Evernote for Students

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Have you heard about Evernote? Our librarians are big fans of the resource, now available on a wide range of devices (web, desktop, Android, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Windows Phone 7). The quickest way to describe Evernote is an an extensive note-taker. It can be used to create notes from text, audio, photos, attachments, location-based information, and tagging – which are saved to the cloud.  Evernote is an effective tool if you want to find quick and easy ways to organize your life. It can be helpful for study, to remember to buy milk or groceries, and to save content needed for class.


  • Easy to use
  • Versatile for professional and personal needs
  • Create and edit notes, to-dos, and task lists
  • Organize by notebooks and tagging
  • Save, sync, and share files


  • Free version does not allow offline storage to notebooks
  • Unable to edit PDF files

And just in case students need a reminder – Evernote is not meant to store patient information. We believe everyone knows and understands the facts about patient privacy, but when in doubt – err on the side of caution.


Find a Research Tool

The tools listed below have been developed to make it easier for you to find information at UTHSC Libraries. Each tool listed below has been developed by UTHSC, or has been identified by library staff as helpful in the integration of your research.

If there are tools that have helped you with your reserch you would like to suggest we add to the Toolbox page, please email

Catalog and Proxy Tools

LibX: Firefox and Google Chrome Add-on

What is it?

LibX is a web browser add-on that provides you with direct access to UTHSC Library resources, all from a toolbar.

How can it help with my research?

This tool allows you to search the library catalogs, right-click search menus, off-campus access to UTHSC, and embedded cues. For more information on LibX, and tutorials visit LibX.


LibX works with both Firefox and Google Chrome. Below are the downloads for both browsers:

Please note the instructions for installing any extension that is outside of the Chrome marketplae.

Catalog Bookmarklet

What is it?

The catalog bookmarklet allows you to search the UTHSC Library catalog if the page you are on has either the ISBN or ISSN number on it. Just drag the bookmark link below into your bookmarks bar to begin using the bookmarklet.

How can it help with my research?

The bookmarklet allows you to search the libraries catalog, if the page you are viewing has the ISBN or ISSN number located on it.



Proxy Bookmarklet

What is it?

The Proxy bookmarklet reloads the page that you are on with the proxy service loaded, giving access to our journals even off campus.

How can it help with my research?

The Proxy bookmarklet allows you to integrate the library resources into your research workflow, but does not require you to visit the library’s website to login from off campus first.


Proxy Bookmarklet


What is it?

UTHSC Link is a link generator that creates a shorter, readable link that can be emailed, bookmarked, or included on a Blackboard course page.

How can it help my research?

UTHSC Link allows you to share links with others quickly and effeciently. All that is required to use UTHSC Link is a DOIPMIDPMCID, or CINAHL Accession Number.

More information on UTHSC Link





Citation Tools

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What is it?

BibMe is a free fully automatated bibliography maker that will help build work cited pages that can be imported into your research documents at any point of the research cycle.

How can it help my research?

BibMe allows you to enter information either by searching for specific books, articles, etc., or manually entering information into the BibMe web application. BibMe allows you download your citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, or Turabian formats

For more infomration or to use BibMe visit



Information Organization


What is it?

Delicious is a social bookmarking service, that allows you to save all of your bookmarks online, share them with others, and see what other people are bookmarking. Delicious keeps all of your bookmarks in one location, so you don’t have to worry about what machine your on, you can still get to them. Users are given the option to save their bookmarks through Delicious web interface, or through web browser extensions.

How can it help with my research?

Delicious allows you to organize your bookmarks with tags. The tags are placed within specific pages of your account. You can share links with your peers that will send them to a list of bookmarks, rather than emailing them to everyone one at a time. Also, if you are looking at working collaboratively with others, you can create custom tags, specific to the research; then as everyone tags research with these tags you will develop a list of research bookmarks that can be accessed by anyone anywhere.

Download and more information

Delicious does not require anything to be downloaded to work from their webpage, but they have developed plugins that help streamline the bookmarking process. If you would like to download the plugins for your respective browser:

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What is it?

Evernote is a capture and organization tool that allows you to collect, sort, tag and annotate notes in various forms of media. You can organize text notes, clip a web page, snap a photo, grab a screen shot, etc. and store the information in Evernote.

How can it help with my research?

Evernote allows you to keep information on various forms of media and make annotations on the source. This allows you to not misplace your notes, and gives you a place to store them.

Download and more information

Evernote works on Windows, Mac OS X, iPhone/iPhone Touch, iPad, Android, Palm Pre/Pixi, and Windows Mobile. To download visit Evernote.

Additionally Evernote has extensions for various browsers so you can organize all of your bookmarks and keep them all in one place no matter what computer you are on. To download the Evernote extension visit Evernote Firefox.

For more information, and video demonstrations of Evernote, visit Evernote.

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What is it?

Zotero is a free Firefox extension that allows you to collect, organize, manage, share, and cite your researh sources.

How can it help with my research?

All of the information you import lives on Zotero, so you can install, and use it on multiple machines. Also, you can share your information with other individuals and groups that you may be researching with. In addition, Zotero gives you the option of discovering others researches that share the same interests, and sources that they are citing.


Zotero only works with Firefox, and you must register with Zotero to get all of the functionality. For more information, demonstration videos, and to download the Zotero extension visit Zotero.

Find Help – Guides

Refreshed and redesigned with the user in mind, our guides offer a fully responsive experience on your desktop and mobile device. Select a guide by topic from the options below, or browse all guides.

We hope you found what you need using the available guides. You can always contact us to suggest an enhancement or an entirely new guide.

PDF Tools & Tricks #1: Annotating & Notetaking

We see lots of students come into the library just before class to print a slideshow or document their instructor has just posted to Blackboard.  We also see plenty of people print journal articles just so they can use a pencil or highlighter to mark them up, or print out blank forms so they can fill them out with a typewriter. Have you been in that situation and wished you could save the trees and do all that on your computer or tablet?  You can — and here are some free or low-cost tools you can use to do it.

1. Adobe Reader X. If you’re still using version 8 or 9 of Adobe Reader, a simple upgrade can bring you a whole set of annotation capabilities.  Beginning in Adobe Reader X, you can select View > Comment > Annotations to enable the new “Annotations” toolbar, which allows you to highlight, underline, add a text note or sticky note — as long as the PDF document was originally created in a way to allow commenting.  In addition, you can enable the “Drawing Markup” toolbar to add a Text Box, Callout, Line, Arrow, Circle, Rectangle, Cloud, Polyline, or Polygon — or draw with a Pencil or Eraser tool.  Once you’ve made your notes and comments, you can save your annotated version.  This Adobe Help document includes information on how to comment & review using Adobe Reader X.

2. Foxit Reader. A very popular free alternative PDF reader — both for its functionality and quickness — Foxit Reader also offers a number of annotation and notetaking features.  Under the “Comment” menu, Foxit Reader allows you to add notes, highlight, underline, strikethrough, and more.  It also offers drawing tools: rectangle, oval, polygon, cloud, arrow, line, pencil & eraser.  One important feature that distinguishes Foxit Reader from Adobe Reader is the Typewriter tool. The Typewriter tool allows you to type text right on top of a PDF document, then save and/or print it.  Although some PDF forms are created to be filled out with Adobe Reader, the Typewriter feature in  Foxit Reader allows you to fill out even forms that weren’t originally created that way.  This blog post offers some observations on how grad students and other academics can use Foxit Reader’s annotation features.

3. Mac OS X Preview.  The default PDF viewer on Mac OS X also includes annotation and markup features as well.  Pull down the Tools menu and choose “Annotate” to add an oval, rectangle, note, or link.  To highlight, underline or strikethrough, simply select the text you want to mark up, pull down the Tools menu, and select “Mark Up” to choose the appropriate option.  For more, see this Macworld article.

4. For iPhone and iPad, there are a number of apps that offer varying levels of PDF annotation features, ranging from pdf-notes for free to PDFpen for $14.99, and many others in between.  This post from AppAdvice provides a listing and brief reviews of quite a few of these option.

5. For Android, Mantano Reader offers free and paid versions, both of which offer annotation features.


PDF Tools & Tricks #2: Creating & Converting

In the last installment of our PDF Tricks & Tools Series, we showed you tools to annotate and take notes on PDFs.  This time, we’re going to introduce you to some tools to create or convert documents to PDF format, or from PDF to another format.

We find that many library users are under the mistaken impression that the only way to create PDF documents, extract text from PDFs, or convert them to another format, is to use Adobe’s commercial software called Acrobat Standard or Professional.  That’s certainly one option — and we are happy to provide several computers at our libraries with Acrobat installed for library visitors to use.  However, it’s not the only way to create or convert PDFs.  Below we’ll discuss a number of other options, all of which are free (unless otherwise indicated), that you can use on your own computer or mobile device.

  1. Output PDFs directly from Microsoft Office, Google Docs, OpenOffice or LibreOffice. Beginning with Office 2007 Service Pack 1, Microsoft offered users the ability to save any document edited in Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Publisher) as PDF.  To do so, simply pull down the File menu, select “Save As…”, then in the “Save As” dialog box, pull down the “Save as type” list and choose PDF.  OpenOffice and LibreOffice also offer similar capabilities.  In Google Docs, you can pull down the File menu, choose “Download As…” and select PDF.  It’s also possible to convert a whole batch of files to PDF at one time with Google Docs, by uploading them all into a folder and then converting the whole folder, as described in this how-to document.
  2. Install a free PDF “pseudo-printer”. Once you install one of these utilities on your computer, you will find another “printer” available when you go to print.  But when you select this “printer”, instead of the document being sent to a physical printer, it will be converted to PDF and you will be prompted to give it a filename so the PDF can be saved on your computer.  The advantage of this technique is that it can be used to create PDFs from practically any software that can print, including web browsers, email programs, etc.  There are quite a few such utilities available for Windows, including PDF24, Bullzip, and doPDF.  For MacOS or Linux, it is not necessary to install a third-party tool. On MacOS, this feature is already pre-installed; just look in the lower-left corner of your print dialog box for the PDF options.  On Linux, this feature is integrated into the standard CUPS printing system.
  3. Extract text from PDFs, or convert them to Word/Excel documents. The ability to extract text from a PDF can depend a lot on how the PDF was originally created.  In some cases, it may be possible for you to open the PDF in a PDF reader program, select the text, copy it, and then paste it into another document.  If that can’t be done, then you will need a program with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities to “read” the text from the original PDF.  If you have Microsoft Office installed on your computer (Windows or Mac), you may already have a free component called “Microsoft Office Document Imaging” that includes OCR capabilities. Another free standalone option for Windows is called FreeOCR.  Finally, Google Docs also has the ability to recognize text in PDF documents via OCR; just make sure that when you upload your PDF to Google Docs, you check the box labeled “Convert text from PDF and image files to Google documents,” and select the language the PDF is printed in, as explained in this how-to document.
  4. Use an online conversion tool. All of the options above are useful on a desktop or laptop computer, but many require installation of special software to do the conversions.  The Google Docs options listed above, however, don’t require any locally installed software; they only require a free Google account.  Other online options include Cometdocs, which can convert from Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Publisher to PDF or from PDF to any of those formats.  Another online converter, Zamzar, offers a feature that is useful for conversion from mobile devices: simply email a document to to convert it to PDF, or email a PDF to to convert it to Word format. Finally, if you’re a Dropbox user and have it installed on your mobile device, you can easily convert documents to PDF by signing up for the easyPDFcloud service, setting it up to monitor one of your Dropbox folders, and then just depositing documents in that folder to be converted. When using any of these third-party online services, however, be very aware of their terms of service.  Online conversion services would generally not be a wise way to convert documents that are sensitive or private in nature.

Stay tuned for the next installment of our PDF Tools & Tricks series, where we will explore how to manage and organize your PDFs in support of your research projects.

PDF Tools & Tricks: The Series

Some of our most common questions here at the library  have to do with the Portable Document Format, better known as PDF.  Our students, faculty and staff work with so many PDF documents — journal articles, ebooks, forms, syllabi, class notes, and much more — that they’re an essential part of the library’s daily life.

So over the next few weeks or months we want to share with you some of the free (or low-cost) tools and tricks that we have discovered that can help you work with PDFs more effectively and successfully.  The series of website posts will include the following topics:

  1. Annotating & notetaking on PDFs
  2. Creating PDFs & converting documents to/from PDF
  3. Managing & organizing PDFs
  4. Splitting, combining & rearranging pages of PDFs
  5. Locking, unlocking, and digitally signing PDFs
  6. Extracting and editing text from PDFs
  7. Viewing and embedding PDFs on the web (without viewer software)

Please let us know if there are any other topics or questions that you’d like us to cover.



Tools for Richer Teaching

The following resources and links were created to support a Professional Development presentation for the faculty of the Department of Health Restoration and Care Systems Management at the UT Health Science Center School of Nursing, on February 15, 2013.

The presentation show above were created using Prezi, a web-based “cloud computing” tool for creating dynamic presentations which is particularly good at expressing concepts when spatial/visual relationships can be used help convey meaning.  You can step through the presentation above by using the arrows at the bottom of the presentation display, or use the icon in the lower right corner to display full-screen.  You can also link directly to this presentation on Prezi.

Links to additional resources discussed in the presentation:

Note: this is not intended to be a comprehensive list of applications for these purposes; it’s intended to spark discussion, and barely scratches the surface of what’s available.  Health Science Center faculty who would like to discuss needs or ideas for these or other tools, please feel free to contact your friendly librarian for further consultation.