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Weekly Wrap, Thing 17: Evernote and Zotero

13 Sep

Thing 17 was ably introduced by @dpgreen and was just the intro that I needed to revisit my Evernote and Zotero accounts. I have had them for a number of years, but (particularly the Zotero one) made an account, played for five minutes, and then forgot about them!

So, I downloaded the Evernote App, found my password details and had a play. (I also downloaded the standalone apps for Desktop to both my home MAC and work PC). I LOVE the syncing – it happens so seamlessly (once I set all of my settings correctly ;))

There is a lot of functionality in this thing that I am still learning – and at the moment I must admit that I tend to use the mobile interface (on my smartphone, not tablet) to grab info on the go (photo, audio etc.) and then process it or refer back to it using the desktop interface.  If I was using it on a tablet then this might be different, but the kind of information that I have been using it for seems easier to work with on a larger screen.

The mobile app has colour coded tabs to allow you to jump into Places, Tags, Notebooks or All Notes. It also has a very nice amount of storage via a free account (I actually have a Premium account which means that I have more storage and some extra functionality).

Zotero – again,  I downloaded the Desktop version, set up the syncing, and had a play with the mobile site. I then grabbed ‘PaperShip, by Shazino for iPhone to do a quick comparison.  As with Evernote, I can’t see myself doing much actual work on the smartphone – the mobile site required me to scroll across the screen, although Papership was a little prettier. I think that the mobile is more about having access to this information whenever I need it. But my feelings on this might change as I use more.

So, your thoughts? I couldn’t see much happening on twitter or Facebook…

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Thing 17: Evernote and Zotero

9 Sep

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!

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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?!

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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?!

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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.

DISCOVER:

EXPLORE:

Evernote:

Zotero:

THINKING POINTS:

  • 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)
Please leave us a comment 🙂

This post is a remix with thanks of 23mobilethings.net‘s thing 17.

David Green is a proud Children’s and Youth Librarian in a Public Library. David blogs about libraries, learning and other loves at dpgreen.net. You can follow him on twitter @dpgreen.

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