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by JB Burke

Q. I do a lot of research on the Internet, and I can't keep all my notes, links to web sites and other material together. Do you have a suggestion for anything that might help me get organized?

A. Yes, and it's free, at least up to a point. The program is called Evernote. Once you install Evernote, you must create an account with them for use of their Cloud services. Here's how it works. After installing, you will find a new item on your right click menu when you are on a web page. That item is Evernote web clipper. It gives 3 choices – Clip this page, Clip URL or New note. Click on one and the entire web page, just the URL, or a note that you type in will be added to one of your Evernote notebooks.

You can install Evernote on more than one device – such as desktop, laptop, smartphone and iPad or Android tablet. And everything that you "clip" on any of those devices will appear on all your other devices. So if you spot something on your smartphone while you are out, and clip it, it will be available to you on your desktop when you begin to work on your research material. It is all synchronized via the Evernote cloud service. The limit to how much you can clip for free is 60MB per month. More details.

If you are a very avid researcher, you might want to get a Premium Evernote account for $5 per month or $45 per year. That allows up to 1GB per month of clips. I usually just clip URLs – they're small and I've never reached the limit.

There is also a limit of 100,000 notes and 250 notebooks overall for your Evernote account. Not a real limitation I think. One more thing – I never clip anything sensitive – related to my finances, passwords, or anything else I'd rather not lose. Evernote has been hacked, and required all users to reset their passwords recently. But I still use it – it's a great tool.

Published: Courier 3/17/13 - Page 3C