Online notetaking tools

There are great free online tools you can use to help organise your research process and notes, and help you put together your final product efficiently.


You can use Evernote to write notes, save web pages, collect images (including handwritten notes, or teacher notes on the board) and save and share these notes with others. Tag your notes so you can find them easily and access them from all of your devices.


Keeping track of websites you’ve visited for your research can be difficult and sometimes there are too many sites to bookmark or to find in your search history. Tools like Diigo allow you to bookmark webpages so you can easily find them again.

Diigo will prompt you to tag each bookmark with keywords so you can search your account for particular topics, annotate with a short description and even highlight certain passages and add notes.

You can also share your bookmarks with others - a great tool if you are researching for a group project.


It's essential to document the resources you use in your research and list these in a bibliography. There are a number of ways you can record the bibliographic details of the resources you are using.

You can use the bibliography tool in Microsoft Word if you want to be able to work offline. This is an easy-to-use function that also integrates with programs such as Endnote and Zotero.

Web-based tools such as Bibme, Scotchbib and Writecite allow you to search for references or input fields yourself to build your own bibliography and present it in the required format.

You can find out more about bibliographies in Write your bibliography.

As with any online tool, work out what you need to do and choose the tool that best suits you and how you work.