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The right panel of the Notecards screen is reserved for your outline. The outline panel can be minimized if you aren’t using or working on an outline and you would like additional space to manipulate your notecards on the tabletop. Click the small arrow button in the top-right corner to minimize the panel or to show it again.

 

Alternatively, if you need more space for the outline, there is a gray “handle” between the tabletop and outline panels that can be dragged left and right to devote more or less horizontal space to the outline. This can be useful if you are writing longer phrases as your outline topic titles, rather than just keywords. 

 

This article covers the following topics: 

  1. How to create items in the outline
  2. How to reorder outline topics
  3. How to delete a topic from the outline
  4. How to link notecards to topics in the outline
  5. How to export or print the outline

 


How to create items in the outline

When you begin a new outline, you’ll find a sample topic and subtopic already in place.

 

 

You can delete these default items if you wish. Or, to edit these existing items, simply double-click on the title (Topic or Subtopic) in the outline (or on an iPad, long-press the title and select the option to edit the title from the menu). When you finish editing, either press Enter or click outside of the edit box to save the changes.

 

As you are creating your outline, you will be creating both “siblings” and “children” of existing outline items. Siblings of item “A” would be “B”, “C, “D”, etc. -- they are at the same indentation level and are subtopics of the same “parent” topic in the outline. Children of item “A” would be “1”, “2”, “3”, “4”, etc. – they are subtopics of item “A”, indented right.

How to add a new topic or subtopic to the outline

To add a subtopic under an existing topic (e.g., add subtopic “1” under topic “A”), select the topic and then do one of the following:

  1. Click the green +Add.
  2. Right-click (or long-press on an iPad) on the topic and select Add subtopic... from the menu.
 

To add a topic at the same level as an existing topic (e.g., add topic “B” under topic “A”), select the existing topic and do one of the following:

  1. Press “Enter (this is a keyboard shortcut).
  2. Right-click (or long-press on an iPad) on the topic and select Add topic (sibling) from the menu.

NOTE: Clicking Add with no outline item selected will add a top-level (I, II, III, etc.) item.


How to reorder outline topics

Any topic (along with its subtopics) can be dragged to another location in the outline. Try the following ways to move a topic:

  1. Drag a topic onto another topic to make the first a subtopic of the second.
  2. Drag a topic and release it below an existing topic (you will see a blue line representing where the topic is about to be dropped). The first topic will become a sibling topic to the second. You can use this method to reorder subtopics under a single parent topic.

How to delete a topic from the outline

To remove a topic from the outline, select it and click Delete or right-click on the item (long-press on an iPad) and choose Delete from the menu.

Deleting a topic in your outline will delete all of the subtopics under that topic, so do this carefully!


How to link notecards to topics in the outline

A powerful feature of the outline in NoodleTools is that you can link notecards to topics in your outline. Later, you can begin writing a draft of your essay by exporting your outline and notecards to a word processing program. You can also print your outline with your notecards included (see “How to export or print your outline” below ).

 

To begin, drag-and-drop a notecard from either the Notecard Tabletop view or the NotecardDetail view (using the drag handle in the upper-right corner of a view-selected notecard) onto a topic in your outline.

 

 

 

If you want to move an entire notecard pile into an outline topic, you can also do that from the Notecard Tabletop view. Dragging a notecard pile into the outline will add all of the notecards within that pile to the topic in your outline.

Moving a notecard into your outline does not remove it from the Tabletop or Detail views; it only associates the notecard with the topic in the outline. To distinguish notecards from topics and subtopics, notecards are represented by a small notecard icon, as shown below:

 

On the Notecard Tabletop, notecards that are linked to at least one outline topic are marked with a checkmark in the upper left, as seen below:

 

 

Once a notecard is associated with an item in the outline, you can move it around in the outline by dragging it onto a different topic in the outline. Or, to remove it from the outline, drag the notecard out of the outline back onto the tabletop area (or select it and click Delete).

Double-clicking a notecard in the outline will open the notecard for editing.

 

 


How to export or print the outline

You can export and print your outline with or without notecards. NoodleTools supports the following options:

  1. Export as Web page: Export as an HTML web page that can be opened in a browser.
  2. Export to Google Docs: Export to a new Google Doc.
  3. Export to Word: Export as a .docx file that can be opened with Word.
  4. Export to RTF: Export as a .rtf file that can be opened from Word or any other word processing program that supports RTF.

How to print only your outline

  1. On the Print menu in the Outline panel, select Outline only

  2. Select your format and click Submit.

  3. If you selected Web page, the outline will open in a new window. You can use your browser’s File > Print to print the outline.

  4. If you selected Google Docs, it will prompt you for your Google ID account (if you are not logged in already), and open a new Google Doc with your outline.

  5. If you selected either Word or RTF, the file will be automatically downloaded to your desktop. Open it in Word or other word processor.

 

How to print your outline with notecards

Unless specified otherwise, highlights, formatting, and images in notecards will be exported along with the outline.

  1. On the Print menu in the Outline panel, select Outline with notecards.

  2. Select your export format.

  3. Select notecard items to print, as seen below. By default, all notecard items will all be included. Unmark the checkboxes next to any elements that you wish to omit.

 

 

 

  1. If you selected Web page, the outline with notecards will open in a new window. You can use your browser’s File > Print to print the outline.

  2. If you selected Google Docs, it will prompt you for your Google ID account (if you are not logged in already), and open a new Google Doc with your outline and notecards.

  3. If you selected either Word or RTF, the file will be automatically downloaded to your desktop. Open it in Word or other word processor. In RTF format, the notecards will be exported as plain text and images will be omitted.

In NoodleTools, when you share a project with a teacher's inbox, you can send comments to and respond to questions from that teacher. Likewise, if you've added students as collaborators on the project, you can read and respond to their comments. Note that if no student collaborators have been added and the project has not been shared with an inbox, you will not see the commenting features described below.

 

Comments are permanently added to the project and cannot be deleted, so be responsible with what you choose to say!


How to send or respond to a general question or comment

 

The Recent comments area at the bottom of your project's Dashboard screen (below the "To-do" section) displays all comments written in your project to date. If you just want to write or respond to a general project comment (a comment that is not specific to a particular source or notecard), this is where to do that. Enter your comment under "General project comments" and click Send.

 

To post a new question or comment specifically about a source or notecard, see sections below "How to send or respond to a comment about a source," and "How to send or respond to a comment about a notecard." 

 

If a teacher or collaborator responds, the To-do/Done toggle at the top-right will say "To-do" to alert you to the new comment. 

 

 

If you enter a response and click Send, "To-do" will automatically change to "Done." Alternatively, if you don't feel a written response is necessary, you can just click the red "To-do" toggle and it will change to "Done" (and also automatically add a "Status: done" note to the comment thread, to let your teacher know you read and addressed it).

 

 


How to send or respond to a comment about a source

 

If your comment or question is about a specific source citation, open the Sources screen. Comments are displayed by default, but if you need to hide them for the current session, you can click "Show/hide all comments."

 

 

Enter your question or comment directly below the source citation. Your teacher or your student collaborators will be able to view and respond to your comment if necessary.

 

When a teacher or collaborator writes a source comment, or responds to yours, you'll see their feedback in a different color and the To-do/Done toggle at the top-right will say "To-do" to alert you to the new comment.

 

If you enter a response and click Send, "To-do" will automatically change to "Done." Alternatively, if you don't feel a written response is necessary, you can just click the red "To-do" toggle and it will change to "Done" (and also automatically add a "Status: done" note to the comment thread, to let your teacher know you read and addressed it).

 

When new comments are added to your sources, they also appear in two other places:

  1. On the Dashboard screen in the Recent comments section, under "Citations and notecards." 
  2. On the To-Do/Active Conversations panel (see "How to view a complete list of active conversations (your to-do's)" below).

 


How to send or respond to a comment about a notecard

 

Comments on notecards can be viewed and written either on the Sources screen or theNotecards screen (on the Details view). On the Sources screen, notecards are organized by source, whereas on the Notecard Details screen, notecards are organized by notecard pile. Based on that, you can decide which screen to use for viewing the notecard comments.

 

For this tutorial, we'll look at them from the Notecard Details screen. You can click the "Details" button for a specific notecard on the Tabletop, or just click the orange "Tabletop/Details" toggle to switch over to the Details view.

 

Comments are displayed by default, but if you need to hide them for the current session, you can click "Show/hide all comments."

 

 

Enter your question or comment directly below the notecard. Your teacher or your student collaborators will be able to view and respond to your comment if necessary.

 

 

When a teacher or collaborator writes a notecard comment, or responds to yours, you'll see their feedback in a different color and the To-do/Done toggle at the top-right will say "To-do" to alert you to the new comment.

 

If you enter a response and click Send, "To-do" will automatically change to "Done." Alternatively, if you don't feel a written response is necessary, you can just click the red "To-do" toggle and it will change to "Done" (and also automatically add a "Status: done" note to the comment thread, to let your teacher know you read and addressed it).

 

When new comments are added to your notecards, they also appear in two other places:

  1. On the Dashboard screen in the Recent comments section, under "Citations and notecards." 
  2. On the To-Do/Active Conversations panel (see "How to view a complete list of active conversations (your to-do's)" below).

 


When you create a new citation Quick Cite appears above the form. 

 

 

Click "Copy & paste a citation" to switch to a form with a text area.

 

Copy your source reference into the Manually-edited citation text area provided. Follow the steps in the yellow box to review and make corrections where needed. Use the formatting Guide (on blue tab) at top of the page to help you.

 

Entering the publication or copyright date of the source will help sort the entry in relation to your other references. If you leave the field blank, NoodleTools still does its best to parse the date out of the reference you have pasted in.


When you save, the reference appears in the source list with a note, "This is a copy of a preformatted citation." This note does not appear when the bibliography is exported or printed.

1. On the login screen at  my.noodletools.com, click the blue button Register.

 

2. A New User Registration screen will appear (see image below).
3. When asked what type of folder you want to create, select An account linked to a school/library subscription or trial.
 

4. Subscription Information fields will appear to the right.  Enter the school/library's username and password. This us
ername and password will link you to FCDS and is located in your Database Username and Passwords located in onCampus. Click Continue.
5. Enter your school email address and a password of your choice in"Your user registration information" to finish your registration.
Click Notecards in the navigation bar at top.

2. On the Notecard Tabletop, click New.

 

3. Input notes about your source.

 
 

4. Your notecard gets saved automatically as you add information. When you are done, clickSave and Close to save your final changes and close the window. New notecards appear in the upper left corner of your tabletop and in the bird's eye view

 

 

TIP: Once you've created multiple notecards, you can pile them. Drag a notecard and drop it on another notecard to create a new pile, or use the Manage pile option above the tabletop to manage existing and create new piles with selected notecards. Notecard piles become the basis of organization within the Outline panel next to the Notecard Tabletop.

 
1. On your project's Dashboard screen, under Sharing, click Share with a project inbox.
 

 

2. In the Project inbox field, enter the name of the inbox (as provided by your teacher). When the first letter of the inbox’s name is entered, a drop-down menu will appear and the name of the drop box can be selected.

 

 

3. Enter your name so that your teacher can identify you (if not clear from your username).

4. If you already linked a Google Doc to your project via Paper in the top navigation, you can check Share linked Google Doc.

5. Click Done.

6. On the Dashboard screen you will now see the inbox’s name under Project inbox.

 

7. On the Projects screen, you will see a checkmark in the Shared? column.
 

 
 

1. To begin citing sources, click Sources in the navigation bar at the top.

 

 

2. On the Sources screen, click Create new citation and select the best match for your source from the choices given. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. On the next screen, depending on the citation type selected, a Show Me tutorial may be available to help you evaluate the source. 

 

4. Click Continue to go to the next screen.


5. Fill in the citation form with information about your source. If your source is a book, you can locate the book in WorldCat (via an ISBN number or title/author search) and it will automatically fill in the form with the book's details, checked and revised for accuracy by NoodleTools.

 

6. After you finish entering information about your source, click Submit to save your new citation.