Category Archives: Search and research tools

Tools to search and carry out research on thh Web

03 – Google Search

google

Powerful and popular search engine. Often described as the only e-learning tool you’ll ever need.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website: https://google.com/
Categories:  research

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 3  2014: 5  2013: 4  2012: 4  2011: 15  2010: 11  2009: 8  2008: 6  2007: 3=

Comments from some of those who selected Google Search as one of their Top 10 Tools 

“Want to know something? Anything? Google it. Just for fun, hit the “I’m feeling lucky” button and see what happens. Beyond the obvious, on-demand search for any information ever published, it’s also a great tool to find images for slides or elearning projects… just be sure to filter your image search results by license and find the images that are free to use or share.” Brian Washburn, 2015

“‘Professor Google’ is he is known in my house. Like the brains of many professors, the information you’re looking for is usually in there somewhere, but sometimes difficult to pin down. However, Google has provided a public searchable store of enormous magnitude – larger than anything seen before in humankind history – and is without doubt the most used learning tool by many, if not all, of us.” Charles Jennings, 2015

12 – Wikipedia

Wikipedia-logo

Wikipedia is as a key resource for quickly finding out about a topic, and then for delving into primary resources for deeper information

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website: https://www.wikipedia.org/
Categories: research

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 12  2014: 18  2013: 14  2012: 10  2011: 11  2010: 16  2009: 17  2008: 13  2007: 26=

Comments from some of those who selected Wikipedia as one of their Top Tools 

“Wikipedia continues to be the reference source for anything” Richard Mundell, 2015

“only the single largest (free) collection of collaborative knowledge in the history of history …” JD Dillon, 2015

“quick explanation of concepts” Saif Altalib, 2015

“Even though I encourage my students to not always trust the site, it’s a great starting point” Diane Lowery 2014

42 – Diigo

diigo

Diigo is a social bookmarking, research and knowledge sharing tool. It lets you make personal notes and highlight text on web pages and share them with others.

Cost: Free.and premium versions
Available: Hosted
Website: https://www.diigo.com/
Categories: curationresearch

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 42  2014: 20  2013: 21  2012: 18  2011: 13  2010: 15  2009: 22  2008: 35  2007: 72=

Comments from some of those who selected Diigo as one of their Top Tools

“Diigo – one of my university lecturers introduced me to this tool last year. I have found it fantastic for storing and categorising useful links for my own use and to share these with others. It’s also a useful way to create a set of links to useful articles relative to our formal training programs to house pre or post reading material.”

“Bookmarks are my external memory. In the course of researching two books, I’ve created nearly 3,000 bookmarks. A side benefit is the ability to share your bookmarks with other.” Jay Corss

“Social bookmarks are a quick way for me to save a web page and find it easily.” Harold Jarche, 2015

43 – Google Scholar

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Google Scholar provides a simple way to search broadly for scholarly literature.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website: https://scholar.google.com/
Categories:  research

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 43  2014: 28  2013: 35  2012: 52  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: 42=  2007: 36=

Comments from some of those who selected Google Scholar as one of their Top Tools 

“When I’m researching something, Google Scholar is the first port-of-call. A quick search for ‘workplace learning’ on Google Scholar returns almost one-and-a-half million results in less than a tenth of a second. Google Scholar provides the library index and stack we could only dream about 40 years ago.” Charles Jennings, 2015

“When doing research, my first stop is usually Google Scholar. The results provide a list of journal articles and papers, rather than the typical anything-goes search results. Often, the articles are free PDF files from a university or open journal or provided by the author. Other articles must be accessed from an academic database or from a university library. Google Scholar is a valuable resource for finding research-based articles.” Connie Malamed, 2014

BibMe

The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It’s the easiest way to generate citations to build a works cited page.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website: http://www.bibme.org/
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning: –
Categories:  research

Bing

bing

Bing is Microsoft’s search engine

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website: http://www.bing.com/
Categories:  research

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning: –

  • 2015: 101-200  2014: –  2013: –  2012: 62  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –