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CaseLearns: Productive in Library Research: Explore 10+ Tools in 50 Minutes: Home

Learn about 10 productivity tools that will improve your efficiency in research and teaching. Session will explore tools, such as Summon, RefWorks, Evernote, and others. You will receive a short introduction and resources to explore the tools on your own.

Research Services Librarian (RSL)

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Brian Gray
Title: Team Leader Research Services; RSL for Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering AND Macromolecular Science & Engineering
Kelvin Smith Library 201-K
(216) 368-8685

Ask A Librarian

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Research Management: RefWorks

RefWorks is an online system where you can store references and citations in preparation of writing a paper or doing a presentation. RefWorks uses a system of folders to organize your citations. You can create as many folders as needed, move citations between folders, and rename or delete folders. The 3 main features of RefWorks are:

  • storing & organizing your citations
  • creating correctly formatted bibliographies
  • creating in-text references

Literature Access: Browzine

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BrowZine allows researchers to browse, read, and follow scholarly journals licensed and paid for by the Case Libraries as well as Open Access journals. It allows for a consistent reading experience across many publications using a web platform or mobile application.

Taking Notes: Evernote

Evernote Basic helps you to take notes, track tasks, and save things you find online. It syncs everything between your phone and computer automatically. 

Picking a Meeting Date: Doodle LogoDoodle is a web-based polling tool for event creation. An event organizer can receive feedback on specific dates and times from potential participants. Invites can be sent from website or you receive a link to share.

For free you get:

  • Mobile web and app versions
  • Connect to your calendars
  • MeetMe (show availability to meet)

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Sharing Content: Google Drive

Google Docs/Drive is a web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that makes collaboration more efficient. It lets you keep a document online that others can edit and update simultaneously right from their browser without the need to track attachments. Multiple people can make changes at once, and see edits from others as they happen in real time.

Google Drive syncs and stores files from your computer with Google Docs, allowing you see your files no matter where you are. The integration with the Google Docs platform lets you create, upload, edit, store and share files, regardless of origin, from one location. All CWRU users have 5 Gigabytes of storage available to them for free.

Understanding & Training in Technology/Software: & Safari

Case Western Reserve University and the Kelvin Smith offers several tools to learn by video, tutorials, or readings. The following items are specific to learning various technologies, programming languages, or software. If you are looking to get some basic knowledge on a technology, troubleshoot an issue, or customize a website, these resources are for you.

Data Management - DMPTool

Research data management (RDM) comprises a set of practices—including file organization, documentation, storage, backup, security, preservation, and sharing—which affords researchers the ability to more quickly, efficiently, and accurately find, access, and understand their own or others' research data.

DMPTool is a web application that helps researchers create a data management plan (DMP) for their grant application. It provides assistance throughout the process of writing a DMP, including advice about what to include in order to satisfy institutional as well as prominent granting agency requirements. Also included with the application are DMP templates and links to helpful resources.

Project Management: Asana

With tasks, projects, conversations and dashboards, Asana enables teams to move work from start to finish.

Research Identity Management: ORCID


ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognized.

Search Everything: Summon

Summon searches the various collections available through CWRU Libraries, including books, journals, Digital Case, newspapers, OhioLINK, and much more. It searches the full-text of items, and leads the user to the electronic or print access.

Password Management: Dashlane

Dashlane offers web tools and app to manage passwords. There is a free and premium version.

Keeping track of passwords and making them secure is startlingly simple with Dashlane’s free password manager. Automatically import your passwords from Firefox or any other browser into your secure password vault. Save any missing passwords as you browse. Make a new password right within your browser. Get automatic alerts when websites get breached.