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How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers
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> it just didn't click for me
ISBN-13: 978-1542866507 ISBN-10: 1542866502
Read that book. Or at least skim through it. I tried learning Org-Roam and started making notes while reading it. Even before I reached the end of it, I was sold on Zettelkasten. Even if I end-up using some other tool (I hope I wouldn't have to), my life will never be the same as before.
How to take Smart Notes is a very good book that explains this technique well. Highly recommend.
⬐ neuroclineI'm just finishing this book, and I echo the recommendation. In fact, when I bought the book, I didn't know it was about Zettelkasten. This book won't satisfy those looking for concrete examples, but it will give you a lot of specifics and whys. Obviously, I'm in the early adopter stage at the moment, but what I'm reading fits my problem space (tons of notes, but I can't seem to find what I want, and I re-do research periodically because of it).⬐ nextosSeconded, it's a really well written compact book.
It's possible to tweak deft and org-mode a bit with some functions to make it very Zettelkasten like: https://efls.github.io/zetteldeft⬐ smartmicAlso from me a clear recommendation. I have read the original in German, it is very good to read, entertaining and yet has depth. Suitable for all those who want to structure their work or thoughts better.
Btw, there is an own homepage of the book: https://takesmartnotes.com/
I like plain text backed in google drive. I use The Archive  but Notational Velocity  is popular as well. I don't have a bookmark system though. This book is an excellent explanation of a plain text knowledge base system .
I am beginning to use a zettelkasten. I think it's an excellent method for doing deep thinking, especially over a long period of time. See https://www.seanlawson.net/2018/02/use-zettelkasten-method-s... and https://zoia.org/2018/11/13/zettelkasten/ for good introductions.
Reading this will change your life: https://www.amazon.com/How-Take-Smart-Notes-Nonfiction/dp/15...
I'm committed to text-only information. No matter how many notes I'm writing, I can always use grep or write my own programs to find what I want.
If you're on a Mac, The Archive is great (https://zettelkasten.de/the-archive/). It's what I'm using
zettelkasten.de has lots of good reading (thanks, Sascha and Christian!), but look to the other sources I've listed to get a more thorough idea of what a zettelkasten is (I call mine a thinking-box) and how to use one.