How to Use Evernote for a PhD

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How to Use Evernote for a PhD
Some Ph.D. programs can take more than five years to finish. (Jetta Productions/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Evernote can a valuable tool for a graduate student in a Ph.D. program; it helps to keep the many documents and notes needed for research and classwork organised. A student who use a program like Evernote will be able maintain her data in one place. Evernote is a cloud-based service that synchronises accounts across computers and portable devices. It can hold documents, notes and pictures for future access from any computer.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


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    Take notes when reading books, articles, news or after a conversation. If you are away from the computer, write the notes in a journal then type them into Evernote. Alternatively, you can use Evernote's hand-recognition software to scan your notes, convert them into text and upload to your account. This way you can collect and store your thoughts in one place.

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    Save documents such as articles, news clippings, important websites and online content. You can save Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents in Evernote.

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    Record photos in Evernote. If a complicated chart is drawn on a whiteboard or other type of display, take a photo of it and save it in Evernote.

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    Dictate your thoughts, ideas or conversations if you have a smart mobile device. Evernote has apps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry and Palm Pre/Palm Pixi that allow you to record and upload to your account. This is great for academics who do not have a notebook with them at all times or are especially scatterbrained.

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    Tag your notes and uploads. This may be one of the most important resources Evernote has. Tagging allows the Ph.D. student to hold a large amount in data in one spot and yet keep them easily categorised and separate. For example, you can create tags for "news articles," "academic articles" and "notes."

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