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50 Firefox 3 Add-ons That Will Transform Your Academic Research

Posted on Thursday July 17, 2008 by Staff Writers

Out of the box, Firefox 3 is already an incredible web browser. But when you consider all of the power tools that can be added to enhance your research, it’s even better. Check out these add-ons for Firefox 3, and you’ll take your browser to the next level and transform your academic research.

Sharing & Discovery

Get social with your favorite websites and use these add-ons to share and discover new places on the web.

  1. StumbleUpon: This add-on learns what you like and will help you find web sites based on your interests.
  2. ShareThis: Share any type of online content with your friends, family, and colleagues with ShareThis.
  3. Me.dium: Share your favorite sites and communicate with your friends using this add-on.
  4. Shareaholic: Use this add-on to make sharing URLs easy and streamlined.

Tabs

Make Firefox’s incredibly useful tabs even better with these add-ons.

  1. Morning Coffee: Organize your websites to open up in tabs as part of your daily routine.
  2. Tab Mix Plus: Tab Mix Plus supercharges Firefox’s tab browsing capabilities.
  3. ColorfulTabs: Color each of your tabs in a different shade and color so that they’re easy to distinguish.
  4. FaviconizeTab: This add-on allows you to cut the size of your tabs down to favicons.
  5. Firefox Showcase: Manage and view your Firefox tabs as thumbails in a single window, tab, or sidebar.
  6. Taboo: If you leave too many tabs open between sessions, use Taboo to save them for later.
  7. IE Tab: Open up pages in Internet Explorer-compatible tabs with this add-on.

Reference & Connection

These add-ons can make simple text turn into usable reference points.

  1. Who Is This Person?: With this add-on, you can highlight a name on any web page and find information on that person on a variety of different sites.
  2. BlueOrganizer: BlueOrganizer will make web page content more interactive, allowing you to look up maps, save books to your wish list, and more.
  3. Hyperwords: Use Hyperwords to select text on any page, and get quick access to reference, search, and more.

Bookmarks

Supercharge your bookmarks with these tools for Firefox 3.

  1. del.icio.us: This official add-on will allow you to save your bookmarks on the web.
  2. Jeteye: Save and share your best web searches using Jeteye’s super-powered bookmarks.
  3. Clipmarks: Capture exactly what you want from a page and save it with Clipmarks.
  4. Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer: Keep the same bookmarks on multiple computers using Foxmarks.

Files

Get some help with your files from these add-ons.

  1. Open IT Online: Open your documents and images in Firefox with this add-on.
  2. Video DownloadHelper: Easily download and convert web videos with Video DownloadHelper.
  3. PDF Download: Before opening a PDF file in Firefox, PDF Download will let you know about it and give you the option to download, open, or convert it to HTML.
  4. DownThemAll!: This download manager and accelerator makes it easy to download files in Firefox.

Security

Make your online browsing experience safer and more private by taking advantage of these add-ons.

  1. NoScript: Pick and choose the sites that you want to allow JavaScript and other executable content to run on.
  2. Nuke Anything: Hide almost anything using this add-on in the context menu.
  3. FoxyProxy: Stay safe and anonymous by using this add-on that automatically switches your internet connection over proxy servers.
  4. Stealther: Surf the web without leaving a trace on your computer whenever you use Stealther.
  5. Adblock Plus: Prevent ads from taking over your browser with Adblock Plus.
  6. BugMeNot: Pass over compulsory web registration using this handy add-on.
  7. Flashblock: This extension will allow you to disable Flash content until you want to view it.

News

Stay on top of the latest and greatest with these handy tools.

  1. Feed Sidebar: View items from your Live Bookmarks in the sidebar of your browser with Feed Sidebar.
  2. Sage-Too: With this RSS and Atom feed aggregator, you can stay on top of news and updates.

Ease of Use

These add ons are great for making your browsing experience just a little bit easier.

  1. Greasemonkey: Greasemonkey is an incredibly useful tool for customizing the way a webpage displays in Firefox.
  2. All-in-One Sidebar: This sidebar control will give you access to loads of controls at once.
  3. Linkification: Linkification turns plain text into clickable links.
  4. ReloadEvery: Set your browser to constantly reload web pages at intervals that you define.
  5. ErrorZilla: ErrorZilla turns 404 pages into a useful page with links to the Wayback Machine, Whois, Google Cache, and more.
  6. URL Fixer: This add-on will automatically fix your typos in the address bar.
  7. Undo Closed Tabs Button: Quickly reopen closed tabs using this simple extension.
  8. iMacros: Automate Firefox by recording and replaying repititious work in iMacros.
  9. FireGestures: Create customizable mouse gestures that will help you browse faster in FireGestures.

Navigation

Find your way around better with the features these add-ons offer.

  1. Tab Scope: Preview and navigate tab contents with the previews Tab Scope offers.
  2. Interclue: Find out what’s behind a link before you open it with Interclue.
  3. Fast Dial: Get fast access to your favorite sites with these thumbnails.
  4. PicLens: Turn Firefox into a visual browser with this extension that makes it easy to find and view online photos and videos.
  5. Thumbstrips: See a filmstrip of thumbnails that represent your history and more using ThumbStrips.
  6. GooglePreview: Get a quick peek at what your Google search results have to offer with this add-on’s previews.

Shopping

Turn into a power shopper by taking advantage of these add-ons.

  1. Firefox Companion for eBay: Stay on top of your eBay auctions using this add-on.
  2. Grocery List Generator: Put together recipe ingredients and other necessities using the Grocery List Generator.
  3. Yapta: Use the Yapta add-on to find and track fares on airline websites.
  4. Plurbio: Get to the bottom line of the reviews on any Amazon item with Plurbio’s instant summaries.