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E/M 385: Public Finance: Managing Information

Files and Notes

At times it's really useful to be able to get to documents that you saved on another computer. These services are among the options for cloud-based storage that syncs across computers. 

Dropbox - a web-based file storage system that, once installed on your computers, will sync your files and allow recovery of previous versions. Free accounts allow you to store up to 2 GB. You can access your files from the web or on mobile devices. You can create shared files or make documents public.

Google Drive - available through Gustavus's Google apps. 

Evernote - a powerful platform for taking notes, keeping screen captures, dictating notes, clipping articles from the web, and more, with quite a few functions available to those with free accounts. As with other tools, you can intall and sync across devices. 

Zotero for Citation Management

Keeping track of your sources can be a real challenge. Zotero is a free program you can download either as a standalone program (to use with Chrome and Safari) or as a Firefox plugin. Once you download Zotero, you can use it to save webpages, articles in databases, and book references from thelibrary catalog, Amazon,or Google Books. Your collected references can be synched from one compter to another and can be accessed online through any web broswer. Sort your references into project folders, tage them, add annotations and, when you want to create a reference, simply drag them into a document and choose a format. See the Zotero Quick Start Guide to get started or try our very brief guide; see Jason Puckett's guide for more tips and strategies.

A note for Zotero users - you can set up Zotero to recognize content in our databases by clicking on the gear icon, choosing preferences, clicking on Advanced, and adding under Resolver this URL:

An optioal plug-in for Word (or Open Office) is available. If you use the Fiefox plugin,download the Word plugin. If you use the standalone version of Zotero, open Zotero and install the plugin found under Tools - Options - Cite. The plugins will then be found in Word under the Add-Ins tab (PC) or under the scripts menu (Mac). For an introduciton to using these plugins in a document, see this video created at Oregon State University.

Want more information? Contact Barbara Fister (fister @

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