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How did you do?

If you answered ‘yes’ more than ‘no’, you are making the most of the tools available to you. Use this handout for new recommendations.

If you answered ‘no’ more than ‘yes’, use this handout for examples of software and web resources that can help you become more organised, efficient and effective in your studies.

Information Gathering:

RSS feeds allow you to subscribe to websites and receive automatic updates whenever new content is published. Tools such as Google Reader allow you to bring all your RSS subscriptions together.

GoogleAlerts allows you to set up specific searches and will also alert you every time new information becomes available.

Twitter, LinkedIn and other networking sites can be useful to make contacts with interesting people and to follow their activities (see figure 1).

Figure 1: Programmes that are useful for information gathering.

figure showing logos of useful information gathering resources: rss feeds, linked in, google twitterand google alerts.

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Working Together:

  • Tools to help schedule meetings

  • Blogs to share news and track progress

  • Wikis to share resources

  • Collaborative online word processors

There is a big range of online tools to help you work together, including wikis, such as PBWorks, to share resources, and online office software, including Office365, GoogleDocs and Zoho, so you can produce coursework together.

To help schedule meetings for groupwork, try Doodle.

Blogs, such as Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr, can be helpful as ways of charting your progress on a project and sharing draft work for others to comment on (see figure2).

Figure 2: Resources for working together.

figure showing logos of resources that help students to work together: office 365, google docs, doodle, pbworks, blogger, wikis, twitter, zoho and wordpress.

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Bringing it all together:

  • Tools to aggregate useful information sources

You can create your own webpage using tools such as iGoogle and Netvibes that brings together the online resources you regularly use, including email, Facebook, news pages, Google Reader and more (see figure 3).

Figure 3: Diagram illustrating netvibes.

diagram showing screenshot from netvibes.

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Keeping track of your sources:

  • Organised research

  • Gathering the information you need for referencing

A problem with researching online can sometimes be how much information you can find and how quickly, meaning that you can easily become overwhelmed and lose track of what you are finding and where it has come from.

Use tools such as Endnote, available on all university PCs, or the new referencing tools in Word2010 to save the referencing details of your sources and to produce references in your coursework.

Freezepage saves a copy of webpages so you can refer back to them, useful for fast-changing sites such as news pages.

Zotero is an add-in to Firefox for saving referencing details and quotes (see figure 4).

Figure 4: Diagram showing resources that help to keep track of sources.

diagram showing resources to aid keeping track of your sources: zotero, endnote and freezepage

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Want more?

Other guides available on Blackboard from Student Academic Support

that you might find useful:

• Effective research.

• Referencing and avoiding plagiarism.


• LearnHigher is a great starting point, full of excellent resources to

develop all aspects of your approach to learning - including printable

timetables, coursework planners, and more.


At Abertay:

Visit Student Services on level 2 of the library, including:

• Student Academic Services:


• English as a foreign language:

Amanda Shaw - a.shaw@abertay.ac.uk.

• Advice for disabled students:

Claire Allan - c.allan@abertay.ac.uk.

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