Scrivener

What does it do?

It’s a writing app designed to aid anyone research, plan and write a substantial written project, from dissertations to novels.

What can I use it for?

You can use it to store large volumes of research and resources to which you can add notes and tags for a quick reference system. Particularly helpful for PhD students or any large written project such as a dissertation. Enables you to organise topics/chapters and to get an overview on particular research topics through use of the “corkboard function”. It’s a way of storing and organising notes all in one place, whilst researching making it easier to write them up afterwards

Cost? A one-off charge of £39.95 (student/academic price)

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the Scrivener website for both Windows and Mac here. For information on the core concepts of the app you can take a look at this Vimeo and there is also a Vimeo for an introduction demo of how it works for Windows.

Google Keep

What does it do? Organisation tool, you can add notes, photos and audio to keep. Includes a post it note system.

What can I use it for? Useful for tracking and keeping on top of all tasks, from personal to academic life. You can create lists to tick off when completed as well as adding details about times, dates and places where needed. These can also be shared with others which can help with accountability. There is a tagging and colour coding system to enable distinction between personal and academic tasks and you can archive lists when completed but they are not completely lost in case you need to go back to them. Google Keep can be synced across devices to enable on the go editing.

Cost? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here:  https://www.google.com/keep/

Otter AI

What does it do?

It records and transcribes audio.

What can I use it for?

You can record conversations and the live transcription function will write up the conversation for you and is also searchable.

Really useful as a fieldwork tool to help with transcribing interviews or supervision meetings. Ideal for use in group work as well as note taking and as a planning tool or a way of creating revision resources.

Cost? Free options with premium/subscription options available depending on your needs.

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play. For further information on the app you can take a look here.