Clipping and Linking with Evernote

Now that I am back in school, I have mentioned that I plan to use Evernote (Mac, iPad & iPhone) much more frequently. This began in earnest last week as I started reading one of my first texts, “Leadership and Organizational Behavior in Education” by William Owings and Leslie Kaplan.

I will be using Evernote for materials that I may wish to reference later; a personal reference library of sorts. This will include clipped articles from the web and notes from my reading, and perhaps even the readings themselves.

Last night, while reading, I discovered a handy feature of Evernote that I think is worth sharing, as other students may find it helpful. I was finishing the first chapter of the book mentioned above, and came across the six standards of leadership published by the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium in 2008. The six standards are handy items to have nearby, as I will be referring to them frequently, but I didn’t want to write them all down, as this would be a waste of time. I figured I could find them somewhere on the web, and then cut and paste them into my notes.

After a quick search, I did find the same list of standards duplicated, word for word, on the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) website. Using Clearly, an Evernote-created browser extension for Chrome, I stripped away all of the fluff and advertising on the page, then clipped the content. This sent it directly into my Evernote account. I switched to the Evernote application, found the note, filed it in the correct notebook, and then right clicked on it and selected “Copy Note Link” from the contextual menu. Finally, I navigated back to the note which contained my notes from the text, and inserted the link in the appropriate spot in my notes.

So, what is the point of all this? Having the standards in Evernote means that they instantly become searchable and I can easily find what I am looking for. It also means that I do not have to open a book or search the web for the standards when I need to refer to them, saving me valuable time.