Web Browsers

  • Internet Explorer
  • Firefox
  • Netscape

Social Software

Social bookmarking

Social bookmarking is the practise of saving your bookmarks (favourites) in a public (social) forum, often with some comment about them, so that both you and other people can use them from any computer connected to the internet.

furl.net

"Furl will archive any page, allowing you to recall, share, and discover useful information on the Web. Browse your personal archive of Web pages, and subscribe to other archives via RSS." furl.net

My Furl archive: http://furl.net/members/wooda/

del.icio.us

"The primary use of del.icio.us is to store your favorites online, so you can access them from anywhere.

Other uses: Research - writing an article? Researching an industry? Slaving away on your dissertation? Use del.icio.us to keep track of all your source materials and commentary that you find online."
http://del.icio.us/

Blogs and blogging

Blogs are websites that are frequently updated with personal comments about a topic or range of topics that interest the writer. What kind of topics? Well... http://technorati.com/tags/
Usually blogs are set up for free, and maintained by individuals.
Some blogs are corporate based with a marketing angle.

Blogger

The most popular free blog service. http://blogger.com

Wikis

A wiki is a website that allows any one to edit the content. They're useful for collaborative research projects, class websites, or any work or study group. wikispaces.com

RSS

Most blogs (and wikis) offer RSS "feeds" of recently added content, so that you don't even have to visit them. Use an aggregator to manage all your feeds. (Sometimes called a News reader, or Feed reader).

Bloglines

One example of an (online) RSS aggregator. http://bloglines.com

Share your feeds – here are mine: http://www.bloglines.com/public/birdboot

Searching

The world is full of search engines, subject directories, and metacrawlers.
http://library.curtin.edu.au/web/

Google

google.com The most well known search engine. For a good reason.

Google scholar

"Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research." - Google scholar website.
scholar.google.com

Google desktop

If you have hundreds of files on your own computer, and lots of emails, and other stuff too, try putting google on your desktop.
desktop.google.com.au

Technorati

Search the world's blogs. Sign up and set up a watchlist. Subscribe to a feed of your search results.
technorati.com

Tips for better search results

Check the menu at the library's website (down the left). Ways to evaluate your search results, and more. Including information about referencing online sources in your academic papers.
library.curtin.edu.au/web

Online storage

No more corrupted disks or thumbdrives. Share files without sending them by email (etc etc):
openomy.com
box.net

Bring it all together

Your custom homepage (from any computer):
www.netvibes.com
www.pageflakes.com
protopage.com

Intellectual Property online

ous.curtin.edu.au/risk_compliance/copyright/students.html

...and much more, directed at scholars – at the Curtin website:
copyright.curtin.edu.au