This app is available for both the iPhone and Android. It uses the phone’s built-in camera to take a photo of the document. Unlike a regular photo, however, DocScanner optimizes the image that it captures. You can select the type of document you’re scanning, and then decide whether to create a JPG, PDF, or turn it into plain text. When you’re finished, you can email it or upload it to Dropbox or Evernote or Google Docs. It’s not a cheap app at $4.99, but it makes going paperless much easier.
This is a notetaking app like no other. You can create text, audio, or photos and add them to your Evernote library. It will create flashcards from the notes you write to help you study. Can be synced with the Desktop version so that you have copies of your notes on all your devices. On the iPad2, use it with Evernote Peek. “Using the SmartCover as a cover sheet, the app allows you to quiz yourself on anything in your Evernote library.” (HackCollege, 2011).
Don’t have time to read that article now and don’t want to print it? This app will let you read and annotate documents in Word, Wordperfect, and PDF format. Download documents from email, dropbox, or google docs as well. This app costs $9.99 but is well worth the price.
iA Writer
A very basic writing app; no choice of fonts, no colors, just plain text. You can easily write notes and sync them with Dropbox so that you have access to them from anywhere. $0.99
JotNot Scanner Pro
This app turns your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad into a scanner using the built-in camera. Take a picture of a page of text, and JotNot will turn it into a PDF for you to read later. $0.99
This app allows you to organize, index, cite, and annotate all of your PDF documents into your own personal library. It also allows you to import documents from Google Scholar, ACM, and IEEE. It does require an account with the website.
If you want to handwrite your notes, this is the app to do it. Use plain, graphed, or lined paper to write your notes. Add photos to use as notepaper or just to your notes, and send via email to keep. $1.99.


Create APA, MLA, and Chicago citations easily by scanning the barcode or inputting the title of the book. You can then email the citations or export it to EasyBib’s citation service. Works more easily with a phone than it does the iPad, but it’s worth a look.