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Dissertation Boot Camp Library Resources @ Pitt: Research Organization Tools

This guide is designed to help students attending dissertation boot camp sessions find and organize research information.


BrowZine is an app for the iPad, Android, or Kindle devices that allows you to:

  • Browse open access as well as subscription academic journals
  • Select journals for your personal bookshelf
  • Read and share articles
  • Set up alerts when new issues of your selected journals are released.

Please note: journals available to view through BrowZine do not reflect the entirety of the University Library System's journal subscriptions.

Box @ Pitt

Box has been adopted as the universal cloud storage service at Pitt. It is supported by CSSD. It is recommended for:

  • Accessing files from your home computer without using a flash drive
  • Sending and sharing large files
  • Collaborating on a project
  • Organizing your files

Use this guide to learn how to use Box effectively for your work at Pitt:

PITTCat+ Browser Plugin

You can install the PITTCat+ browser plug-in for Internet Explorer or Firefox.  This will allow you to search for library materials from your searchbar.

A Helpful Guide


OneNote is a digital notebook that allows you to gather, organize, share, and sync notes and clips. OneNote is accessible on Windows, Apple, and Android devices as well as on the web. 


Evernote is a research management tool that allows you to create, organize, and share your research and notes across platforms.  Evernote is accessible via web, deskop, smartphone, and tablet platforms.


Workflowy is a free web-based organization tool that allows you to create simple, flexible, collapsible lists and outlines.

RSS Alerts

RSS stands for "Really Simple Syndication" and it delivers content to a feed reader as an XML file. You can subscribe to a RSS feed with a feed reader or a news aggregator. 

You'll know a page has an RSS feed if you see this icon.RSS symbol You will often see these icons in the URL bar in a web browser or at the bottom of a web page. They'll also show up in databases and publisher web sites.

View the introductory video on this page to learn more about RSS.

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