This resource will overview Evernote, a free note taking application. We will define some key terms, explain the basic layout of Evernote Web, and provide some tips on how you can use Evernote when note taking at university.

What is Evernote?

Evernote is a note taking application that can be accessed through your web browser or downloaded on several devices. The web browser version of Evernote is referred to as Evernote Web. Evernote uses cloud storage so all your notes will be automatically backed up and can be accessed anywhere with an Internet connection.

Using Evernote, you are able to create multiple notebooks, keep checklists, and attach files to your notes. Certain devices also support a handwriting function that allows you to handwrite your notes and the application will transcribe them so that they are easily searchable.

Evernote’s homepage can be found at https://evernote.com.


What can you use Evernote for?

Evernote can be used to keep notes and to stay organised.

At university, you can use the application to take notes in lectures in tutorials, and to keep checklists to stay organised.

Setting up your Evernote account

To create a free Evernote account, click on the ‘Sign Up’ button below the Basic account and follow the prompts.

Glossary of terms


A note in Evernote is an entry into a notebook. It can be anything – a typed snippet of text, audio notes, annotated photos and more.


A notebook is a collection of notes.


A tag is a keyword that you can add to notes to make them more easily searchable and to keep them organised. For example, you might want to tag notes with the relevant subject codes so you can easily retrieve them when studying.


Workchat is a chat function in Evernote that allows you to communicate with others about your notes and notebooks.

Navigating Evernote Web

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The Toolbar in Evernote contains the ‘New Note’, ‘Search’, ‘Work Chat’, ‘Shortcut’, ‘Notes’, ‘Notebooks’ and ‘Tags’ buttons.

  • The ‘New Note’ button is used to create a new note entry in your current notebook.
  • The ‘Search’ button is used for searching through your notes. Evernote is able to search for text even if it is handwritten or inside an image, or PDF.
  • The ‘Workchat’ button allows you to share your notes with others and to communicate with them via instant message.
  • The ‘Shortcut’ button will show you all of the notes that you have marked as a ‘shortcut’ by clicking on the star icon when editing them.
  • The ‘Notes’ button will display a list of all the notes in the current notebook.
  • The ‘Notebooks’ button will display a list of all the notebooks you have created.
  • The ‘Tags’ button will allow you to search your notes using the tags you have created.

Notes List

The Notes List contains a list of your notes, with the most recent at the top.

NOTES: This area will change depending on which button you have selected in the toolbar.

Work Area

The Work Area is where you write and edit your notes.

To create a 'Note' on Evernote Web

To create a note on Evernote, click on the ‘New Note’ button.

Adding text

To add text to your note, click anywhere in the blank section labelled with ‘Drag files here or just start typing’ and start typing.

Adding a file

To add files to your note, click on the ‘Attach Files’ evernote attach button in the toolbar at the top of the note. Choose a file from your computer by clicking on the ‘Choose File’ button and following the prompts. When you have chosen your file, click on the green ‘Attach Files’ button.

Adding a tag

To add a tag to your note, click on the ‘Add Tag’ evernote mail button in the toolbar at the top of the note. Click on the grey text reading ‘New tag…’ and type in your tag.

Press the enter or return button on your keyboard when you have finished typing. You can add multiple tags to your note by clicking on the plus sign ( + ) that will appear next to your tags.

Moving a note

To move your note to another notebook, click on the ‘Move Note’ evernote book button in the toolbar at the top of the note. Select the notebook by clicking on the title of the current notebook, and clicking on the new notebook you would like the note to be attached to.

Adding a shortcut

To add a shortcut to your note from the Shortcuts menu, click on the star icon evernote star at the top of the window. The colour of the star icon will change to green, which indicates that the shortcut has been added.

To remove a shortcut simply click on the star icon again. The colour of the star will revert back to grey, which indicates that the shortcut has been removed.

Tips for using Evernote during university

  • Create notebooks for each subject. Evernote allows you to an unlimited amount of notebooks, which means that you can create individual notebooks for each of your subjects to manage your notes more easily. This can also save you time when searching for a particular note or file.
  • Use tags to organise your notes. By using tags, you can further organise your notes into categories like lectures, tutorials and exams. When you search a tag, a list of all the notes tagged with that term will appear, preventing you from needing to trawl through all your notebooks for specific information.
  • Use the checklist features. A cool feature included in Evernote is the ability to create checklists within a note. Using checklists will help you know what tasks are coming up during semester. You can also keep track of whether you are on top of the learning outcomes your subjects.
  • Attach files. Utilise the file attachment feature by attaching lecture materials and assessment criteria to a note. This way, you can have a centralised place for all your lecture related resources.

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