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Current Issue (Issue 117)

Thought of the Week:- "When there is a hill to climb, don't think that waiting will make it smaller."
ReadPlease:- http://www.readplease.com/ Free (11 MB). Windows any version.

ReadPlease is popular Text-to-speech software that can read any page containing the text material. It is a software that lets your computer talk. One can open any page with text, copy the text into ReadPlease window and press the Play button, the software will read it aloud. One can also use the "Automatic Play" feature. In that, there is no need to paste the text in Readplease window, just copy the text to Windows Clipboard and it will start reading it. Drag and Drop feature can also be used for the same purpose. The software has the following features:

Reads text via Windows clipboard from any program.

Customize font, background color.

Control reading from System Tray.

Read email emoticons like, :) :(

Adjust Voice Speed.

Highlight text when reading.

Low vision color option.

Advanced version of the software can read the page, can make .mp3/.wav from text file, can create text only version of web page, magnify a page and translate a page. It also supports Dictionary Lookup.

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Site of the Week:- http://www.webresearch.sciencedirect.com/

Elsevier has prepared the 'Web Research Guide' to help students, faculty members, authors and research scientists to find the information they need on the Web. The guide covers a broad range of topics, including expert tips on how to: use search engines effectively; focus your research on quality STM information only; find hidden scientific information online; locate peer-reviewed, subject-specific directories; set up subject-specific alerts that automatically e-mail you the latest news. It is divided into 10 themes, each focusing on a specific area of web research. One can also subscribe to their weekly e-mails focused on specific areas of web research. Each email is illustrated with subject-specific examples so that one can start using the research tips immediately (While subscribing, you have to select one subject). However the guide is biased towards the services of Sciencedirect and Elsevier, but still one will get some more quality information.


That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal