Student-directed research has been an important part of science courses for a very long time. Today’s access to information and digital resources can make research much more complicated and rewarding at the same time. Students can be faced with an overwhelming amount of information and need to develop skills of filtering and managing this. On the other hand, students have access to experts and resources around the world like never before.

Working with students to use tools designed to help students research effectively can help them develop skills needed to become scientifically literate in today’s connected world. Listed below are some tools that can help students organize and manage research while tracking sources properly. These digital tools also provide a new opportunity for students to collaboratively research and share resources with others anywhere in the world.

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Google Research Tool (GAFE)

  • works within Google Drive documents

  • supports citing resources, media, images

  • requires a Google account

  • non-school Google accounts have age limit of 13 years old

Google Research Tool Help

OneNote (Office 365)

  • note taking and sharing tool

  • extensions and OneNote Clipper can be installed on browsers/devices to clip and archive websites in OneNote

  • web-based version available on laptops and chromebooks

  • installed software version for computers

  • mobile apps available

  • OneNote notebooks can be shared

  • if not using a school O365 account, a Microsoft account is required

OneNote How To

Evernote

  • note taking and sharing tool

  • extensions and Evernote clipping tool can be installed on browsers/devices to clip and archive websites in Evernote

  • web-based version available on laptops and chromebooks

  • installed software version for computers

  • mobile apps available

  • Evernote notebooks can be shared

  • Age limit for creating accounts in 13 years old (parental or adult support required for those younger)

Evernote Help

Diigo

  • collect online resources

  • annotate websites and PDFs

  • share and make collaborative collections

  • free with limited features, or paid options

  • required to create an account - be sure terms of service and privacy policy meet school and board policies and parental permission is acquired

Tutorials and Demos