No More Notecards: Links to web resources

A list of links for my “No More Notecards” workshop.

~Adding items into a collection and organizing sources
~Creating a bibliography via Word or GoogleDocs
~Managing your collection through tags
~Endnote file transfer (in litigation)

Scrivener (for Mac):
~intro vid
~other Mac resources:DEVONthink
~similar PC software

Project Management:
~Remember the Milk (Also works with GCal)

Some resources that were suggested during the workshop:

  • iGoogle, as a portal to all of the diverse Google applications including GoogleBook, GoogleScholar, GooglePatent, etc
  • Mind Mapping software (H/T Stephen Franklin),, lists as external refs, Innovation Tools: Independent site dedicated to introducing accelerated learning tools. It includes a survey of Mind Mapping software use., independent site claiming to have every piece of mind mapping software in its list of over 178 packages. It also includes on-line mind mapping services, software for concept mapping and outlining and a historical record of past software in these categories.

Note: workshop hosted by Humanitech, which is also a sponsor of the Making History Podcast

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    3 Responses to No More Notecards: Links to web resources

    1. Adam Arenson says:

      Though DevonTHINK, Scrivener, and the others seem to have a number of very handy features, so far I maintain the system one of my advisors suggested, where my source-based notes all remain together in an easily exportable, easily transferable, easily backed-up word file.

      Hence, all the notes on (for example) Moby Dick are in one Word file, with keyword tags that a clever program (so far only for PC?) named Examine can move to a new file. If I tag four paragraphs WHALE here and then have say another 20 scattered throughout my 300 sources, I have Examine search for the coding WHALE and presto — all 24 paragraphs tagged WHALE are now in their own file.

      1) Can any of these programs create a new file with only the searched-for text? It seems Scrivener could if you have each tagged paragraph in a separate little file, as in FileMaker. But then:

      2) This means placing all your notes in the program, and not having them easily movable to other work platforms. OK, you can type on your archives laptop and process on the home computer, but you are stuck processing the giant file together. (This may be just a perception thing — I trust the 300 separate files in the Mac folders over the 300 subfolders in Scrivener say, but that seems like a difference if Scrivener crashes, you need to use another computer interface, etc.

      Thoughts? Thanks.

    2. Adam Arenson says:

      To start to answer my own questions:

      It does appear that Zotero can solve the #1 problem, by creating a report (though the support page says there is a hidden preference to change). It may be the others can do the same — but the problem of one large database, tied to one computer, remains for them all, yes?

    3. Jana says:

      Is this the software that you’re referring to above? No one on my committee seems to have moved beyond file folders & notecards yet, so I’m on my own with figuring out a solution for organizing my work.

      I’m not at the “writing” stage of my dissertation yet (at least not on a large scale), so I haven’t settled on what software to use. Because of the portability issue, I will probably use a combination of Word, SOffice, and GoogleDocs.