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Research Toolkit

ASiT are delighted to offer ASiT members access to their Research Toolkit. This has been designed to support all members, from individual trainee researchers through to the UK research collaboratives. If you a committee member of a specialty association and would like further help or guidance on specific research projects, please get in touch via info@asit.org


The toolkit is designed as a framework of tools and resouces to guide your qualitative and quantitative research endeavours.


Castor EDC clinical data capture tool:

Castor EDC is a web application that enables researchers to easily capture clinical data for medical research. Castor complies with relevant legislation such as Good Clinical Practice and the UK Data Protection Act and all data is stored in the UK.

ASiT collaborates with Castor and is offering all ASiT members their first study in the system free of charge. By using the billing code: FXJG5 members can skip the payment agreement. Simply register online and begin building! Castor also provides a free online workshop or you can request a demo via Skype or WebEx.

Read more about Castor and start your study here


Paper searching, and indexing tools:

- Mendeley, available free at https://www.mendeley.com/

Paper indexing, search and citation tool

- Readcube, available free at https://www.readcube.com/

Paper indexing, search and citation tool


Surveys, and questionnaires:

- Surveymonkey

For quality survey creation

- Google forms, available free at https://www.google.co.uk/forms/about/

For simple surveys, questionnaires and registries


Contacts, and registries:

- Mailchimp, available free: http://mailchimp.com/

For a user-friendly email server with high quality integrated functionality



- PSPP statistics package, available free at https://www.gnu.org/software/pspp/

Basic statistics package, mirroring the functionality of proprietary programme SPSS

- R statistics package, available free at https://www.r-project.org/

Advanced package for statistical computing and graphics



- Good Clinical Practice - accessible free for all trainees with a .ac.uk email address, https://learn.nihr.ac.uk/course/index.php?categoryid=5

Mandatory trial conduct and management module for NIHR portfolio trial investigators

- Coursera - available at https://www.coursera.org/course/rprog

High-quality research, statistics and computing courses

- EdX - available free at https://www.edx.org/

Interdisciplinary free courses from world-leading institutions


Events management

- Eventbrite - available free: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/

User-friendly events management system with functionality for free and paid events