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Notetaking for the 21st Century

Resources for Honors student workshop, “Notetaking for the 21st Century”

If you take notes by hand…

Handwritten notes, one better: Cornell Method (via LifeHacker)
Get free customizable Cornell paper here
Here’s a Cornell template as a Google doc

Consider backing up your handwritten notes digitally by scanning them, or using a smartphone-to-PDF app like DocScanner

If you take notes by laptop or mobile device…

Word-processing document + search/find capability
GoogleDocs (always at hand, always the most recent version)
Dropbox for file access & syncing across your computers (w/ cloud access)
Microsoft OneNote (you probably have it in your Microsoft Office install) - see how one scholar uses it
StudyBlue (online flash cards)
Concept Mapping, try Inspiration (free trial version)
Evernote – capture, file, retrieve, tag, search. Free. See it in action from a college student here
Mac user? “Finding the Best iOS App for Annotation & Notetaking” (ProfHacker 10/27/11)

Conducting online research…

What you do with the things you find? How do you keep track and take notes on them? How do you incorporate them into your final product and cite them in your bibliography?

EndNote – create research database, import & export into bibliographies. Campus license or $. See our University’s IT EndNote tutorials here.

want free? Try…
Mendeley reference manager and PDF organizer

Or better yet…
Zotero – Made by scholars for scholars. Free. Browser-based or in the cloud. Easy interface for making automatic bibliographies in your word processing software. Portable once you graduate. Essential if you are headed to grad school. Completely awesome. Video tour here.

If you need writing motivation…

Are you managing a big project, like a novel? Try Scrivener (for Mac or Windows; there’s a free trial)
Want to get in the habit of daily writing without a lot of screen distractions? Try
Got writer’s block? Dr. Wicked’s WriteOrDie claims to “put the prod in productivity” (desktop or cloud versions)

For task and time management…

Google Calendar (you already have it with your campus Gmail account)
Remember the Milk
Teux Deux
Stickies (for Windows – there are also Mac versions)

If you’re looking for different ways to present your research…

Audio: GarageBand, Audacity
Video: Moviemaker, Animoto, iMovie
Webpage or Blog or GoogleSites

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