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Note-taking and Information Management for Humanities & Social Sciences Research: Tools, Techniques, Tips

Cloud-based note-taking apps & privacy!

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OneNote

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Microsoft OneNote

Intended for academic, personal, and business users:

  • Included with Microsoft Office package
  • Desktop and web-based versions, as well as mobile app
  • automatically synchronizes
  • clean interface and easy to use
  • notes as digital "sticky notes" or "index cards"
  • notes as web page snapshots, PDFs, documents, photographs, or recordings
  • Encrypted

Evernote

Evernote

Increasingly business-focused; not primarily intended for academic use:

  • freemium
  • desktop and web-based version as well as mobile app
  • easy to use
  • notes as digital "sticky notes" or "index cards"
  • web-based and mobile; automatically synchronizes
  • notes as web page snapshots, PDFs, documents, photographs, or recordings
  • subscription version searches the text of PDFs
  • No automatic encyrption

Notion

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Notion

  • project management software able to manage individual research, information, and research projects.
  • easy-to-use
  • web-based
  • freemium
  • guiides & tutorials

Cornell Notes for iPad

Noodle Tools

NoodleTools

Noodle Tools

  • academic software developed to help students organize notes and research.
  • easy to use
  • web-based tool
  • requires a paid personal subscription

PowerNotes

PowerNotes

PowerNotes is an easy-to-use, web-based tool. 

Freemium.

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