Study Skills and Research Tools
This third article in the Read&Write Gold (R&WG) Tools series presents some of R&WG's study skills and research tools. Part 1 presents reading tools and part 2 presents writing and self-editing tools. Please note that R&WG works best when used with Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, Internet Explorer (Windows), and Safari (Mac).
Online Fact Mapper
The Fact Mapper produces a visual representation of facts and ideas on screen. It is a graphic organizer, akin to Inspiration. It is not as robust as Inspiration, but still useful. With the Fact Mapper, you can build your own visual mind map - adding elements, sticky notes and imagery. After you have a graphical representation, you can easily export it to Word and it will put the content into a linear format. So whatever was in the center that everything was branching off on was the bullet point to the far left of the document. And the things that branch off of that move in one tab and then in another tab for anything off of that. Fact Mapper is helpful for preparing work before starting to write, and is especially helpful to visual learners.
Study Skills Highlighters
Highlighting is similar to highlighting print-based documents but better. You can extract highlighted text from Word documents and web pages to create study guides, outlines or complete assignments. Highlights from multiple documents or web pages will be collected into a single document including a bibliography. This makes it easy to collate related information, start an outline, or create a study guide. It is useful when gathering information for a project from many different sources.
Vocabulary List Builder
A vocabulary list can easily be built by either highlighting words in a document or by entering words manually. A Word document will be created with the vocabulary words, dictionary definitions, and images.
How to Get Read&Write Gold
As previously announced, UMD students, faculty and staff have access to Read&Write Gold. It has been installed and is available on all ITSS lab computers and on Library 122, 124, and 126 computers, and in Active Directory. Read&Write Gold may be installed on any UMD owned computer. If you run a lab in partnership with ITSS and would like to install it there, please contact Greg Mattsen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to "Take Home" Read&Write Gold
All UMD students, faculty, and staff may download a "Take Home" version for their personally owned computers.
If you need assistance please call or stop by the ITSS TechCenter Help Desk (218-726-8847, Kirby Plaza 165).
Further Read&Write Gold Information
The vendor, TextHelp, provides extensive documentation and Webinars regarding how to use Read&Write Gold.
- Windows (works best with Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Reader)
- Mac (works best with Microsoft Word, Safari and Adobe Reader)
- Read&Write Gold Videos
- Read&Write Gold Webinars