There are a lot of great research tools on the web. The tools below are free, easy to use, and they do what they say they will do:

AnswerGarden– AnswerGarden is a new minimalistic feedback tool. Use it as a tool for online brainstorming or embed it on your website or blog as a poll or guestbook.

Awesome Stories– A link site that allows users to source information about films, famous trials, disasters, history and biography.

bibme– The fully automatic bibliography maker that auto-fills. It’s the easiest way to build a works cited page. And it’s free.

Citation Machine– Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use.

Sylvan Paper – (Formerly Citelighter)– Store, organize, and share your education and research for free.

CiteULike– CiteULike is a free service for managing and discovering scholarly references.

Delicious– Discover, remember, and showcase your passions from around the web.

Diigo– Diigo is a powerful research tool and a knowledge-sharing community.

EasyBib– The Free Automatic Bibliography and Citation Maker.

Evernote– The Evernote family of products help you remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use.

EyePlorer–  EyePlorer is a reference search engine that takes your original search term then displays related terms in a circle around your original search.

Khan Academy– A library of over 3000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice.

Let Me Google That For You– For all those people who find it more convenient to bother you with their question rather than google it for themselves.

midomi– The ultimate music search.

RSS Search Engine– The RSS search engine will help you discover RSS feeds on the web around your favorite topics.

Safe Web– Norton Safe Web scans millions of websites to make sure they are safe. Visit Norton Safe Web now to see if a website you are interested is safe to visit.

SimilarSites– With all the websites on the net, it’s easy to waste time surfing through irrelevant ones. SimilarSites improves your browsing experience with sites like the ones you’re looking for.

Snopes– Snopes is the definitive Internet reference source for urban legends, folklore, myths, rumors, and misinformation.

Sweet Search– Sweet Search is A Search Engine for Students. It searches only credible Web sites approved by Internet research experts.

Tag Galaxy– Browse through Flickr photos in 3D with this flash application.

Webnotes– WebNotes helps professionals manage the staggering amounts of information available online by making it easy to collect, organize, and share information quickly and effectively.

WolframAlpha– Wolfram|Alpha is more than a search engine. It gives you access to the world’s facts and data and calculates answers across a range of topics.

Worldcat– Find items in libraries near you.

Research Downloads

Zotero– a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself.

Help Build the Toolbox

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