Monday, June 10, 2013

10 Great Tools for Academic Research You Should Know about

Compared with how academic research was carried out in the pre-internet era, It seems like technology is really a godsend gift to researchers. From easy and unlimited access to journal articles to web tools that do the referencing and auto-syncing, everything has been digitized making it way easier for todays researchers to add to the body of the human knowledge than any time in history.

As a web 2.0 researcher and a graduate student in the faculty of education in Mount Saint Vincent University, I have had the chance to experiment with a wide variety of web tools that can make your academic life much more easier. Below are some of the web tools I have been recommending to undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and PHD students, and professors. Check them out below and make sure you share them with your colleagues, they could be in dire need for them. Enjoy

1- Zotero

Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you're searching for a preprint on, a journal article from JSTOR, a news story from the New York Times, or a book from your university library catalog, Zotero has you covered with support for thousands of sites.

2- Endnote

EndNote gives you the tools you need for searching, organizing and sharing your research. It allows you to easily create bibliographies while writing your next paper with features like Cite While You Write . Maximize your time with features like finding full text for your references and automatically updating records. Whether you’re on your desktop, online, or iPad, EndNote’s syncing capabilities let you access all of your references, attachments, and groups from anywhere.

3- Mendeley

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Here is what you can do with Mendeley:
  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go, with our new iPhone app
4- Producteev

This is a great productivity app that helps you :
  • Coordinate and complete tasks with your teams. 
  • Assign tasks to teammates.
  • Add due dates,labels and notes.
  • Follow tasks,track progress and measure the results. 
  • Create as many projects as you like, across any number of teams and participants.
  •  Keep your tasks organized and get work done.
5- Scrivener

Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers designed for composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on getting you to the end of that awkward first draft. Compose your text in any order and in pieces as large or small as you like. View the components of your draft individually or as a whole. Import and refer to research files such as images and PDFs alongside your writing.

6- Camscanner

Intelligent solution for document management on all devices, starting from capturing information precisely to storing, sharing, annotating and managing documents for different purposes. It makes the contents easily-accessed, organized and the collaboration efficient.

7- Bibliography and citation tools
The tools included in this list are among the best web services you can find online to help with the integration of bibliography and citations into documents. They cover different style formats including APA, MLA, and Chicago.

8- Google drive

Google Drive provides a powerful productivity suite useful for teachers. You can now upload your documents, work on them collaboratively, share them with others and also access them wherever you are.

9- Dropbox

Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

10- Evernote

I can not end up this list without mentioning the phenomenal productivity Evernote which allows you to remember and act upon ideas, projects and experiences across all the computers, phones and tablets you use.

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