Research Notes (Beta)

Time for some serious Internet research

A free Chrome browser extension that helps you take notes and organize pages as well as Google searches.

Features

  • Manage your Google research
    • Save your searches, see what search terms got great results.
    • Bookmark, tag and add notes to search results.
    • Filter out unuseful results.
    • Load next search results when reaching bottom of page.
  • Tag pages
    • Categorize pages with tags like theory, review or product.
    • Save page properties with tag values, for example author: (author of article) - or for product research tags like product: (maker and model), price: (€$£) or colour: white.
    • List or compare saved pages, tags and tag values in a list or table format.
  • Save quotes and highlight text
    • Save quotes from pages or other documents (PDFs) open in the browser.
    • Highlight the quotes on pages.
    • Copy-paste and forward quotes with their source address.
    • You can add also notes for each quote.
  • Add notes
    • Add URL-specific notes for pages or other documents open in the browser.
      • (E.g. your summary of the page or specific time of the stream you had to pause.)
    • You can add notes also to your searches, research topics or quotes.

Latest release

Version 0.93.4, released 11 December 2019.

New:

  • In all notes -page: ability to move searches or pages from one topic to another. Note: to move pages make sure you've first selected table view and then enabled editing.
  • Smaller cosmetic improvements.

FAQ - How do I use it?

Take notes and organize pages

You can add your thoughts and info about pages or PDF documents opened in Chrome.

  • Click the RN icon next to the address bar. A Research Notes popup window opens.
  • The page is now automatically saved under the active topic. You can change the topic or create a new one from the drop-down list – or click Undo or Delete page data button to remove page data from your records.
  • On this popup you can:
    • bookmark the page and it will show up in the Research Notes bookmarks folder under chosen topic;
    • cross the page to mark it as processed or deemed unuseful - this let's you hide the page also from Google search results and all-notes -page;
    • add free text notes;
    • add tags - either create new or auto-complete previously used tags.
  • Delete page data button erases any info you’ve added with Research Notes about this page.
Note: by default the saved page is automatically also bookmarked. This can be changed in the extension Options menu:

Tag with value

In addition to regular tagging you can also assign values to page tags. Just use colon in the tag to indicate that it has a value attached to it.

  • For example, to record a page’s author, add a tag like Author: (author’s name).

    Or, when searching for products and comparing good websites with alternative offerings, use tags such as product: (maker and model) or price: (price in some currency).

  • You can later view your pages with tags on an all notes -page as a list or table.

    In table view the value tags appear as sortable columns, for example with author:

    ...or with price and product:

Save quotes

Save quotes from pages and highlight these.

  • Select text and right-click to open the context menu and choose Research Notes -> Save quote
  • The quote is highlighted on the page.

  • Quotes also appear in the page’s RN popup window, ready to be copied with the source address.

    Here you can also add notes to each quote.

Save searches

When studying a topic in-depth, save searches to remember what search terms you’ve used, which ones got great results and how far into the results you have looked.

  • On a tab, where Google search page is open, click the RN icon next to the address bar. If needed, choose the right topic from the drop-down list or create a new one.

    Press the Save searches button.

  • Research Notes search panel appears on top of the search page, detailing your topic’s saved searches. For each search term you can also add notes and view search statistics(Last - last time search term was used, F – furthest Google page seen, R – numeber of results retrieved, C – number of results clicked / opened, ★ – bookmarked pages, ⛝ - crossed pages, N - pages with notes, T – tagged pages, Q – pages with quotes).

    Under each search result Research Notes adds buttons so you can bookmark, cross, add notes or tags to pages on the fly.

  • To stop saving searches, either close the Research Notes search panel from the button or click the RN icon next to the address bar and press the Stop saving searches button.

One place to see all your notes

After taking notes, see them all on an all-notes -page.

  • Click the Open all notes -button (visible in the Research Notes popup window or RN search panel) or right-clicking the RN icon next to the address bar and select Open all notes.
  • The all notes -page is opened in a new tab, displaying all your saved topics, searches and pages. There you can filter pages by text, tags, notes or bookmarks.

    You can view your pages either in a list view:

  • ...or table view:

Edit all your pages data

On the all-notes -page you can edit everything about your pages - tags, notes, quotes, bookmark or cross, page title or URL.

  • List view:

    Click on the pencil icon that appears when hovering on the page title.

    All page fields are open to editing. Once done, click Save changes.


  • Table view:

    First enable editing for all pages on the table view.

    Click on any table field to edit. Once done, click Save.

Privacy

The information that you save with the extension - page addresses, searches, notes, tags, etc - is stored exclusively in your browser and is not shared with anyone. We only collect anonymous Google Analytics statistics to get an overview about how (which features) this product is used.

Contact us

We are open to questions or feedback about this product, about existing features or new ideas - just send us an e-mail feedback(at)onlineresearchnotes.com.

Install the extension at the Chrome Web Store: