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Advanced Googling: Other Internet Research Tools

How to use Google most effectively (we know you are going to use it, so learn to use it well!)

Feed Readers

Many websites, including blogs, many newssites, and Twitter feeds, have an online presence that includes regular updates.  Importing these pages' RSS feeds into a Feed Reader will keep you up to date on updates without having to remember to check a site regularly.

RSS Feed Readers are available in many formats. Perhaps the most popular are those that are web-based or a brower plug-in.  Web-based feed readers are often more functional than brower plug-ins.

Web-based:

GoogleReader

NetVibes

BlogLines

MySyndicaat

Superfeedr

Browser Plug-in:

Sage (Firefox)

Blogs

Weblogs (aka blogs) really became popular in the late 1990s.  They are a subset of the Internet where a great deal of topical discussion takes place--whether that discussion be about fashion, sports, politics, or molecular biology. 

Blogs are a great informal way of discussing new developments in a field.  Comments on blogs allow for a wealth of discussion and provide different perspectives on an issue.

Students in subject specific or advanced classes can use blogs written by journalists, researchers, and practitioners, to keep up-to-date on new developments within a specific field or discipline.

To find blogs on a specific subject try these blog search tools:

Google Blog Search

Technorati


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