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Research: A Step-by-Step Guide: Free Tech Stuff

This guide will help you start learning about the high-quality information and research support available through the Kirk Library

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Online File Storage

Tired of losing your USB thumbdrive? If so, below are some online storage sites that you can use.



Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Requires a download.



Dropbox allows you to save your files online and sync them on all of the computers and smartphones you use so that you will always have the most current version of the file you are working on.  Dropbox needs to be downloaded and installed on your computers before sychronization will occur.  If you don't want to download the dropbox program, you can still use it as an online storage space only.  Your files can be uploaded and downloaded to the dropbox online account.



ADrive’s Basic free plan offers individual users online storage and backup for all file types. With Basic plan, you will have the essentials to store, backup, share, and edit your documents online.

Word Processing

No money to purchase a program for word processing?  No problem.  Below are a few free word processing programs you can use.  Some are web-based (you can only use it online) and some require you to download and install.



Open Office

Word processing, spreadsheets, presentation, graphics, and databases.  Requires download and install onto your computer.


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You need to be online and signed in to use Google Docs. However, you can download your documents, spreadsheets and presentations, work on them offline, then re-import them to Google Docs.

Online word processor.  You need to be online and signed in to use Zoho Writer.  It can be linked and used with other Zoho apps, such as Zoho Sheet (spreadsheet), Zoho Show (presentation), etc.



Remember everything.  Type a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot. Evernote will keep track of everything and help organize them so you can find them again. Evernote will synchronize between all your computers, smart phones, and mobile devices so you have access whenever and wherever you need your files.  Requires download and installation of Evernote program onto your devices.

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