Research tools

Through training materials and guides, we aim to build skills and knowledge to enhance the quality of development research.

Our research tools include

Guide to research databases at IDRC: How to access and view research in the IDRC Digital Library and commercial research databases. 

Open access discount information: Information sheet on open access discounts from major English-language journal publishers. 

How to write a policy brief: This training tool provides practical advice on planning your policy brief, writing your content, and checking your work.

Scholarly resources for researchers: List of free or low-fee research resources for development researchers. 


Publishing in Open Access Journals

Read more about open access journals, how to identify a reputable journal, and signs that a journal might be questionable. This brief also provides recommended tools to help you find and evaluate open access journals.

Download Publishing in Open Access Journals