Open Thinking Wiki

Various Resources compiled by Dr. Alec Couros

Tools for Research


Search and Subscription

Google Reader - popular Online RSS Reader
Bloglines - popular Online RSS Reader
Instapaper - read things later, when you have time.

Google Scholar
Google Books
Refseek
Deepdyve
Wikipedia

Google - the big one!
Yahoo!
Ask
MSN Search
Dogpile
Skreemr - audio search
Creative Commons Search - open access materials
ChaCha - human powered search to mobile
SearchMe - visual search
Mahalo
Blinx - video search
Tafiti
Answers
Clusty
Polycola
Kartoo - visual
Vivisimo - visual
Addict-o-matic
Quintura - visual

Document Preparation/Writing Tools

Open Office - free, full-featured M$ Office alternative
Google Docs - online wordprocessing, spreadsheets, presentations, and forms
Zoho Notebook - more fully feature alternative to Google Docs
Wordpress.com - great hosted blogging service

Data Collection & Analysis

Google Docs Forms - see example
Survey Monkey - survey tool ($)
Zoomerang - survey tool ($)
Delicious - social bookmarking - How to Get Started
Diigo - social bookmarking with annotation - How to Get Started
Atlas.ti - qualitative analysis ($$$$)
NVivo - qualitative analysis ($$$$)
SPSS - quantitative analysis ($$$$$)
Transana - analysis for multimedia.
PSPP - free/open source alternative to SPSS?
MountieTab - open source program for elementary statistics.
Evernote - Allows easy capture of information, synched from multiple devices.
DevonThink - research management tool, "personal information assistant" ($$)
Google Visualizations - API to create statistically-based visualizations.
Swivel - another data visualization tool.
R - open source statistics project.

Visualization Tools

Freemind - mindmapping software.
CMAP Tools - concept mapping software.
Gliffy - web-based for flow charts and diagrams.
Mind Meister - online mind mapping tool.
Bubbl.us - online mind mapping tool.
MyWebspiration - concept mapping tool.

Communication & Social Network Tools

Skype - popular text, audio, video communication tool.
Yugma - share screens easily.
Twitter - microblogging, excellent tool for your personal learning network.
Facebook - online social network, good for creating connections.
LinkedIn - a more professional social networking service.
iLeonardo - a social network specifically for research communities.
ooVoo - free and easy video chat.
mebeam - free and easy video chat

Bibliographic Management

Refworks - available by subscription to some educational institutions ($$$)
Endnote - popular personal reference management software ($$)
Zotero - free Firefox plugin, demo.
Bibme (fast Bibliography maker)
Citeulike - (for managing and discovering scholarly references)

Dissemination & Presentation

Scribd - Youtube for documents.
Issuu - self-publish your documents.
SlideRocket - great presentation tool.
Wikispaces - easy to use wiki tool.
Slideshare - a great place to post presentations.

Directory of Open Access Journals