Research Tools

A range of useful tools for researching information as well as organising your research and creating bibliographies.

BibMe - useful tool for putting together a bibliography as you do your research. Great for students who are not sure about the correct formats when citing sources of information.

bit.ly - an online tool that allows users to shorten a long URL in order to share it via Twitter etc. It can also be used when typing URLs into a document when you don't want to go to another line.

Diigo Educator - research, collaborate, annotate, analyse and organise with this one tool. Highlight information on webpages using 'sticky notes' and share links with others.

Delicious - a bookmarking web service for storing, sharing, and discovering web bookmarks. Save your 'favourites', access them from anywhere and share them with others.

Google - the standard Google engine or go to the Google Tools page for more.

iGoogle - create a personalised Google search page with links to a variety of tools and applications.

LiveBinders - collect your online research and view the links like pages in a book instead of URLs on a page. Collect, organise and present resources from the webin a 'binder' that you can share with others.

Mashpedia - an online, real-time encyclopedia with information sourced from a variety of social networking tools, such as Twitter, blog posts, news online, etc. It is free to use and users can also discuss topics currently in the news.

Quintura for Kids - a visual and intuitive search engine for children with content filter and safe browsing.

Research Poster - select from the links on this Glogster poster created by Dr Joyce Valenza. Choices include various Google Tools, search engines for kids and more advanced search tools.

SurveyMonkey - create fast and efficient surveys using this online tool.

Twurdy Search - search results are ranked with a 'readability level'. Great for use with younger students and those with reading difficulties.

Wolfram Alpha - this tool answers queries and provides access to world facts that have been computed from structured data, rather than providing a list of documents or web pages. Great for a variety of subjects from mathematical computations, facts and demographic information about various countries, scientific queries, health, languages, etc.



Presentations

Diigo Tutorial - a Slideshare presentation on how to get the most out of using this social bookmarking tool.

LiveBinders Tutorial - find out about LiveBinders and how to set up your own "3-ring binder for the Web".