I have post-it notes in my car for traffic light epiphanies. It’s common to see me swipe in at work with them stuck to my ID card. These sticky notes then go onto my desk, or PC monitor, and are then written on a list. If it wasn’t illegal I’d be using Evernote on my phone at the lights. That way my virtual post-its would be synched across my phone, tablet, my work and home computers, and the web. For my money, Evernote is all sorts of awesome. It got even cooler when I learnt I could take a photo of my post-its and not only save them but search the text of my messy handwriting too!
In a nutshell, Evernote is a cloud-based note-taking, organising and archiving application that works online and off, and synchs across multiple platforms. Use it to grab text, pictures, audio and web clippings. You can tag these notes, and group them in notebooks, which makes the search function outstanding. Users can share notes or collaborate securely on projects. It is flexible, fast, convenient and easy to use. Not to mention the eye candy! Evernote is slick, stylish and a gorgeous green. The all important user interface is intuitive, simple to navigate and very good-looking – especially on the iPad.
I have to admit, I don’t know heaps about Zotero. But that’s why we’re doing this course, right?!
Where Evernote strives to help you “remember everything” (sounds ideal!), Zotero wants to be “your personal assistant” (also inviting!). It’s clear these two (of the 23 mobile) things are similar, but each is trying – successfully I believe – to carve a niche in the “let us help you, to help yourself” market. Zotero is designed for researchers and library clients, and like Evernote, users love the ability to collaborate and that it synchronizes. It’s other beauty is that it not only arranges documents in project folders, but it also organises citation information for each source. And we’ve all had eleventh hour crises trying to create a bibliography, right?!
From the Zotero website:
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Whether you’re searching for a preprint on arXiv.org, 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.
- Download Evernote to your mobile devices and desktops, and check out the web version too
- Set up a Zotero account on your PC. Then download Zotero for Firefox. Or try Safari, or Chrome
- Visit Zotero for mobile to learn about apps
- Follow @evernote and @zotero on twitter
- Mylee Joseph has a fabulous Evernote and Zotero Pinterest board
- Watch this great video: Evernote: remember everything
- Save images, links and text by playing with Evernote web clipper
- Try sending Tweets and DMs to Evernote by adding @myEN to your tweet
- View Evernote for librarians
- Read the Getting Started with Evernote libguide
- Check out this excellent Uni-librarian-created Introduction to Zotero video
- Read Rebecca Onion’s course notes for Building your Zotero Library
- Try this Introduction to Zotero tutorial
- Now try the Advanced one
- How can you use these things in your library? Are your clients using them already?
- Or do you need to show them how?
- Should you create how-to guides?
- Could you share notebooks with clients? And colleagues as a collaborative alternative to google docs?
- Perhaps your library team could use Evernote Business?
- Maybe you should capture mental ‘post-its’, or create ‘to do’ lists, by tweeting or DMing @myEN?
So, what do you love to do with Evernote? What’s your favourite feature of Zotero? Have you tried the Evernote Moleskine?! (#drool #want)
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