We have created a Research Hub Template which you can reuse, rework, or remix to suit your own unique research needs!
💡 IMPORTANT: Make sure that you are on the Research Hub homepage when you click Duplicate. This will copy all of the nestled sub-pages while maintaining the built-in functions.
Once you have duplicated the Research Hub template to your own Notion account, you are ready to get started!
Notion offers different layout options (called "views") which allow you different ways to view and interact with your data. Each different view offers a variety of filters, groupings, and sort options. You can create multiple views on each page, set unique filters for those views, and then tab between them seamlessly. This allows you to zoom out and see all of your data at once, or to create a filtered view which zooms in to one information source.
There are 6 different view layouts available in Notion:
Each page in the Research Hub contains connections between the other pages. This allows you to tag the literature, your own data, and research questions with codes that will later help you to synthesize your thesis.
You will experience these connections (called "relations") much like a drop down menu when you click in the field. If you don't see the term that you want to select, simply type the desired word(s) and click the + New button in the window. This easy process will automatically build the codebook page for you!
As you build your codebook you will see ideas connecting between the literature and your own research data, as well as the count (called a "rollup") of how many times that code has appeared. This enables you to see the emerging themes, and how prevalent each one is. You can view each entry as an individual page or review all codes as a table. Create a custom view to add new ways of interacting with your codebook!
Notion is a flexible relational database which makes it suitable for collecting your own original research data if desired. The data page of the hub contains template entries for:
However, this page can be customized further to meet your own specific needs by creating different template buttons, adding new columns, deleting unneeded columns, or renaming / reworking the existing columns!
💡 TIP: If you do use this page for data collection, I recommend creating a view that filters for each unique source of information. This will allow you to tab between the full view of your data, and the individual view of a specific source.