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Hey academic folks:

I am currently in an intense reading phase and I find tons of interesting things I might want to quote later. After I've read something, I type out the relevant parts. Partly to have them digitally later and mostly to better remember them.

Now I have a lot of markdown files with quotes but no structure to look through them. Do you have any tools for that? Like assigning tags to quotes, so I can later pull up everything about a certain topic?

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asking for digital academic tools 

@tobbsn You could go for a reference manager that supports notes, like Zotero? It also has tags, relations and full text search. I find the full text search most useful.

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@jaranta I've only ever used Zotero to write out tidy reference lists, because I was mostly thrown off how it keeps every plaintext note in it's own database where I need to edit them in Zotero itself.

And if I understood its use of tags correctly I would have to keep every quote (which I want to tag individually) in a separate note?

But maybe I overlooked something?

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@tobbsn I was thinking you tag the reference itself. Maybe I don't quite understand your workflow.

asking for digital academic tools 

@tobbsn Hey, would this help with your workflow?

github.com/argenos/zotero-mdno

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@jaranta @tobbsn yeah and Zotero also has the advantage of being a citations manager that exports to various footnote & bibliography formats. My thesis process would have been 10 x harder without it and I also did a compilation of excerpts from 200 reports that would have been basically impossible without it or something like it. That said, entering all those text fields can be annoying and fiddly and I'm personally looking to migrate to something org-based for general research notes, but for specific needs it's a lifesaver and you can get started fairly quickly for a lot of powerful functions at your disposal.

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@tobbsn great question

asking for digital academic tools 

@tobbsn sounds like you need sth a bit like zim wiki or a zettelkasten type system. but afaik with those u wd have to convert them and add links and tags afterward. (i use both zim and org-mode for gathering research composts. there are many other similar programmes.)

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@tobbsn i find zim v cool coz so simple, there’s no tech fucking around to do, no setting up (unless you feel the need to), all you do is add info and link and tag. but i do wonder why it doesn’t just use markdown instead of its own slightly different but more or less the same thing.

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@mousebot yes, something like a zettelkasten was vaguely in my head. I think I'll try to reproduce that with a tiddlywiki first.

but huh, maybe this will be the reason to finally learn emacs, if only to try org mode...

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@tobbsn org is super and worth learning, but i find it too clunky/sprawling for a knowledge gathering system. (ppl use org-roam.) i found i preferred a simple standalone programme w no messing around needed to get going. i figure tiddly is also like zim in that regard. good luck with it. i find knowledge bases like these rly can change how you work for the better.

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@tobbsn I was going to suggest Zim too. @mousebot

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@tobbsn perhaps check out TiddlyWiki as it may be able to do what you need.

tiddlywiki.com/

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@quokka @tobbsn I have been using Zim (synched across devices with syncthing) for this sort of work but it looks like Tiddlywiki might also be useful! Thanks for sharing.

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@quokka this looks very promising and really simple! thx for the tip!

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@tobbsn you could do this with corpus software like AntConc. I believe you can tag papers and add quotes in Zotero, too.

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@tobbsn I save every PDF in dedicated Evernote folders. Often write some comments in the note. Put everything in a big Excel file once I begin a formal lit review.

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@tobbsn I suggest tiddlywiki (tiddlywiki.com) it is what I use for everything

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