Google Chrome Tips

Tip 1: Web pages can have many distractions and ads on a page. Reduce the clutter on a web page you are reading with this extension (Mercury Reader formally known as Readability).

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Tip 2: Use this extension (SpeakIt) to have text read to you from the web.

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Tip 3: Use these extensions (Diigo/AwesomeScreenshot/Kami) to highlight or take notes on web documents, screenshots or PDFs.

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Tip 4: Add these extensions (Cite This For Me) (Apogee) to cite your sources as you are researching. Keep in mind too that many sources will offer a citation option at the end of the article. Be sure to use the proper format of MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.

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apogee

Tip 5: When scanning a web page for specific search terms and phrases use the Find tool. Go to the 3 vertical dots in upper right area of your screen. Once you select the dots you will get a drop down menu. Choose Find and you will get a search box to type your term or phrase. If it is mentioned in the article it will become highlighted. It also tells you the number of times it is mentioned. This tool will help you decide if the article is useful for your research goals.

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Tip 6: When researching and taking notes on a google doc use the Tools drop down menu and choose Explore to open a search area to the right of your doc. This Explore tool (see picture) allows you to search the web for articles and images. You can choose the style of citation, MLA, APA, or Chicago. The tool will create a footnote.

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Tip 7: When creating a google doc you can speak to text rather than type to text. This Tool could be especially useful during a brainstorming session. Many creative thoughts flow more easily when we first speak them rather than write or type them. If you want to try this tool go to the Tools tab above your doc and select Voice Typing from the drop down menu. A microphone will appear on your left. Click that when you are ready to speak and record your thoughts on your doc.

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