The whole of the blogosphere is abuzz with the talks of the Firefox Campus Edition. Mozilla even made an attractive page to promote the campus edition and it definitely clicked. The only addon that comes bundled with the Campus Edition that I found useful is Zotero and the other two i.e. FoxyTunes and StumbleUpon are not really much of a help.
Instead I went on a addon hunt and found some great addons that will make Firefox a better option for Students world over. I am going to divide all the addons into four differant categories and here they are :
- Data Storage and Retrieval
- Things you should have
Remember all these are dead simple to install and every other jack or joe should be able to do it. But if you still find it difficult to do it then you can drop in a comment and I’ll try to help you out..
- PDFdownload – This is simple enough, it allows you to easily download pdf’s in Firefox. This can sometimes be a tricky proposition, but PDF’s are the document of choice in most online research databases.
- Del.icio.us Bookmarks – I know this seems a bit strange, but Del.icio.us is an amazing tool for research.
- Zotero – This is an excellent data grabbing and bibliography tool.
- Dog Ears – An interesting tool that allows you to mark your place in a particularly long website or online document.
- Add To Search Bar – This is very handy as it allows you add any site’s search to your Firefox search bar. Sure, I use it for recipe sites but I’m sure you can think of something to do academically.
- Calculator – This should be simple enough.
- Dilgo – This allows for persistent notes and highlights on webpages.
- Schooler – this is a strange little extension that does quite a bit. It can grab concise information from Sparknotes.com, a ‘vocab completer’ which you place words in a window and it gives you the definitions, and some test prep info.
- Facebook Toolbar – I almost feel dirty for posting this, but students will be spending time on Facebook, so let’s at least make it efficient.
Data Storage and Retreival
- Gspace – For those of us need a little handy online storage, this is great – and free!
- GoogleNotebook – this requires you having a google notebook setup, but if you’re not using a client-side info dump application, this will do a good job of it. I still would suggest OneNote or Curio, however.
- ScrapBook – Pretty much like Google Notebook.
Things you should have
- Manage Search Engines – You know that little search box in the corner, click on that and select ‘Manage Search Engines.’ Select ‘Get More Search Engines’ and then select Wikipedia. Answers.com will provide wiki entries, but sometimes Wikipedia is just better.
- IE Tab (only available for PC users) – there are still plenty of websites, especially academic and college sites, that only work well with Internet Explorer. Yeah, it sucks – this will help you get over your rage.
- BookBurro- A great site for finding cheap books, or even free ones.
So that is it. So if you are going back to school then I suggest you dump the Campus Edition of Firefox and try these addons instead. If you have anything to add then please drop in a comment.