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Tools for the Scholarly Journey: TCC Episode 22writing tools

By Daniel Hansen

Today's Episode

  1. Project Management
    • Microsoft Project
    • Microsoft Outlook - Tasks Feature
  2. Editing
    • Grammarly
    • WhiteSmoke
  3. Citations and References
    • Citation Machine
    • EndNote
    • Zotero
  4. Productivity
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking
    • Scrivner
    • Copernic Summarizer
  5. Collaboration
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • Skype
    • FreeConferencing.com
  6. Tools
  7. Books

Project Management

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project delivers a visually enhanced way to effectively manage a wide range of projects and programs. Each milestone at Walden can be captured to help you be more productive and visualize your path.

Microsoft Outlook - Tasks Feature

Consider Tasks as your To-Do list. As you work on Tasks in your list, you can update the percentage of work done on each project.



Grammarly is an automated grammar and writing revision tool for academic writing. Grammarly will not edit your work for you; it is up to you to incorporate Grammarly's feedback and decide what suggestions are most appropriate.



WhiteSmoke corrects and enhances your English writing. It allows you to perform advanced grammar checking, style checking, and spell checking on your texts, in a single click.


Citations and References

Citation Machine

Citation Machine uses an easy to use 3 step process to create your citations, 1) Choose your style, 2) Search, and 3) Edit and Create. Citation Machine helps you properly credit the information that you use in your research.



EndNote for Windows and Apple is a valuable all-in-one tool that integrates your references into one program. EndNote searches databases on the Internet and organizes all your images, PDFs and other files as you write.



Zotero is reference management software. Zotero is used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. Works with Mozilla FireFox.



Dragon Naturally Speaking

Tell your computer what you want to do, such as "Delete line," "Copy that," or "Open Microsoft Word," and Dragon will complete the task. The Dragon Sidebar lets you see helpful voice commands and tips at anytime without interrupting what you’re doing. You can also convert voice file to text.



Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allow you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents, including the dissertation and . While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.


Copernic Summarizer

Copernic Summarizer analyzes text and creates a document summary as short or as long as you want it to be. Simply drag a file, text selection, or hyperlink onto the Floating Bar bar and it will be summarized quickly and easily. When you insert a website link, Copernic Summarizer is able to summarize the page according to your specifications. A file (word, pdf, etc.) can be inserted as well. Copernic Summarizer is able to summarize the page according to your specifications




Store your stuff anywhere. Free 2 GB of drive space. Easy to share files.


Google Drive

Store and Share your files. Free 25 GB of storage. Easy to share files.



Calling, seeing, messaging and sharing with others – wherever they are.



Free full-featured conferencing. Call, see, message and share with others


Technical Toys


Dissertation And Scholarly Research: Recipes for Success: A Practical Guide to Start And Complete Your Dissertation, Thesis, or Formal Research Project by Marilyn K Simon Ph.D. and Jim Goes Ph.D.

The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation by Carol M. Roberts

Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral by Joan Bolker

Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond by Patricia Gosling and Lambertus D. Noordam


Tools for Your Scholarly Journey

Back to School: TCC Episode 16

This Week

Back to School

Working on my PhD in Information Management at Walden University.


It all started when I went to Thailand in 2007 and spoke and consulted at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok.  All I want to do is make a difference in the world. I just to let people know, I was here.

Lady Antebellum - I Was Here with Lyrics

Tools I use

Dropbox - My online jump drive

Evernote - For notes on my dissertation, podcast, to-do lists, or personal journal

FreeConferenceCall.com - Great collaborative tool. Share documents and desktops with colleagues or students.

Life After School

The rewards:

  • do something greater than myself
  • freedom to do more research
  • Write novels and screenplays
  • Create positive social change by adding to the experience of virtual learning
  • Personally - saving kids’ lives by supporting Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals through my son's project Extra Life at http://danhansen.com/extralife, and helping Native Americans decrease diabetes through the coffee.


Dropbox - https://db.tt/BWxxItC8

Evernote - http://evernote.com/

FreeConferenceCall.com - https://www.freeconferencecall.com/