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Wednesday, April 6th, 2011 technology  research  practice

A Research Tip

  • Research & Writing

This tip comes from Ted Tjaden, , Slaw contributor, and National Director, Knowledge Management at McMillan.

For the last 15 years or so I have customized an HTML page sitting on my local C drive containing a 2 x 2 or 3 x 3 table of Internet links I most frequently use on a daily basis for conducting research.

This is quicker than trying to organize and subsequently use Browser bookmarks or favorites. Depending on which computer I am on, this page is either my home page (on my personal laptop) or the top “Favourite” in my browser’s toolbar (on my work computer which otherwise defaults to the firm’s Intranet homepage).

It is also very easy to create the page using Microsoft FrontPage or any other number of HTML editors (it is even possible to do this in Microsoft Word).

In some situations, I will build in password reminders next to the links for proprietary databases.

I also upload the page into my DropBox account so I can access it when on the go.

Below is a screenshot of my customized homepage (slightly edited, to remove password reminders; it also needs to be updated):

Thanks for the great tip Ted!

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