Taking your First Steps as a Researcher

Navigating Research at ISMMS

Are you new to research? The Office of Research Services (ORS) is a great place to start navigating the process. Their Research Roadmap offers an overview of the process of conducting research. Start with the orange line and follow the directions! ORS also offers one-on-one consultations to assist investigators navigate the research resources, services and processes to support research at ISMMS.
Use the the ORS Research 411 Portal to submit a question or request an orientation.

Research Listserv

Research Listserv, the research administration email messaging system, provides the ISMMS research community with the latest news and information from funding opportunities to policy updates. As a new researcher, say on top of ISMMS news by signing up and customizing your email communications today!

Resources to help you get started in research

If you are new to research, below are a list of research articles and books that you may find valuable.


Chartering a Course for a Successful Research Career: A Guide for Early Career Researchers

Basic, Translational and Clinical Research: What the heck is the difference and how do I pick one?

A Roadmap for Aspiring Surgeon-Scientists in Today’s Healthcare Environment

The Fundamental Characteristics of a Translational Scientist

Designing a Research Study

Learning How to Run a Lab: Interviews with Principles Investigators



Getting Started in Research is a book for people in the earlier stages of development as a researcher. In contrast to the many books available on techniques of data collection and analysis, this volume deals with the many other practical considerations around actually doing research – such as good ways to frame research questions, how to plan your research projects effectively and how to undertake the various necessary tasks.

Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty

A Stepwise Approach to a Career in Translational Research in book: Clinical and Translational Science