Google Translate and other services

Google has several translate functions- now available by text, by speech, and by image – plus some other tricks.

Found in Translation at the Reference Desk , Irene E McDermott, Online Searcher (Jan-Feb 2016)

Article has more about translation services being used in libraries and being provided by the librarians to their clients.

“Translation, whether it is human or machine-generated, facilitates free access to information. And that is what public libraries are all about.”

Read it later

If you like to save articles to read later, this article compares Pocket to Instapaper.

Read It Later Showdown: Pocket vs. Instapaper, Thorin Kiosowski, Lifehacker (Jan 31)

When it comes to “read it later” services that let you save articles today to read when you have time, you only have two serious options these days: Pocket and Instapaper. Both are great, but they’ve diverged a bit over the years and play to different strengths.

Reference Management Software

If you need to manage references for your research, you’ll get good use from this review of eight reference-management tools.

Eight ways to clean a digital library, Jeffrey M Perkel, Nature (Nov 2)

This article focuses on eight tools — colwiz, EndNote, F1000Workspace, Mendeley, Papers, ReadCube, RefME and Zotero — all competing in the reference-management market (see ‘Reference-management software’ or download this Excel spreadsheet for a fuller comparison of the software ). Some excel at streamlining the process of browsing and building literature libraries, whereas others focus on creating bibliographies, aiding collaboration through the use of shared workspaces or recommending papers.

Managing search history

Do you want to keep your search history or not?

If you want to remove all or part of the search history Google kept follow instructions at How To Delete Google’s Search History (from Ubergizmo)

To track what you visit you could use the new app Fetching (fetching.io) . Use the tool to search and tag your saved pages.

Fetching is fully automatic via a browser plug-in that runs in the background. Just like your browser history — only better. You don’t need to do anything to keep track of everything. Safari, Chrome and Firefox are all supported.

Changes with Google Cache

Google Operating System describes the New Interface for Google Cache (June 19).

Cache holds the page as Google indexed it.  Viewing it  can often help when a link goes dead or there are very recent changes.  Click on the down arrow beside the link in the search result and select “Cached”.

Google lets you switch between:

* the “full version”, which is displayed by default
* the “text-only version”, which doesn’t load images, scripts and other resources
* the page source – a new feature that shows the source code of the HTML page.