Category Archives: note taking

Academic reference management: Some useful features in Bookends

Bookends, which I’ve written about previously here, has been my reference manager of choice for a while. In this post, I’ll highlight some useful features in Bookends that help me organise and manage my literature. Keywords and smart groups I’m … Continue reading

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Organising your research (and the rest of your life) with Devonthink

I’ve been meaning to write a post on Devonthink for a while, and while I initially wanted to explore some more of its features first, two things prompted me to write this up now: First, a conversation I had with … Continue reading

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The spare CPN licence is up for grabs again…

In a previous post, I tried to pass on a spare licence for Circus Ponies Notebooks. The person who received it never claimed the license key, so I’m re-advertising it. If you’d like to have the licence, just leave a … Continue reading

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Digitalising your academic literature: tablets versus e-ink

Tired of those piles of paper that are growing on your desk? More and more researchers are letting go of paper and going digital with their academic articles and literature notes. For me, one of the best things about getting … Continue reading

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Outlining your research: Organising literature notes, data, and writing in progress

Over the past year, I’ve increasingly started using outlining tools as part of my work flow. Outlining is great, and I use it for pretty much everything. In this post, I’ll write a bit about how I work with outlines, … Continue reading

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Academic note taking: Circus Ponies Notebooks versus Evernote

In several previous posts on this blog (see some links below), I have sung the praises of Circus Ponies Notebooks, and I still think it’s one of the best note taking apps around for mac. However, Evernote is a strong … Continue reading

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Circus Ponies Notebooks part III: Organising review notes with Notes Pages

In my previous post on Circus Ponies Notebooks, I kind of glossed over the note pages – because up until that point, I hadn’t used them much. However, they offer a range of useful features that help keep your research … Continue reading

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Organising your writing projects with Curio: the app that does ‘everything’

Curio from Zengobi is a project management app and digital note book with tons of features, which I use to plan and organise my writing projects. Curio recently had a major update and is now even more full featured than before. … Continue reading

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Apps on Christmas sale

With Christmas coming up, various developers are putting their apps on sale. Here are some apps currently reduced that I find quite useful: 1. iAnnotate, which is my favourite iOS app for PDF annotation, is currently reduced by 80%. This … Continue reading

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Circus Ponies Notebook part II: the iPad version

Recently, I was chatting to kylera at MacRumors who pointed out that my previous post on Circus Ponies Notebooks didn’t contain much information about the iPad app. While I’m very happy with the mac version of CPN, the iPad version … Continue reading

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