Answered By: Ellen Dambrosio
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016     Views: 37

We have something that will help students with outlining--NoodleTools for Researchers. Many students think of it as software to assist them with their citations but it does so much more. For example, it allows notetaking on online notecards linked to the appropriate sources, outline creation, and collaboration with others. 

The NoodleTools for Researchers guide is available on the NoodleTools link from the Library & Learning Center home page. Please see the Login to NoodleTools box on the guide for directions on how to create a free account. Then students may create a project for your class and jump right in.

Even if you don't use NoodleTools for Researchers, you can access the tutorials. I recommend that you look at the "short overview" in the What is NoodleTools and Why Should I Use It box. There is also an Outline tab that has information on the following: "Why Use an Outline?," "How to Create an Outline," and How Do I Add Notecards to an Outline?."  

In addition, there is a NoodleTools for Teachers guide! You access this guide from the NoodleTools link from our Library & Learning Center homepage.

Another good source of information about outlines is available on the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue in the Cite Your Sources link on the MJC Library & Learning Center home page. The link to OWL is located from the MLA Style tab. To get from here to the section of OWL's guide that covers outlines, click General Writing in the second row from the top of the orange box. Now on the left frame, click The Writing Process, then Developing an Outline. I think the information from Purdue, combined with the NoodleTools information, should really help you understand what outlines are and how to create one.

Ellen