Tools for Organizing Sources

Pinterest, Diigo and Zotero help you organize the torrent of information on the web, but each is appropriate in different contexts.
Pinterest, Diigo and Zotero help you organize the torrent of information on the web, but each is appropriate in different contexts.

Last week I was researching web design best practices for my middle school tech class’ unit on HTML and web page design. There are a ton of resources – but few that give a concise and comprehensive summary in a format appropriate for my students. ┬áTherefore, I had to clip one or two main ideas from at least a dozen different pages. I wouldn’t have been able to keep them all straight were it not for Diigo’s ability to highlight, tag, and save online sources to the cloud. But Diigo isn’t the only tool that can help you with that: Pinterest and Zotero are at least two tools aimed at casual and academic scenarios.

It’s worth knowing all of them, hence HB270: Organize your Sources:

Even at its best, searching for information on the web can be a case of “too much of a good thing” – there are so many sources that you can’t sift through them all. At its worst, web searching can be too much of a bad thing, with sources containing one or two useful facts but much more fluff. Making the research process collaborative can make it more manageable, and in this session we reviewed three free tools available that facilitate this.

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