General Academic Tools and Resources

Dropbox (

Dropbox provides cloud-based access to your files — think a flashdrive that you can access anywhere you have internet.  I find that it works well as a backup as well as an easy way to share, access, and keep files updated between multiple computers.

Mendeley (

Excellent tool for managing and organizing references — particularly PDF’s.  Links to Microsoft Word (and supports LaTeX).  I think the best feature is Mendeley’s ability to pull metadata out of PDF files and create reference data based on file content.  iPad/iPhone and Android support.