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CiteULikeLogo.gif- Search the citations other scholars are bookmarking (from SpringerLink)

DeliciousLogo.jpg- Save your bookmarks (a.k.a. "favorites") online & then access them from any computer

DiigoLogo.jpg- Same as Delicious, but on steroids (allows highlighting and archiving of webpages, social interaction, etc.)



Field Notes

GoogleDocsLogo.gif- Collaborate with colleagues to write conference proposals and prepare PowerPoint presentations


SkypeLogo.png- Hold videoconferences with colleagues from around the world for free

WikispacesLogo.pngWikispaces - Use a wiki to remove writer's block--allows you to make continual changes to your text, to move things around, and to keep a constant outline of the various sections of your writing in view via the navigation bar. If you cut a section, but think you might want to use it later? No problem--just make a "parts pile" page, paste the deleted section in, and find it later. Also removes the "Word crashed and I lost everything" phenomenon. Everything you type is captured in the history (as long as you save frequently), and you can always revert to a previous version of the paper if you change your mind midstream. GREAT for collaborative authoring as well.

ZoteroLogo.jpg- Maintain an annotated, sharable research library with searchable, printable notes and reports

Make Info. Come to You

ConferenceAlertsLogo.gif- Subscribe to alerts about upcoming conferences based on parameters you specify

feedage_logo_50x240.png- Directory of RSS feeds to which you can subscribe

GoogleAlertsLogo.gif- Make information come to you. Set up the alert and it searches the web and delivers updates to you

SmartbriefLogo.jpg - Gathers news from blogs, newspapers, and other media sources on topics of interest to professionals in specific industries. Available as an e-mail digest, RSS feed, etc. ACTFL collaborates with SmartBrief to produce one specific to professionals in world language education. There is also a generic education one.

More about RSS Feeds


CrocoDocLogo.png - Upload a document, it turns it into an editable PDF

CutePDFLogo.jpg- Create PDFs for free (download the program, the select print, change the printer to CutePDF, and voila!)

FillAnyPDFLogo.png - Allows you to make any PDF editable and send it electronically

FoxitLogo.gif- "Write" on the PDFs you save. Great for reading and annotating research articles.

PDFEscapeLogo.gif - Free PDF editor that works in your browser

PDF Toolbox: 40 Tools to Rip, Mix, & Burn PDFs (from Mashable)
Create PDFs for free (download the program, the select print, change the printer to CutePDF, and voila!)


15 Educational Search Engines


100 Search Engines for Academic Research


ArchiveFinderLogo.gif - Searchable database of archived primary source materials available by subscription. Free trial available to institutions.


The Online Books Page - Digital archives of books and historical materials from a variety of sources

HRAFLogo.jpg - Primary source materials from countries around the world, including some rare texts and English translations

RepositoriesOfPrimarySourcesLogo.gif - Links to primary source materials from Latin America and the Caribbean

Research Tools for Spanish & Portuguese Studies - Includes archives of primary sources, biographical information, country data, dictionaries, statistics, etc.

Basic Tools

Academic & Scholar Search Engines & Tools - An annotated bibliography (Hint: Click CTRL + F, then type in linguistics (or whatever your field is), click next to see the next relevant reference)

doaj_logo_new.jpg - Searchable database of scholarly journals with open access content

GoogleAcademicoLogo.gif- Google Scholar in Spanish

GoogleScholarLogo.gif- Search for only scholarly articles

Google Cheat Sheet

Google Search Shortcuts - Cheat Sheet

RefDesk.gif - Collection of search engines

Repositories of Primary Sources - A searchable list of archival materials, manuscripts, photographs, and rare documents, organized by country and discipline

250+ Killer Digital Libraries and Archives - Organized by state

Search Engines

Searches across video search engines
Metasearch for inexpensive books
Scholarly citations
Creative Commons
Finds images with Creative Commons licenses
Results are based on items others have bookmarked
Videos in multiple languages
Copyright-safe images
Google Books

See also:
Searches within the text of books
Google Scholar
Finds scholarly articles, books, & citations
Icon Finder

Finds music you can use in publications and websites
Free audiobooks
Search front pages of today’s papers
Copyright-safe images
PowerPoint presentations
Visual results OR
Find people
Teacher Tube
Finds education-related videos
Educational videos
Twitter Search
Twitter posts
Wiki Search
Finds wikis
Real estate

Related Research

Bates, Marcia J. (2007, October). What is browsing--really? A model drawing from behavioural science research. Information Research, 12(4). Retrieved November 7, 2007, from

Spencer, Monica. (2006, March 14). Four modes of seeking information and how to design for them. Boxes and arrows, January 2010 Issue. Retrieved November 7, 2007, from

Zillman, Marcus P. (2006). Academic & Scholar Search Engines & Sources - An Annotated List of Links. Retrieved January 6, 2008, from

Future Directions

Knight, Will. (2007, October 25). Video search makes phone a 'second pair of eyes.' New Scientist Retrieved October 26, 2007, from