Middle School

  • What are NoodleTools Notecards?

    The notecards feature in NoodleTools is designed to help you extract, organize and synthesize information you find during the research process. NoodleTools’ notecards are “e-index cards” with some important advantages. You can:

    • Access your notes from any computer via a Web browser
    • Capture any digital information (e.g., quotes, images, diagrams, tables) from the Web
    • Link your notes to your sources to avoid accidental plagiarism
    • View your notes alongside your bibliography entries in order to assess the value of each resource
    • Create notes of your own ideas not linked to any source (“thought cards”)
    • Label notecards with word or phrase “tags” that represent concepts or facts you want to keep track of
    • Color key your notecards for quick identification
    • Search your notecards by keyword, tag, or source to view and organize notes in multiple ways
    • View, arrange and organize notecards on a virtual tabletop quickly and easily
    • Create an outline and move individual notecards or piles into topics or subtopics
    • Export both your notecards and outline to a word processor where they can be edited and printed
    • Share both the notecards and outline with your teacher


    How to create a new notecard

    If a notecard is created from the Sources screen, it is automatically associated with a particular source. A “thought card” (a notecard that contains your own thoughts or a reminder to yourself, not tied to any reference in your source list) can only be created from the Notecards screen.

    1. On the Notecards screen, click +New above the Notecard Tabletop.

    Alternatively, on the Sources screen, click “New” in the Notecards column next to a reference.

    2. A new notecard opens for editing.

    3. In the Title field, choose a short description (1-3 words) that represent the main idea of the notecard. You might choose to wait and decide on a good title for the notecard once you’ve filled in the notecard content, like your paraphrase or summary.

    4. Select the source from the Source dropdown list and specify the URL and page numbers if any in the fields to the right.

    5. Copy and paste the source material into the Direct quotation field ("Copy, paste and annotate here").

    Some helpful hints:

    • Copying the original material will assure that you will always be able to reread or review the author’s words and logic even after you have returned a book or closed a webpage.
    • Aim to put one idea into each notecard (as opposed to just copying an entire article into the field).
    • Images and videos on the Web can be embedded in your notecard within this field.
    • Take the time to reread and mark up the author’s words with text colors and highlighting; the better you understand the quote, the easier it will be to paraphrase or summarize the author’s idea in the “Paraphrase or summary” field. 
    • In the Paraphrase or Summary field ("In your own words"), your instructor may provide specific directions for what is required in terms of paraphrasing or summarizing the material you collect. Then record your thoughts, feelings, and ideas for following up with additional research in the My Ideas field ("Original thinking here"). These are the responses that help you develop a personal perspective. 
    • For hints about paraphrasing, summarizing, or recording your own ideas, click the ? next to each of the fields to see additional prompts for what to include.

    6. Add new tags or select previously added tags from My tags in the field to the right.

    7. When you edit a notecard, your changes are automatically saved. To revert to an earlier version, click "Manage versions." A new window will display the current version and previously saved versions. To select an earlier version, click the date and time of the version to revert the notecard to that version saved. To return to your notecard, click "Manage versions." 

    8. Click Save and Close to close the notecard. 

    On the Notecards screen, the new notecard appears in the upper left corner of your tabletop view. On the Sources screen, you can show or hide notecards for a particular reference by clicking “Show” or “Hide” in the Notecards column.

    How to edit a notecard

    1. On the Notecard Tabletop view, hover over a notecard (or long-press a notecard on an iPad) and click Edit.

    On the Notecard Detail view, click Edit at the lower right corner of any notecard in the middle panel.

    On the Sources screen, in the Notecard column, click “Show” to view the notecard, then select Edit on the notecard's Options menu. 

    2. When you finish editing the notecard, click Save to save your changes and close the window.

    How to change a notecard’s title

    The simplest method of changing a notecard’s title is to click on the title on the tabletop, enabling in-place editing of the text. Click outside the title (or press Enter) to save the change.

    Click here for a video on how to insert an image into a Notecard. 

    All information on this page was adapted from the NoodleTools, Inc. Knowledge Base, Copyright 2016.