I think that I had a good system for taking notes when I was a (grad) student. Now I find that I need to access things that I read longer ago, and make connections among more things. This might be a result of working on projects for longer. I've definitely read advice on note taking for a specific course or paper, but I don't think that I know of any for a life long research project like 'understand how language works'.

@twsh I wish I was better at that. The closest I've come is periods when I actively keep a hand written notebook with a manually maintained table of contents. It's always feels inadequate, but it has its upsides.

@cstanhope That's what I do now except that I'm bad at updating the contents. And now I have ten years worth of notebooks in two different countries. I can solve the country problem by remembering to get the one's in my mother's basement. The other one is more difficult.

@cstanhope I think that I should put the notes that need preserving in a personal wiki or something every week or so. Maybe that should be my new academic year resolution.

@twsh If you do, I would love to hear about your experience. It definitely feels a wiki would be a good solution to cross linking and searching. Of course, it misses other things (if you work outside of your notebooks like I often do), but so do notebooks. And actually, I suppose you could always embed file:// links in the wiki to point at things like source code or Jupyter Notebooks...

@cstanhope @twsh I have been using a personal wiki in a similar way for exploring and tying together my own ideas, and I plan to setup a similar wiki for this coming semester (my last of #undergrad, but I'll be taking an experimental course 😎 and a research methods class) to record and interconnect notes and thoughts/doubts regarding theory and methods.

An indirect benefit of this approach is that I can eventually data mine my mind, seeing overlooked relationships. 😍

@bthall @cstanhope Yes, I like the idea of having everything available as text so that I can investigate it in whatever way seems useful.

@twsh hi thomas, what are you looking for exactly? a way of working or a tool or both? offline/online?

@Manuela Ways of working and/or tools. I have a preference for something that doesn't require me to be in front of a computer all the time. I would prefer offline unless there's a compelling reason.

I already use Zim and that seems like a good tool for me: zim-wiki.org/

@twsh i think betabook or a normal notebook in combination with evernote app works great. betabook.co - make offline notes on betabook, take pics of it with your phone, sync with your computer and organize. I love it because it syncs well, integrates pics and text so well and you can take notes with your voice, too.

@twsh What was your notes-taking system, as a grad student? :3

@kellerfuchs I had a notebook for when I was reading and a text file for planning each paper I wrote. It was nice and simple but doesn't work when the paper notes are from years ago and I've forgotten the context.

@twsh Hey. Thanks, I did something similar during my PhD, and I've been looking for something better because of the same limitations: it doesn't work too well when you have longer-running projects :3

@kellerfuchs Right. And I feel that having access to a computer ought to make it better somehow, but I don't quite know how.

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