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Tech for Lawyering Competencies: Research & Writing: Home

Covers technology that assists with note-taking and writing

Overview of this Research Guide


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.”


Zotero is a standalone (and browser app) that allows note-taking, citation, and collection/management of online sources. It is useful for a researcher and allows sharing and collaboration. With Zotero yoo can attach notes and images to citations, create collections and create endnotes and bibliographies in many citation styles (including Bluebook).

MS Word for Lawyers

Microsoft Word is ubiquitous. I am sure you have it installed on your laptop or desktop or have used it at work or school. But, as a lawyer or law student, are you fully knowledgeable about the many features this word processor? Are you familiar with customization, styles, templates, table of contents, table of authorities, insertion of special symbols, etc.? This section addresses these topics. There are also slides and videos showing how to access some of these topics. The slides and videos are provided for both Mac and PC.

Writing Enhancements

There are helpful add-ins and apps that can assist with grammar, style, spelling, word choice, and more. This section gives some suggested apps the author has tried and found useful.


[Note: A caveat concerning the Word portion of this guide. MS Word for Office 365 is the version mentioned throughout the guide. The reader may have a different experience depending on their version of Word. Also, the Windows version is different than the Mac version of Word, and not all features are provided in the Mac version.]