FAQ

Q1) How do  I get IRB training?

A1) All UIC Investigators and key research personnel are required to meet the initial training requirements in human subjects protections before their involvement in the research. You can complete your initial Human Subjects Research Basic courses online. Don't forget - if your research involves protected health information (PHI), you will need HIPAA HSPP training as well (also online).

Q2) How do I get started on a literature search?

A2) It's more than a quick Google or Pubmed search. Check out the UIC Library resources. There is a great Powerpoint from a Literature Review Workshop and Excel Workbook.

Q3) Are there any electronic apps for entering and storing data at UIC?

Q3) Yes. REDCap is a secure, web-based application for building and managing online surveys and databases.

Q4) I am starting a project by myself. Isn't that wonderful?

A4) Not exactly. Mentorship is important. In today's complex and often highly competitive world of academic medicine, having a mentor or a team of mentors can mean the difference between success and failure. Please read more about the importance of mentorship and some suggested tools.

Q5) Where can I find information on faculty grants and publications?

A5) In an effort to synergize inter-disciplinary clinical and translational research, the UIC CCTS has partnered with Elsevier and created the UICollaboratory Research Profiles.

Q6) I am interested in secondary data analyses. Where can I find data?

A6) There are a number of advantages (e.g., availability, documentation, large sample size) and disadvantages (e.g., does not have population or variable of interest, obsolete data) to secondary data. Some example resources include ICPSR, CDC/NCHS, CMS, and data.gov. Also would check out the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Research Dataset Compendium.

Q7) What is the best way to manage references?

A7) Manage your references using RefWorks, Endnote, or Zotero. The UIC Library has a good description of citation management methods available at UIC. They can be helpful in collecting, organizing, citing, and sharing research sources.

Q8) I am reporting results for a study. What guidelines are there available for different types of studies?

A8) There are guidelines available for the most commonly used study designs in health-related research: randomized controlled trials, observational studies, qualitative studies, diagnostic accuracy studies, quality improvement studies, and systematic reviews. These guidelines specify the minimum information that should be included in a research report to allow readers to assess the study and use its findings.