Help me master my research/writing/reference management workflow.
November 7, 2011 1:18 AM Subscribe
Is there an app that can help me take notes, tag them by topic, then export my notes by tag while retaining information about their source?
posted by incandescentman to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I’m looking for help with my research/writing/reference management workflow. I want an app that allows me to do research and keep track of two attributes: the source of the information and the topic.
Let’s say I'm writing a book about cooking.
I start by reading Mastering the Art of French Cooking. In my app, I create a new document for my notes from that book. Then take notes, and tag different paragraphs with different topics, like pressure-cooking, sauces, and emulsions.
Source: Mastering the Art of French Cooking
paragraph A tag: pressure-cooking
paragraph B tag: sauces
paragraph C tag: emulsions
Let's say I then do an Interview with Emeril Lagasse. I create a new document, again take notes, and again tag different paragraphs with different topics.
Source: Interview with Emeril Lagasse
paragraph D tag: sauces
paragraph E tag: emulsions
paragraph F tag: pressure-cooking
Let's say I then do Web research from a website called "Modernistcuisine.com," and I create a third document, again take notes, and again tag different paragraphs with different topics.
Source: Modernistcuisine.com website
paragraph G tag: emulsions
paragraph H tag: sauces
paragraph I tag: emulsions
Now comes the trick. I then want to be able to extract the notes I took, GROUPED BY TAG, and RETAINING THE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR SOURCE.
So if I decided to export by the tag "emulsions," the automatically generated result would be this:
Paragraph C ^1
Paragraph F ^2
Paragraph G ^3
Paragraph I ^4
1 Source: Mastering the Art of French Cooking
2 Source: Interview with Emeril Lagasse
3 Source: Modernistcuisine.com website
4 Source: Modernistcuisine.com website
Is there an app that will allow me to collect all my paragraphs tagged with a particular topic into a single bucket while RETAINING THE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR SOURCE?
If such an app does not exist, what alternative solutions can people recommend for my research/writing/citation workflow?