NextGen Research Tools Web 2.0 technologies for web-based research.

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  • NextGenResearch ToolsWeb 2.0 technologies for web-based research

  • OverviewShowcase of a variety of next generation research tools for those who are ready to move beyond the traditional library catalogs and databases. Learn to employ a host of web-based technologies for your research, including Zotero, the Google suite,, and a variety of research alert services.

  • OutlineFinding things

    Saving & Citing things

    Working wisely

  • What is Web 2.0?A term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of websites to a full-fledged computing platform serving web applications to end users. It refers to a supposed second-generation of Internet-based servicessuch as social networking sites, wikis, communication tools, and folksonomiesthat emphasize online collaboration and sharing among users.

  • What is NextGen Research?Web-based tools and services that can readily assist scholars with their research

    Methods for managing information in an increasingly web-based research environment

  • GlossaryFolksonomy: The result of personal free tagging of information and objects (anything with a URL) for ones own retrieval.

    RSS Feeds: automatic updates for blogs, news feeds, and other routinely updated web sites that can be sent to you via e-mail or blog readers.

    Tags / Tag Clouds: Tags are user-generated terms which describe the subject of a web page, blog entry, article, etc. Tag clouds are visual depictions of tags organized and weighted by popularity.

  • Finding thingsGoogle Book Search search the full-text of books online.

    Google Scholar search, find, locate articles, abstracts & citations. find items in libraries near you.

  • Finding things, cont.Web and Database alert servicesNews: Google, Yahoo!, BBC, CNNDatabases: ERIC, ProQuest, PsychInfo, etc.RSS feeds and ReadersGet alerts through email or through readersBloglines: Google Reader or Yahoo!

  • Finding things, cont.Keotag: search for tags across 14 different sites.Google Advanced: set specific parameters for your search including by search engine with visual preview of websites and multimedia and related text message reference service. Send questions to ChaCha (242242) and receive an answer in minutes. (Not a great tool for reference questions but fun to try.standard texting rates apply!)

  • Saving & Citing thingsSave the things you find using bibliographic management tools like:Zotero: free, works with Firefox, created at GMU

    DEVONthink: stores your emails, documents, etc in one place using artificial intelligence, only for Macs. Free trial, then pay if you like. social bookmarking site to save, share, manage websites

    Cite the things you find using your preferred citation style

    For more citation help:

  • Working wiselyWorking collaboratively Google Docs: create, edit, share docs, presentations, spreadsheetsNotecentric: store and share your class notes brainstorm and create online mind mapsAccess issues I.P. address authentication if you search library databases from off-campusFree vs. subscriptionTips for evaluating websites

  • Questions????Do you have any questions??

  • References

    Bates, Mary Ellen. Mary Ellen Bates - sites from Computers in Libraries 2008, April 2008.

    Dorris, Erin, Abe Korah, and Tyler Manolovitz. Next-Generation Collaboration: 21st Century Tools for Scholarly Research and Communication, March 27, 2008.

    Hupp, Jessica. e-Learning Reloaded: Top 50 Web 2.0 Tools for Info Junkies, Researchers & Students | OEDb, February 18, 2008.,-researchers-&-students.

    Vander Wal, Thomas. Folksonomy Coinage and Definition, February 2, 2007.

  • Contacts:Allison OConnorJCL Reference Assistant,

    April KelleyACL Reference Assistant,

    Web 2.0-Many definitions, this is just one of themResponse to information overload Many information resources increasingly web-based

    Find scholarly materials on the web using -Google book search, Google scholar and in addition to traditional library catalogs and databases.

    Ejournals (google scholar + GMU ejournal finder)Ebooks (google bk search + netlibrary)Print books ( and firstsearch)

    Discuss the use of Really simple Syndication, RSS Reader accounts and Alert services available through Web search engines and databases base to continue finding more of the stuff you like..

    RSS FEEDS:What are RSS feeds?Finding RSS feedsReading RSS feeds w/ Google reader or bloglinesDatabase alerts

    ALERT SERVICES:Setting up Database Alerts (eg. Proquest and/or Google news)

    Saving things in Zotero and Endnote WebDemonstrate both Zotero and Endnote WebExplain differences (evolution of both)Site license, download, install, plugin, account creation

    Searching/importing/adding notes, etc.

    Citing things using Zotero and Endnote WebZotero-Word plug inEndnote/Word


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