Creating Your URI PKB and Capturing Information
Evernote is a place to store, organize, and apply all kinds of information. Because there are Evernote versions for the web, PCs, Macs, iOS devices, and Android smartphones, you will be able to access your notes anytime and anywhere you can access the internet.

This tutorial is shown using the Mac version of Evernote - the steps are about the same on any device, but we recommend that you use a desktop (Mac or PC) version in the beginning to get used to all of Evernote’s features. If you do not have access to a personal computer, you can go to the Evernote web site at and create an account to use the browser-based version.

The following steps are provided as a suggested foundation for setting up your URI PKB. Remember - you can always change the organization of your PKB as you become more familiar with using Evernote.

1. Create and name an !Imports notebook:
  • a. Create a new notebook by selecting "New Notebook..." from the File menu. An Imports notebook is a great place to temporarily catch and store all information that you've inputted into Evernote and that still needs to be processed into the appropriate notebook. By making it your "Default" notebook, you insure that clipped and emailed notes end up here when they are sent to your account.


  • b. Placing the ! in front of the title "Imports" automatically moves the notebook to the top of your notebook hierarchy. Inputting other symbols in front of notebook and note titles will have a similar effect.

2. Create and name a .F12 - Classes notebook:
  • a. Notebooks can be grouped together in a stack. The first step in creating a notebook stack that will hold all of your class notebooks for semester fall 2012 (F12) is to create another notebook:
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  • b. Now create a third notebook named URI 101. When you're finished, the notebooks view on the left-hand side of your screen should look similar to the below screenshot.

3. Create a .F12 - Classes notebook stack:
  • a. There is more than one way to arrange notebooks in a stack. One option is to select a notebook - for example, URI 101 - in the sidebar and then drag its icon into another notebook that you would like to be included in the stack
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  • b. A second option is to select a notebook - for example, .F12 - Classes - , and right click that notebook and choose "Add To Stack" and then select New Stack in the resulting popup menu as shown below.

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  • c. Whether you choose to drag one notebook into another (which will merge the two notebooks under a new "Notebook Stack"), or to right click a notebook and create a new stack, you will need to rename the Notebook Stack to help identify its contents (the types of notebooks nested in the stack). Rename your new notebook stack .F12 - Classes.
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  • d. You can then rename the .F12 - Classes notebook (within the stack) to the name of one of your other classes - for example, EDC 102.

4. Add More Notebooks to your .F12 - Classes Notebook Stack:

  • a. To add a notebook for each of your Fall 2012 classes, simply select the stack, right click, and select New Notebook In ".F12 - Classes".

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  • b. Create a new notebook for ENG 243, PSY 113, and any additional classes you're taking this semester. When you're done, your .F12 - Classes notebook stack should look similar to the below screenshot.
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5. Add notes to your class notebooks:
  • a. It's important to have a strategy for organizing your notes. One way to organize is to title any notes taken in class by the appropriate Lecture #. Make sure the appropriate notebook is selected - for example, PSY 113 - and create a new note. Title this note Lecture #1.

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  • b. You may also want to add a date i.e. YY/MM/DD to the beginning of your note title. Experiment and see what works best for you.
  • c. To distinguish class notes from reading notes, try creating a new note named by Chapter #. To indicate that these notes were taken from a text, I included ^Text in front of the Chapter # name.

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In the Evernote video, "Capturing Information in Your PKB", we learn that there are 4 main ways to capture information: Web-Clipping; Note-Taking within Evernote; Imaging (snapping photos with Phone); and E-mailing. With access to a scanner, you can also scan and send notes to your Evernote e-mail account. Additional resources on each of these methods can be found under the 'More Resources to Explore' link on the '02 Capturing Info' main page.

Choose at least one of the following methods - Web-Clipping; Note-Taking within Evernote; Imaging; or Scanning - and capture information from your PSY 113 class. These can be handwritten notes, typed notes, notes provided by your professor (for example, part of a PowerPoint used in Lecture that the professor uploads onto your PSY113 class Sakai page), or another relevant source.

E-mail your URI101 instructor ( part or all of the information that you capture and state in the e-mail the method you used to capture this information. Don't worry about what the notes look like! The purpose is to see that you are able to capture this information and have the potential to use it within Evernote.

After completing this activity, visit the Discussion (and Private Message) link on Sakai and participate in the Evernote group discussion - 02 Capturing Info in Evernote.

Be sure to check out the additional resources under the 'For More Information...' section on the 02 Capturing Info main page.