Bookmarks are out, breadcrumbs are in. Doted as the web’s version of DVR, iBreadCrumbs is a browser plugin/toolbar for Firefox that keeps track of the websites you visit as you browse. But don’t worry, it’s not Big Brother; you control when it records and when it does not through the convenient browser toolbar.
iBreadCrumbs automatically saves the sites you visit during an iBreadCrumbs session. While you search, you can add annotations for a particular site and give extra-cool sites the “thumbs-up”. When you finish your session, click the “Stop” button. Now, you can name the group of sites you have just recorded, add a description, and categorize it; or, add it to an existing group. The real power of iBreadCrumbs is the ability to share what you find in numerous ways. BreadCrumbs can be shared with members of an iBreadCrumbs group, exported as an Excel file, sent via email, or translated into HTML for easy web page creation.
So why would you want to use iBreadCrumbs? Let’s see:
- create web research guides for a class
- create an iBreadCrumbs group for your liaison areas to share resources
- create an iBreadCrumbs group for your department or committee and share resources with your colleagues
- track websites to turn into an online research guide or a handout
- email a list of helpful links to an inquiring patron
- keep track of all those websites you forget to bookmark
Add “quickly and easily” to the beginning of these and you get the idea. Another potential use is given on the Information Literacy Technologies blog: “have students install and then track, annotate/reflect and share the path they took to finding resources on a topic”.
The creators of iBreadCrumbs estimate that it only takes 30 seconds to sign up. Here’s how:
- Go to www.ibreadcrumbs.com
- Click “Sign up”
- Choose your login name, password, etc., and click”submit”
- Click “Download the Toolbar”
Then just click the “Start” button on the toolbar and never get lost in your internet searching again!
Check out these other resources that I gathered about iBreadCrumbs, using iBreadCrumbs:
|YouTube – iBreadCrumbs.com Introduction Video||Checkout this video to learn more about how iBreadCrumbs works.|
|iBreadCrumbs||A sample BreadCrumb from GMU|
|Wired Campus: iBreadCrumbs: a Social Network for Research Sharing -…||The Chronicle of Higher Education’s article about iBreadCrumbs.|
|iBreadcrumbs « Information Literacy Technologies||A great idea for using iBreadCrumbs for information literacy instruction.|
|iBreadCrumbs: “The First way to Save and Share Online Research” « CMJN…||A nice blog entry about the features of and uses for iBreadCrumbs.|
|Open Access Journals in Mathematics||A BreadCrumb I created and then exported as HTML in order to create a web page listing open access journals in mathematics.|