We introduce research on information scraps ? short, self-contained personal notes that fall outside of traditional filing schemes. We report on a preliminary study of information scraps' nature and outline plans for the next phase of our user study. Based on ongoing study results, we describe our designs and prototypes for information scrap capture and access tools. Keywords Personal information management, information scrap ACM Classification Keywords H5.2. Information interfaces and presentation (e.g., HCI): Input devices and strategies.