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Tech for Lawyering Competencies: Research & Writing: Evernote

Covers technology that assists with note-taking and writing


Evernote lets you enhance your notes with links, checklists, tables, attachments, and audio recordings. Even handwritten notes are searchable. It has the added benefits of being able to “clip” outside resources to your notes and to present your works-in-progress through automatically populated Evernote presentation slides. Evernote also makes physical notebooks that can sync into your online Evernote “notebook.”


The app works with Mac, PC, and Apple/Android smartphones.

There is a free version (basic) which allows syncing of two devices and a limit of 60 MB of new uploads per month.

The Plus version allows you to sync unlimited devices and a limit of 1 GB of new uploads per month.

Recommended Usage

Obvious use is powerful note-taking. In this note above there is an inserted image, the citation (in Bluebook), a permalink to the pages mentioned and a spot for you own personal notes (click to enlarge).

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Other Apps & Comparison

note taking comparisons

(From Jimmy Daly, Evernote, OneNote, and Beyond: The 14 Best Note-Taking Apps (2017), (last visited Aug 26, 2017)).

Further reading

James Doubek, Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away, (2016), (last visited Aug 26, 2017);

Thorin Klosowski, Note Taking Styles Compared: Evernote vs Plain Text vs Pen and Paper, Lifehacker (2013), (last visited Aug 26, 2017);

Taylor Pipes, Timeless Note-Taking Systems for Students, Evernote Blog (2016), (last visited Aug 26, 2017).