Category Archives: Web Tools

Quote Investigator: Exploring the Origins of Quotes

http://quoteinvestigator.com/ A good example of why we shouldn’t believe everything we read on the internet played out on the weekend (12 Jan 2017) when in the US the Republican National Committee (GOP) posted a quote to twitter in celebration of former President Abraham Lincoln’s birthday anniversary. The only problem (which twitter users were quick to pick up on) was the

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Nectar.org

https://nectar.org.au/ “The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (Nectar) provides an online infrastructure that supports researchers to connect with colleagues in Australia and around the world, allowing them to collaborate and share ideas and research outcomes, which will ultimately contribute to our collective knowledge and make a significant impact on our society. Nectar Virtual Labs are rich domain-oriented online

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Amazon Storybuilder

This is a free screenwriting tool to assist you in building note-cards and stories for movies or television. You can arrange your note-cards on a virtual story-board while you decide upon sequence and develop narrative. You can also add notes, images and tags to help to build layers into your characters and story. This tool is cloud based, so it

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110 Key Documents that Are The Foundation of our Nation

http://www.foundingdocs.gov.au/default.asp MoADOPH in conjunction with the National Archives of Australia presents 110 key documents that are the foundation of our nation. This site was developed by Australia’s nine government archives, supported by the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. It contains Australia’s ‘birth certificates’ – the story of our democracy. You can browse documents by state or place follow a themed pathway in

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Access Australian film resources online

  AustralianScreen contains information about and excerpts from a wide selection of Australian feature films, documentaries, television programs, newsreels, short films, animations, and home-movies produced over the last 100 years. Film can be an excellent primary or secondary source of information. There are currently 1065 clips with teachers’ notes in the Education section. Topics presently covered in the educational area of this

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4 Great Study Skills & Inquiry Websites

The Knowledge Compass The Knowledge Compass will help you develop effective focus questions for your research task. Choose a different compass for different question types. Information Process Compass – Question Compass – Question Matrix – Socratic Questions The Research Safari During your time at school you will have many projects and research assignments that require you to find and use information online.

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Google Scholar – Stand on the shoulders of giants

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.  Google Scholar lets you search for articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. If you have a Google Account you can keep a personal library of articles. You can save articles right from the

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The Front Page and other ways to see information..

Trove isn’t just a search engine. People are also using the Trove API to create useful tools and resources which sort through Trove’s huge database to provide us with new visualisations and representations of the information and imagery collected within Trove. The Front Page lets you explore changes in the design and function of newspapers – the big stories haven’t

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Finding Information Online at Home for School Assignments

The internet contains trillions of pages of information which often makes finding relevant and reliable information online difficult.  The following are both reputable and easily navigable internet research tools. World Book Web (online encyclopaedia) http://www.worldbookonline.com (Faith has a Remote ID, ask library staff for the access details) Education Network of Australia http://www.edna.edu.au Search by either key words or key learning

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ThinkMap Visual Thesaurus

The Visual Thesaurus is “an interactive tool that allows you to discover the connections between words in a visually captivating display. Word maps let you search for just the right word and then explore related concepts, revealing the way words and meanings relate to each other. It’s a word-lover’s delight, with more than 145,000 words and 115,000 meanings organized in

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Wordsift – word cloud generator

Wordsift is a useful tool for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide or copy and paste. This tool was originally generated by Standford University to aid teachers managing the demands of vocabulary and academic language in their text materials. The clouds create graphic representations that can help you to see and think in new ways about the words within your source text

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