Research Tips

May 17, 2010

Read Miss McMillan’s blog about research reccomendations for students :

1. Think before you search

2. Make the search engines work for you

3. Don’t Believe Everything You Read

and more up to 10th recommendation.

You will find some favorite links including “Students Guide to Web search”.


100 Web Tools Business Students Need Now 22 Feb 2010

February 24, 2010

You will find 100 tools in such categories:

  • Organization
  • Scheduling
  • Networking and marketing
  • Staying connected
  • Research
  • Mobile Apps
  • Multitasking and Productivity
  • Staring a Business
  • Market and Investment
  • Business Toolkits

ATTENTION. You will find a Web research tool Evernote in Multitasking and productivity category. And the list lacks such tools as Webnotes, Ubernote, Onfolio, Keypoint etc.

Exploratree – a simple tool for idea generation, problem solving etc.

March 31, 2009

I have started to try a simple very easy to use graphical tool Exploretree.

There are a number of graphical templates that support your thinking process when you develop ideas, solve problem, explore, analyze or  evaluate different perspectives. All support recommendations are  included into graphical templates (named as thinking guides)  as text excerpts that later can be deleted.
You can easy add more graphical icons to your picture that can be copied and pasted to Word file or Powerpoint presentation.

A short clip about Exploratree:

Exploratree is a free web resource where you can access a library of ready-made interactive thinking guides, print them, edit them or make your own. You can share them and work on them in groups too.

This is the Beta / trial version of Exploratree so please do send us your suggestions and comments so we can help make the next version better.

The Exploratree web resource has been developed by Futurelab and emerged out of our work on the Enquiring Minds project.”

With Exploratree you can:

  • Use our ready-made thinking guides
  • Make a new thinking guide from scratch
  • Use it to set class projects
  • Print them out (they can go as big as A0)
  • Change and customise thinking guides, you can add or change text, shapes, images etc.
  • As a teacher, you can set up the sequence that you want the thinking guide to be revealed in, so that you can stage the thinking activity
  • You can fill in a thinking guide and complete your project on the website
  • You can present your project
  • You can send your thinking guide to a whole group of people
  • You can submit a thinking guide for comments, so it can’t be edited but just reviewed
  • Work in groups on the same thinking guide

Back to School with the Class of Web 2.0: Part 1

March 12, 2009

Brian Benzinger on Friday, September 29, 2006 started to create a large list of tools for students and teachers.

You will find a lot of categories, e.g. on the first related to Web research and notetaking:

  • To Do’s and note taking
  • Learning and Research
  • Resume Building
  • and much more

I have checked list of Web research tools and I found Zotero and some more. But in any case it would be very useful to look at other categories as well.

Do not forget to look at part 2 and 3 (you will find the links in the Part 1).

List of lists useful tools for students

February 22, 2009

Today I’ve got an info “The Best Free Online Tools & Software For Grad Students

The first three lists:


College Students: Here are 40 Free, Useful Downloads and Apps

February 11, 2009

You will find a list of different tools for students – 8 categories including categories:

  • Taking Notes
  • Web research.

Below is the excerpt about two categories of tools:

Taking Notes

  • Notely – Created specifically for students, Notely is a an online note taking tool. It can also be used as a calendar, scheduler, and homework planner.
  • NoteCentric – NoteCentric is an online note taking application that doubles as an organizer. It allows you to save notes locally or as an html file.
  • NoteMesh – This free note taking service is designed for students and study groups who want to collaborate on notes. NoteMesh uses a Wiki format that anyone can edit.
  • shortText – This easy-to-use tool is great when you want to quickly post text online or change notes into a URL. Unlike most free note-taking services, shortText offers instant web presence and requires no log in.
  • MyStickies – MyStickies are like notes for the web. You can bookmark a page and place a little, yellow note on it explaining why you bookmarked it in the first place.

Web Research

  • Web-Chops – This free web app can clip any part of a web page and save it to your own personal topic page.
  • Diigo – Diigo is a virtual highlighter with digital sticky notes. You can use it to highlight and save text on any web page.
  • BlinkList – BlinkList is a bookmarking tool that helps you save your links for later. It’s faster than a Google search and easy to use.
  • Sync2It – This free service lets you synch your bookmarks and store them privately so that they can be used on any computer at any time. Bookmarks on Sync2It can also be accessed via wireless devices.
  • Hooey – Hooey tracks and analyzes the pages you visit so that you can retrieve links and learn how to use the web more effectively.

As you see the list lacks a lot of Web research tools – Evernote, Onfolio, Webnotes, Ubernotes etc.

Engaging Students as Researcher through Internet use

January 20, 2009

I see that my blog visitors are interested in Web research tools for education and students.

Therefore I should like to recommend students and lecturers an interesting article Engaging Students as Researchers through Internet use.

A short excerpt

Information Gathering: students appreciated a wide range of options and felt that the Internet allowed them more choices. They also expressed awareness of the pitfalls of searching the Web and cautioned against gathering too much information without focusing their topic or evaluating their results as they progressed in their research.

    Discovery: students appreciated the exposure to new perspectives and areas of research–essentially the increased opportunity for serendipitous events.
    Connectivity: students liked the brainstorming aspect of Web searches and how they would return to their searching strategy as new information appeared. Students also made connections in terms of sequencing tasks and developed a sense of the connections emerging between their sources.
    Evaluation: students want to read a lot of articles to find the “best ones.” They expressed awareness of practicing more caution in their choices and understood the need to look at sites for the publisher’s bias.