Web research on the iPad (or Android) using Evernote and Skitch (how-to) | ZDNet

Posted on January 31, 2012. Filed under: Android, Apple, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , |

Web research on the iPad using Evernote and Skitch (how-to) covers how to use Skitch and Evernote for research on the iPad — but both are also available on Android devices!

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Mendeley: reference management software

Posted on July 26, 2010. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Mendeley is described as “Academic reference management software for researchers”.

“Mendeley Desktop is academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital bibliography. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite. It also looks up PubMed, CrossRef, DOIs and other related document details automatically. Drag and drop functionality makes populating the library quick and easy. The Web Importer allows you to quickly and easily import papers from resources such as Google Scholar, ACM, IEEE and many more at the click of a button.”

It’s also useful for collaboration.

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BibMe: Fast & Easy Bibliography Maker

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Online Software | Tags: , , , , |

BibMe: Fast & Easy Bibliography Maker handles MLA, APA, Chicago, Turabian styles.

Type the URL into the box, and it generates a bibliography in the style you select.

Recommended by Computers in Libraries magazine.

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CiteULike: Everyone’s library

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Online Software | Tags: , , , , , , , |

CiteULike “is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references.”

  • Easily store references you find online
  • Discover new articles and resources
  • Share references with your peers
  • Find out who’s reading what you’re reading
  • Store and search your PDFs

Recommended by Computers in Libraries magazine.

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Top Twenty Firefox Add-ons = Researcher’s Browser of Choice

Posted on October 13, 2008. Filed under: browsers, Firefox, Freeware/Shareware | Tags: , , , |

The Res Ipsa Blog posts Become an Efficient Researcher: Top Twenty Firefox Add-ons that Make Firefox the Researcher’s Browser of Choice.

Some of these are techniques, some are add-ons.  Handy for doing research for your papers.

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Zotero is not a sword-swinging hero

Posted on May 5, 2008. Filed under: Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Zotero is actually a Firefox add-on designed to “help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources”.

It has features like:

Automatic capture of citation information from web pages
Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages
Flexible notetaking with autosave
Fast, as-you-type search through your materials
Playlist-like library organization, including saved searches (smart collections) and tags
Integration with Word (use the Word extension) and OpenOffice (use the OpenOffice extention)
Integration with WordPress and other blogging software

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: “Zotero is an easy-to-use yet powerful research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways. An extension to the popular open-source web browser Firefox, Zotero includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)—the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references—and the best parts of modern software and web applications (like iTunes and del.icio.us), such as the ability to interact, tag, and search in advanced ways. Zotero integrates tightly with online resources; it can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, and—on many major research and library sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields. Since it lives in the web browser, it can effortlessly transmit information to, and receive information from, other web services and applications; since it runs on one’s personal computer, it can also communicate with software running there (such as Microsoft Word). And it can be used offline as well (e.g., on a plane, in an archive without WiFi).”

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Six Techniques to Get More from the Web

Posted on December 7, 2007. Filed under: Everything, searching, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , , |

CIO.com has an article called Six Techniques to Get More from the Web than Google Will Tell You which has advice from expert librarian researchers.

Lots of these are useful methods and resources, including links to a number of places that will help you search for all sorts of information.

Of course, once you get there, how do you know a web resource is worthwhile?

Says a section from the article (to show how useful this article really is!):

What’s Trustworthy Online?

How do you know what information you can trust online? Here are five tips from a research librarian:

1. The URL domain: If a URL ends in .edu, .gov or .org, you can bet the information you’ll find there is primary. Primary sources are more authoritative than secondary sources.

2. Website audience size and reach. This is especially true for blogs. The more people who link to it or subscribe to it, the more you can trust it.

3. Membership ranks. For trade associations, check out what companies are listed as members. Big names that you recognize will tell you the association is reputable.

4. Source materials. Think about Wikipedia. Wikipedia itself is not trustworthy because it is written by anyone, not necessarily an expert, and includes articles by contributors with an agenda. Scroll to the bottom of the entry and go to the links that are cited under References. The more references (ideally to news articles or books), the more trustworthy the wiki entry.

5. Quality of links and listed resources. Generally, the more primary the information, the better. But you’re busy. So look for a good aggregator of firsthand information. For example, a blog might cite a book that cites a white paper. You can’t necessarily trust the blog, or even the book. And the white paper is the result of months of research.

If you can access that raw research itself, that’s the most perfect source of information, but “the white paper is where a CIO should go, not to the research,” says technology librarian Jessamyn West. “Half the trick of being CIO is finding good, secondary cultivators of primary sources.”

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