General Flashcard Information
How do I submit my own flashcards?
How do I study flashcards?
The first thing you need to do is find the flashcards you want to study! To begin, try searching using the search box which is found at the top of any page. Once you have found some flashcards you want to study click the study button on the card set home page to move to the main study page.
From the main study page, click the 'Next' button the flip through the cards or hit 'Previous' to access the previous card. Alternatively, you can use the 'right' and 'left' arrows to flip to the 'next' and 'previous' cards respectively. You can flip the current flashcard by clicking anywhere within the flashcard area.
That should be enough to get you started. Click around and try new things!
How do I remove my flashcard set from the site
You can delete your flashcard by accessing the User Dashboard page. Under the 'Flashcards' section, you should see a list of all of your created flashcard sets. Under the 'Tools' section, you should see a trash icon for each flashcard set which will allow you to delete the corresponding flashcard set.
How do I share my flashcards?
The best way to share your flashcards with the general public is to properly tag your card sets. Tagged card sets will be available to all users of Flashcard Exchange. For example, if you add the tag “math” to your card the URL would be: http://www.flashcardexchange.com/tag/math
See tag space help for more information.
How do I search for a flashcard?
To search for a flashcard, please use the search box at the top of the page.
How do I cite these flashcards?
You can site documents from our database the same way that you would cite other website sources. Please view this page for an example: Cite-a-Web-Site
Can you send me my password?
To retrieve your forgotten password, please have your email address ready and access the forgot password page to retrieve it.
What languages does your system support?
Flashcard Exchange supports 99% of the world’s languages. If you can type a character with your computer then our system will accept it! We have a character map tool on our Create Flashcard Page that helps you type special characters that you might not otherwise know how to type. There are also a number of desktop tools available for your computer to help you type characters in foreign languages (Windows, Macs, and Linux).
How do I type special characters?
On the Create Flashcard Page or Edit Flashcard Page, you can enable our character map by clicking on the 'Show Language Options' button. You will be given the option to select the languages for both the front and the back of the cards. Once the languages for the front and the back of the cards have been selected, the character map will be displayed to the right of the current flashcard.
Using this tool you can search for special characters that you would otherwise have trouble typing. There are also a number of desktop tools available for your computer to help you type characters in foreign languages (Windows, Macs, and Linux).
What is unicode?
Unicode is a character encoding standard developed by the Unicode Consortium. The aim of the standard is to provide universal way of encoding characters of any language, regardless of the computer system, or platform, being used. The core of Unicode, known as the Basic Multilingual Plane, contains space for over 65,000 characters. These include some 49000 characters from the world’s languages, include letters from alphabets, ideographs used in writing systems such as Chinese, and other characters such as currency and mathematical symbols. In addition to these, space is available for custom use, and supplementary code points are available for characters used in languages such as Chinese, where the total number of characters is not quantifiable. Visit the unicode homepage for more information.
Language tools for Windows
There are a number of tools for your computer to help you type special characters and most of these tools will work very well with Flashcard Exchange, as well as with your word processor and other web sites.
- Add or change an input language under Windows
- Additional Resources
Language tools for Mac
These on-line resources will help you with language tools for your Mac:
- How to enable and use different language input sources
- Additional Resources
Language tools for Linux/Unix
I am just seeing question marks. What does this mean?
How do I type characters in X language?
Please see our Language Support section for more information.
How do I create a flashcard using an image?
When creating or editing a flashcard set, click on the 'Add Images' button. You should now see an 'Upload Images' and 'Search Images' button load up on the back side of each card.
Here is a list of the allowed image types:
How do I spell check?
Flashcard Exchange does not have an integrated spell checker but that doesn't mean you can't spell check your flashcards! There are a number of spell check options available:
- Google Simply go to Google and paste in the text you want to spell check. Google will let you know if anything is not spelled properly. This is the best option for non-English spell checking.
- IESpell is a free Internet Explorer browser extension that spell checks text input boxes on a webpage.
- Spellbound is a spell checking plugin for the Mozilla Firefox web browser.
Is there any faster way to enter flashcards?
- First create a card set.
- After creating a card set you will be shown the new card page. Just under the header you will see an enclosed area with the title of your card set. Click import.
- From the import screen change the field separator to semicolon.
- Type your flashcards in the data text area.
- Each card should be on on a separate line with question and answer divided by a semicolon. Example:
- question 1;answer 1
- question 2;answer 2
- question 3;answer 3
- Using this method your cards cannot contain a semicolon.
- You should not enter any more than 50–100 flashcards at a time. If you spend 4 hours typing in flashcards and are bumped off-line you could lose your hard work!
- If you are only entering small one word question and answer pairs it is much faster to use a space as the separator.
Can I import flashcards that I already have?
- First create a card set.
- On the 'Create Flashcard Page', click on the 'Import Options' button. From there, you can cut and paste your imported code.
- Please keep in mind that in order to import your data successfully, the data must follow the format options displayed on the Create Flashcard Page.
What is a field separator?
A field separator is the way in which different parts of a flashcard are broken up during an import. If, for instance, you set the field separator to space and entered the following information:
- red blue
- green orange
Two flashcards would be created. On the first flashcard the the question would read “red” and the answer would read “blue”. On the second flashcard the question would read “green” and the answer would read “orange”.
Similarly, if the field separator were a "comma" you would want to enter the data like this:
What is "Line Break Test"?
This form field on the importing page allows you to enter line breaks in your questions and answers. Leave this field blank if your flashcards to not contain line breaks. If you do not enter anything in this form field your flashcards will contain one line of text only.
If you enter something in this form field your data will be scanned for your entry and it will be replaced with an actual line break. For instance, if you enter: NEWLINE Your flashcard data would be scanned and any occurances of NEWLINE will be replaced with a line break.
Can I export to my iPhone or iPod Touch?
Yes you can! See our iPhone Apps section.
How do I get flashcards on my BlackBerry?
Flashcards can be exported to your BlackBerry and used in the gFlash+ program. Instructions are available on their site.
How do I get flashcards on my PDA? PDA Flashcards
There are several PDA flashcard applications out there on the internet and you might be able to export data from this site to a third party PDA flashcard application.
Are there any other formats available?
Let us know if you would like a special format for an unlisted application. We would like to support all reasonable export formats.
Organization and Tags
What are tags?
Tags are keywords (single words with no spaces!) that represent a categories of flashcards. One of the first steps in creating a set of flashcards is to indicate what tags should be used to categorize the flashcards.
Tags are useful for organizing and finding both flashcards that you have created and flashcards created by others. Eventually, you will find that tags are an interesting and social way of organizing flashcard sets.
I messed up when I tagged my card set. Can I change the tags?
Yes you can! First go to your Dashboard Flashcards Page and click on the 'Flashcards' section on the left. You will then see a list of all of your flashcard sets. Under the 'Tools' column, there is an 'edit' icon where you can edit the tags under the 'Subject' section near the top of the Edit Flashcard Page.
Note: Please keep in mind to separate keywords by using commas. See this section for more details.
Can you fix mispelled tags?
Because tags directly reflects the vocabulary of users they can be ambiguous. There is no control over synonyms and there will be misspellings. However, you can do your part by editing the tags in your own flashcard sets.
Can I put a space in a tag?
Tags are single keywords only. If you want to make a tag with more than one word simply separate them by a comma. Ex:
- Sports, History
- Spanish, Art
What is a PDA?
PDA stands for "Personal Digital Assistant." In its most basic form, a PDA is an electronic organizer, although many PDA's capabilities go well beyond anything you could do with an old-fashioned planner or organizer.
What are the system requirements?
Your PDA must be able to run the Adobe Reader. Visit the Adobe Reader website for system requirements.
What happened to Avantgo?
As of January 2005 we have discontinued our support for Avantgo. When we began using Avantgo it was a free service but they have since begun to charge for bandwidth usage.
Plagiarism and Copyrighted Material
Is this plagiarism?
Submitting flashcards to a website and reviewing other users' flashcards is not plagiarism; submitting another's work as your own is plagiarism. Please never turn in any flashcards from this website as your own.
My copyrighted material is on this website without my permission. How can I get it removed?
Please contact us and follow the procedures on our Terms of Service page.