Just about everyone knows about some of the cool tools that Google offers, like gmail and Google maps. But did you know that Google can also help with your research and other projects? Check out these useful and FREE tools:
Google Scholar – You know you can search for and preview or read books on Google, but did you know you can also search for articles too? “Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research.”
Google Docs – Working on a group project? Need to share documents, or just have access to your documents anywhere? Upload them to Google Docs and you can edit, share, upload to your desktop, and access anywhere you have internet.
Google Reader – Find yourself checking news, blogs, and updates all day? Google Reader compiles updates from your favorite sites into one site so you can browse all the content you need in one place. You can also organize feeds into folders.
Check out the entire list of Google’s tools here.
While these tools will help you with your research, remember that while Google seems comprehensive, there is actually a lot of content it cannot access, such as articles in many scholarly journals. Google is a great complement to, but not a substitution for, the authoritative FSC databases of scholarly literature and research.