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Research Tools

  • Center for Learning & Performance Technologies
    This site is a resource for finding new and best-in-class social tools for research. Tools are evaluated and annotated within the site.
  • Delicious
    The original social bookmarking software that Yahoo now owns. Tag bookmarks, search across tags, and access from any computer. While Yahoo assures Delicious users that the product will remain, there are other voices who speculate on its demise.
  • Dropbox
    A file solution that allows you to save files, and then access them from a browser or your hard drive. Dropbox can be used on multiple computers, and files update automatically when you log on. Mac and PC compatible. Folders can also be shared with teams.
  • Evernote
    Evernote is a free service that organizes your information. Acess websites, photos, PDFs and even personal notes all in once place. The service works in FireFox and IE and is mobile compatible. A premium subscription is available for a cost.
  • Google Drive
    Create and share Google documents, spreadsheets, presentations, forms and drawings.
  • Instapaper
    Instapaper allows you to save an interesting read for later consumption. Read from your computer, the Kindle, or portable phones and tablets.
  • Keyboard shortcuts
    Whether you are on your PC, your Mac, or out on the web, there are numerous keyboard shortcuts that can save time and streamline research. For example, try on a web page to find a specific term.
  • Mendeley
    Mendeley is a platform to organize, store, work with and share your research. You can either create bibliographies directly in the software or import your Zotero citations. Like social bookmarks, research can be tagged and shared. There are groups to join, and a search platform allows you to find what others have already saved. Compatible with PC, Mac and Linux.
  • Mindmeister
    A mind mapping tool that allows you to create a visual map of your research topic. You can add notes and images. Creating group maps is also possible. Free and paid versions are available.
  • Pinterest
    A social bookmarking site. You "pin" a site onto topic boards that you name, creating electronic bulletin boards.
  • Quora
    Invoking the "wisdom of the crowd" theory, Quara provides a platform where questions can be asked and answered by those using the service. The goal is to have each question page become the best possible source for information on the query.
  • RSS
    Look for the orange RSS logo and follow searches in databases, news media, and internet sites.
  • Twitter follow
    Look for a publisher, researcher or topic of interest, and follow it on Twitter. For example, Nature Materials can be followed here: http://twitter.com/#!/NatureMaterials.
  • Zotero
    Zotero is a citation management tool that currently works in Firefox. Download the software, then import citations directly from your browser.

Research Resources

  • Hathi Trust Digital Library
    The Hathi Trust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries dedicated to preserving cultural records. Content collections cross the full range of subject fields.
  • MIT Open Coursework
    Syllabi, lectures, slides, assignments and other materials used in MIT courses.
  • Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations
    NDLTD is an international organization that supports electronic publishing and open access to theses and dissertations. The NDLTD Union Catalog contains more than a million records.
  • TED Talks
    Technology, Education and Design talks. The speakers come from all over the world and give short talks or provide performances on cutting edge topics. Dee recommends: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/janine_benyus_biomimicry_in_action.html. Also check out TEDMed at: http://www.tedmed.com/what.
  • Worldcat
    Worldcat is an online catalog of catalogs. Search for books, journals and media. Results will provide lists of libraries that own the item.
  • Youtube Edu
    Online educational videos from schools, research institutes, and other educational resources. Content crosses all academic disciplines.

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