Category Archives: Tools


Use TechXtra to search the deep web for articles, books, technical reports, technical data, full text eprints, the latest research, thesis & dissertations and more, in engineering, mathematics and computing.  This is a free search tool from the UK that … Continue reading

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New Google Search Options

Google has launched its newest search options which are now available from a “Show options” link in the upper left corner of your Google search results page.  Click on the link to reveal a multifaceted sidebar which takes aim at … Continue reading

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Add to Search Bar

I just learned about a new search tool.  The Firefox extension, “Add to Search Bar”, allows you to add any pages’ search functionality to your search box.  Go here to get this add-on and watch the available screencast if you … Continue reading

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Answer Engine

Wolfram Alpha is an “answer engine” not a search engine.  It computes answers to queries from structured data rather than just providing lists of possible resources.  It was release this month by Wolfram Research.  The Wolfram blog offers some video … Continue reading

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Search the deep web with search engine, Surfwax.  Sort your results by relevance, alphabet, or source.  Use the “focus” feature to find the best words for your search or to find alternate topics, phrases, or concepts to consider for your … Continue reading

Posted in Blog, RSS, Search engines, Tools, Web, Wikipedia | Comments Off on Surfwax launched on May 21st with an initial 47 datasets from the U.S. Federal Executive Branch.  It includes a searchable data catalog with access to data in two ways: through the “raw” data catalog and using tools.  Wired Science reviews … Continue reading

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Exploratree offers a free online library of “thinking guides”.  Use one from the library or create one to suite your own needs using images, text, and shapes.   Thinking guides offer creative, visual ways to map out ideas, solve problems, … Continue reading

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Reading strategy from Greece Central School District—Annolighting a text

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Tools for Copyright and Fair Use

Stanford University Libraries maintains an excellent list of charts and tools to use for questions and issues concerning copyright and fair use.

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ACS Alerts and Feeds

You can subscribe to any of ACS Publications 40+ RSS feeds for its journals and C&EN.  If you create an account with ACS Publications you can also set up e-alerts.  ASAPSM Alerts are daily or weekly e-mail alerts when individual … Continue reading

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