As nearly every student moves from paper to iPad or laptop, note-taking and research are becoming increasingly important to file, store, and manage.
Yeah, I bet after looking at that your brain hurts. So. Many. Things. To do.
I’ve pulled together some of the top apps I think could be useful in managing research and information – based on personal use and relevance to prospective graduate students.
Evernote captures, manages and finds all your digital information. It organizes everything in notes, which are grouped in notebooks. You could see a notebook as a project or a topic and a note as a piece of information. Notes can be anything from pieces of websites that you clipped, photos you took with your phone, an audio memo you recorded, written notes or a scanned document. It syncs everything across your devices.
Dropbox allows you to share files between computers, smartphones, and tablets – allowing you to have an online backup. You just need to install Dropbox on one piece of technology and it will create a ‘Dropbox folder.’ Whatever file you store in this folder will automatically be pushed to your other devices. Have you ever wanted to work at home on that next manuscript, but realized that some files were only in your desktop at the university? Dropbox keeps the files in your work desktop synced with your laptop, for those evenings when you have to work at home.
Mendeley is a reference managing tool that generates citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word. It also allows you to open PDFs and capture your thoughts through sticky notes and highlights, allowing you to read and annotate simultaneously.
SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. Besides presentations, SlideShare also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars. Individuals and organizations upload documents to SlideShare to share ideas, conduct research, and connect with others. Anyone can view presentations and documents on topics that interest them, download them and reuse or remix for their own work.
Academia.edu is a platform for academics to share research papers. Academics use Academia.edu to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow.
Those are some of the apps I use to manage my files and research. Mendeley and Acaedmia.edu are new to me, but I definitely feel they are useful platforms to network and share research on and with other (prospective academics). I also stumbled upon a post titled “The A to Z Social Media for Academia” that lists any and all relevant social media platforms for academics to utilize.
I hope you find these tools useful! Please share any platforms you think are relevant to research management in the comments below! .. and, if you’re considering grad school, get a head start on program choices with York University.