Find the best apps for your academic work

Best Apps for Academics

This book is for students and professors who would like to make the best use of smartphones and tablets in their academic work. If you’ve felt overwhelmed by the sheer number of apps out there, this book is for you!

We’ve spent close to a year creating this guide with the needs of the academic community in mind. We point you to the best apps by category so you won’t have to wade through the millions of apps available for your device (some of poor quality).

Authors: Nicole Hennig (independent user experience professional — worked for MIT for over a decade) and Pam Nicholas (IT professional, MIT Libraries). More about us.

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This 155-page PDF ebook includes:

  • Detailed descriptions of 44 best apps. (iOS and Android)
  • Links to 125 additional apps (honorable mentions).
  • Many examples of how mobile apps are being used by academics in their work.
  • Links to app guides for specific disciplines.
  • A resource guide of books, blogs, and courses about mobile apps.

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What’s so great about this book?

Comprehensive

We cover apps that academics from any discipline will find useful –– the best apps for productivity, reading/annotating, research/reference, taking notes/writing/studying, collaboration/sharing, and presenting/lecturing/publishing. We also include links to discipline-specific app guides, and further resources (books, blogs, courses, and apps about apps).

Real-world examples

This book is full of examples showing how academics are using apps in the classroom, in the field, and more. We include examples from foreign language study, digital humanities, art, journalism, social science research, biology, geology, medicine, computer science, engineering, and math.

Companion website

In order to keep you current, we have a companion website with links to the apps discussed in the book. We’ll post links to new apps on that site and include those in future editions.

Table of Contents

 


Chapter 1 – Productivity

  •          Managing files in the cloud
  •          Managing and generating secure passwords
  •          To-do lists
  •          Calendars
  •          Journaling
  •          Other useful productivity apps

Chapter 2 – Reading & Annotating

  •          Reading and annotating documents
  •          Reading ebooks
  •          Managing citations
  •          Reading news via RSS
  •          Reading news with smart recommendations
  •          Saving web pages to read later

Chapter 3 – Research & Reference

  •          Specialized search engines
  •          Wikipedia client
  •          Dictionary
  •          Private search engine
  •          Unit conversions
  •          Subscription database content provided by your library
  •          Finding open access articles and publications
  •          Special exhibit apps from libraries and archives

Chapter 4 – Taking Notes, Writing, & Studying

  •          Best full-featured notes app
  •          Taking notes by handwriting and sketching
  •          Recording audio notes
  •          Speech recognition
  •          Scanning documents
  •          Text editor for Dropbox
  •          Microsoft Office editor
  •          Create beautifully formatted documents and work with Office docs
  •          Flashcards for studying
  •          Mind mapping
  •          More useful apps for note-taking, writing, or studying
  •          Recommended accessories

Chapter 5 – Collaboration & Sharing

  •          Full-featured social media app
  •          Shared whiteboard
  •          Collaborate with mapping tools
  •          Distance meetings and presentations

Chapter 6 – Presenting, Lecturing & Publishing

  •          Edit and present slide decks
  •          Create simple, beautiful presentations
  •          Wirelessly mirror the display of iPads with projector or large display
  •          Create interactive ebooks

Chapter 7 – Discipline-Specific Examples & Guides

Examples:

  •    Language and literature
  •     Digital humanities
  •     Art
  •     Journalism
  •     Social science research
  •     Biology
  •     Geology
  •     Medicine
  •     Computer science and engineering
  •     Math

App guides:

Art, Engineering, Geology, Journalism, Language-learning, Math, Medicine, Multiple subjects, Science, Social sciences

Further Resources

  •          Books
  •          Apps and websites about apps
  •          Blogs
  •          Other books and courses by Nicole Hennig

About the authors

 


We’re excited to be creating this book for our academic friends and colleagues!

Nicole Hennig

Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, teaching & inspiring educators & librarians about mobile technologies. She worked as webmaster and head of user experience for the MIT Libraries for over a decade. She is a winner of multiple awards, including the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions, and the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation & Creativity.

 

Pam Nicholas

Pam Nicholas enjoys helping people navigate the technological landscape as an IT professional for the MIT Libraries, where she received an Infinite Mile Award for results, outcome, and productivity. In addition, she spends her time writing, making music, and taking photographs.

Buy now
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$249.99
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* You have our permission to store a downloadable copy of the unlimited version on your own server and make it available linked from your library catalog or intranet, without restrictions. This file is DRM-free.