Bibliographic software. The standard in many academic circles.
Mac, Windows, Web
Firefox plug-in for citation management. An open source alternative to Endnote. Very efficient for web-based research and note taking. Cross-platform but requires Firefox.
Like Endnote, integrates with MS Word for citation management and bibliography creation while writing.
The 2.0 beta version includes access to social features such as shared online reference libraries. You decide who can view and edit shared libraries.
Requires Firefox browser; works on Mac, Windows
Online mind mapping software. Great for brainstorming papers or capturing overview information within a knowledge domain. Maps can be shared or made public. Multiple people can add to a map simultaneously.
Software that provides great mind mapping capabilities. Use for outlining papers and seeing connections between diverse bodies of literature visually
Mac, Windows versions
An e-binder program. Organize all of your courses, reading lists, notes in one place.
Online tool for capturing notes of any kind -- text, photo, audio. iPhone version lets me take a photo of a book cover or page within a book, auto-synchronize with the web and my laptop, and search the text within the page. Amazing. I use this instead of highlighting or underlining. You can also add your own commentary to the page captured via photo.
Mac, Windows, Web, iPhone, Blackberry
MacOS PDF reader that lets you export highlighted text and personal notes as a plain text file. I add these as a note to my Zotero reference.
Database software that many people use at dissertation phase. However, it is also useful for synthesizing knowledge for overview and depth papers. Import your notes, code into themes, write your paper! http://www.qsrinternational.com/
Similar to NVivo. Check out website to decide which is best for you. http://www.atlasti.com/
Mac, Windows, Linux
Want to manage your KA's and dissertation process with a visual timeline? This is a great piece of software for planning the journey -- and the end! http://www.timelinemaker.com/
Looks like a spreadsheet, but it's much smarter. It can remind you (or others) when things are due and keeps you organized in an outline format. http://smartsheet.com
Also have project management functionality (due dates, % complete, etc). See Mind Mapping branch.
This site will help you collect survey data. http://www.surveymonkey.com
Odesk.com offers an amazing array of inexpensive help when you need it. Hire people to help with web research, transcription, etc.