Keeping track of web site sources and research excerpts from the web has never been easier!
Through your browser, Google Notebooks allows you to store snippets of web site information with a few clicks of the mouse.
By "adding" the snippet to your notebook, Google Notebooks automatically annotates the web site address where it came from.
You can even share your notebooks by making them public.
How to Use Google Notebooks
1) Download and Install the Browser Program
Visit the Google Overview site http://www.google.ca/googlenotebook/overview.html and click on "Download Extension" on the left hand side menu.
To download the browser extension program, you need to create a Google Account. You can do this by clicking on the "Create an account now" link in the "Not using Gmail or other Google Account services" section of the site.
Once you have logged into your new Google account, download and install the extension by clicking on Notebook under the My Services section.
At the top of the page, you will see a note with a link saying "To get the most out of Google Notebook, download the browser extension". Read through the Terms of Service, then click on the "Agree and Download" button.
2) Once the extension has been installed into your browser, you will need to restart your browser to activate the new browser extension.
After re-starting your browser, test out Google Notebooks by going to any web site, selecting a paragraph of text and right-clicking. The last menu item that appears says "Note this (Google Notebook)". Click on this item and log in with your Google Account email and password.
3) A little note box will come up saying "My Notebook ". Click on the "Add Note" button. Right-click and select "paste" and the selection will appear in the box. If you want the web site address to be remembered, make sure that the "include a link to . . ." box is checked.
4) Click on "Save" and a link to the note will appear in your My Notebook box.
5) You can create different Notebook spaces to keep selections of similar topics together.
You can also choose to make certain Notebooks public in order to share them with others. This feature is particularly interesting for teachers since students can send you a link to a listing of their research sources. Instructions for how to do this can be found on the Google Notebook overview page.