Free Note-Taking Apps 2021

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NameDescriptionTypeResearch specific?
AvidnoteNote-taking app developed specifically for academia. Read and annotate papers side-by-side. Organize your research effectively using tags. Find new research papers within Avidnote. Collaborate on your research papers.Web app - no download neededYes, including article retrieval and reference management. Focuses on research paper annotation.
EvernoteGeneric note-taking tool. Great for taking personal notes.Web, mobile, desktopNo specific features for academic writing.
Google KeepA basic free note taking app from Google. Good for setting reminders.Web, mobile, chrome extentionNo specific features for academic writing.
NotabilityIf you prefer to sketch your notes.iPad, Mac, and iPhoneNo specific features for academic writing.
NotionComprehensive note-taking tool. Great for to-do-lists.Web, mobile, desktopNo specific features for academic writing.
Microsoft OneNoteNote-taking app developed by Microsoft. Great for taking notes on rich media.Web, mobile, desktopNo specific features for academic writing.
Roam ResearchCreate notes using a wiki structure. Focuses on creating connections between tags.Desktop - requires downloadYes, developed for research use. Focus on creating networks of notes.

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