posted ago by clemaneuverers [M] ago by clemaneuverers +96 / -0

Recently James Corbett did an episode of Corbett Report on tools for online researchers. He listed some he uses and then his site members listed more in the comments.

Here I've compiled them all together with a brief explanation. You can now find this list on the links page in it's own "Tools" section. Suggestions for additions to the list are welcome, here in the comments, or sent to modmail anytime.

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the-new-style 18 points ago +18 / -0

Sci-Hub - https://sci-hub.st/

Ever found a paper you want to read but you're no longer a student so you can't use your Uni login to get it, or maybe you've never even had that service

Example: https://www.bmj.com/content/343/bmj.d8348.full

The feminisation of nature

Access this article for 1 day for: £30 / $37 / €33 (excludes VAT)

(this paper is about turning the frogs gay - for real)

it has a DOI number

so put that into Sci-Hub and it gives you free access and a link


At it has links to its sources in another DOI


so pop that one in and


10th Anniversary Perspective: Reflections on endocrine disruption in the aquatic environment: from known knowns to unknown unknowns (and many things in between)

If you need a place to search for papers Scopus.com is good

and also Google Scholar if you have to

AhahaOkay 11 points ago +11 / -0

Piggybacking on this.

Also try libgen.is

You can download tons of books for free, and scientific papers. Fiction, non-fiction, you name it.

clemaneuverers [S] 5 points ago +5 / -0

That's a great one, thanks!

the-new-style 6 points ago +6 / -0

Losing access to Papers was the worst thing about graduating!

factdigger 2 points ago +2 / -0

Sci-hub button for GreaseMonkey browser extension. Automatically detects DOI: numbers on most pages and takes you directly to the sci-hub download page for that : https://greasyfork.org/en/scripts/370246-sci-hub-button

Similar as a Chromium extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/sci-hub-x-now/gmmnidkpkgiohfdoenhpghbilmeeagjj?hl=en-US

factdigger 2 points ago +2 / -0

Do note that due to USA/Globalist censorship, sci-hub keeps moving domains.

Keep searching for "sci-hub" working current domains to find out the current, if your mostly used goes down.

or go to /r/scihub as long as it is still there and not taken down:


isenditback -2 points ago +1 / -3

the sci hub one is russian, whats up with that? russian hackers/trolls/scammers?

the-new-style 4 points ago +4 / -0

Hacker in the old sense. The founder is Russian


She is also in hiding to avoid extradition to the US

Following a 2015 lawsuit brought in the US by the publisher Elsevier, Elbakyan remains in hiding due to the risk of extradition; Elsevier was granted an injunction against her and $15 million in damages. Elbakyan and Sci-Hub were again involved in a US lawsuit in 2017, this time with the American Chemical Society. ACS sued the site for copyright and trademark violations, and conversion. Later that year, the court ruled in favor of ACS, fining Sci-Hub $4,800,000 in damages, enjoining further infringement, and prohibiting search engines and domain name registries from "facilitating access" to Sci-Hub.

SuicideTruthbomber 3 points ago +3 / -0

That's a good observation, because Russian things are clearly made by hackers/trolls/scammers.

Mrexreturns 6 points ago +6 / -0

Do not forget to use a Printer and hide the documents well.

When the big genocide comes, digital info is basically pointless. There will be no video proof when video streaming becomes patented and anyone suspected to have the files are sent to camps or hacked into pieces with machetes.

The only reason why we even know much of the Khmer Rouge genocide (that anti covid policies/mandates eerily resemble) or the Maoist China Cultural Revolution is people take notes on that day, be it executioners, pawns or just people burying their notes under vases or cabinets.

TL:DR; Print everything you think is important out and mothball them. When the big day comes you WILL need it.

clemaneuverers [S] 4 points ago +4 / -0

To that end: For printing a PDF you'll want to print 2 pages per sheet, side by side, and then cut them in half with a paper guillotine. Half the amount of paper used, and still a good size for reading.

This can be finicky to do in free word processors (adobe acrobat pro seems to do it perfectly) - personally I use Libre Office, and find I get the best result by setting the format of the PDF to B5(ISO) and then under print settings set paper size to A4 (the size of paper I'll be printing on) and then set "2 pages per sheet". Then you must scroll through a few preview pages just to make sure no text has been cut, and maybe print a test page.

Printing initially in small ranges is good too, just in case you encounter an error need to reprint. That way you have not printed an entire long document in an unsuitable format.

Even if this seems like excessive precaution; it could be handy, if you are predominantly an ebook reader, to have a few books / articles you want to read printed out like this for blackouts or bug-outs.

SuicideTruthbomber 2 points ago +2 / -0

Your comment brings to mind the CIA's Dumbo project.


SirCaptain 6 points ago +6 / -0

The Video DownloadHelper extension is by far the best method to download videos.

Sometimes, Facebook videos can stubbornly resist downloaders. To download those videos:

(1) Click play on the facebook video

(2) Click the full screen button. This will change your url to the video's url.

(3) Edit the url by replacing "www." with "mbasic."

(4) You're still on facebook but a dumbed down version, so click play on your video again.

(5) You can now download the playing video by right clicking on it and selecting "Save Video"

Also, Print Friendly is a great extension to get rid of all the border frames and clutter when saving webpages, so you only get the stuff you want

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factdigger 4 points ago +4 / -0

Great list, my additions. You learn all on this page (all posts) and your OSINT skills are better than 90% of people out there.

Will add more later if I have time. This should help most to get up to speed.

Qasef-K2 4 points ago +4 / -0


US Federal Court Documents

The documents in this collection are from the US Federal Courts. A large collection come from the federal government's project for Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER). The PACER Service Center is the Federal Judiciary's centralized registration, billing, and technical support center for electronic access to U.S. District, Bankruptcy, and Appellate court records.

factdigger 1 point ago +1 / -0

Dynamite, didn't know that one, thanks!

factdigger 3 points ago +3 / -0

An important thing to keep in mind:

Sometimes, to truly get to the bottom of things, you need to repeat the SAME exact search keyword search in MULTIPLE search engines (because they have different coverage/indexes) AND then do multiple variations (synonyms) of your keywords (again to all search engines), so that you get maximum coverage of information. Tedious, but very very useful at times.

WolframAlpha : a math , chemistry and physics computational engine. You can do chemical reactions, see radioactive isotope breakdowsn, do symbolic math solving, etc. Great for doing more complex calcs quickly https://www.wolframalpha.com/

BookFinder - the best used (and new) books search. Yeah, books. Those antique "things" that contain a lot of distilled information (I have a few thousand myself): https://www.bookfinder.com/

ResearchGate - sometimes you can find academic papers you can't download elsewhere (not even on sci-hub) here. Esp. non-peer-reviewed and from more obscure journals. https://www.researchgate.net/

Academia.edu - as ResearchGate, although you can't always download (depends on your academic/organization affiliations), but at least you can find papers, researchers and often read abstracts. https://www.academia.edu/

BASE - Universität Bielefeld Search - Academic search with high granularity and indexing also non-English papers. https://www.base-search.net/Search/Advanced

CORE - Search of Open Access research papers. https://core.ac.uk/search?q=%22

SemanticScholar - Another academic peer review paper search but with date range, academic field, author, journal and PDF filters. https://www.refseek.com/documents?q=

Science.Gov - Find out what the US Federal Agencies do in the name of science. Reports, papers, guidelines, etc. Very, very useful to find out what Federal science agencies are thinking/publishing. https://www.science.gov/scigov/desktop/en/search.html

DeepDyve - a meta-search engine for peer-reviewed, preprint and other papers (has also it's own chromium plugin that interfaces with PubMed and Google Scholar). https://www.deepdyve.com/search?query=

Publish or Perish - Best Desktop search tool for all for-paid scientific publications / peer review articles via CrossRef , Google Scholar , PubMed , Microsoft Academic , Scopus , Web of Science (you have to install API keys or have institution access for some of these). You get boolean searches, phrase searches, h-index , g-index ranking, sorting by date, citations, etc. The best tool for serious researchers, esp. if you are academic, or need to revisit certain keyword searchers regularly. https://harzing.com/resources/publish-or-perish

PDFDrive - another book download alternative to Scribd.com (and GenLib) https://www.pdfdrive.com/search?q=

Zotero - if you do writing and academic research, this is a must for reference and endnote management. OR if you have insane amounts of references, pdfs and keywords, like some of us. https://www.zotero.org/

Project Gutenberg - old, historically important, out-of-print and copyright free books scanned and searchable. https://www.gutenberg.org/

isenditback 2 points ago +2 / -0


SuicideTruthbomber 3 points ago +3 / -0

Tor Browser https://www.torproject.org/download/

This lets you do your research privately.

isenditback 1 point ago +1 / -0

tor is so risky its not even worth it for anything related to conspiracy theories

SuicideTruthbomber 1 point ago +1 / -0

Please don't discredit our research by calling it what the US government wants people to believe they are.

As for Tor, what risks are you talking about?

EDIT: There has been a lot of government disinformation concerning Tor. Bear that in mind.

isenditback 1 point ago +1 / -0

you need to have a good understanding of cybersecurity to be truly safe. so its not a good idea for most people.

SuicideTruthbomber 1 point ago +1 / -0

Thanks for your input. What I see here is something of a perfect solution fallacy. What this does is keep a lot of your information private. More people absolutely should use it.

isenditback 1 point ago +1 / -0

the reason you arent getting hacked on the clearnet is because the service providers have cybersecurity experts protecting their systems. when u leave that section and use tor you are doing the equivalent of representing yourself in court. if your not prepared u could be victimized

factdigger 1 point ago +1 / -0

Tor is not less or more secure (unless you control exit nodes), but you can access data with Tor that you can't access on the public web.

That's why Tor can be useful: not for privacy, but wider access to obscure data.

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Based_in_Space 3 points ago +3 / -0

A little dated but prob still has good tips for research NSA Untangling the Web A Guide To Internet Research https://archive.org/details/Untangling_the_Web

DZP1 3 points ago +3 / -0

Thank you. It's good to know of tools for activist research.

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Ysoserious 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thank you I’m saving this

YourMindIsNotYourOwn 2 points ago +2 / -0

It's appreciated!

anewpatriot 2 points ago +2 / -0

Awesome post! Thank you for this!

Plague-Rat 2 points ago +2 / -0

Thank you!

I just created a sub for something like this.

Check it out: c/Toolbox !

JohnPaluska 2 points ago +2 / -0

This is a pretty awesome list. Thanks

megalithicallstar 2 points ago +2 / -0

awesome! Switched from FuckFuckNo to Brave!

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ghost_of_aswartz 2 points ago +2 / -0

Great work!

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hulda0100 1 point ago +1 / -0

ok, boys...grannypede here...where/how do I find other .win subs??

SuicideTruthbomber 1 point ago +1 / -0

nsfwyoutube doesn't work for me to unblock content for reasons unrelated to age. I think that's kind of weird.