Doing research has become an integral part of daily life, not just for students and academics, but also for all professionals. Nowadays, major search engines are packed with online resources and are the main platforms for retrieving information and sharing knowledge. Whether you are preparing for an essay or collecting the latest industry news for your next project, there are many online research tools to help you research efficiently online. Here are our 6 favorite apps!
Flipboard is a news-reading app that collects the latest news from various industries. You can easily find the latest news on your area of interest- from photography to technology, art to travel, food to music, and many more. You can curate your own personalized digital content board consisting of the news on your interested topics. Flipboard is a good channel to stay updated with the trend or develop a daily reading habit.
Pocket is a read-it-later app that allows you to save articles in one click. When you come across something interesting on the Web but don’t have time for it right away, you can save it to Pocket and come back to it later. The app is integrated with many news apps, web browsers, Facebook, Twitter, and many more. The saved items will be synced across devices as well, so you can read or watch it anytime, even offline.
Google Scholar is a must-learn tool for researchers and students. It is an academic search engine that helps you discover a wide range of academic journals, books, and articles, almost like an internet public library. Many university libraries are encouraging students to use Google Scholar to supplement the university database. Because Google Scholar can not only conduct searches with keywords, article titles, authors, it also finds free full-text articles that are not available in your university library.
Sometimes we are overloaded by pages after page of material and just need some tools to help select the most important parts. Markup offers exactly this!
Markup is a productivity tool for online learning, reading, and note-taking. With Markup, you can highlight and annotate on PDF files and the most important web pages via its app and browser extension, and add annotations whilst reading and viewing them whenever and wherever you like.
What’s more, Markup is also a great tool for researchers. When you are in need of going through a large number of academic papers or journal articles, Markup’s AI Auto Summary feature lets you get to the core of the text within seconds. So you can quickly decide whether this article is what you need for your paper.
Research doesn’t have to be boring. Information can be presented in the form of text, images, videos, or screenshots. NoteLedge provides the ideal platform for you to gather all information from your source of inspiration like Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, or any webpage together on one page. You can drag and drop any digital content, including texts, videos, images, external links, etc, onto your idea board and review them anytime. It is very useful when you are in the brainstorming process, or you are creating a mood board for your new design.
Tracking the source of particular information has also been made easy. NoteLedge keeps the relevant links from the online sources on your note, so you can jump back to the original web source instantly and share this with anyone.
Researching can often take a lot of time, especially when you are really into the topic and want to find out more and more. But as a result, you spend too much time researching! Sounds familiar, right? RescueTime helps keep track of your browsing behavior and time spent on each web page, including the time spent procrastinating on other sites. This way you can better manage your time and reduce distractions, thus boosting your productivity. If you’d like to know more about RescueTime, here’s a comprehensive review that dives deep into this monitoring tool to help improve the productivity of your team.
These are our favorite tools to keep us focused on our research tasks and assist us in researching efficiently and effectively. How about you? What tools and apps do you enjoy using? When you carry out research, what are the most challenging things you encounter?
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