Resources

These resources are useful in research of all types - gathering, storing, sorting, selecting, organizing, generating data, hypotheses, concepts.

I urge you to provide other resources that you find visible - I'm thin here.

Name Comments
Google Alerts

What it Does: Sends EMails about news based on your search criteria
Runs on: Web
Free
Uniqueness: It's one of only a few tools to provide this combination of functions
Best Feature: Works as promised
Worst Feature: The user can sometimes be deluged with emails.
Learning Time: Minutes ---
My use: Regular --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: It's wise to test your search first to be sure you're getting the kinds of things you want.
Resource note: To stay abreast of news - probably in related fields rather than primary
Review & Comments about Google Alerts in Academic Tools Blog
Efficient Academic

What it Does: Discussion group on working effectively as an academic - mostly software.
Runs on: Web
Free
Uniqueness: It's one of only a few tools to provide this combination of functions
Best Feature: Very focused on academic tools
Worst Feature: Opinion more than facts
Immediately Useful: Yes --- Learning Time: Minutes ---
My use: Regular --- Confidence in Evaluation: Good
Comment: This is a fairly low traffic RSS, but focused on making academic life more efficient.

 

Update: 2006-11-26