I must save this!

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When I find interesting articles or news items, I save them. Back in the day, I'd snip articles from newspapers and magazines (if they were my own!) or make photocopies. I had a huge mess of papers - important (or just interesting) articles and tidbits that I may not ever need, but didn't want to lose.

These days, there are better ways to go about it. If I find an interesting article online, I look for "ShareThis," "Bookmark," or an email button so I can send the article to myself. The ShareThis button - used on this site and many others - has a ton of options, so you can email or post to your Facebook, Twitter, delicious or just about any other account you can think of. In the catalog, it's called "Bookmark" and has similar options. Most of the Library's Research databases offer an email function, and some also offer the option to sign in so you can save articles or searches and go back to them later. Now instead of stacks of papers taking up physical space, I have email messages taking up memory space. They're still not organized in a manageable way! But now I have some hope of finding them again since computer space is so much easier to search than digging through my desk. Oh, I still have papers, and my desk will never look like that, but things are looking up!

How do you keep track of articles and websites you want to remember?

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I don't use this service, personally, but I have heard that Zotero is a great software that allows you to manage news, magazine, or journal articles in an easy way. I think it's free, too! Just google "Zotero", and you should find it.

Wow, Zotero sounds amazing!  Its site describes it as a "free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself."  Sounds like you can share info with others if you choose to and access your saved stuff from any computer. I haven't tried it yet - the video tutorial is great - there is a lot of power there but it might take some brain-power to learn how to use it.  Is anyone using Zotero now? or something like it?

I've been adding links to my delicious account. Thanks for the tip about this feature! I'll give it a try.

Delicious is great way to keep them all in one place. I'll have to try that.

This desk looks like nobody lives there....not the goal! Glad you are sharing techniques for all those "knowledge and information seekers" out there.
margie

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