Remember the days of searching the library Card Catalog for information for your research paper? It was the one place that organized all the books, magazines, and reference materials available to you in the library. The card catalog was organized in a way that allowed you to search for materials by subject, author, or title. Fast forward to today: Google, Bing, DuckDuckGO, websites, blogs, Wikipedia – how do you save all your reference materials and articles of interest that you want to save to read later or share with your team?
There are many ways and many places to save articles for later reading. We have a few apps suggestions that may fit your work style. It is definitely a personal preference and each app offers something different. Which app do you think Melvil Dewey would recommend?
Evernote Web Clipper If you are already an Evernote user, this extension expands your options with what you are saving and how you organize. Your clips will be saved to your Evernote notebook where it is searchable and shareable. EverNote is a free application that you can download.
Diigo is a great app that not only helps you manage your online research it provides a social platform for you to share and collaborate with others. Diigo has many great functions such as tags, bookmarks, and the ability to add comments directly on a webpage that allow you to have your own personalized library in the cloud. Peter H uses Diigo and gives it two thumbs up!
Pocket is a simple “read-for-later” app that provides an easy way to save all those web pages, news articles, videos, and Instagram photos that you want to save for later or share. Pocket uses a tag based organizational system. The best feature may be that you can access your articles offline!
The benefit of using an app instead of just keeping open tabs (and never closing your browser or restarting your computer – but that’s another blog topic!) or bookmarking every interesting web page as a “Favorite”, is that these apps provide ways of making the information available to you on any browser, offline, and make it personal!
Pocket also has an Android and iPhone free app that you can install to read your saved articles on the go.
With all the information that comes to you every day, there will be an app out there to help you create your own card catalog in your library of information!
Other read-it-later apps: Safari’s Reading Lists, Readability and Instapaper.
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