6 ways to use Evernote for research

Evernote is a great tool for research. Whether you’re investigating legendary treasures hidden by ancient civilizations, writing a novel, or working towards a PhD, Evernote is an invaluable tool for gathering information and keeping it all organized.

Ancient ruins

1. Organize your research into notebooks

List of notebooks in a notebook stack

Let’s say you’ve come across a list of places in the world where explorers have allegedly left precious cargo still waiting to be found. You’ve decided to start your quest in Evernote, where you can save maps, artifacts, ancient manuscripts, and other clues you may discover along the way. To stay organized, start by creating a notebook structure to keep similar notes together.


If you find the need for further organization, you can group multiple notebooks into one notebook stack. Keeping notebooks together makes it easy to find what you’re looking for.


2. Clip articles from online journals and archives

Screenshot of clipped web article

Save entire web pages into Evernote using Evernote Web Clipper. This is especially helpful when you’ve got short-term access to pay-per-view journals, periodicals, and other online archives. With Evernote, you won’t need to worry about web page content getting updated. Once saved, always saved. You can organize and search all the pages you’ve clipped alongside your other research notes.


3. Use your mobile device to capture images and scan documents

Sample note with handwriting

Inspiration often comes around when we least expect it. Use the Evernote camera on your phone or tablet to capture ideas on the go:

  • Snap photos of museum artifacts or reference materials from archival libraries you’re not allowed to check out.
  • Scan pages of old manuscripts or journals you can review and annotate later.

Once your sketches and handwritten notes are scanned and saved, Evernote runs images through a character-recognition process so text can become searchable.


From any Android or iOS device, you can sketch drawings, charts, and graphs with your finger or stylus.


4. Annotate images and PDFs

Sample note with preview of annotated image

Add text, arrows, and shapes to draw attention to important sections of images or other documents you’ve scanned into Evernote.


5. Record interviews and key conversations

Sample note with audio recording

To make sure you haven’t missed any important points during conversations with fellow treasure seekers, use Evernote’s built-in recorder to capture audio notes.


To make it easy to reference later, add text notes or an audio transcription to the same note you’ve attached the audio recording to.


6. Share notes and notebooks with research partners

Share a note

Involve others in the research process by sharing notes and notebooks. Grant editing permission to others who can provide valuable insights and resources. It’s easy to share and discuss notes and notebooks, without having to leave the Evernote app.

Learn how to share notes

Learn how to share notebooks


Create a ‘table of contents’ note for quick access to frequently referenced notes or external websites. Learn how






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