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Productivity tools for researchers

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Presenting information
Writing and Notetaking
online presentation tool.
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like a notebook, only better. Evernote follows you wherever you go, on your laptop, computer, mobile, and tablet - and allows you to synchronise, organise, and access all of your notes in one application.
Reading and storing information
collects information from sources you subscribe to in the app or on the web, that you can keep building according to your interests. Flipboard creates a magazine for you, or use social media connections to share with others. (For a web version, try
an academic's social network. Aims to accelerate the world's research, providing a platform for academics and researchers to share papers. Read researcher's stories here: http://www.academia.edu/stories
Planning and time management
pretty expensive, at £27.99 for iOS only, but the app covers pretty much all of your to-do list, calendar, actions, and project-based needs. It aims to quickly capture your thoughts and ideas to store, manage, and help you process them into actionable to-do items.
a free way to make screencasts, or videos, of your screen - great for tutorials! You can add subtitles to your video and either download it, or upload directly to your YouTube channel.
a free, quick, and easy way to keep your files in cloud storage. Accessible from any device, share with others - acts as a great backup or time-saving app. Take a tour here: https://www.dropbox.com/tour
the micro-blogging social network. Tips for using Twitter as a researcher: https://libraryblog.rhul.ac.uk/2013/02/18/using-twitter-for-academic-research/
a simple, free-to-use, internet calendar tool that helps you to co-ordinate meetings by asking invitees to vote on their most convenient time.
Productivity tools for researchers
Writing and Notetaking
Presenting Information
Storing information and managing references
a free, customisable blogging platform that you can use to build your profile online, reflect, and communicate. Tips - post a mixture of short posts, personal anecdotes, problem-solving ideas, and links to other content.
Other blog platforms are available...http://lifehacker.com/5878847/which-blogging-platform-should-i-use
free online tool to create infographics
turns PDFs into profressional looking online documents. Easy to upload, browse, and share. See it in use here: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/alumni/newsandpublications/highermagazine/home.aspx
Bubbl.us OR Lucidchart:
easy-to-create mindmaps online
allows you to share your screen with others online.
upload Powerpoint presentations from conferences and classes, and use it to find useful resources too!
this app and bookmarklet allows you to collect pages from across the web, and add to a 'save for later' collection that can be viewed on any device, even offline.
Google Drive:
a cloud storage service from Google (requires a Google account). Allows collaboration, sharing, and use of Google documents; including word processing, spreadsheets, surveys, images, and more.
What is cloud storage anyway?
a social bookmarking tool. Diigo acts like your browser's favourites folder, but it travels with you. Create an account, and start bookmarking and tagging useful websites to access anywhere - you can also share these with others, and collaborate.
Reference management
Referencing, also called ‘citing’, is the process of adding ‘references’ (or ‘citations’) to your course work. Referencing is a very important academic skill that shows what you have read, how you have used and selected readings, and prevents plagiarism by properly attributing work to its owner(s).
For more info:
this web-based reference manager is available via Royal Holloway, and you will need to create an account to use it. Collect references from across the web, and Library databases, organise them, and use Write 'n' Cite to insert in-text references to your work, or to generate a bibliography in a selected style.
a client-based (downloadable) piece of reference management software that will collect references from a variety of sources into your own personal library. Also, try EndNote Basic for a web-based version
a powerful, easy-to-use, online research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources and then share the results of your research.
Mendeley: e
asily organize your papers, read & annotate your PDFs, collaborate in private or open groups, and securely access your research from everywhere.
Want to know more?
Visit the Library's training pages to book on our reference management training courses:
allows you to add events, discover new and exciting conferences and track your friends to see what events they are attending. Also, a great collection of conference presentations.
Manage your professional identity. Build and engage with your professional network. This presentation gives lots of tips: http://www.slideshare.net/AndyPriestner1/linked-in-20-tips-tricks
allows users to upload any file format to be made visualisable in the browser so that figures, datasets, media, papers, posters, presentations and filesets can be disseminated.
Royal Holloway provides you with an account to get started on creating your own institutional profile. Email pure@rhul.ac.uk for a personalised intro, or visit: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/research/puresupport/pure.aspx
Get communicating!
Networking involves communication: don't just broadcast into the void, try to engage with others too and build up a more rewarding relationship.
Look at thesiswhisperer's list of great
PhD blogs
to read and follow (get commenting!): http://thesiswhisperer.com/read-some-phd-student-blogs/
Take part in
on Twitter: http://thesiswhisperer.com/join-the-thesis-whisperer-on-phdchat/
Join some of
Royal Holloway's Library events
, like
Shut Up and Write
. Details will be posted here when we have them: https://www.royalholloway.ac.uk/library/eventstraining.aspx
Speak to your department, attend meetings, set up a reading group!
Dragon Dictation:
use your voice to record a message, tweet, idea, chapter - or record a conversation or lecture. Use the clipboard to copy these notes to the document you're working on.
an annotation tool that allows you to add detailed notes to PDFs.
Also – look up PDF Expert 5. Very flexible, and syncs with lots of storage services.
FocusBooster/the Pomodoro Technque:
working in 25-minute bursts with regular 5 or 15 minute breaks scheduled can help you to focus your time and effort. The FocusBooster app is an online timer that times these intervals for you in the background while you work.
a helpful app that breaks down huge tasks into easily-manageable chunks.
an extremely flexible online tool that make collaborations on projects easy. Use it for yourself or in a group, and from any task from research paper-writing, to day-to-day activities.
Todoist OR Wunderlist:
apps and online organisational tools that allows you to split tasks into sub-tasks, work with others, take notes and set reminders for yourself and others in your team.
a very simple, visual to-do-list builder for iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, Macs)
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for Firefox - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/leechblock/
the Safari extension - https://extensions.apple.com/details/?id=com.bumblebee.wastenotime-E6Q24JUVVZ
Want to block distracting websites while you work? Try these tools...
quick, online, customisable screenshots to remember or share.
set up an account, tell the site your interests, and it will recommend relevant online material for you to read.
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Your academic profile
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