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Last.FM: great (free!) source for your favorite music

Monday April 21, 2014

last.fmLast.fm is a unique way to listen to free music on the Web. In the words of Last.fm itself: "Last.fm taps the wisdom of the crowds, leveraging each user's musical profile to make personalised recommendations, connect users who share similar tastes, provide custom radio streams, and much more." Put simply, it's a social music platform. Learn more about Last.fm.

How to save money on your next flight? Use the Web to compare prices

Friday April 18, 2014

cheap flights A friend of mine is planning her honeymoon, and asked me if I knew of anywhere on the Web where she could find cheap flights. After I asked her if she could take me along to Hawaii (no), I put this article together: What's the Best Site for Cheap Flights?.

More ways to save some travel money

  • How to Find Cheap Gas: With gas prices getting as high as they are, it's a good idea to do a bit of Web research first in order to find lower gas prices in your area.
  • 15 Ways to Save Money on the Web: The words "save money" have a delightful ring to them, don't you think? Find out how you can use the Web to save money every month.

Search engine list: all the search engines you'll ever need in one spot

Wednesday April 16, 2014

All-purpose search engines, visual search engines, people search engines...you'll find all these and more in this list of search engines, a comprehensive guide to the best search engines on the Web.

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How to find what you're looking for on the Invisible Web

Monday April 14, 2014

deep web It's natural (and absolutely essential) these days to turn to the Web as a source of information. However, when you use the Web as a source, you're never quite sure if what you're coming across is absolutely credible; after all, simply doing a cursory Google search is going to probably net you more results than you know what to do with, and Wikipedia, while ostensibly a good resource, is a community-edited wiki that is not necessarily considered to be a reliable resource.

So what's a student to do? Well, while there is a ton of information available at your favorite search engine, there's even more information - like hundreds of times more information - available by diving into the Deep Web. The Deep, or Invisible, Web includes databases, content, and obscured resources that a general search engine query won't necessarily see; however, you can get in there using some special search skills and a few specialized search engines. Sound interesting? Get started with these five Deep Web search engines, specialized tools you can use to find scholarly research and information on nearly any subject you can possibly think of.

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Organize your online life with these tools

Friday April 11, 2014

You probably already know that you can bookmark your favorite Web sites in your browser. But if you want to go a little bit further and organize your Web searches even better, here are four tools you can use for free:

clipmarks

Clipmarks Save anything - content, videos, messages, etc. - and save them to your Clipmarks. You can share them with others, too, if you want.

diigo

Diigo is the prima donna of research tools. You can use it to save your favorites, highlight information, archive, bookmark, annotate, and access your information from anywhere.

evernote

Evernote can save anything for you, even screenshots; then it will organize them for you. Couple of ideas you can use Evernote for? Try creating a detailed vacation itinerary with maps, ticket information, and tourist spots, or how about keeping all those notes from that business meeting right where you can find them next time (and you can even take pictures of the whiteboard!).

zotero

Zotero is a Firefox extension that you can use to collect, organize, and even cite your Web research sources. You can store PDF files, make detailed notes on a Web page, and make a bibliography.

Are there free tools you use to organize your Web searches? Share them with us in the comments.

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Find a new book to listen to on the Web

Wednesday April 9, 2014

audio books

I really enjoy listening to audio books, especially when I'm on a long car drive or working on something that's somewhat repetitive. However, I don't like paying exorbitant prices for quality audio books, and you probably don't either, right? That's why I put together this article, Free Audio Books: The Top Eight Sites. It features eight websites that offer a huge variety of books to listen to, from classics to romance to science fiction to kids' stories. Check it out and see what you think.

And speaking of books.....

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How to cite sources correctly that you find online

Monday April 7, 2014

cite an articleSchool is stillĀ  in full swing for many K-12 folks and college students. For many people this time of year, the dreaded Research Paper is starting to loom menacingly on the horizon, with something called "proper citation required" tagging right along behind. If you use something you've discovered on the Web as part of your paper, you need to cite it a little bit differently than you would a book, magazine, or encyclopedia. Find out more here: How to Cite an Article from a Website.

Back up a second. Before we start citing anything, you need to make sure that the website is a reputable, credible source. You can do that with this article: How to Evaluate a Website: Is It Worthy of a Citation?

How do you test a website for credibility? Are there certain signs, signals, or informational content that you look for in deciding whether or not you should believe what a particular website is trying to tell you? Let us know in the comments.

Common sense tips to help you become more private online

Friday April 4, 2014

I've written up an article on anonymous surfing: what it is, why you might want to learn about it, what information is available about you on the Web, how to accomplish anonymous surfing, and more. Here it is:

  • Anonymous Surfing 101: What is Anonymous Surfing?
  • How Does Anonymous Surfing Work: Anonymous Servers
  • More Ways to Surf Anonymously: Free Anonymous Proxy Sites and Services

People have many reason for wanting to surf the Web anonymously, but they all boil down to the need to protect something or someone. If you are at all concerned with your privacy on the Web, you'll want to read these articles.

Convert that Web page to a PDF - for free

Wednesday April 2, 2014

html to pdf converter

If you come across a Web page that you'd like to print out and take with you somewhere, try the HTML to PDF Converter, a simple tool that instantly converts Web pages to PDF files. Just enter in the URL, click "Make PDF", and you're good to go.

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Keyboard shortcuts to make your Web browsing a little bit easier

Monday March 31, 2014

how to search for a word on a web pageSay you're looking for a specific concept or topic, perhaps someone's name, or a business, or a particular phrase. You plug your search into your favorite search engine, click on a few pages, and scroll laboriously through tons of content to find what you're looking for. Right?

Not necessarily. You can use an extremely simple web search shortcut to search for a word on a web page, and this will work in any browser you might be using. Here we go:

CTRL +F, then type in the word you're looking for at the bottom of your browser in the search field that pops up. Bingo!

Your browser will instantly become your own little private investigator, sniffing out whatever you tell it to find, in a matter of moments rather than minutes.

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