Last Updated: Mar 21, 2014
- 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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
A social bookmarking site. You "pin" a site onto topic boards that you name, creating electronic bulletin boards.
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.
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 is a citation management tool that currently works in Firefox. Download the software, then import citations directly from your browser.
- 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 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.