How to Always Have Reference Info by Hand When Blogging

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Having some useful reference information by hand when writing a post or doing research online is an awesome way to both get more productive and also to create a thorough, deeper-researched copies.

Therefore you may find the following two tips useful as well as easy to implement in your daily routine.

1. Access reference information while you write or read: take advantage of MS Word’s Lookup Feature

I am using Microsoft Word Lookup feature which I find very useful. Unfortunately, too many people are absolutely unaware of it.

So, when writing or reading the post in Word, just highlight any word, then right click and select “Look up”:

Look up wordpress

A sidebar panel will open with the reference information for the selected word:

Look up word

You can configure the reference info sources by “Research options” right in the sidebar panel. In the dialog, you can select more sources, add your own or exclude those you don’t need:

Look up Word

2. Access reference information while you browse the web: take advantage of Lookitup Greasemonkey script

There’s one handy Greasemonkey script that allows to quickly look up any word in a number of configured online reference sources.

The script is LookItUp and it works as follows:

  • Install the script (get the Greasemonkey for that);
  • While reading online, select any word and click the reference source short key.

Some of the default short keys include:

  • w – look it up in Wikipedia
  • d – look it up in Google definitions
  • u – urban dictionary

Look it up

The sources and the short keys can all be configured (deleted, moved, added, etc) via the tool Options (accessed via FireFox Tools -> Greasemonkey -> User Script Commands -> LookItUp settings).

Lookitup settings

Ann Smarty
Ann Smarty is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann's expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com.
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  • http://www.sharmainfoway.com/ Sharma Infoway

    Thank u Ann…..as you always provide some new information.
    As yesterday i read your blog of “Put Your Content Copies Under Control” and more before it.

  • http://www.quarterpie.com/ Quarter Pie Interactive

    I sure agree with what you mentioned and especially the Grease Monkey trick that you mentioned.

  • http://www.syscomminternational.com/ SocialNetworkingCompany

    That's a very nice and easy way to get references! I was not aware of this feature, but I will make sure I take advantage of it from now on.

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