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Crème of the Web: EasyBib

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[in collaboration with Information Today Europe]

Everyone knows how boring it is to create the bibliography for a research paper. Fortunately, citation generators such as EndNote and Mendeley exist to do the dirty work for us!

EasyBib is a free web-based bibliography formatting tool.  You can use it to compose, format, alphabetise and print out your citation list.  You simply enter your sources onto a basic form, and click ‘Cite this’. EasyBib will format your references according to the most updated standards (MLA, APA, etc.) and will export the list to MS Word or GoogleDoc, within a few seconds!

To be continued on:—EasyBib-74926.aspx

Written by hbasset

April 15, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Nice site: FreePatentsOnline

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FreePatentsOnline search engine is one of the most powerful, fastest and easiest patent search engines on the web.

The search allows advanced search techniques such as word stemming, proximity searching, relevancy ranking and search term weighting to help you find exactly what you are looking for.

And, personal account features let you organize, annotate and share documents, and Alerts let you instantly be notified when new documents of interest are published.

My advise: don’t use the the basic form on the homepage (because it searches only on US patents), go directly on advanced search.

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May 10, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Best of Web: Chemistry

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A directory for Chemists which is presented by the journal BioTechniques (Vol.46, N°4, May 2009, p. 255) as the “crème de la Chem”!

An organic chemist, Ph.D, Andrey Frolov, has selected 250 top sites in the field and has categorized them by sub-folders: analytical chemistry, biochemistry, etc.

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June 4, 2009 at 6:53 pm

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The Best of Web

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The Best of the Web column has become one of GEN‘s (Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News) most popular features. So (they) have created a database of past reviews, making it quick and easy for you to find websites in a specific category of interest.

My opinion: What I appreciate is that each site is commented (strong and weak points) and rated by the editor. It is not a new directory with plenty of websites: only a few sites are referenced by category and each selection is an high-quality resource. The selection is of course biotech-oriented but not only: I would recommend the category “Databases” which is full of must-know web sites …


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April 16, 2009 at 7:12 pm

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Innovation Reports: Forum for Science, Industry and Business

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This (Germany-based) reference website is really unique to offer add-valued reports written by Industry experts.

It is an excellent source to watch innovative products, global trends and disruptive technologies. Commercial presentation: The innovation report is a modern forum for science, industry and economy for promoting the innovation dynamics and for establishing new contacts for greater use of the available innovation and performance potential.

Our editorial office researches and publishes our current messages of more than 8,200 content partners daily. Among these are colleges, research institutes, big enterprises, medium-sized companies, State and independent institutions from the whole world. In more than 13,000 reports and specials articles annually, innovation report provides current pieces of information about new technologies, highly interesting results from development and research, innovative products and services, scientific conferences and promotion projects, competitions and awards, trade fair news and many more

 I recommend especially these sections:

– Life science:

 – Health & Medicine:

My opinion: really unique. Unfortunately, the site is not designed to provide RSS feeds or email alerts: but you can use a crawler to watch changes on your favorite sections or to filter by keywords

Written by hbasset

March 12, 2009 at 7:36 pm