<aside> 📌 organising academic sources and other information


Organising your sources and material is one of the biggest challenges for any academic or learner. When choosing the right tool for you, you want to consider the importance of the following functions for your own workflow:

The list of apps and services below goes from simplest to most advanced.

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Dropbox or Box

Easy to use but not too many sorting options. You can access your files from any platform. You have to store your sources as files and the only possibility to sort is to use different folders. No extensive tagging possibilities. Different pricing plans for Dropbox and Box.

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Easy to add sources, including web pages, pictures, audio files. Different pricing plans.

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Notion, the service that this website is built on, offers more options than Evernote, but also requires a bit more effort to set up. It does, however, allow you to link your resources, with projects and your task list, so it is therefore a lot more powerful than Evernote.

Marie Poulin shows how to collect and organise your sources in Notion.


If you are interested in how Marie Poulin built her knowledge hub in Notion, check out Notion Office Hours: Building a Knowledge Hub (video around 60 minutes)



As a reference manager it is the most advanced of the tools and also lets you use citation styles very easily.

Zotero has excellent integrations with several other tools that let's you customise it to your own preferences and workflow. Also see Research Workflows on how I use Zotero and its integrations.

Zotero is the reference manager I use, and together with Obsidian and Scrivener it really improved my research workflow immensely. For more information on the latter apps, see Write Smarter.

Zotero | Your personal research assistant


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