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How can I keep track of my search strategies?

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Sometimes it is necessary to document your search steps - whether it be for a research assignment or to remember your successful searches. Snipping tools provide an easy way to document your search process. These program allow you to capture screenshots and annotate them. These tools are typically specific to your operating system, but below we've listed a few options for you to try.


The Snipping Tool is a handy way to keep track of your search process, and it is freely available on Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. This means it is available on the library computers! To find the Snipping Tool program, click on your "Start" menu. Enter "Snipp" into the Search programs and files bar, and click on the Snipping Tool icon. 

Mac OS X

There are a couple of free snipping programs available on Mac OS X, including Grab, Skitch and Apowersoft Mac Screenshot. Grab is a built-in utility tool that is already included on OS X, but downloadable programs like Skitch and Apowersoft Mac Screenshot offer more robust annotation capabilities.

OS X also has many keyboard shortcuts to take screenshots, which can be helpful if you take a lot of them.  For instance, ⌘-Shift-3 takes a shot of the entire screen and saves it as a file on your Desktop.


Under Linux, you can use GIMP to acquire a screenshot: from the File menu, select "Create ⇒ From screenshot".  If you are running GNOME, it comes with screenshot tools built in.


Most Android phones have a button combination that takes a screenshot.  It varies from device to device, but the most common is Power + Volume Down.

iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch)

Power + Home takes a screenshot and saves it to your Photos app.


Firefox has the ability to "screenshot" a web page built in!  First, open the "Developer Toolbar" by pressing Shift-F2, or by selecting "Developer ⇒ Developer Toolbar" from the Firefox menu.  At the prompt that appears in the bottom of your browser window, type screenshot and hit Enter to take a screenshot of the visible part of the current webpage.  Use screenshot --fullpage instead to capture the entire page.


Need more help with snipping tools? Stop by the Reference Desk on the main floor of the library!