Free social web tools

Social bookmarking and recommendation tools

To save, organize, share and discover useful online resources. Examples:

Note-taking and annotation tools

To select and edit resources and make notes and annotations. Examples:

Current awareness and RSS tools

To set up email alerts from your regular web searches and journal ToCs, or bring all your updates into one place. Examples:

(Also see our page on Keeping up to date in your topic, some of which is relevant to local users only).

Collaborative research and group work tools

To create and share documents with a team and collate your research. Examples

Research dissemination and communication tools

To report and reflect on your research, follow others in your field, create and share presentations.  Examples: