Taking Notes and Making Lists

A wide variety and number of online note-taking options are available ranging from simple to complex systems.

Things to Consider

  • Do you want a simple quick note system or an extended complex notebook system, or both for different purposes?
  • What features do you want to have available, for example: screen clippings, geocoding, sharing & collaborating, syncing & backup, tasks, reminders, annotation capability, and may include audio, visual, as well as text notes.
  • What is your purpose for taking the notes? Are they for class, research and writing projects, reminders, or other purposes?
  • What back up is available for your notes?

Note-taking software

To-do-list Comparison

  • Looking for a good electronic to-do list? Check out this comparison chart of various tools.

Possible Options

  • The University of Minnesota Google Apps suite of tools offers one option for note-taking: Google Tasks is integrated with GMail and Google Calendar and can be used as a quick note system.
  • Citation managers are commonly used in academic settings to organize citations and bibliographies. In addition to those purposes, RefWorks, EndNote, and Zotero all have some options for taking notes. Generally these notes are related to specific citations, however Zotero has a free standing note feature. These notes can then be integrated into folders or collections of citations related to a project.