Tapping into the educational potential of the web starts right from your web browser. The selection of the browser together with the extensions you use on it make a whole difference in your internet experience as a student researcher.
I have been experimenting with different browsers and finally settled on Chrome. I found Chrome way faster and user friendlier than many other browsers out there. Safari is fast too but is not plugins friendly. Another good thing about Chrome is that it allows you to access all your bookmarks and history from any device or computer and this is something I really love about this browser.
As a graduate student, Chrome helps me a lot in my studies and research. There are certainly a bunch of extensions that I believe every student researcher should be using, They are perfect for managing your workflow, organizing your content, and making the best of your browsing experience. I have compiled a list of some of these extensions in the list below. You can also check Educational Chrome Extensions section for more options.
Citelighter is an intuitive online research platform that enables students and professionals to quickly find and record facts, automatically cite sources, and write better papers/documents.
Diigo is a good extension for annotating, archiving and bookmarking webpages. With this easy-to-use tool, you can
3- Docs PDF/PowerPoint Viewer
Automatically previews pdfs, powerpoint presentations, and other documents in Google Docs Viewer. By clicking on a link for a supported document format you'll be taken to the Google Docs Viewer. No more downloading large files and launching another application just to view it.
4- Session Manager
With Session Manager you can quickly save your current browser state and reload it whenever necessary. You can manage multiple sessions, rename or remove them from the session library. Each session remembers the state of the browser at its creation time, i.e the opened tabs and windows
5- Task Timer
A simple tool to help keep track of time spent on tasks such as work, studies, or other things.This tool allows you to create a list of tasks with time goals in hours, and keep track of the amount of time that you spend in each task.
6- My Study Life
My Study Life is a planner for students, teachers and lecturers designed to make your study life easier. My Study Life stores your study life in the cloud making it available wherever you are.
This is a Chrome extension version of the Mendeley Web Importer. Mendeley is a combination of a desktop application and a website which helps you manage, share and discover both content and contacts in research (http://www.mendeley.com).
8- Docs Quickly
Create a Google Doc, Spreadsheet, Presentation, or Drawing directly from your Chrome bar. No need to launch docs.google.com; just a single click, and you have a new document.
9- Save as PDF
This extension lets you easily save web pages to pdf. It uses https://pdfcrowd.com html to pdf online service.
10- Evernote Web Clipper
The Evernote Web Clipper is the easiest way to save, mark up and share anything you see online. From clipping pages to taking and annotating screenshots, the Evernote Web Clipper lets you capture everything, then access it from anywhere.
Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere.This means that any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, phones and even the Dropbox website.
Snippy allows you to grab snippets of web pages, save them for future use and upload them to Google Docs.
13- Save to Google Drive
This extension allow you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save links to documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting 'Save to Google Drive'. You can save the currently viewed page using the 'Save to Google Drive' browser action.
14- Email This Page
This extension adds an email button to the toolbar which allows you to email the page link using your default mail client or Gmail.
As everyone knows Dropbox is the easiest way to store, sync, and, share files online. Now you can use this widget to access you drop box account in Chrome!