Scrivener for Thesis Writing: Evernote and Google Drive

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Scrivener for Thesis Writing: Evernote and Google Drive

Scrivener is an awesome writing tool- but you’re likely to have your research bits and pieces in other software like Evernote and Google Drive. I use Evernote for keeping my Supervision Notes,PhD reflections and web clippings about potential supervisors. I use Google Drive for drafting my Figures, flowcharts and annexes for my thesis. Until now I’ve gone through a lengthy process of exporting from these programs and then importing into Scrivener when I need to look at my other work. But ….I’ve just discovered that it’s possible to add a dynamic (that is, self-updating) link within Scrivener to your Evernote Notebooks and your Google Drive Folders. This is one the best tricks I’ve discovered to date. 

Here is a quick run-down:

  1.  Go to Evernote or Google Drive and find the folder that you want to link to from within Scrivener. In Evernote, this right-click-> publish notebook. In Google Drive, this is ‘right-click -> Get Shareable Link’. CMD-C to copy this link.
  2. In Scrivener, decide where you want to see your link. I created a new folder “Evernote Notebooks”.
  3. In Scrivener- right-click – > add – > webpage. Scrivener should automatically detect your copied link, but if it doesn’t, paste the link here.
  4. Voila! You now have an automatically updating link to Evernote or Google Drive.
  5. NB: You can’t edit the content. It’s pretty much “view only” – but when you edit it in it’s original program (Evernote or Google Drive) the updated version will appear in Scrivener.

Isn’t that awesome? It’s a great way to keep access to different research sources.

Good Writing this week!



About Sarina Kilham

I'm a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Trained as a social scientist and with a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, I'm interested in farmer's experiences of growing feedstock for biodiesel production. My research has focused on biodiesel production in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Also on Twitter @sarinakilham and blogging at
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