Five apps to organize your Research Work

  1. Notion: I came across this app while searching for a note-taking app for me. I started using Google’s Keep for that purpose. But I found its functionality very limited. Notion is more than just a note-taking app. It is a project management tool, a to-do list manager, calenders to keep your schedules, a contact manager, a goalkeeper, a journaling tool and many more to offer customized functionality. It is your unpaid personal secretary diligently working to make you efficient.
  2. Mendeley: It helps you to manage the research articles that you are referring for research. It helps you to create a personalized library holding your annotated articles, highlighted text and margin notes. You can categorize and organize articles. Further, Mendeley suggests you relevant research articles, drastically reducing the time you spend on searching such articles on Google Scholar. Also, Mendeley is a social networking platform where you can post your opinions and look for opportunities for funding and job.
  3. Overleaf: Overleaf is a cloud-based Latex editing tool available in premium and non-premium version. The tool is designed to support collaborative writing of research articles. In non-premium mode, you can invite at the most one collaborator who can be your research supervisor. It relieves you from the burden of installing individual packages, setting their path correctly, compiling a latex file, linking with bibliography files and finally visualizing your document. All this can be done through one-click.
  4. Grammarly: The most needed tool for any non-native English writers. It is a grammar and spell checker. In recent times Grammarly has added many functionalities like tone detector, goal setting and plagiarism checker. I found a four times improvement in the readability score of the document and a 90 per cent reduction in grammatical errors after using it.
  5. Headspace: I have included this app because of the benefits that you get through meditation and to underline the significance of doing it. Being a practitioner and beneficiary of doing meditation regularly, I realized the importance of meditation during the last stage of my PhD program. It helps you to control your thoughts, focus your mind on a small topic, and to overcome your emotional nature. It helps you to look at things as they are, uncovering the essence of the area that you are exploring.



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Arvind Kiwelekar

Arvind Kiwelekar

Arvind is a Professor of Computer Engineering in Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Technological University Lonere India.