It’s the second half of the semester and for students required to hand in a semester-long research paper or write up a paper for a final, now may be a good time to begin reading all the literature and journal articles found weeks ago. Nothing sounds more tedious to a penny-pinching student than having to print out 30-page articles, and that task doesn’t exactly go along with the goal of “Greener Earth”.
Check out this amazing tool that will help organize information in articles and allow users to type notes on PDFs. PDF Annotator is a tool that will allow users to open their previously saved PDF files and add text, images, stamps, freely written notes, or highlight the text on the page. We knew apps like this were available for use on iPads and such, but this is a great tool for a PC user. Download PDF Annotator and use the free 30 day trial to organize all those notes for that paper due at the end of the semester and save money and trees from printing those endless articles.
When we have a question about absolutely anything, we always know where to turn, Google. “Google” has actually become a verb. There are some situations, however, where we don’t know exactly how to search for specific information. Does searching for scholarly articles ring a bell for anyone? This can sometimes be a daunting task for students, especially those unfamiliar with what a journal database is, or how to access it. But behold, Google Scholar can help. Yes, again, Google can help us solve a problem.
Google Scholar is great for college students because most of them are so familiar with Google, and so unfamiliar with searching through scholarly databases. Google Scholar looks like Google, it searches like Google, and it produces and abundance of results. Simply enter a subject into the search bar and Google will search through sources all over the web; journals, articles, books, abstracts, court documents, and more. The results provided will be displayed exactly like they are with Google, and will be simple to thumb through and find an appropriate resource.
Check out the Google Apps workshop on February 28 to learn more about using Google Scholar!