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Q: Web research tool ( Answered,   2 Comments )
Subject: Web research tool
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: jmhines123-ga
List Price: $25.00
Posted: 15 May 2006 06:42 PDT
Expires: 14 Jun 2006 06:42 PDT
Question ID: 728955
I am looking for a tool to help organize repetitive web research.  I
have certain web research that I do every month to refresh and update
prior research.  There are sites that I want to return to and others
that I know from experience are not worth my time.  I am using Google
for my searches now but would love to have a tool that would let me
categorize sites along these lines:
1) return to this one (even better "return if changed"
2) "do not include in future search results"

Does such a tool exist??
Subject: Re: Web research tool
Answered By: pafalafa-ga on 16 May 2006 08:41 PDT

Here are some alert and monitoring tools that -- alone or in
combination -- should fully meet your needs.

The first is Google Alerts at:


You can use this feature to create a search of the web, or of news
sources, or can also search discussion groups if that is of

Once a search is created and run, the alert will send you an email
notification ONLY when there is new material relevant to your search.

In this way, you won't be bothered with seeing the same old
information you already have...only new search results will result in
an email notification.

A similar alert service -- one that uses Google, but is not affiliated
with Google -- is here:

in case you want to give that a try as well.

The other tool is
Monitor pages, extract new information

and I can't describe them any better than they describe themselves:

...WatchThatPage is a service that enables you to automatically
collect new information from your favorite pages on the Internet. You
select which pages to monitor, and WatchThatPage will find which pages
have changed, and collect all the new content for you. The new
information is presented to you in an email and/or a personal web
page. You can specify when the changes will be collected, so they are
fresh when you want to read them. The service is free!

Between the Google Alert tools and the web monitoring tools, you'll be
able to automatically keep up to date whenever there are new search
results on topics of interest to you, as well as changes to any web
pages that you specify.

I believe these tools should fully meet your needs.  However, if
there's anything else I can do for you, please let me know by posting
a Request for Clarification, and I'll be happy to assist you further.



search strategy -- used bookmarked sites for alert and monitoring tools
Subject: Re: Web research tool
From: questionmarc-ga on 16 May 2006 06:55 PDT
If I understand the question correctly (it's a bit vague, in my
opinion), what you are looking for is the Firefox extension "Customize
Google" - which, of course, would make Firefox your "Web Research
Tool". You can find it at <>. Among
other things, it adds a "Filter" button to every Google result,
allowing you to exclude a site from appearing in a google result
Subject: Re: Web research tool
From: tempy-ga on 17 May 2006 14:08 PDT
Request for clarification of answers:  Would the suggested tools allow
for creating a list of web addresses that can be searched repeatedly,
from time to time?

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