Best freeware to organize your research

organizing researchAs an avid writer and blogger, I have hundreds if not thousands of pages of documented research stored on my PC, mostly in the form of Word documents. Although I have a loose system of organization, I would surely benefit greatly by reviewing, selecting, then learning one of the recommended research organization tools.

I will add to this post later, after I conducted more research. So far, the only related tool I have downloaded is Scrivener – an impressive package that is not actually freeware, though it does have a very generous trial version that allows 30 days of actual use (not calendar days measured from installation date).

Resources listed below:

  1. Specific freeware programs, online tool titles for research organization
  2. Lists, articles about freeware, online tools for research organization

Resources: Specific freeware, online tools for research organization

  1. Freemind – If you prefer mind mapping-style organization – which is an excellent way to go – you should try Freemind. [ Getting started with FreeMind mind-mapping freeware – Another Day, Another Digression ] [ [Mind mapping freeware for Windows ]
  2. Scrivener – Features – Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allows you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents. While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.
  3. Evernote – Evernote is an excellent online tool with the primary feature of synchronizing your link collection. Evernote makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web.
  4. Simpleology – Simpleology is a promising took I recently discovered; if it does what it claims to do, Simpleology will be my preferred to-do list for everything from small daily tasks to the steps needed to accomplish my most important life goals. Check out the introductory video.
  5. Mendeley – Features – Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research
  6. Zotero – a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. It lives right where you do your work—in the web browser itself
  7. Celtx – Celtx on your desktop delivers the most fluid writing experience — you can always keep your fingers moving as fast as your thoughts and your creative flow is never interrupted. Celtx Studios makes it simple to share projects, manage workflow, and securely store your work. And Celtx Script for the iPhone/iPad lets you write on the move, and sync scripts with your desktop and your Studio. (Free version, pro version)

Resources: Lists of freeware, online tools for research organization

  1. Organize Research Materials – DiRT (Digital Research Tools) (2010) – There are available some tools to help researchers take notes and store, find, mine and manage research materials.
  2. The Most Useful Web Tools: Organization Web Tools –
  3. Organize Your Life With Free Online Tools – PC World (2008)
  4. Can you recommend a free tool to save web clips, research, and organize texts? MakeUseOf
  5. Organize Research Downloads – Softsia
  6. 100 Powerful Web Tools to Organize Your Thoughts and IdeasOnline College Blog
  7. Five Best Bookmark Management Tools – Lifehacker
  8. Managing Your Dissertation: Advice from the Trenches – Forum/discussion
  9. 100+ More Ways to Organize Your LifeMashable (2008)
  10. 100+ Ways to Organize Your Life – Mashable (2007)

Turned out not to be free

  • iMiser Research Assistant® – (Not freeware.) A Professional Internet Research Tool, Web Organizer, Offline Browser, Email Archiver, Internet Information Database… Organizing your online experience was never easier…
  • Idea Rover – Give shape to your research papers – Idea Rover 5.20 absorbs and crystallizes your research ideas and new sources into outline-structured notes, releasing your brain from monotonous switching and searching for relevant information. (This is not freeware; free trial version only.)

Friday, December 16, 2011