This is the first part of a two part post which talks about essential iPad apps for Researchers and Academics. This post covers apps 1-5 and the second post which should be available in the next few days covers apps 6-10.
As a full time academic member of staff and a active researcher one of the most important factors as part of my workflow is efficiency. I am constantly looking for ways to make my work life easier and more efficient. Hence it should come as no surprise that for me the iPad is now an essential part of my life and my work.
However what are the key apps? After 3 years of playing with every type of app under the sun the following apps are in my view essential for any researcher and academic:
1. Dropbox (Free)
This is a cloud based service that you can use to synchronize your work from your PC and your iPad. Essential for accessing and working on your research while on the train or on the move. Dropbox gives you 2GB for free and anything above that you need to pay for. Read my post on using dropbox and the cloud for your research.
2. Mendeley (Free)
This app is an absolute must for any budding researcher or experienced academic. It will bring order to your references and sense to your workflow. It is a reference management system that allows you to access all of your references from your iPad. Read my post on using Mendeley within your research for more detail.
3. Browzine (Free)
I found this app relatively recently and it literally was a “wow” moment. This app works by allowing the researcher to access articles and journals that your academic institution subscribes to. As an output this then allows the researcher to view articles quickly and easily via a newsstand. Its your whole institutions journal catalogue at your fingertips.
4. Pocket (Free)
The market for saving articles to read at a later date is quite saturated with the mighty Instapaper and the newer Readability taking up a large chunk of it. I like pocket, it is fast, lightweight easy to use and is integrated into a large amount of apps already including tweetbot etc. Its also free which for the poor researcher is always nice :). When you find something you want to read later just save to pocket and either read offline or read on another device.
5. Evernote (Free)
I like to think of evernote as a snapshot of the mind. Its a tool that I have used a lot while attending conferences and meetings. It is designed to help you stay organised and save your ideas for later. Its excellent for taking notes, capturing photos and creating to do lists which can be stored and tagged for later searching. It also supports voice recording so can be used for data collection and storage.
These are just a few of the Apps that have helped me during my PHD research and they are now a mainstay as part of my workflow. Stay tuned for my second post which details the other five apps.