Microsoft OneNote&copy Tutorial

Organizing a Research Paper

Microsoft OneNote will help you organize any large project into manageable sections. For students, OneNote is an excellent tool for organizing research papers. There are hundreds of ways you could use this program, so you should start with a simple project and learn as you go.

This tutorial covers the most basic steps of OneNote, just to get you started.

Remember that OneNote is based on a familiar design for students—the school notebook.   Therefore, your first step is to open a new “notebook.”



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Create a Notebook

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From the menu bar at the top of the screen, select NEW and NOTEBOOK. A New Notebook Wizard box will pop up on the screen. You’ll have many template options to choose from, so don’t become overwhelmed—just choose “blank” to get started.
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Name Your Notebook

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Type in the name of your project. In the example here, the name of the project or “notebook” is American Chestnut Tree. Select NEXT.
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Basic Questions You Will Answer

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A new window will appear to ask you “Who will use this notebook?” For now, simply select “I will use it on this computer.” Once you become more familiar with OneNote, you may choose other options.
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Confirming the Creation

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Another box may appear, prompting you to confirm the location of the notebook. Just select the default location that appears in the box and select CREATE.
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Inside Your Notebook

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Once you select CREATE, you are automatically transported “inside” your new notebook into the very first section. Think of this as opening a new notebook and seeing the very first blank page of the very first tabbed section. You will now establish a basic set of tabs (folders) inside your notebook—and these folders will be your subtopics. As a default, the subtopic or section is named “New Section 1.” You can double-click the words “New Section 1” and rename the section—with the names of your subtopics. Don’t worry if you are not yet certain about the subtopics of your paper. You can switch things around add, remove, or rename them later. In the example, the name of the first section is “About the Tree.”
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Adding More Sections or Tabs

Keep adding subtopics by going to NEW and SECTION. You can name your subtopics at any time.
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Adding Notes and Pages

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Text boxes will appear in each section. You may start by adding any thoughts, notes, or “pages” to your section. Just experiment at first. You can click anywhere on the page and type. You can add web page links, typed thoughts, document pages, or clips anywhere.
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Explore and Experiment

It can be overwhelming to jump into a new program when there are so many possible uses. Just experiment with adding pages, paragraphs, and clips. You can’t go wrong—everything you place in your notebook will stay there until you move it.
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