Evernote is the ultimate productivity app for keeping your notes, reminders and to-do lists all in one place. Essentially a notebook stored in the cloud, the app helps you get (and stay) organized.
Getting started can be tricky, so if you've never used Evernote before, make sure to check out Mashable'sbeginner's guide.
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For those of you who have been using the app for a while now, and are looking to get even more out of it, check out our tips for power users below.
1. Integrate With Other Evernote Apps
Evernote's Trunk collection allows you to integrate with other productivity and note-taking apps in the Evernote family. The following are some of our favorites.
Skitch allows you to annotate your notes visually. You can annotate an image or turn a text note into a PDF, and then mark it up with different colors accordingly.
Evernote Web Clipper is a web browser extension that makes it easy to save text, photos and links from your favorite websites. These web clippings are then saved to folders within Evernote, which you can access from your desktop or mobile device.
Penultimate is a handwriting app for the iPad. It allows you to use a stylus to take notes directly on your screen. The benefit of using Penultimate is that it makes your notes searchable and syncs with your desktop and mobile device.
2. Highlight Text in Your Notes
The in-app highlighting function is a recent addition, hitting Evernote last month. Now you can select text within your notes and highlight the most important information.
3. Set Reminders
This is another great, newly-added feature deemed one of Evernote's most requested features of all time. The feature helps you stay on top of your extensive to-do list by setting deadlines and digital reminders to keep up with your tasks.
You can set up a text reminder, smartphone notification reminder and even an email reminder. Never worry about forgetting to pick up milk or get a regular dental checkup again.
If you're using Evernote on your Mac, you will see a small alarm clock icon in the upper right hand corner of your app. Within the iOS app, the alarm clock is located in the lower right corner of the screen. Unfortunately this feature has not yet rolled out to Windows or Android clients, but we can assume it will be available in just a short matter of time.
4. Create Audio Notes
Creating an audio file is another way you can take full advantage of Evernote's multimedia note-taking capabilities. To do so, create a new note and click the audio button, which is located on the top right for both the desktop and mobile versions of Evernote.
5. Create Note Links
The Note Links function lets you create hyperlinks to other notes. This function is helpful if you want to be able to access several different notes from one landing page, such as a table of contents or a to-do list with specific instructions for each item saved on separate notes.
You can only create a note link on the desktop version of Evernote, but you can access the linked notes from any device. This function does not work for linking externally. Only people with whom a notebook has been shared can see note links.
In order to create a note link, right click on the thumbnail image of a note and select "Copy Note Link."
6. Encrypt Pieces of Text
When sharing notebooks (or sensitive information in general), you may find that you need to encrypt certain parts of text in Evernote. To do so on your Mac, hold Command + Shift + X. For Windows, hold Control + Shift + X.
Evernote will prompt you to create a passphrase. You can also create a passphrase hint. Note that the passphrase is case-sensitive.
7. Use Twitter to Save Articles for articles for later
If you link your Evernote account with Twitter, you can tweet @myEN or DM your account with a link to an article. Evernote then creates a new note for this link, so you can remember to read it later, or reference it in an essay or presentation.
For step-by-step instructions on how to set this up, view the Twitter account here.
8. Keyboard Shortcuts
Use these keyboard shortcuts to navigate the app quickly, without having to switch back and forth between mouse and keyboard.
To create a new note: Command + N
To create a new tag: Command + T
To change font: Command + T
To merge lists: Command + Shift + M
To switch between shortcuts: Command + [number of Shortcut]
To create a new note: Ctrl + N
To create a new tag: Ctrl + T
To clip a section and insert into note: Win + a
To start a new Evernote search: Win + Shift + f
To paste clipboard into Evernote as a new note: Ctrl + Alt + V
This is just a small sample of the Evernote shortcuts available. For a complete list of shortcuts on Mac, click here; for Windows, click here.
Image: iStockphoto, MaryLB and Evernote
MLA General Format
MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities. This resource, updated to reflect the MLA Handbook (8th ed.), offers examples for the general format of MLA research papers, in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and the Works Cited page.
Contributors: Tony Russell, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli, Russell Keck, Joshua M. Paiz, Michelle Campbell, Rodrigo Rodríguez-Fuentes, Daniel P. Kenzie, Susan Wegener, Maryam Ghafoor, Purdue OWL Staff
Last Edited: 2016-08-11 04:27:59
MLA style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and using the English language in writing. MLA style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citation in their essays and Works Cited pages.
Writers who properly use MLA also build their credibility by demonstrating accountability to their source material. Most importantly, the use of MLA style can protect writers from accusations of plagiarism, which is the purposeful or accidental uncredited use of source material by other writers.
If you are asked to use MLA format, be sure to consult the MLA Handbook (8th edition). Publishing scholars and graduate students should also consult the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd edition). The MLA Handbook is available in most writing centers and reference libraries; it is also widely available in bookstores, libraries, and at the MLA web site. See the Additional Resources section of this handout for a list of helpful books and sites about using MLA style.
The preparation of papers and manuscripts in MLA style is covered in chapter four of the MLA Handbook, and chapter four of the MLA Style Manual. Below are some basic guidelines for formatting a paper in MLA style.
- Type your paper on a computer and print it out on standard, white 8.5 x 11-inch paper.
- Double-space the text of your paper, and use a legible font (e.g. Times New Roman). Whatever font you choose, MLA recommends that the regular and italics type styles contrast enough that they are recognizable one from another. The font size should be 12 pt.
- Leave only one space after periods or other punctuation marks (unless otherwise instructed by your instructor).
- Set the margins of your document to 1 inch on all sides.
- Indent the first line of paragraphs one half-inch from the left margin. MLA recommends that you use the Tab key as opposed to pushing the Space Bar five times.
- Create a header that numbers all pages consecutively in the upper right-hand corner, one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor may ask that you omit the number on your first page. Always follow your instructor's guidelines.)
- Use italics throughout your essay for the titles of longer works and, only when absolutely necessary, providing emphasis.
- If you have any endnotes, include them on a separate page before your Works Cited page. Entitle the section Notes (centered, unformatted).
Formatting the First Page of Your Paper
- Do not make a title page for your paper unless specifically requested.
- In the upper left-hand corner of the first page, list your name, your instructor's name, the course, and the date. Again, be sure to use double-spaced text.
- Double space again and center the title. Do not underline, italicize, or place your title in quotation marks; write the title in Title Case (standard capitalization), not in all capital letters.
- Use quotation marks and/or italics when referring to other works in your title, just as you would in your text: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Morality Play; Human Weariness in "After Apple Picking"
- Double space between the title and the first line of the text.
- Create a header in the upper right-hand corner that includes your last name, followed by a space with a page number; number all pages consecutively with Arabic numerals (1, 2, 3, 4, etc.), one-half inch from the top and flush with the right margin. (Note: Your instructor or other readers may ask that you omit last name/page number header on your first page. Always follow instructor guidelines.)
Here is a sample of the first page of a paper in MLA style:
Image Caption: The First Page of an MLA Paper
Writers sometimes use Section Headings to improve a document’s readability. These sections may include individual chapters or other named parts of a book or essay.
MLA recommends that when you divide an essay into sections that you number those sections with an arabic number and a period followed by a space and the section name.
1. Early Writings
2. The London Years
3. Traveling the Continent
4. Final Years
MLA does not have a prescribed system of headings for books (for more information on headings, please see page 146 in the MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition). If you are only using one level of headings, meaning that all of the sections are distinct and parallel and have no additional sections that fit within them, MLA recommends that these sections resemble one another grammatically. For instance, if your headings are typically short phrases, make all of the headings short phrases (and not, for example, full sentences). Otherwise, the formatting is up to you. It should, however, be consistent throughout the document.
If you employ multiple levels of headings (some of your sections have sections within sections), you may want to provide a key of your chosen level headings and their formatting to your instructor or editor.
Sample Section Headings
The following sample headings are meant to be used only as a reference. You may employ whatever system of formatting that works best for you so long as it remains consistent throughout the document.
1. Soil Conservation
2. Water Conservation
3. Energy Conservation
Level 1 Heading: bold, flush left
Level 2 Heading: italics, flush left
Level 3 Heading: centered, bold
Level 4 Heading: centered, italics
Level 5 Heading: underlined, flush left