Citation Creators
  • BibMe - Online collaborative citation creator - great for use with a group of students working on one project. For other online citation creators, plagiarism resources, and information literacy go to
  • Citation Machine: Citation machine helps students and professional researchers to properly credit the information that they use. Its primary goal is to make it so easy for student researchers to cite their information sources, that there is virtually no reason not t
  • Easy Bib - another online tool for easily creating citations.

Graphic Organizers
  • Webspiration - Oh my! This is a FREE tool (still in Beta) created by Inspiration. Students can create their graphic organizers at home and others can contribute to it!
  • Inspiration software from Tom Snyder Productions is a great tool. Students can add audio files and video files to their web in Inspiration. Inspiration can be used as a tool for planning, for researching, or as a final product. It has diagram views and outline views making it easy for students to turn the graphic organizer into writing.
  • is a simple and free web application that lets you brainstorm online.
  • Mindmeister - online mind mapping tool. These can be exported as rich text, pdf's, or images. Another great feature is that students can collaborate with others.
  • Mindomo - online mind mapping tool. This one also offers collaboration with peers.
  • Mind 42 - can add sticky notes and YouTube videos to this mind map.
  • 30 Mind Mapping Tools is a collection of both free and for-purchase mapping tools.

Making an Outline
  • Build a Thesis and Make an Outline - truly amazing! Students can enter the information asked for into the fields and it will generate a thesis statement. There are prompts to help them understand the parts of a thesis statement. Students can go back and tweak their answers until they are happy with the thesis statement. (Students should not use capital letters or punctuation.) Then they can click a button and it will generate an outline. Even though it may seem like the computer is doing the work for the student, the student has to know their topic and what to enter. This will be a big help to students who struggle with the thesis statement and the outline. This also offers the teacher one more resource to use in teaching thesis statements and outlines. This works best for a persuasive piece of writing.
  • Making an Outline - This will give students hints and tips on how to write an outline. This includes an outline maker which is a great visual for students. The outline can be saved as a txt. file.

Notetaking Tools
  • Evernote - This cutting-edge tool helps you keep track of your complicated lifeā€”not just with words, but with images, sound, and video. Even turns handwritten notes into text.

  • StumbleUpon - StumbleUpon discovers web sites based on your interests, learns what you like and brings you more. Instead of searching for sites, the sites will come to YOU!
  • Wikipedia - This is a collaborative encyclopedia. Anyone can add to wikipedia.


Visual References
  • Digital Vaults - Browse through the hundreds of photographs, documents, and film clips and discover connections. Records are cross-linked by media type, time and theme. You can get lost here for hours - dusty, old documents have never looked so good!
  • Lexipedia ( - Very much like Visual Thesaurus.
  • Visual Dictionary ( - This is just what it says it is: a visual dictionary. Here's a picture of the hydrologic cycle. Each term is a link to its defintion.

  • Visual Ranking - Students identify and refine criteria as they assign order or ranking to a list. They must explain their reasoning and can compare their work with each other in a visual diagram. This tool supports activities where students need to organize ideas, debate differences, and reach consensus
  • VisuWords - Online graphical dictionary. Look up words to find their meanings and associations with other words and concepts. Produce diagrams reminiscent of a neural net. Learn how words associate.
  • Research Recipe - a wiki of many research tools.