Scrivener is the go-to app for writers of all kinds. Scrivener won't tell you how to write—it simply provides everything you need to start writing and keep writing. Scrivener provides a management system for documents, notes, and metadata. This allows the user to organize notes, concepts, research and whole documents for easy access and reference.
1. Have you ever used note cards for research notes? That's what Scrivener is.
2. Do you have a Cloud account of some sort (iCloud, Dropbox, Box, GoogleDocs, etc.)?
3. View 10 minute Scrivener Intro video
4. Go to www.literatureandlatte.com
5. Save website to Zotero
6. Download trial Scrivener for Windows or Mac (you can also download a key-served copy for on-campus use via the campus network)
7. When dialog box opens, select Tutorial and save—this is your homework for next week
8. Go to FileNew ProjectBlank
9. Save to Cloud account with whatever name your want that is sharable
10. Explain Binder's Draft vs. Research
11. Focus on Research for now—
12. Add a folder for each source (make sure you have already saved bibliographic information in Zotero) by single clicking on the "Research" folder, then
13. Click on the small arrow to the right of the "New" button (or ProjectNew Folder)
14. Within a folder, create a note card by clicking on the New button (big green +)
15. Make sure the blue (for "Inspector") button is on to show "Synopsis" in upper-right corner
16. Type the topic of the note (3-5 words maximum) in the first line of the Synopsis
17. Type the author (or abbreviated Title) and exact page number on the second line of the Synopsis
18. In the main note-taking window, type author (or abbreviated Title) and exact page number on the line. This seems like overkill, since these are in the Synopsis, but you will appreciate it later.
19. Hit Return, then type the notes you want (paraphrase, full quotation, etc.)
20. Click green + for another card, follow the same process
21. Go to FirefoxA-Z DatabasesJSTOR
22. Advanced Search: "Warner, Langdon" in Author; "Turkestan" in Full-Text
23. Click on one article with PDF
24. Save information to Zotero
25. Click on "Download PDF"
26. Go to Warner's article in Zotero, click the small arrow to the left of the title to reveal PDF
27. In Scrivener, single click on the "Research" folder
28. Click on the small arrow to the right of the "New" button
29. Create new sub-folder for "Warner, Chinese Expedition"
30. Drag and drop PDF from Zotero into Scrivener Research folder
31. In "Warner, Chinese Expedition" folder create a new note card
32. Split the screen (upper right of central text screen, if you need to go to ViewEditor LayoutSplit…)
33. Click in one screen then click on PDF in the folder
34. Click in the other half of the screen, then click on the new note-card
35. In the Inspector, click on Notes to add questions, thoughts, etc. to a card
36. In the Inspector, click on Keyword to add keywords to the card and project
37. Ready to take notes!
Question: What are differences between notes for class discussion and research notes?
If there is time, run through a completed Project's Binder.
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Outlining in Scrivener
1. Open your Scrivener file for this class
2. Create a Backup: FileàBackupàBack up to
3. Create a Copy for manipulating during this class session: FileàSave As
4. How do we break projects (including biography) into organized, manageable sections?
5. Select the “Draft” icon in Scrivener
6. Click the green “add” button in the upper left of the menu to add a card
7. Type "Introduction" to replace "Untitled"
8. Click the green “add” button in the upper left of the menu to add a card
9. Type "Historical Context"
10. Click the green “add” button in the upper left of the menu to add a card
11. Type "Roadmap"
12. Click the green “add” button in the upper left of the menu to add a card
13. Type "Significance"
14. Highlight "Historical Context," "Roadmap," and "Significance" and drag them into the "Introduction"
15. Highlight the Draft icon, click the green “add” button in the upper left of the menu to add a card
16. Type the subject of the section for the project
17. Do this for two more project sections
18. You can add subheadings later, as you did in the "Introduction" by adding new cards, or
19. Select the Draft and click "Outlining" button in the center right
20. Go to File àCompile
21. For Format As select “Enumerated Outline”
22. In the left box select Contents, to the right select Draft, make sure all sections have a checked box to their left, but no checked boxes to the right “Pg Break Before” and “As is”
23. On the left, click separators, make sure all separators are “single return”
24. On the left, click formatting, make sure only “Title” is checked for all levels
25. Under compile for select Word
26. Click compile
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