For Students

SBMI encourages students to use online study, research management tools to help efficiently complete projects and coursework.

When selecting, keep in mind 10 rules for choosing Productivity Tools:

Tool Price Use Access link
References & Citations
Zotero Free Citation Manager https://www.zotero.org/
Evernote Basic desktop version is free Desktop application to organize disparate PDFs and online references into notebooks for writing papers etc. https://evernote.com/?var=c
Citation Machine Free Generate citations in APA, MLA, etc. http://www.citationmachine.net/
Creating charts and visuals
Lucid Chart Free up to 1 GB with .edu account Create flowcharts, systems charts, Venn diagrams etc. https://www.lucidchart.com/users/education/registerLevel?tP=1&t4=A&t5=A&t10=A
TimelineJS Free Create interactive timelines using Google Sheets https://timeline.knightlab.com/
Plotly Free (limited use) Create and share graphs in a web-based format https://plot.ly/
Prezi 14-days Free Trial Interactive presentations https://prezi.com/
GitHub Free (public and open source) Software development https://github.com/personal
Managing Files and Articles
Pocket (Smart bookmarks) Free Saving and reading web articles across all devices https://getpocket.com/
Xodo (PDF Annotator) Free Web/phone application and Chrome plugin to manage, merge, annotate and share PDFs http://www.xodo.com
Diigo Free plan with ads Share and save annotated webpages and PDFs https://www.diigo.com/
Evernote See above
Quizlet (Flash cards) Free Memorization practice with digital flash cards https://quizlet.com/
Information Providers
Desmos Free Incredibly fast online calculator that graphs any function. https://www.desmos.com/
BetterExplained Free Forum for explaining mathematical equations and concepts. http://betterexplained.com/
instaGrok Free Generates concept-maps of related images, videos, articles, and terms based on a student's query. For students learning how to conduct research. https://www.instagrok.com/
Wolfram Alpha Free Systemized knowledge database on a variety of topics https://www.wolframalpha.com/
Information Providers
F.lux Free Automatically removes blue light from computer in the evening to alleviate eye strain. https://justgetflux.com/
Cold Turkey Free (basic) Block applications, websites, and internet for a fixed amount of time to boost productivity. https://getcoldturkey.com/
RescueTime Free (basic) Analyzes how you spend time on the computer and generates reports. https://www.rescuetime.com/
Unstuck Free A digital coach that provides guidance on how to overcome a problem. https://www.unstuck.com/
Information Providers
SlugBooks Finds inexpensive textbook options. https://www.slugbooks.com/

Check out a more expansive Digital Research Tools directory at http://dirtdirectory.org/

Please note: SBMI does not endorse or provide support for any of the above products. This list serves as a resource and starting point to organize your own work. 

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