Notetaking with Evernote - Digital Literacy Dover

Monday, 26 November 2012

Notetaking with Evernote

Evernote is a great application for writing and collating notes and now it looks even better. Last week Evenote realised Version 5 of their popular product and have refined the layout to help you search and find your notes.

You can download Evernote from the App Store. If you already have a version installed on your mac you may need to delete the program from your application folder and then download and install the new file.

If you are someone who saves school work in separate word documents, Evernote is the tool for you. Once you sign up for a free account your notes are saved to the web. Your notes are also easily searchable by key words, tags and titles.

Some top tips to become an Evernote ninja

Left Hand Sidebar

The sidebar has been updated to help you navigate through your notes more easily. The most recent notes show up, plus any Notebooks you drag to the shortcut section at the top. Try drag notebooks from each of your subjects into this shortcut bar.


Tags are a way that you can label notes so that you can search them later. Much like tagging a friend in a photo in Facebook, tagging should be part of your routine when taking notes and researching. The new tab icon in the lefthand sidebar help you see an overview of your tags and work.


Within each note there are lots of features to support your writing. Think about using the check list icons, bullet points, table and different colours. You can use these ideas to collate ideas or summarise viewpoints. Also try the record button to save some audio or the teachers talk into the note.

Saving from the Web

Evernote Webclipper is a separate app you can download from within Evernote Preferences. This allows you to grab snippets from a website and save this research back into your Evernote notebook. 

Lastly... Evernote Clearly

Evernote Clearly is a greap app built into Chrome that allows you to save newspaper articles or blog posts. Once you click on the Clearly button in the menu, it will allow you to save the article back to your note book with all of your highlights. Very nice for those people who always lose and misplace research.

How do you use Evernote as a students... add your comments below :)

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