It is practically unimaginable to conduct any kind of research without the Internet these days. No matter if you are a student, educator, professional researcher, or simply a curious person, when you want to explore a certain subject chances are you will start your research on the World Wide Web. As far as we know, the Web is the best source of information on a wide range of topics. Actually, you will most likely come across tons of great resources and materials that you can use for your project, paper, presentation, report or anything else.
However great and awesome it is, you will need a way to mark up and annotate all these amazing web pages in order to properly manage and moderate your research. Thankfully, there are numerous web applications that will enable you to add notes to web pages and much, much more. Today we share with you seven great apps for annotating the web and managing information online.
WebNotes lets you highlight and add notes to web pages directly from your web browser for free. Users can easily and quickly highlight text, create sticky notes and add comments to web pages. All notes can be searched, tagged for easy reference and organized into folders. Another handy free feature is that all your notes can be shared with others via email, Twitter or hyperlink. This is great news for teams of students and professionals working together on a project.
WebNotes Pro, which is a paid plan, allows users to view and mark up PDF documents as well. Not only that, but you can also automatically create slick reports from collections of notes. This feature diminishes the need to copy and paste the text from web pages to Microsoft Word or any other text processing program.
Diigo is a very well-known digital information management tool. It is great for both personal research and as a collaborative tool. It allows you to collect, bookmark, tag, annotate, and highlight web-pages. Diigo is praised as being a must-have tool for educators. This service provides a solid platform for collaborative research and sharing findings, relevant resources and brainstorming.
Bounce gives you the ability to grab a screenshot of a web page or upload an image and then add as many notes as you want to it. You can save your annotated screenshot of a web page and then share it with others via direct link, Twitter or Facebook.
MyStickies is a web-based application that allows you to put a sticky note on any page opened in your browser. The next time you open the same web page, your note will still be there. No wonder then that MyStickies is dubbed “bookmarks on steroids” – how often do we bookmark a page because we find something important to us on it, but the next time we visit it we don’t know what it was? Well, with MyStickies it is possible to mark up that page and personalize it for future use.
5. Note Anywhere
Note Anywhere is a Google Chrome extension that allows you to annotate any web page, any on the page. The notes that you make on a given web page get saved in real time and are automatically loaded the next time you visit the page. Additional handy features include the options to change the style of notes and view a summary of created notes.
FloatNotes is a Firefox extension for adding notes, comments, links, and even images to websites. The add-on is geared toward Mozilla Firefox users who will find it to be a great helper for conducting research on the web. It is very easy to use. To create a note, just right click anywhere on the page opened in the browser, then choose “Create a note” from the context menu, and start annotating the page. You can move, edit, resize, pin, minimize and expand or delete notes.
7. Screen Draw
Screen Draw is one more handy extension for Mozilla Firefox buffs. It lets you type text or draw over the top of any page in any color and size and then save what you have done as an image file.
Feel free to try out these seven tools and pick the one that will take your research efforts to the most professional level possible.