Internet research can be a really large task. First, you have to find the information, you have to organize it and then you have to make sense of it all. I keep telling myself there has to be an easier way. So, I started looking around and I found what I was looking for in Note Fish!
You’ll need to register for an account to use the Web site, because it’s allowing you to create a research database. To register, just click on the Sign Up button. You’ll need to fill out the form with a working e-mail address, create a password and provide your first and last name. Next, check the box that says you agree to the Terms and Conditions and then click on the Sign Up button again.
After you register, you’ll be directed to the download page where you will be able to download a browser extension for Internet Explorer or Firefox. They aren’t mandatory and you can still use Note Fish without them, but you will have an extra step of copying and pasting.
I recommend using the Help section to get a real grasp on how to use the site, but I’ll explain the basics for you. For example, I need to research Japanese Art for one of my classes. So, I did a Web search and got a lot of hits.
Once I found the information I needed, I highlighted it, copied it and then opened a browser for Note Fish. I then created a new note and pasted the information in. (If you opted for the browser extension, you could copy and transfer the information without opening a new window).
Once I have all my research information together, I can organize it on Note Fish by color coding it and arranging it on the page.
If you were planning a trip to New York City, you could have a Note Fish page that looks like this.
You can also share your notes. You do that by creating tags for your notes. So, if we use my previous example of Japanese Art, I could make tags like art, Japanese, pottery, calligraphy, etc. Then someone using the search engine on Note Fish could search for any of those terms and receive my notes as a hit. Cool, huh?!
This is an excellent note tool that’s going to make all of my research much easier. I hope it helps you as well!