With so much research done online, you need a way to organise the things you clip
As you research a story you’ll probably find things on websites, blogs, in PDFs, on Twitter, Facebook and other social platformThere may be YouTube videos, images, and audio.
And you’d like to group those elements, which will make up the background and reference points to what you write, all in one place.
As you’ll probably be doing some research on your computer, some on your smartphone and/or your tablet, you need what you find to be synchronised, whatever device you are on when you discover it.
If you are working collaboratively, you might also want to share the things you find with colleagues (co-workers).
Evernote Web ClipperThat’s where web-clipping software comes in. We’ll take a close look at Evernote Web Clipper, which is the market leader.
But what if your research is more academic? If you write on a scientific, medical or other journal and need to manage bibliographic data and related research materials (such as PDFs) you may need something more specialised that Evernote.
In which case Zotero might fit the bill.
ZoteroZotero also has word processor plugins that allow you to insert citations and bibliographies directly into your documents.
We’ll have a run-through on Zotero – how to use it and what it can do for you.
And what about getting your best work gathered in a smart, elegant format online? Paper cuttings are inadequate, and running a list of links to your best stuff isn’t very impressive-looking either.
Cuttings MeSo how about Cuttings Me? It’s a great way to build up an online portfolio or clippings book of the journalism that you’ve produced.
It lets you put your best material, plus your profile and cv, on a smart web page that you can link to from wherever you like.