange question icon 🟠 = number of papers disputing or questioning the current paper.
Analyse data and figures from a paper
[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]You can export multiple tables to a single Excel spreadsheet to see workings, calculations and tabular data more clearly. In the Tables section, click the ‘Download tables as Excel’ link to export.[.text-col-1]
ℹ️ If no tables were found in the study/doc you imported, this section will not be visible.
[.number-box-cms]2[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]Scholarcy extracts figures and captions from research papers and book chapters. Expand the Figures section and click on an image to expand it.[.text-col-1]
ℹ️ If no figures were found in the study/doc you imported, this section will not be visible.
Generate a ready-made bibliography from multiple flashcards
[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]To generate a compiled list of citations from multiple flashcards, jump to step #2 of this section in the Export guide.[.text-col-1]
Generate a quick literature matrix
[.number-box-cms]1[.number-box-cms][.text-col-1]To generate a quick literature matrix from multiple flashcards, jump to step #3 of this section in the Export guide, or watch the video tutorial directly from this link.[.text-col-1]
To export and transfer your flashcards into different tools, check out the Export page.
🎉 Woo-hoo: You’ve learned how to assimilate and analyse your research using Scholarcy! Continue to the next step to learn more about export options.
Learn how to export and transfer your flashcards into different tools.