5 Amazing Research Instruments for Freelancers and All Others

25 Dec 2013
| Last update: 20 Mar 2015

We probably all have experienced that it can involve a lot more time to research a subject than to write about it. You need to have a particular plan for doing your research, or you oftentimes will use way too much time scanning articles and data. This can detract from your total output.

Here you will be able to find five of the best research tools at no cost to you.

All that is necessary is for you to download Chrome or Firefox, if you still have Internet Explorer as your browser. You can continue more easily with the article being aware that a majority of these tools are Chrome extensions or at least employ Chrome extensions in addition to the full apps.

1. Evernote

Evernote research

Evernote is one of the strongest instruments which is possible to find for note taking and organization. You should start using it as soon as possible.

Although there are many who have trouble with it in the beginning, that is only due to the layout and performance being fashioned to be amazingly adaptable to meet your own needs. You can find an article which helps you better understand how functional Evernote is.

It’s completely accurate to say that the more you use it, the more useful it becomes. Ideally, after you begin to employ it for all you do, you will see how it achieves ultimate efficiency.

2. Clearly

Clearly is a browser extension for Evernote, needing Chrome or Firefox, which is a lot more efficient than the usual Evernote web-clipper extension, although the basic clipper is good).

Clearly gives an exceptionally clean adaptation of any article you have read and desire to keep for later, getting rid of whatever is diverting your attention on the page (ads, sidebars, etc) and leaving a print-ready, simple to read article.

In addition, Clearly gives you the opportunity to select varying themes in which you can save your article, highlight segments, and more. After you finish, you can deliver the modified adaptation to Evernote by just a single click. Clearly brilliant, pun intended.

3. Readability


Readability is a combination of apps such as Pocket, which used to be Read it Later, and Clearly. With readability you can save the article in a structure which is simple to read and can be entered from the web or in a mobile app. You may have some concerns about Evernote or other diverse programs which should be answered by the next section.

4. IFTTT (IF This Then That)

You should be acquainted with IFTTT as an instrument for use whether you employ Evernote or a different, inferior application. It is true to its name in that it generates actions determined by other actions. You can access thousands of “recipes” which others have already generated, or you can develop your own.

Looking at an example, we can assume that we save something in Readability on our amazing Note II smartphone, and then use a recipe on IFTTT which consequently will save any archived elements to Evernote. After we retrieve the article on Readability and choose to save it, we only need to click “archive”, and it automatically appears in Evernote.

You can find an unlimited number of recipes, so you certainly will discover some which will simplify your experience with whichever instruments you select to employ.

5. Diigo


A different browser extension, which may be the least known of all, is called Diigo, and can be used with ipad, iphone and android. With Diigo you are able to “save for later” if you discover something you will need to get to another time, but it also other good features.

This app is magnificent for its onpage annotations and screenshot features. You can open a site, highlight any word, phrase, or section, and then a little Diigo option appears. It’s possible to highlight using a variety of colors, create a sticky note for putting your personal notes directly on the page, or take a screenshot of whichever section of the page you desire.

In order to understand this more clearly, picture you taking a screenshot of a web page with an article, save it on your computer, then open it with an image editing program, so you can make notes on it using highlighting, annotations, arrows, or something else. Diigo accomplishes all of this at the same time you are on the web page, and saves it. Whenever you return to that page from the same browser, all of your highlights and notes will remain in the same place you left them. It’s possible to reveal these to other Diigo users, or you can keep them for your own personal research.

Now it’s your turn. What reasearch tool do you use for writing your topics?

Andreea Muresan-Leau

Andreea Muresan-Leau

Online Marketing and Community Management at Squirrly.co
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