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EXPLORE: Remember the Milk
Posted On: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 17:11 by Beverly Murphy

 Free Task Manager

Is your desk cluttered with sticky notes, to-do lists and calendars? Remember the Milk can help! This free online tool lets you create to-do lists to help you plan and prioritize your day. In Remember the Milk, you can assign tags, notes and due dates to tasks. You can also organize tasks by personal, study or work, and send yourself email or IM reminders about upcoming meetings. The service is flexible too; you can add tasks from anywhere, view tasks on Apple iCal or Google Calendar, or...

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EXPLORE: Firefox Add-ons
Posted On: Tuesday, February 22, 2011 - 17:07 by Beverly Murphy

Browser Customization

Firefox has thousands of add-ons available to enhance, improve, and customize your browser experience. An add-on can be a time-saving toolbar button, security enhancements, a themed look, and more. For example, LeechBlock is a productivity tool designed to block web sites that can suck the life out of your working day. All you need to do is specify which sites to block and when to block them. If you work at more than one computer, check out Xmarks. This will keep...

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EXPLORE: RSS
Posted On: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 16:47 by Beverly Murphy

Free Current Awareness Tool

Have you heard that RSS is dead, or do you even know what RSS is? Many assumed RSS was finished after Bloglines, the first popular RSS reader, was slated to be discontinued. With so many other ways to keep current (like Twitter), you may not use RSS to keep up with your favorite journals, news sources, and personal interests. If you would like to have one place to go to see the latest NEJM articles, view what’s happening in the world via New York Times, or check if there are any iPads for sale on Craigslist, you can. And all with one click!

Make RSS do the work for you! You can set up a Google Reader account...

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Tags: social networking

Explore: Doodle
Posted On: Friday, December 10, 2010 - 16:43 by Beverly Murphy

Free Meeting Scheduling!

Having trouble finding a time when everyone on your team can meet? Is half your team on Exchange while others remain on Lotus Notes? Are you tired of sending out multiple emails to find a time when everyone is free? Doodle to the rescue!

This free online scheduler (basically just a quick Web form) allows you to create an event and set up options for meeting times. You can then send the link to the form that Doodle creates to others to complete, indicating when they are free. You can even choose to get emails when...

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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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