The internet has changed the way we research things forever. No longer do we need to archive 'useful information', when keying a couple of words into a search engine can pull up millions of results in seconds.

However, it pays to be cautious about the content you find. After all, the internet may be at your finger tips but it cannot solve issues of validity – there will always be ephemeral nonsense online, just as in all other media. This in and of itself can massively increase the volume of research you need to carry out at any one time.

For a start, you must run multiple searches. Simply type in your keywords and select from the results those finding that look most pertinent. The latest web browsers are all tab based, allowing you to have multiple windows open at the same without reducing search speeds. This allows for easy flicking between articles so as not to clutter your desktop with browsers.

Other research features include the ability to download large files and the use of free file-sharing services such as Box, FileSwap and YouSendIt. These are a hugely convenient way of sharing files often of up to 2GB in size without having a dedicated service.

In recent times we've seen the growth of services such as DropBox, and rivals such as Wuala and Mozy, that act as Cloud-based collaboration and sharing tools. Unlike file sharing services you need to download a small client onto each laptop or PC that wishes to access the service. However, once installed you can share files and folders as though they were on your own company intranet.