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This section highlights some handy, free web social media widgets and tools.
These help you do all sorts of things, from managing everyday research admin tasks, to aggregating material from several sources into one neat web page.
Scheduling and listing events
This research project uses Google calendar to publicise its events.
Doodle is a simple tool for scheduling meetings and other events. It's especially useful if you're working with people from different institutions.
"The world's simplest meeting scheduler".
Evernote lets you take notes, sync files, and share ideas. This article highlights its potential use for academic research.
Scribe is a free note-taking tool, aimed at historians.
Note how this archaeology project is using 'Feedjit' to highlight the wide readership of its blog.
Online tool enabling users to combine data from digitised historical Scottish Post Office Directories with contemporaneous historical maps.
Keeping up to date with newsfeeds and alerts
Keep all your favourite newsfeeds in one place.
Get RSS feed alerts for the latest academic research papers.
RSS in plain English
Simple video explaining how RSS can help you manage information.
Set up RSS feeds for individual journals. You can also usually do this from a journal's home page.
Example of a search alert RSS feed
Most of our databases allow you to set up search alerts, so that you'll automatically be alerted when new articles are published which match your search, or when a new issue of a key journal is published.
You can usually set up such alerts by email or RSS feed, such as this example from Historical Abstracts.
Aggregating and curating content
Create bundles with photos, videos, tweets and documents. Share them with everyone.
Free tool for analysing Instagram analytics.
Pinterest is an online pinboard for you to organise and share content. This example is from the UK Academy of Medical Sciences.
Seen something which you want to read later, even with no internet connection? Pocket may help.
There are many free tools available which enable you to create professional-looking 'visuals' to help convey your research, such as infographics, flowcharts, timelines and context-sensitive explanation.
Visualisation tool which enables you to create flowcharts (see above) and more, using templates.
Explanation with thinglink
Newcastle University Library has used thinglink to explain how to fill in an inter library loan form.
Visualisation of tweets designed for display in public places.
World Oral Literature Project
This Cambridge University project is using Google Maps to show where its collections are located.
Explore! Find a useful social media tool
Try it! Make your own widget
Widgetbox enables you to create your own widgets.
Learn more: Managing online meetings with Elluminate
Top tips from the University of Huddersfield about online meetings using Elluminate.
Apps Swap recommendations
A selection of the apps recommended at a recent Apps Swap in the Library. More information can be found here.
Duplicate what's on your computer screen to as many iPads and iPhones as you want to simultaneously.
Access any website, app, video or social network from anywhere, while keeping your mobile activities safe & private
Create simple connections between different apps.
Microsoft OneNote - NUIT support available
Capture your thoughts, discoveries, and ideas with OneNote.
A virtual wall that allows people to colloborate.
Audience response system that uses mobile phones, twitter, and the web.
Remember The Milk
Online to-do list and task management.
Socrative lets teachers engage and assess their students with educational activities on tablets, laptops and smartphones.
TitanPad lets people work on one document simultaneously
Project management tool.
Protect your online privacy and unblock your favorite websites or applications.
Write or die
An application which aims to eliminate writer's block by providing consequences for procrastination or rewards for accomplishment.
Gives you a pic of a kitten everytime you've finished writing 100, 200, 500, or 1000 words.