Two Apps to help you RESEARCH

The spotlight is still on research this term and it is great to see so many boys in the library looking for information. Research into any topic can be either a journey of discovery that keeps you fascinated as you learn more and more or it can be an overwhelming task where you sift through thousands of websites trying to find what you need. You then lose that one vital piece of data as you have so many tabs open!

So here are two tools to help you on your journey.

Carrot2 is an Open Source Search Results Clustering Engine. It can automatically organize (cluster) search results into thematic categories. This is particularly useful you are starting your search – whatever the subject or topic. They are presented with sub topics which can help you search more efficiently and effectively, it provides keywords for you to then go on and use for more refined searching. I love it because it provides less information in an organised way. This has got to be a good thing for boys!

 

Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 2.08.00 PM Here is an examples of how it ‘clusters’ into themes.  The ‘search’ is  John F Kennedy’s assassination.

 

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This is a visual representation of a how Carrot2 clusters information.

Excellent for visual learner!

 

The second tool is OneTab – an excellent little app Screen Shot 2014-06-16 at 2.09.16 PMthat sits as an icon in the top right-hand corner of your browser.It quite simply saves all the tabs that you have open as a list, you can give the list a name and hey presto – your search is saved forever. I am so going to use this app the next time I book a holiday!

Lisa Trundley-Banks

Teacher/Librarian

 

 

 

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