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Library Widgets & Web Tools

This page lists a variety of widgets, plug-ins and other online tools that you may find useful.

What are these things?

  • Widgets are applications you can add to a web page.
  • Plug-ins install in your web browser.

These customized shortcuts can make researching and using the Internet a little easier.
See the glossary for more definitions.

Search

  • EBSCO mobile - Search ACC's EBSCO databases from your web-enabled phone. Use: tinyurl.com/accEbMobile
  • LibX - A browser plug-in that lets you search the ACC catalog without leaving your current page. It also adds an icon to Amazon.com so you can see if the library has the book before you buy it.
  • Worldcat Plug-ins - WorldCat searches multiple local libraries at once (ACC, Austin Public, UT, St. Ed's, etc.). This page gives you their Facebook application, a search extension (search right from the top of your screen without leaving the page), and a toolbar that recognizes ISBNs and turns them into links to WorldCat results.

Cite

  • BibMe - Create citations for books, articles, and web sites by searching for title, author, or ISBN.
  • CiteMe - Facebook app that lets you build a list of citations quickly.  Includes MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian, and Harvard formatting styles.
  • DocsSite - Create MLA and APA citations for government documents.
  • KnightCite - Easily create citations in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian style through this online service from Hekman Library at Calvin College.
  • Ottobib - Use a book's ISBN to create a MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian style citation. 
  • Son of Citation Machine - Put together works cited/bibliography citations as well as in-text citations in MLA, APA, and Chicago/Turabian styles.
  • eTurabian - Format footnotes and/or parentheticals according to the 7th edition.

Organize

  • Del.ici.ous Browser Add-On/Toolbar - Keeps all your internet bookmarks in one place so you can access them from any computer.
  • PBworks - Sign up for a basic account to create your own workspace for free. Design a wiki to organize projects, portfolios, and presentations. 
  • Zoho Notebook - Create and share images, audio, and text.  Great for group projects.
  • Zotero Firefox Add-On - Capture citations with one click and automatically create a bibliography in Microsoft Word with this useful tool.
  • Citelighter - Save, organize, and cite information while researching.

Google Apps for Education

Along with your ACCmail account you also received access to a number of online tools to help you with your school work. You can access all of these tools from any computer by logging into you ACCMail account. Follow the links to find out more about each. For questions, see the ACCMail FAQ.

  • Google Calendar - Keep track of your appointments, classes, work schedule and homework. Share your calendar with your family, friends or classmates
  • Google Docs - Web-based word processing, spreadsheet and presentation programs - type up your paper or create group presentations and save them online. No more having to carry a flashdrive or email yourself your paper.
  • Gmail (ACCmail) - All of your official communication from ACC will go to this email account.

Glossary

  • Add-on - Also called a plug-in, this tool adds a specific function to your browser. For example - the Delicious add-on allows you to add links to delicious from any page without going back to delicious.com.
  • Browser - This is the software that displays websites. Examples include Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari. 
  • Plug-in - Also called an add-on, this adds a specific function to your browser. For example - the LibX plug-in allows you to search the library catalog from Amazon.com.
  • Widget - Dynamic applications that can be added to a webpage usually via a few lines of code. Widgets often act as shortcuts and tools.  Examples include: the e-book search on ACC's Online Books page.