Well here's my third blog post, and today I want to talk about writing, research and a few really excellent software tools that have been helping me enormously that I'd like to share with you.
First of all when it comes to research obviously the place to go to is always Google my favorite search engine. But once I found relevant content after copying and pasting the content into a Word document (and subsequently forgetting where I got it from)
I would then sort through and delete what I didn't need and rewrite whet I did need.
But always by the time I've pasted a few chunks of text I would inevitably forget the sources, I know I need to organise things better.....I wanted to find something more efficient so I did a search and found two excellent resources that have been recently helping me enormously to get my research materials organised.
I found a couple of free resources to try out and the one that I was most impressed with is called pocket, it will install on any operating system, IOS, so I installed it and tried it out..
On all four operating systems. Because I liked it that much.
What it does is very simple it installs a widgety thing at the top right of your browser window and every time you find a webpage with the sort of content you want to use for research simply click on the little icon and it saves the page for you when you want to collate and start writing properly then you can open up the app end view all of the web pages that you have saved and then go back into them end cherry pick copy and paste the data that you want to use for your research material.
The other app that I absolutely love is only free on IOS end currently running out all the old iPad one running IOS 5.1.1 it is free end it's called Dragon dictation. It allows me the freedom I need to be able to write when and where ever I like as long as I have a Wi-Fi connection as it needs that for parsing online, what it does is it allows me to jabber away to my heart’s content to my iPad end it transcribes and turns it into usable text it also includes a very nice word processor to allow you to do edits. (Which I doing 1 to 2 minute chunks)
I then email the document to myself for proofreading grammar end spellchecking before sending the content to my editor or blog or wherever the text needs to go.
Another great online resource I love is copy scope, because when it comes to producing content , as I said earlier I always Google, copy and rewrite but although I regularly use other peoples contents to produce my own content the last thing I want is to get into trouble for plagiarism so I used copyscape regularly.
Copyscape allows you to check content for duplication and on the free version it allows you to use a URL to check for duplicate content. The content that is found includes the URLs where the dupes were found on the web, even the actual clusters of words that it has found copies of are displayed in red which is absolutely invaluable. I decided to upgrade to the pro version which costs me the princely sum of five cents per search, this allows me to copy and paste text into the search bar end as I regularly do in order to check that the content I have generated as a result of reading other peoples content is completely free of duplicate phrases or sentences. Highly recommended not only as awaiting dupe checker but also to regularly check your sites content or your clients sites for duplication...