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.

Mendeley

What does it do?

It allows you to create a library of sources from online texts and import documents from your computer.  Citations and a bibliography can be inserted into work with a few clicks.  It provides references in a number of formats including Harvard, APA, Vancouver and OSCOLA.

You can also search for scientific research papers and receive personalised recommendations.

There is an added perk of being able to search for jobs in the science, technology and health fields.

What can I use it for?

You can to search for, collect, organise and cite research and build your own personal library for essay writing or learning.

The additional function of PDF annotating means that you can sticky notes and information, so no more printing out piles of journal articles to make notes on!

You can also search for job opportunities and search for funding opportunities for scientific research

Cost?

Free with up to 2GB storage

$4.99-$14.99 per month for additional storage

Where can I find it? It’s available to download from the App Store and Google Play or you can download it directly to your desktop. For further information take a look at their website.

Zotero

What does it do?

This programme allows you to find details of sources (title, publication date, author etc) simply through typing in an ISBN, DOI or PMID search or saving directly from your web browser. You can collate a source library for each assignment and then insert citations and/or a bibliography into your work with a few clicks.  It provides references in a number of formats including Harvard, APA, Vancouver and OSCOLA.

You can sync it across all your devices so you can keep all your resources organised and in one place.

What can I use it for?

You can very easily collect, organise and cite research in your essays with a couple of clicks. The best feature is the bibliography creator; once you have finished your essay, with a couple of clicks, you can insert all the references you’ve used in alphabetical order using the style of referencing you have selected, easy! No more searching through your work to make sure you have included all your references and manually typing them all out.

Cost? It’s free!

Where can I find it? It’s available to download directly from the Zotero website and is compatible with Windows and Mac.