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Category: Explore Tools

Explore: Duke WordPress
Posted On: Monday, October 4, 2010 - 14:59 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? Blog Tool and Publishing Platform

Duke is now hosting WordPress. WordPress is a popular web-publishing platform for creating blogs, web-based presentations, and even entire websites. This fall Duke WordPress can be used for formal courses; however beginning in the spring, this tool will be offered more widely. Faculty are encouraged to use this for courses, blogs, projects, etc.

Not sure how you can utilitze WordPress? Don’t worry, there are lots of uses mentioned, an entire example section, and tips and tricks to help you get started. See CIT’s blog post for more information and ideas. Ready to create a course?

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Tags: social networking, services, teaching

Explore: Zotero
Posted On: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 09:30 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? Free citation manager!

Zotero is a free Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your bibliographic references right inside the browser. Zotero allows you to collect information on books, journal articles, and other resources easily with a single click. Doing more than just collecting research articles? No problem! You can save entire web pages, PDFs, images, and links in your library, and Zotero will automatically sense what type of material you are collecting. Zotero's interface allows you to quickly organize your research sources by dragging them into folders, taking notes, or tagging the content. When you are ready to use your data, simply drag and drop your bibliography anywhere. There is...

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Tags: research

Explore: Map Builder
Posted On: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 09:23 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? Free Customized Google Maps!
Map Builder lets you tag locations on a Google map and publish it on your own website. This is useful if you need to identify a group of people or a number of specific locations. The instructions are clearly written and easy to follow. You start with an Excel spread sheet that contains the data you want to identify on a map. Maps can cover any national, state or local areas. Convert the file to a csv (comma separated value) format and you are ready to go.

This map of workshop participants...

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Explore: Google Forms
Posted On: Thursday, August 5, 2010 - 09:21 by Beverly Murphy

What is it? Free Online Surveys!
Google Forms is part of the Google Docs suite of free, web-based applications that are increasingly used by people working collaboratively or from multiple locations. While all the Google Docs are useful, this month we feature Google Forms, which allows you to create free, online surveys with a simple web editor. Google Forms automatically gathers survey responses and stores them in a Google Spreadsheet and formats some of the responses graphically using pie charts and bar graphs.

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Explore: Jing
Posted On: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 13:31 by Beverly Murphy

Jing is a free screencasting and screen capture tool from TechSmith, the same company that creates the well-known but not free Camtasia and SnagIt. Jing is incredibly easy to use for quick videos: narrate a PowerPoint or record a video of your computer screen for free.

Why offer a free version when the same company sells software to do the same thing? Jing is more limited: there are few or no editing options for your videos and there is a 5-minute limit for video length. But this is perfect for showing quick how-tos with software or for narrating a quick presentation.

Check out more cool tools to improve your work,...

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Explore: PubGet
Posted On: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 13:28 by Beverly Murphy

Pubget is an alternate interface for PubMed that makes it ridiculously easy to get PDFs of articles. Set your library preferences to Duke University, then search for an article or subject. Pubget delivers your results with whatever PDFs Duke subscribes to pre-loaded with your results.

There is a downside to Pubget, and it’s in the searching. Pubget strips out all the cool mapping and indexing that happen behind the scenes in PubMed (or with the MeSH database, if you’re used to using that), and instead serves up results that are sometimes befuddling. We all know there are probably more than 10,000 articles on heart attacks in PubMed, but that’s all Pubget finds. So if you are trying to do a thorough search, stick with PubMed. Now, if you just need to find a PDF for an article you...

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Tags: pubmed

Explore: CiteULike
Posted On: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 - 09:36 by Beverly Murphy

What is it?

CiteULike is a free service that allows you to store, organize, and share the scholarly papers you are reading or intend to read. It’s considered a social bookmarking site because your library can be shared with others so you can easily see who is reading the same thing. So far almost 4 million articles have been indexed! It’s a great way to connect with scholars near and far and organize your own scholarly adventures.

It’s pretty simple to get started. Once you set up a profile and install a "bookmarklet" you simply click on a button in your browser to have an article added to your library (all the citation details are extracted to save you time and effort). You can tag it with keywords, add graphics and PDFs, share it with a specific group of...

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Tags: research

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