Apps, Software, and Sites

SU Libraries

The Syracuse University Libraries official website offers a wide variety of useful resources that are available for you to use. Some of these resources include: online databases, research guides, citation help, and more!


Desmos is an online graphing calculator that can “plot any equation, from lines and parabolas up through derivatives and Fourier series.” It’s free for users and works on any computer or tablet.


If you don’t have a Dropbox account yet…just…just get one. Dropbox’s cloud storage and syncing features make it an essential tool for any student. First-time users get 2 GB of storage for free!


Easybib is a fantastic citation generator. CLASS recommends trying the phone app which will generate a citation after you take a picture of any book’s ISBN and bar code.


For the uninitiated, Evernote is a fantastic note-taking app available for just about every platform. Evernote allows you to capture web pages, sync information with multiple devices, and provide an essential means for organizing general notes or specific research on a variety of sources.

Evernote Peek

Evernote Peek is a free app that allows you to make quizzes based on the notes and information you put into Evernote. Evernote Peek will provide clues if prompted, can be very helpful. Optimized for tablets.


iFormulas is a free iOS reference app. It does not provide solutions to problems, but serves as a quick reference to the essential information on subjects from physics and chemistry to electrical engineering.

iTunes U

iTunes U provides a truly shocking amount of material for a free app. The app gives users access to entire undergraduate and graduate courses and materials from colleges and universities throughout the world. The app includes a variety of materials with the additional ability to highlight text and take notes.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is one of the most recognized names in tutoring aids and study guides. The Khan Academy app provides access for over 4,200 videos, for free, in areas ranging from humanities and social science to physics and engineering. The app includes test prep utilities that allow students to track their progress leading up to an exam.


LexisNexis remains one of the dominant academic search engines of periodicals and legal text. This is an indispensable research tool that can help any student regardless of degree program.


Notability is an iOS and Mac notetaking app that makes it easy to incorporate “handwritten” notes onto documents, pictures, and typed files.


“RefWorks — an online research management, writing and collaboration tool — is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.”


RescueTime is an exceptional app that can really help you tackle one of the biggest obstacles to effective studying: procrastination. RescueTime is a time-use data tracking app. It runs in the background on your PC or Mac, and tracks what you are doing on your computer at any given moment. Additionally, RescueTime gives you the option of blocking certain sites that you are prone to visiting when trying to avoid your work. RescueTime will also generate time-use reports that detail exactly how effective and efficient you are with your time.

Science Glossary

Science Glossary is a free iOS app that does exactly what the name describes: a huge database of information about all things science. The information is geared toward high school and undergraduate science students. Giant glossary of commonly used or referenced scientific terms and concepts.


Sonocent is a really impressive recording/notetaking iOS app. Sonocent allows you to record audio with your iPhone or iPad and then “highlight” sections of the audio based on set categories like “important,” “for review,” don’t understand,” “deadline,” etc. The app breaks up recordings into easy-to-review “chunks” of audio, and allow you to add tags, photos, and notes to the recording. Definitely useful for someone who has difficulty taking lecture notes.


Studious isn’t designed to help you study so much as make sure you study. This Android app provides reminders for when particular assignments are due, exam dates, automatically silences your phone during classes, etc. After entering basic information about your class, the App manages your schedule and provides serious help to anyone who struggles with time management.


StudyBlue is a fantastic app that you should incorporate into your study routine ASAP! Available for any platform, StudyBlue is a study app that allows you to make flashcards that incorporate text, pictures and audio. StudyBlue tracks your progress and measures the efficacy of your study techniques, and will allow you to tailor your focus on areas where you are weakest. Additionally, the app allows you to find flashcards and study guides created by other students.


Symbolab uses a semantic algorithm to conduct searches which provides far more accurate results than tradition LaTex search engines. This is an essential tool for any math- and science-based courses.

TextHelp Read&Write Gold

TextHelp Read&Write Gold helps all individuals succeed regardless of ability or learning style. Users can access the reading, writing, studying, and research tools they need at school, home, or work. Having text read aloud with dual color highlighting, along with additional support tools, helps every learner gain confidence and work independently at their own pace. TextHelp Read&Write Gold is “a discreet, customizable toolbar that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools” that works with common software and applications. For more information about or help with Read&Write, please see the Read&Write section on Answers.


Time management is a vital skill for success in college and Wunderlist is a user-friendly organizational/time management app available for iOS and Android; PCs and Macs.