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How to take smart notes

Anne-Laure Le Cunff
Ness Labs
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The Zettelkasten Method

  • Developed by Dr. Luhmann to make you more productive and creative.
  • Reserve a separate notebook for fleeting thoughts or ideas.
  • Take literature notes in your own words.
  • Go through your notes afterwards and rewrite them more carefully, so that they capture a single idea.
    • Consider whether your future self will understand them.

Tools to use

  • Zotero - for reference management
  • TiddlyWiki - for note taking
  • A physical box with index cards The Zettelkasten method allows you to increase creativity when doing research.
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