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Web 2.0 tools you can use : Note taking apps

This guide will feature an overview of some of our favourite Web 2 tools and how you can use them in your studies

Note taking apps

picture of a pen taking notes with the logos of various note taking apps displayed on the page

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Welcome to the Unisa Library LibGuide on various note taking apps. 

When you browse this LibGuide you will find:

  • Tips and tutorials for using the applications.

Taking note by hand

Taking notes by hand will always be an easy, effective and reliable way to keep notes, here are a few tips:

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The best note taking applications

Note taking is part and parcel of studying toward any qualification and while pen and paper will suffice for almost all of us, some might be interested in taking their notes to the cloud.

Here are a few note taking applications:

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MS OneNote

** This is available for free via your institutional subscription to Office 365 **

Microsoft OneNote is a computer program for free-form information gathering and multi-user collaboration. It gathers users' notes (handwritten or typed), drawings, screen clippings and audio commentaries. Notes can be shared with other OneNote users over the Internet or a network.  Users can enter typed text via keyboard, create tables, and insert pictures. OneNote saves information in pages organized into sections within notebooks. The interface provides an electronic version of a tabbed ring-binder, into which the user can directly make notes and gather material from other applications. Source: Wikipedia

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Simplenote lets you easily jot down your thoughts and organize them by tag, search note contents and tags later to find what you need again later, search through revision history for your notes, share them with others, and access them on any web-enabled device. Source:

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Google Keep

Using Keep, you can save images, like a receipt or art, as notes. You can also attach photos and images to existing notes.