This is the digital age and, as such, we no longer take notes on scraps of paper of ripped up envelopes as we browse. Google's new Notebook tool is the perfect answer.
1. Google's new Notebook tool allows you to collect (or ‘clip’) information as you surf and organise it online. Notebook comes in two parts: a downloadable extension that you use for collecting the data, and the online storage area, or notebook.
2. The download currently supports only Firefox in Windows Vista, but both Firefox and IE in XP. Once it’s installed, the simplest way to keep track of your online research is to right-click on a page and select ‘Note this (Google Notebook)’ on the drop-down menu. This will open an applet at the bottom of the screen.
3. Use this option to select text and images to clip to your notebook as you browse. These will be added to your Google account for you to return to at a later date – you can access your notebook from any PC. You can add comments to material you find by clicking on the link under your clippings.
4. Your notebook can be accessed via any browser. Log into your Google account and you’ll be able to perform basic editing and share collected info. Select a notebook and click ‘Sharing options’, then enter email addresses for anyone you want to share with, or select the option to publish it as a web page.