Book Review: How to Use Evernote for Writing & Research
Whenever I see a book on Evernote, I get pretty excited; I am always looking for new ways to leverage this powerful tool. I just recently picked up a book called How to Use Evernote for Writing and Research* by Nancy Hendrickson. In this book. Hendrickson talked about how to leverage Evernote to organize all her research and writing projects. She explained Evernote was her go to online service for collecting everything, and I wholeheartedly agree.
I picked this up as a Kindle book. This is the another book I have gotten on Kindle that does not have any specific chapters delineated. Rather, it’s one flowing book of many short sections. Fortunately, they are all logically put together. I found this book to be a very quick read with lots of great information in it.
Hendrickson began the book by explaining what Evernote is and why you would want to use Evernote. She provided a list of all the different things she stores in Evernote and how she organizes the content. Naturally, she examined notebooks and notes along with all the different possible ways that you could create a note.
At a very basic level, she provided a lot of basic information to include how to set up your account, how to sync between devices, the nomenclature for the program, etc. She then dove into how to create a notebook and all of the different note types.
Throughout the book, Hendrickson shared a lot of different ideas on how to use notebooks and notes. She actually provided an extensive list including different research projects, blogging ideas, books to read, etc. Additionally, she provided an explanation of stacks, which is a collection of notebooks, and how to organize them. Then she included good tips on how to name notebooks and notes that will help you find the information later.
She Included details on how to do some of the advanced features such as merging or sharing notes, email your notes into Evernote, and adding audio and image notes. As she provided these details, she continued to share examples for using a particular note; for example, one could use audio notes to record interviews, remember different music, and dictate instructions to yourself.
One of the things I really liked about this book is that is focused on the idea of research. Hendrickson explored different ways one could capture a note in Evernote as it related to research. For example, if you were researching a book, you could take pictures of the cover, title pages, pages with specific quotes, key images, etc. Once you captured the content into Evernote, you could then catalog it using tags. She gave a lot of detail about using tags.
Hendrickson also went into a lot of detail about the search features. She covered different search options, saving searches, and searching images.
She explored important tools like the Web Clipper: how you would use the tool and why you would use each of the different features as a researcher.
Mobile devices were addressed in relation to research; an important ability to collect information anytime and anywhere.
One of the more interesting sections was on using Evernote as a traveling writer. This section outlined how to keep your trips organized, how to collect the information prior to the trips, and how to pull all that information together for research and pleasure.
Throughout the book, she provided all kinds of examples on how she personally uses Evernote for her research. She also discussed collaborative writing projects when she wrote with other people. She specifically detailed the tools she used for these writing projects.
Hendrickson also looked at the collaboration between Twitter, Evernote, and IFTTT which is an easy way to automate the collection of information. IFTTT can also be used to collect information from Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox, and many other programs.
Finally, she finished the book by providing ideas that you could use in the office or as a student in school.
All in all, I thought this was a really good book. There is basic information that I already knew about Evernote but it also provided me with enough ideas from a researcher’s point of view on how to use Evernote that I found this book to be very useful. If you use Evernote and do research, I think you could benefit from this book.
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