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Library Guides: Tech Sandbox

Here you will find guides for specific courses, general research guides on a variety of interesting subjects, and tools to help you with your research.

Let Us Try It Out First!

It seems that everyday some new technology comes along, promising to be the latest and greatest ... until tomorrow. We spend a lot of time experimenting with tools that will potentially make the research process (from the conception of an idea to formal articulation) much more efficient. This page highlights the best of the best. These are tools we use everyday; if we wouldn't use them, we wouldn't recommend them to you. If you know of something that should be featured here, let us know.

Create, Edit and Store!

Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite, and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users.

Store and Share!

Any file you save to Dropbox also instantly saves to your computers, phones, and the Dropbox website.

Capture, Organize and Find!

Evernote works by connecting all the computers and phones you use daily, allowing you to capture something in one place and then access it from another.


Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, open source, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work - in your web browser. Designed to be intuitive and unobtrusive (it looks a lot like an iTunes library), Zotero is a powerful and handy tool for any academic pursuit.


Diigo is a social bookmarking website which allows signed-up users to bookmark and tag web-pages. Additionally, it allows users to highlight any part of a webpage and attach sticky notes to specific highlights or to a whole page. These annotations can be kept private, shared with a group within Diigo or a special link forwarded to someone else.