Software Tools for More PhD Productivity

PhD productivity is the most common struggle that almost all PhD scholars go through. You have lots of things to do that are to be done quickly and effectively if you want to finish your project in time. This is where software tools come into the picture. While choosing a software tool you should bear in mind that you are choosing a simple software that you can use without hassle, and that can synchronise your data. Here are software tools that can help you during PhD.

  • Mendeley

This is the best software for managing and sharing research papers. Download the papers that you want to read, and save them in Mendeley software. You can store, share, and cite your work. You can also annotate other information, and collaborate with other researchers worldwide. This also enables you to boost your career in science and technology jobs.

  • Evernote

Evernote software application helps you organize your notes including handwritten, tables, attachments, audios etc, at one place. You don’t need to bookmark web pages. Use this tool and save everything in it. You can save journals, newsletters, research projects, reading lists, notes, meetings, group projects, and much more.

  • Wunderlist

Wunderlist is a task management application. It allows you to manage your all tasks. You just enlist your tasks in this app. This will help you stay organised, and finish your tasks in time. Now you don’t need to be worried about missing deadlines. You can also share your work with your experts and research team through this app. The app can synchronise your to-do list on any device such as Windows, Mac, tablets, and smartphones.

  • Dropbox

Dropbox helps in synchronisation of not only papers and notes, but photos and other documents such as PowerPoint, Photoshop sketch etc too. It can create a folder in your computer consisting of all files and documents that are synchronised to other computer systems. So you can access your files anytime, anywhere. You can share your files with anyone. This application enables you to share even big files.

  • Virtualbox

There are so many software applications that are not backed by specific windows and devices. You don’t need to be worried. Just install a Virtualbox in your system, and then install a needed software application. 

  • SpellCheckPlus


This tool helps make your writing piece better. It emphasizes on correct spellings and sentence-structure. It also provides feedback that helps you improve your overall writing.

  • Docear

Docear is literature management tool. It can help you discover, organize and create academic literature. You can sort your documents and annotations into categories. You can draft papers, assignments, and thesis using a  variety of tools from PDF management to mind mapping. 

  • PowerPoint

PowerPoint slides are embraced by many research boards as this tool helps display information accurately. In fact, you have already been familiar with this. However, you should ask your advisors which tool can be benign for the best presentation apart from PowerPoint.


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