My first legal “tip” is about a nifty Firefox extension called ScrapBook. Not only will it speed up your legal research, but you can also use it for a myriad of other purposes.
First of all, I should mention that I am a die-hard Firefox fan. If you are not on the band wagon, you should hop on.
Back to ScrapBook. This extension (free plug-in module) allows you to save and edit any web page by selecting a simple option in your right-click context menu.
Here is quick feature list from the developer’s website:
- Save Web page
- Save snippet of Web page
- Save Web site (In-depth Capture)
- Organize the collection in the same way as Bookmarks
- Highlighter, Eraser and various page editing features
- Full text search and quick filtering search
- Text edit feature resembling Opera’s Notes
The benefit for research of any kind should be obvious, especially for online research systems like LexisNexis and Westlaw. Instead of taking the time and steps to print your research materials (or download them somewhere and organize them), you can simply right-click, select “Capture Page As…” and then give it a title. ScrapBook has a handy sidebar option that allows you to manage your documents, create folders, etc.
The BEST part of all this is that you can then highlight, erase, edit, and annotate the pages, just like you could if they were hard copies. Plus, all of your research materials are at the tip of your mouse pointer, instead of in a huge pile of mess on the floor.
Firefox Extension Site: ScrapBook
Does anyone have other handy and easy ways to organize their research? Leave a comment and fill us in.
Now I better fire up ScrapBook and get to work on my research paper.
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