Organize your notes and increase your research productivity with Ilaro, a research note taking database that combines the best features of note cards, research journals, and databases in one beautiful and friendly interface. Ilaro makes it easier to organize research notes, track citations, develop new ideas, and prepare to write research reports. Used by students, professors, authors, and professionals, Ilaro saves time and gets the most out of your research.

* Reached top grossing app lists in 34 countries!
* Used by students, authors, and professionals for a wide range of projects
* An excellent tool for organizing writing notes

Key Features:

* Quickly record citations and sources
* Organize research notes with simple tagging of subjects and sources
* Enter sources using ISBN lookup or use your device camera to scan barcodes
* Track research questions and ideas in the journal
* Manage multiple projects
* Keep iOS devices synced via iCloud

* Discover the strongest connections between research subjects, sources, and authors
* Ilaro automatically tracks key connections between your research notes and subjects
* View research notes along with related subjects, sources, and authors
* Filter note cards by many attributes such as subject and source
* Use full-text search to filter notes
* Save live updating filters
* Track your subject, source, and author card counts and relationships
* See research activity on a per-day basis

* Stay organized by taking structured notes
* View notes related to events on a structured timeline
* Make notes of any length you desire
* Helps enforce strong research note taking skills
* Prepare bibliographies and export references

* Academic research
* Research papers
* Book writing
* Lecture preparation
* Business and legal research reports
* Historical research

* Print note cards over Air Print
* Export notes and bibliographies
* Open exported notes in other apps
* Export cards to other Ilaro users

* All user feedback is carefully considered for improving the app
* Contact support at with any questions, feature requests or just to share how you use Ilaro!

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What’s New

Version 3.72

This update features enhancements and updates, including:
* iCloud sync improvements
* Bug fixes and stability improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

avravanel ,

Nice and useful, but...

It REALLY needs a desktop version, with sync.
This is a really useful app, I've been looking for something like this for a long time (as a grad student in the humanities -- lots of citations, etc.), and this does the job very nicely. The only drawback, which is a huge drawback for me, is that I can only use it on my iPad, although the majority of writing I do still occurs on the computer. Yes, the rtf export works, but it's not extremely useful, as I can't update the database from my desktop.
So please, please, do come up with something for the desktop.

Paula.P ,

Very Versatile!

I love how versatile this app is! I originally bought it for research projects in my classes and it's been wonderful for that. I've been able to carry around all of my notes and not worry about leaving any of them behind. I think the app has helped me be more efficient academically, especially because of how easy it is to see how my notes relate to each other, but I'm really excited about how I can use it for other things too. I just began to use it for a personal genealogy project to track my family tree/history. The timeline feature has been great for me to see the big points and events in my family line. I think this is a great app.


The new update lets you organize the cards yourself. The text formatting is nice, but it would be great if we could use color in addition to the bold, italic, and underline options. One of the last updates added category colors to the subject cards. That was a useful addition. The app is pretty good. It is getting better. I am looking forward to future updates!

Lidia Monroe ,

Bug that causes loss of information

No response from the developer. If you don't want to spend hours entering information that will be lost or erased, don't get this app.

Dear developer: Why spend all that time and money developing an app, only to lose it by neglecting to upkeep it? With a little upkeep and a few marketing videos, this could have been a bestseller.

Previously: I previously reviewed this app and gave it a five star, but after encoutering a bug that locks me out of the information I entered and then crashes repeatedly when I try to click on it, I had to change my review. The backup of information is very important, and if this app is unable to do that in a way that retrives uncorropted information, it cannot be used for serious research. It takes hours to enter information in, and losing that is unacceptable. I'm hoping my information is not lost.

I have written to the developer. Depending on the response and resolution to the problem, I will be changing this review to either a five star (if resolved) or to one star (if it's not resoloved - because this would make the program unusable).

This app is amazing for academics, college students, journalists, and writers. I keep track of all my sources, citations, writing topics, and authors here. I only wish there was a manual on how to use, because it is a little confusing.


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70.3 MB

Requires iOS 12.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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