An idea came to my mind a couple of months ago when I was overwhelmed with the amount of research I’ve done on Questler and how even del.icio.us (a bookmarking social site) won’t even help me make sense of all the information I have logged. So I thought what if there was a research-mate-like tool installed on my browser which will open a window within it and let me log the links as I am browsing, add my comments on the same text I am copying as well as of course having several research sessions?
Few weeks later I stumbled on Google Notebook , which to some degree has met the above . It’s still in Google Labs (Not even beta) but I’ve been using it ever since and the experience has been extremely beneficial. Once installed, you will see a notebook icon at the far right-bottom of your browser, click on it and it will open a small window that area of the browser.
Let’s say you are starting a research session about Museums, as you browse some sites; you stumble on some text you want to take note of – not just the link of the website you are browsing; so you highlight the text and right-click, you will have an item in the right-click menu that says “Note This (Google Notebook)”. Once clicked the text is automatically copied into the notebook you have opened and you can continue reading/browsing. Brilliant right?
And now after visiting few sites; you are ready to add your own notes (Text) to everything you have notebooked. You can open the notebook in a full browser window and go on adding your own notes. Just like that!
As known, adults learn by doing so do check it out and tell me if it makes your life easier