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The Most Useful Web Tools

Get Something Done with Web Tools


If you're looking for a list of the most useful Web tools, you've come to the right place. Here are my picks for the best tools on the Web for anyone who is looking to boost their productivity.

Organization Web Tools

Web Tools for Taking Notes

Specific Action Web Tools

  • SpellJax: Check your spelling online with SpellJax, an Ajax-powered spell checker.
  • Online Calculators: Do any kind of calculations online with free calculators.
  • OttoBib: Make a bibliography for your research papers easily with OttoBib - just plug in the ISBN number.
  • EasyBib: Free automatic bibliography composer.
  • Picasa: A free image editing and organization tool from Google.

Research and Study Web Tools

  • Quizlet: Free online flashcards for learning vocabulary.
  • Flashcard Exchange: Literally millions of flashcards are available here for students K-12 and beyond, on any subject you can think of.
  • Answers: Answers is a way to find instant answers on a variety of subjects.
  • Wikipedia: You can find information on literally millions of different topics at Wikipedia.
  • Yahoo Answers: Ask the Web community for help on any question at Yahoo Answers.
  • SparkNotes: Free online study guides on a wide variety of subjects. Related: Free Online Study Guides
  • Yahoo Education: You can use Yahoo Education as a jumping off point for many resources, including a thesaurus, Grey's Anatomy, and a Spanish dictionary.
  • Zotero: Zotero is a free Firefox extension that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources online.
  • CiteuLike: A free online service to help you organize your academic papers.
  • Google Scholar: A simple way to search for scholarly literature on any subject you can think of.
  • Diigo: Collect, share,and interact on information from anywhere on the Web.
  • Bloglines: Organize and compile your research with Bloglines.
  • Cheat Sheets: An amazing array of cheat sheets on subjects from .NET to physics.

Writing Web Tools

  • Mind Mapping Resources: Get those creative brainstorming sessions down on paper so you can make something of them.
  • Google Docs: You can use Google Docs as a free Web-based spreadsheet and word processor.
  • The Best Writing Tools on the Web: If you're looking for tools to help you with your writing, the Web is a great place to start. Here are just a few of the incredibly useful writing tools you can find on the Web.
  • Zoho: A free online office suite, similar to Microsoft Word.
  • Writers Resources: A gargantuan list of resources for writers on the Web.

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