Firefox extensions for Research

June 29, 2008

Recently I have found an interesting website

100 Essential Firefox Add-Ons for Librarians and maybe our very own LL

It contains different categories of extensions:

  • Communication
  • Organization
  • Research and Citation
  • Bookmarking
  • Development
  • Mdeai
  • Search
  • Superchanged browsing
  • Privacy & Security
  • Patrons

One category concerns research & citation

Research & Citation
Corral your notes, get help with answers, and more, all with these useful add-ons.

  1. Clipmarks: Capture important bits from around the web using Clipmarks.
  2. Google Notebook: Using Google Notebook, you can take notes right in your browser.
  3. Fleck: Fleck allows you to add notes and comments on web pages for yourself and others.
  4. Googlepedia: When you use Googlepedia, every time you search with Google, you’ll see a relevant Wikipedia right alongside your results.
  5. Taboo: If you keep lots of tabs open for reference later, use this add-on that allows you to save them elsewhere.
  6. Endnote: Endnote allows you to easily download a citation from Firefox.
  7. Copy Plain Text: Using this add-on, you can turn all web page text into plain unformatted text.
  8. Yoono: Start a scrapbook of resources, or just see what others have discovered by using this add-on.
  9. Screengrab: Save pages for archiving and sharing with this add-on that will save entire pages or portions of a page as images.
  10. Answers: Get answers as fast as one click using this add-on.
  11. Fireshot: Take snapshots of pages, annotate them, and save them in a number of different formats with this add-on.
  12. Who is this Person?: Using this add-on, you can highlight any name on a web page and find their information on Wikipedia, LinkedIn, IMDB, and lots more.
  13. Surf Canyon Search Engine Assistant: With this add-on, you can find what you’re looking for faster.
  14. Hyperwords for Firefox: Get access to references, searches, conversions, translations, and lots more using Hyperwords.
  15. 1-Click Answers: You can click any word to get definitions, facts, and more using this add-on.
  16. Dictionary Search: This add-on looks up selected words in an online dictionary.

40 Sites You Might Actually Use

June 26, 2008

There is anumber of web sites lists you should use.

Steve Spalding proposes one more list that includes sites of such categories:

  • News and bookmarking (Twine and other)
  • Conversation (Twitter and other)
  • Multimedia (Voxant and other)
  • Productivity ( I Want Sandy and other)
  • Blogging (Sitemeter and other)
  • Feeds (Google reader and other)
  • General interest (TextOnPhone and other)

Author writes that he use any of them at least one a month.

100 Helpful Web Tools for Every Kind of Learner

June 21, 2008

You can find an interesting  list of 100 tools.

Categories of tools:

  • Visual Learners

    Visual learners learn through seeing and retain more information when it’s presented in the form of pictures, diagrams, visual presentations, textbooks, handouts and videos. Here are some Web resources that cater to those needs.

    Mind Mapping

    Get your ideas charted out in a visual format with these easy-to-use online brainstorming and organizational tools.

  • Charting and Diagrams

    Love to put information into charts and diagrams? These tools can help you do that.

  • Videos and Photos

    Find everything you’ll need to learn through videos and pictures with these tools.

  • Auditory Learners

    Auditory learners do best in classes where listening is a main concern. These learners prefer verbal lectures and discussions. Auditory learners can get a leg up on their learning with these Web tools

  • Podcasts

    Get all kind of supplementary education materials through these great podcast tools.

  • Presentation Tools

    Put your notes or classroom information into an audio format with these handy apps.

  • Audio Tools

    Listen and edit your sounds and music with these tools.

  • Text Readers

    Understand material better when it’s read out loud? These Web tools can do that for you.

  • Audio Books

    Those who have trouble retaining information from printed words can listen to their assigned reading instead with help from these sites.

  • Kinesthetic Learners

    Kinesthetic learners do best when they interact and touch things. They prefer a hands-on approach to learning and enjoy interacting with classroom materials and those around them. These tools can help keep these inquisitive learners busy.

  • Note Taking Tools

    No matter what you’re reading or watching you can make it more interactive by taking notes and these tools can help.

  • Bookmarking

    Mark references for later while you’re researching with these tools.

  • Interaction

    Get involved with the material with these online applications.

  • Collaboration

    These chatting and networking tools can make it easy to interact with classmates and friends

You can find and other lists of tools if you click buttons on the left or right of the title.

100 Useful Niche Search Engines You’ve Never Heard Of

June 21, 2008

Look at an interesting list of search engines:

“This list features a huge variety of search engines that can be useful to students, including tools that find photos, sound effects, summer internships, health and medical information, reference guides, and a lot more.”

Search engines are located in categories:


Search blogs, games and even forum postings for non school-related information and fun.

Quick Answer Guides

Head to these search engines when you have a specific question that needs to be answered quickly.

City Guides and Travel

Get to know your college town a little better, or plan a vacation or study abroad trip with these search engines.

Shopping Search Engines

Find customer reviews, product information and shopping sites with these search engines.


Business students and those interested in staying current on business news and trends can take advantage of these niche search engines to help them prepare for class and life after graduation.

Academic and Reference

Find reliable and authoritative sites here to help you with homework and class projects.

Social Media and People

User-generated content and user-driven sites like these often result in more relevant search results for you.


These search engines offer more than just ordinary searches. Enjoy using features like shared searches, saved memory and specific search options.

TV, Video and Radio

Look up video clips for class presentations or discover new radio sites and web streams through these search tools.

Medical Students and Health Search

This list will not only help medical students research authoritative journals and publications, college students wanting to do more than just Google their symptoms can find health advice and medical resources by using these search engines.

Law Students

Law students gain access to court rulings, history and political sciences resources, and other law material here.

Metasearch and Megasearch Engines

The following search engines work extra hard to bring you information from other search engines at the same time, including Google, Yahoo!, MSN, and others.

Photos, Images and Visual Search Engines

Make your search a more visual experience by checking out these tools.

News Searches

College students need to stay current on business, technology, cultural and political news, so use these search engines to guide you through homework discussions, projects and more.

Jobs and Real Estate

Turn to these search engines to help you with your search for a summer internship, your first apartment or a job post-graduation.

In each category you will find a list of search engines.

50 Google tools

June 20, 2008

When researching on the Web it may be useful to use some Google tools.

There is a list of 50 Google tools that include such categories of tools:

  • basic tools
  • maps and travel
  • Web browsing and development
  • Social networking and Communication
  • Custom search tools
  • Miscellaneous Google tools

iBreadCrumbs – free and nice tool for Web research

June 5, 2008

A few days ago I have downloaded very interesting  free tool for Web research iBreadCrumbs. Users – students, teachers, professionals and researchers.

A short extract about this tool ( was founded by two California State University Fullerton (CSUF) graduates, Reuben Fine and Rey Marques, who, as students, became extremely frustrated at the inefficiency and redundancy of gathering research. They created this site to empower students and researchers worldwide to save and share their research with others in a fast, free and easy way. Users simply download the free iBreadCrumbs toolbar, search the Internet as usual and click on the webpages visited to share with others. Users can also add notes and references to every page visited and save the web history for colleagues to see the sites and review the content they viewed – saving time and reducing redundancy in gathering research.