You’ve used all your Google-fu techniques on the main search page, and you still can’t find what you want…. It’s time to click the “more” link and dive into some of Google’s specialist search engines. There are some useful Google productivity tools at the end of this post, too.
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As you might guess, this one lets you search through thousands of books, mostly in the public domain, and many that have been published with Creative Commons licences.
“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.”
Use this tool in conjunction with your Athens log-in to perform powerful in-depth searches of academic websites.
An excellent tool for keeping notes and gathering URLs and associated chunks of text for later study.
(I use it all the time in my own research.) There have been many useful improvements recently.
This is a free online Office program that formats and saves your writing and spreadsheets in MS Office friendly files.
Advantage: It’s accessible from anywhere with an internet connection.
You can merge your own calendar with other peoples’ and avoid clashes. Useful planning tool!
Don’t forget the Daddy of them all: GoogleMail
The easy to get at mailbox with a 2Gigabyte capacity. It won’t replace your USB stick, but it might be a gift when you need to email yourself a file that can be downloaded anywhere you can use a computer online.
(It might be a bit slow to send a 2 gB file, though). 🙂