Research tools

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

We also offer free access to our database of funded research projects, known as IDRIS+, and our digital library.

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. (in Spanish)

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

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. (in Spanish)

FEATURED CONTENT

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

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IDRC Development Research Information System (IDRIS+)

Peruse our database of IDRC-funded research projects.

IDRC Digital Library (IDL)

Access more than 50,000 items, including project results dating back to the 1970s — free to the public.