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Useful Chrome/Firefox extensions?


jacket24

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I recently installed an extension (Refresh Monkey) that allows a website (i.e. the results page) to be refreshed at a predetermined time interval. This will, presumably, allow me to focus a bit less on mindlessly checking over and over since I should get a notification as soon as something new is posted.

 

What particularly useful browser extensions or programs do you use/recommend?

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I have three things installed right now that I use semi-regularly. 

 

I have "PrintFriendly" (http://www.printfriendly.com/) which I have installed as a Chrome Extension but you can use it as just a bookmark "applet". While on any page, if you click the applet or the extension, you basically create a "Printer Friendly" version of the page, with the extra option of having a dialog box that lets you click on ads or other annoying things to remove them from being printed. You can save the result as a PDF or print it out (this was more useful when I was on Firefox because Chrome Print creates PDFs very easily). I use this to save paper and when I was printing things like credit card statements for reimbursements, it lets me easily remove sensitive information I did not want to submit (account numbers, other charges not being claimed etc.). It's also useful for generally removing confidential information from any printout. 

 

I also use the Mendeley extension so I can click on it to add any webpage to my Mendeley library. It's pretty useful when you're on the Journal's official webpage for the article in question since all of the bibliographic info is in the metadata.

 

And I use the "DOI Resolver" extension (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/doi-resolver/goanbaknlbojfglcepjnankoobfakbpg?hl=en) which lets me quickly copy and paste a DOI code and pull up a journal article right away. This is helpful when I have a pre-print or just a hard copy of a paper that I want to access the final published electronic copy. The extension also allows me to right click DOI codes on webpages and link myself to the destination, I think. This is not a super duper useful tool, because I can always just type in the DOI web address, but it's annoying to have to remember the exact syntax.

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Zotero! I know it's available for FF, so I'm guessing it's available for Chrome, too. It's an easy peasy bib tool, which is a godsend for those of us who are in the habit of making 40+ source bibliographies for every dang paper...

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Zotero! I know it's available for FF, so I'm guessing it's available for Chrome, too. It's an easy peasy bib tool, which is a godsend for those of us who are in the habit of making 40+ source bibliographies for every dang paper...

 

I used Zotero for a short spell but found that it wasn't as intuitive or smooth as I'd hoped; perhaps I just didn't unlock its full potential. I've since been using EndNote's desktop application in conjunction with EndNote Web to good effect. It allows me to keep my PDF files and citations organized and share them easily when necessary.

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Chrome Extensions:

 

Adblock, Adblock Plus -- you guys know what these do ;)

 

Google Dictionary -- highlight any word and get a popup definition

 

Checker Plus for Gmail -- Automatically checks email, notifies you when you receive message (especially good for application decisions, interviews)

 

Honey -- Automatically check if there is a coupon code for the site you're shopping on

 

Magic Actions for Youtube -- automatically watch in HD and other cool options

 

New Tabs to the Front -- switches you to new tab right away

 

Block Site -- block sites to help with procrastination

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ReminderFox. Because, while a calendar is useful, it's nice to have a pop-up listing all the upcoming deadlines you have...

Ghostery. Sometimes I like to know who is tracking me and/or block them from doing so.

Evernote Web Clipper. Because I use Evernote and it's handy.

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Thanks for the input guys, I've installed a couple of your suggestions.

 

Since my original post, I found that 'Page Monitor' is better for monitoring the results page since the site does not need to be open in your browser and you can elect to receive desktop notifications when results are posted. 

 

Similarly, I instaled 'iChanged Lite', an iPhone app that accomplishes the same task on my mobile device. Although it lacks some features, it gets the job done and saves me from manually refreshing ad infinitum.

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