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Useful Firefox Browser Add-ons for Your Research   Tags: firefox, technology_guide  

Highlights selected time-saving helper applications to assist with searching and writing/citing, using the Firefox web browser.
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About the Guide

Are you a Mozilla Firefox browser user? Do you want to know about free Firefox plug-ins and add-ons that could enhance your web browsing experience, especially when working on your research? In this guide, we will highlight selected time-saving helper applications and short-cuts to assist with searching and writing/citing (for example, Proxy Server Bookmarklet, Zotero). 

Finding Add-Ons

How do you find add-ons of interest to you? Below are some suggested links to sites that can help you figure out what add-ons to download and install. Note however that with Mozilla Firefox's frequent version updates, add-ons can quickly become incompatible.

Recommended Add-Ons

Below are four add-ons or tools we like to recommend to Firefox users.

  • Google Scholar Search Engine
    Adds Google Scholar to the Firefox search box in the Menu bar.
  • Smart Keywords
    Technique allows you to search specific web sites directly from the Firefox location bar.
  • U-M Library Proxy Server Bookmarklet
    Our proxy bookmarklet lets you reload a web page through the U-M Library's proxy server. This gives current UM students, faculty, and staff immediate access from off-campus to resources for which the library has a subscription.
  • Zotero
    Zotero is a citation management toll that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources.

Add-Ons Suggested by Workshop Participants

Past workshop participants have suggested the following add-ons. If you'd like to help us identify useful add-ons, please feel free to share your comments here.

  • AutoPager
    AutoPager automatically loads next pages when you reach the end of a page on sites such as Google and Yahoo.
  • Awesome Screenshot
    Capture the whole page or any portion, annotate it with rectangles, circles, arrows, lines and text, blur sensitive info, one-click upload to share.
  • Book Burro
    When you are viewing information on the Web about a book, this add-on allows you to view a list of prices for that book at other sites, as well as check if your library carries the book.
  • ColorfulTabs
    This add-on displays every tab in a different color and makes them easy to distinguish.
  • DownThemAll!
    This tool lets you download all the links or images contained in a webpage. It also allows you to pause and resume downloads at any time.
  • ImTranslator
    Provides real-time translations for over 1000 languages when you simply highlight a word on a web page.
  • LastPass Password Manager
    An online password management tool that encrypts your password locally.
  • Pocket
    Save pages to read later with just one click. When you have time, access your reading list from any computer or phone, even without an internet connection.
  • Readability
    Readability makes reading web pages simpler and more enjoyable by stripping the superfluous information and showing the main content of a web page in a single column of easy-to-read text.
  • Session Manager
    Session Manager saves and restores the state of all windows - either when you want it or automatically at startup and after crashes.
  • Xmarks
    Xmarks keeps your bookmarks, passwords and open tabs backed up and synchronized across computers and browsers.

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