Research Tools to Ease your Blogging

I recently shared a post with Ten Steps to Better Blogging. I also want to share a couple of tools to help take these tips off the page and practice.


The first is a free, open-source program with you that I’ve used as a researcher. It’s called Zotero, and it is a database for keeping references. Zotero is a great blogging resource because the web plug-in makes it easy to capture references from the web into an organized database. This database can sync with word processors to generate style-specific bibliographies and in-text citations. There is a bit of a learning curve, but it’s handy once you get the hang of it.

The Internet Archive

I also want to mention one more resource that can be useful for research and reference. The Internet Archive specializes in capturing and storing web pages. Much of the database is user-submitted, so the archive is constantly growing. The idea behind the Internet Archive is that since websites can change daily or even hourly, there should be a place to document information before it becomes lost to edits and removals.

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