App of the Week: Evernote

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Evernote is probably the ultimate organisation app that you will find. It’s an app that will help you organise your life into folders that you can access on your laptop, tablet, and phone. It’s compatible with all files and formats- you can save notes in the form of images, text, audio, video, or web links in one place.

For students, Evernote offers an invaluable method of organising research and streamlining the collaboration process.Here’s how:

  • You can organise your research by making a notebook for every topic you’re working on. For example: Second World War and then you can tags to them to distinguish between ‘references’, ‘quotes’, or ‘important dates’.
  • Use the web clipping option to clip particular sections from webpages that you might find relevant to your research. This eliminates the time-consuming process of making notes from webpages. You can also clip sections from a long journal article to make sure you’ve weeded out anything that is not relevant.
  • If you’re working on your research as a group, use the ‘share notebook’ option to allow your fellow students to add or edit your work. Changes get updated in real time. This way, you always have the updated and latest version of your document.

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Evernote has a search feature, so if you’re looking for a quote, or a particular resource and you can’t remember the exact title, you should be able to search using intuitive keywords. What’s interesting is, if you have a handwritten note that you’ve scanned and saved onto Evernote, the search result includes matching handwritten notes as well. This feature could save you an awful amount of time. If you’re a Google chrome user, you can also install Evernote’s web extension – when you search Google, it searches Evernote at the same time!

Where to find it?

Evernote is available on all platforms. To use it on your desktop or laptop, you can download it from their website – evernote.com. You can get the Evernote app from the following places:

app_apple_store google_play Windows Store badge in black.  amazon_appstore

 

 

2 thoughts on “App of the Week: Evernote

  1. Please remember that if you store any information about identified individuals (eg survey results) anywhere other than your University Homedrive then it must be encrypted first – see regulations:
    https://students.shu.ac.uk/regulations/personal_information/personaldata.html

    Also always keep a backup elsewhere. There are risks in using third-party cloud storage for your work, for example:

    – The University has no control over the quality of access controls protecting the data or any other aspect of the service.
    – The location where the data is stored may not meet Data Protection Act requirements
    – Cloud services generally limit their liability for negligence, resulting in little or no recourse should the provider misuse, lose or damage information stored in the cloud
    – Few cloud providers guarantee they will not access the information stored within their service, leading to concerns over privacy and intellectual property rights
    – Some if not all providers do not guarantee that the user’s ownership of the data stored in the cloud will be retained. This is primarily to enable the providers to move data around to their different server locations without your prior approval but opens further questions about intellectual property rights.
    – If they have financial difficulties a cloud storage provider may end the service with little or no notice, leaving users with no access to files

    (These are general risks and may not all currently apply to Evernote. Please read the terms and conditions carefully)

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