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Best method for summarizing papers?

My approach to academic papers is to read through once, then go back and type up notes on it. The problem is that my notes serve two functions: summary and commentary. What's the best software for making synopses of academic papers with personal annotated notes? [more inside]
posted by painquale on Nov 18, 2008 - 12 answers

notes on my iphone

transfer of notes on iphone [more inside]
posted by femmme on Nov 2, 2008 - 11 answers

Is there a Vista equivalent for Office 2004 Mac's "Notebook Layout View"?

A friend of mine is a schoolteacher with the Chicago Public Schools. On his Mac, he uses Office 2004. He was showing me a feature in the Office 2004 version of Word that I really like. It allows you to open up a document in something called "Notebook Layout View" (I think) that simulates a page of ruled notebook paper as if you were writing in a spiral notebook. It even allows you to format a title and heading and other features. Anyone know if there is a Vista equivalent for Office 2007? I tried looking through the templates (both what's included with 2007 and at Microsoft Online) and I can't seem to find anything similar. (and please, no flames or exhortations to "get a Mac!" I'm stuck with I have and there's no changing for the time being) Thanks!
posted by zooropa on Sep 15, 2008 - 5 answers

Or maybe I should just get an extra brain.

Wannabe expert seeks efficient information recording/retainment/organization tools and techniques. [more inside]
posted by susiepie on Aug 26, 2008 - 3 answers

Sync Blackberry memopad to the web?

How do I sync my notes in my Blackberry Curve's memopad to a web-based service? [more inside]
posted by aebaxter on Aug 20, 2008 - 2 answers

How do I take better notes?

I need help modernizing my note-taking methodology. [more inside]
posted by sonofslim on Aug 19, 2008 - 7 answers

Help Me Capture Text From Books!

What kind of options do I have for a gadget of some kind that can capture bits of text from a book or magazine? I read a lot and always take notes, highlight, underline, note page numbers to refer back to, all these things to use for reference later on. But actually copying paragraphs into a notebook takes time, highlighting and underlining doesn't really help as I have to go back to the book - but rarely do. Since I keep so much information on my computer, I have wondered if there are small devices (mini-scanners?) that can somehow capture a few lines of text and store it as a .jpg or something. It seems as if I have seen or heard of these but I really don't know what to look for. By the way, I have used Jott to read a paragraph and have it in my email as transcribed text. That's nice, but I don't want to make a phone call every time I want to capture some text. As always, thanks in advance!
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jul 16, 2008 - 12 answers

How best to take discreet private notes on a not so private computer?

I want software which will allow me to capture text thoughts at work, to a remote web location - quickly, discreetly and privately. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Apr 24, 2008 - 41 answers

Help me understand US Treasury securities.

Help me understand US Treasury securities. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Apr 4, 2008 - 10 answers

WYSIWYM for Notes

I'm interested in designing a notetaking markup system for writing & the web. Before I put much more effort into it, does it exist? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Feb 28, 2008 - 9 answers

Turn off Instiki spam/flood protection

Is there any way to stop spam protection on Instiki? [more inside]
posted by djgh on Feb 10, 2008 - 4 answers

Nighttime note taking tools?

Are there any unique, cool, and quiet middle-of-the-night note-taking solutions out there? [more inside]
posted by TheManChild2000 on Feb 2, 2008 - 16 answers

Words and pictures, together at last

Taking text notes with incorporated image thumbnails: there's gotta be an application that does exactly what I need. [more inside]
posted by doift on Jan 16, 2008 - 4 answers

How are things? Sorry to hear you've been laid off.

I worked at a newspaper for five years. I quit three years ago. Now, about 25% of the staff is getting laid off, including some friends. I don't have a problem talking to those friends about any of this. But then there are other people I liked but haven't kept in touch with (at most, I've seen them at a few gatherings). What do I say to those former co-workers I liked who are now getting the ax? I figure they could use a kind word and a vote of confidence. [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Jan 10, 2008 - 6 answers

The Razor's Edge Notes

Does anyone know of a site that can provide me with SparkNotes-like information on the novel: The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham? If not then perhaps one of you MetaFilter members will be willing to share some information on the book :] Much thanks!
posted by meta.mark on Jan 6, 2008 - 6 answers

Saxophone 101/411

My Sis gave me her sax a while back and I have a few hours to fool with it. That leads me to 3 questions. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Dec 21, 2007 - 14 answers

"We're not worthy!!!!!"

Help me write a mini-note in a holiday card to an influential person... [more inside]
posted by arishaun on Dec 20, 2007 - 6 answers

I'm looking for a good way to take notes at work.

I'm looking for a good way to take notes at work. [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Dec 5, 2007 - 7 answers

Who makes the best book notes?

Who makes the best book notes (Cliff Notes? Spark Notes? someone else?) [more inside]
posted by metahawk on Nov 25, 2007 - 7 answers

When you research, how do you take notes (notate text) for more efficient future use?

When you research, how do you notate the book/text for future use? In other words, how do you take notes within the book? [more inside]
posted by kingtaj on Nov 4, 2007 - 16 answers

Note taking ^ 2

How do I manage notes for my dissertation on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by raheel on Sep 8, 2007 - 18 answers

School's in session - I need to take notes!

I'm looking for the best combination of online/free software tools to keep notes during class lectures. Visual timeline, web clips, outline formatted text, etc. - the more options, the better. I know there have been similar questions before but hope there's a better answer out there than I've found before. [more inside]
posted by Chris4d on Aug 20, 2007 - 3 answers


Please help me figure out how to bulk-detach multiple files from thousands of emails in Lotus Notes 6.5. [more inside]
posted by mockjovial on Jul 25, 2007 - 7 answers

Where can I get cool violin sheet music?

I've taken up the violin. Where can I find the coolest sheet music? [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 on Jul 15, 2007 - 12 answers

What's a good handheld electronic device to replace my Moleskine notebook?

What is a good handheld electronic device to replace keeping all of my notes split between my Moleskine notebook and a word doc on my desktop? I need something that I can enter notes into directly and also import information into from my computer (and export a backup copy back to the computer). [more inside]
posted by Slack-a-gogo on Jul 2, 2007 - 12 answers

How to keep notes for writing history

How do I learn to keep notes and records on the things I'm studying for looking back on later [more inside]
posted by sully75 on Jun 21, 2007 - 11 answers

Note your average notes program... (Owch.)

I'm trying to find a note-taking program for OSX that allows a pseudo-Cornell-style of note taking, and some other features. [more inside]
posted by synecdoche on Jun 6, 2007 - 5 answers


Please help me figure out how to learn the basics of db/app development IBM Lotus Notes 7. [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on May 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Which Mac notes application do I need?

There are tons of Mac notes applications out there, but I've yet to find the right one for managing the notes for my book. Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places? [more inside]
posted by Lauram on May 7, 2007 - 10 answers

Recommend a free online notepad

Free online application for storing quick ideas, notes, websites, etc--like post-it notes on your moniter, only digital and easily organized and searched. Currently I'm trying out Helipad, but what do you use? More functionality needs inside. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on May 7, 2007 - 18 answers

I hate lines in notebooks!

I hate lines in notebooks! Where can I find unruled Composition Books? [more inside]
posted by ThePants on Apr 18, 2007 - 7 answers

What other styles are there for silly/affectionate note-writing?

What other styles are there for silly/affectionate note-writing? [more inside]
posted by angryjellybean on Mar 8, 2007 - 25 answers

How do I taked notes?

I don't know how to take notes. No. really. [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on Feb 9, 2007 - 33 answers

organizing written notes electronically

what is the best way to save written notes electronically for mobile use? i am a physician and i have about 500 pages of written notes from printed powerpoint lectures that i have bound into two volumes. I have attended subsequent lectures and now i don't know what is the best way to encorporate this new info as well as new info going forward. i carry a treo 650 and have access to hospital computers but i do not have an "assigned" computer so i am thinking of a portable mode. making PDF's seems to make sense but then how do i keep them accessible for those quick questions that come up during hospital rounds? How about putting them on those "keychain" portable disks? Interested in suggestions....
posted by dstrouse91 on Jan 9, 2007 - 10 answers

Finding a physical folksonomy for flimsy files

Is there a way of tagging paper? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jan 9, 2007 - 19 answers

How can I turn notes into something useful?

I've been noting down ideas for a potential novel for over a year. Problem is, I now have so many that it's tough to keep track of it all. How can I organise and consolidate them into something workable? [more inside]
posted by Acey on Dec 30, 2006 - 27 answers

Scrotes Exports - surely not in the 21st century.

What are the alternatives to exporting emails from Lotus Notes client to text files in order to share information. Is this best practice anyway? [more inside]
posted by razzman on Nov 1, 2006 - 5 answers

Name of popular note-taking technique discussed here before

OK, I'm looking for the name of a modern technique popularly used to organize notes, tasks and projects. It's been discussed many times here and there are a couple of popular books that discuss the techniques. I believe it may be known by an acronym or initials. [more inside]
posted by lyam on Oct 25, 2006 - 3 answers

Hand writing and note-taking

I am an ESL teacher, and I have several types of classes; however, I have one problem, my handwriting looks as if I were a five year old scribbling with a crayon. So I am curious if anyone might have any suggestions on getting better at handwriting and printing for someone who doesn't have time to go to a course. Also, a second related question, are there any ideas for making conversation corrections? When my students are speaking, I write down various things that they are saying, and make various corrections, or simply offer alternatives, or local dialect. What are some of the most effective and useful ways to do this? If there are any people who have spent any time learning other languages, what ahs helped you most? Thank you all in advance.
posted by Knigel on Oct 24, 2006 - 12 answers

As if high school isn't awkward enough already...

Can someone explain French lycée-level notetaking to me? Is there some kind of secret system? [more inside]
posted by ruby.aftermath on Oct 7, 2006 - 12 answers

How to generate a TOC in Word.

How can I automatically create a table of contents in MS Word? There's got to be a better way... [more inside]
posted by craven_morhead on Oct 4, 2006 - 16 answers

Merrily we scroll along...

So I've tried a few apps that allow me to take large chunks of text and import them to my iPod, making an "eBook" of sorts. The first thing I tested it with was the Mcsweeny's big old page of funny food reviews, and I liked it... [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Sep 14, 2006 - 5 answers

How do you carry your notebook?

Writers, artists, and general note-dashers: how do you carry your notebook? [more inside]
posted by Iridic on Sep 8, 2006 - 32 answers

Local Wiki on Pocket PC?

Is there any Wiki-type software that will run on a Pocket PC? [more inside]
posted by figment on Aug 30, 2006 - 1 answer

Note Taking With A Tablet: Brilliant or Bonehead?

DorkyStudentFilter: Looking to see if anyone else has used a tablet to assist in taking notes in class, and other ideas for note taking. [more inside]
posted by plaidrabbit on Jul 23, 2006 - 13 answers

Teach me to use a notebook

Please teach me how to use a notebook. Yes, the paper kind. I've tried to go paperless, but I find that there are too many constraints to taking notes on a computer. I like the advantages of using a notebook: freedom, doodling, portable, easy to page-through and review. Ideas just flow when I use paper and a pen. I find that I don't review notes kept on my computer. With a notebook, I can page through a find ideas and thoughts from last month. With that said, I have a hard time sticking with using the notebook. [more inside]
posted by jpep on Apr 19, 2006 - 20 answers


Is there a class that I can take in Los Angeles on taking notes in shorthand? maybe at SMC or Valley College?
posted by joshuak on Apr 10, 2006 - 5 answers

How can I concentrate without taking notes?

I used to concentrate during lectures, seminars, and meetings by taking copious notes on what was said. While this worked well, I now have a wrist injury that makes doing so undesirable. What are some good ways to keep concentrating?
posted by grouse on Mar 14, 2006 - 18 answers

Music program to input and playback notes in specific timing?

I need a program that will allow me to input notes and play them in a timing I define. [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs on Feb 28, 2006 - 6 answers

How to view .dat files

How do I read a winmail.dat file? [more inside]
posted by brent on Feb 23, 2006 - 4 answers

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