#E4W Using Evernote for a Quote, Excerpt or Citation Collection

This is a supplementary post to today’s #26Tech A-Z Quotes App post. This post falls under the #Evernote4Writers book to blog series.

Read on for a tutorial on using the free Evernote notes app for collecting inspirational quotes, book excerpts or citations.

This is a long post, designed as a tutorial and for browsing. Split into two pages, you will find some manual processes in using Evernote on Page 1 (this page) and some integrated apps for citations and excerpts, and methods for getting book quotes from Amazon Kindle ebooks on Page 2.

The following is not only relevant for writers or creatives who collect inspirational quotes to look back on. The same processes can apply to students and non-fiction writers needing to collect and annotate research to write articles or papers from.

Keeping a quotes collection in Evernote provides several benefits –

  1. Multiple methods to get quotes into the Evernote cloud (see below).
  2. Backup of other quotes or annotations (example – Kindle highlights – see below) into the one place.
  3. The ability to copy a good quote and have a copy elsewhere in a relevant notebook (I use quotes in research folders for my writing projects).
  4. There is an odd juxtaposition if you have the Related Notes feature turned on, where some quotes trigger some interesting (possibly) related other notes found in the database.

1. Start with a Basic Quotes Notebook

Quote Collection in Evernote

To start your quotes collection in Evernote all you need is a Quotes notebook. It pays to title the notebook something easy to remember like “Quotes” (or Citations) because various mobile apps and the forward email function can enable you to select or input this notebook name for when you’re sending quotes into it.

I have a semi-regularly visited notebook for quotes inside Evernote. Called “Quotes”.

As long as I insert the author’s name and source into the note section, it all picks up nicely when searching.

I could tag with author name or source also, but an expert tip is to keep tagging to a minimum, else you’ll end up with hundreds of them.

Instead, simply type the required data into the note body or title itself (if not already in a quote in image form) – Evernote’s powerful search functions and OCR will find the note with those filter words.


2. How to Get Quotes into Evernote

2.1. Collecting Digital Quote Clippings in Evernote

Evernote’s Web Clipper functions, and apps like EverClip (which takes any clippings from any app open on my iPAD), are an easy answer to collecting quotes as I come across them – from anywhere, on any device – and have them arrive in an Evernote notebook.

Or if you’re on a browser with the desktop version of Evernote open, and find a good image-quote (say, from Pinterest or Facebook or similar) you can often drag and drop.

For more on all the possibilities for web and document clipping – including information on the EverClip app, see Evernote Web Clippings.

A Couple of Other Great Services

Diigo: The bookmarking webservice (also available as an iPAD browser app) Diigo lets you bookmark and annotate webpages, review, tag, manage, and share your annotations in your Diigo account under the source link for each article. From there, you could easily clip into Evernote to form a reference database also.

Pocket: I use Pocket for catchup offline reading of any interesting articles I find through my RSS feed reader app, Feedly. Feedly mobile has integration with Pocket. And Pocket mobile has integration with Evernote – so once I’ve finished reading an article in Pocket mobile, I can send to Evernote, choosing the relevant notebook.

2.2. Collecting Quotes from Emails

ifttt store quotes in evernoteIf subscribed to one of those daily quote emails or RSS feeds from many sites (including Goodreads), you can forward (using your unique Evernote email address) those emails directly into your Evernote notebook, or use an IFTTT service recipe like this one to automate those daily emails.

Next Page: Collecting Book Excerpts or Citations, Plus Mobile apps.

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