Answered By: Ellen Dambrosio
Last Updated: Jun 29, 2016     Views: 22

Good Morning,

I think we may have something that will help your students with outlining--NoodleTools. Are you familiar with it? 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. 

NoodleTools can be found in our NoodleTools guide, available on the Library & Learning Center home page. Users will need to create a free login the first time they use NoodleTools. Then they create a project for your class and jump right in. 

There is a NoodleTools guide for outlining that includes the following information and instructions:Why Use an Outline? How Do I Create an Outline? and How Do I Add Notecards to the Outline? 

Another good source of information regarding outlines (also available via a link on the MJC Library & Learning Center home page) is the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue. See the Cite Your Sources guide. In the top center box, the fifth bullet is a link to OWL's MLA Formatting and Style Guide. 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 help your DE students with their outlines.

Please let me know if you need any additional resources or information.

Ellen