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Q&A: How to manage citations -- answered with demonstration by a decade old Zettelkasten

edited September 3 in Blog

Hi folks,

citations are and managing references are a bit of hassle. Perhaps, a Q&A could help a bit.

Here are the rules:

  1. You ask a question about a specific problem.
  2. I will provide a demonstration how I see the problem and how I solved it.

Live long and prosper
Sascha

List of Questions

  1. What software do I use?
  2. Processing Citations from the Internet to my Zettelkasten
  3. Redundancy and the Seperator

Comments

    1. What software are you using to store reference material? And what software do you use to store/manage the bibliographic information? Why did you choose these?

    2. When making Zettels, how does your reference manager interface with The Archive? Example: Do you need to switch into your reference manager, copy a Citekey, and then switch back into The Archive and paste the citekey?

  • What software are you using to store reference material? And what software do you use to store/manage the bibliographic information? Why did you choose these?

  • When making Zettels, how does your reference manager interface with The Archive? Example: Do you need to switch into your reference manager, copy a Citekey, and then switch back into The Archive and paste the citekey?

  • @sfast, thankyou, that is really useful to see the process in action, especially as by habit I had imagined that the zettel itself would only contain an in-text citation, referring you to the full citation which is held in Bib-Tex. For example, my zettel would have said: "Patients with neglect blah blah space object show dependent blah blah... (Landausen et al., 2008)". I can see that containing the full citation makes for clearer use later.

    But tell me, in one step near the end, to add the full citation, you had a greyed-out subtitle <!literature>, which you made appear with one or two key strokes which you called your workflow. Can you tell more about that - is that a macro you defined previously? Or is it just a markdown style (#Heading in the text of the zettelkasten itself, and all you did was paste the citation? Or is it something else - a different 'level or 'type' of zettel link or something?

    Thanks ;)

  • The Seperator and Redundancy

  • @sfast got it, you explained the markdown comment perfectly, thankyou. I have used Rmarkdown but I don't know how to use it when not in the R environment, can you recommend any good site or source on how to start using it?

    Also btw nice ref to McGilchrist's The Master and his Emissary, I loved that book. The brain stuff is interesting but can get heavy and dull, but then you get the juicy reward of relating it to rich swathes of epochs of european culture, brilliant stuff

  • I think this will serve you well: https://www.markdownguide.org/

  • Thanks Sasha! Nice demos.

  • Thanks for the great videos.
    Is it possible to get the code for the markdown export template in bibdesk?

  • Also thanks for the great videos and explanation of your workflow.
    This is my plain text export template from BibDesk. I welcome criticism. Not about my beard, but about my template.

    Question - how do you show web citations? Do you use a different export template for every doctype? Or is there a way to show fields conditionally?
    Show us your's @sfast.

    Output looks like
    1. Simon Aeberhard (2017): Writing the ephemeral. John Cage's Lecture on Nothing as a landmark in media history, Journal of Sonic Studies, 2017, Vol. 13. @Aeberhard:2017a
    2. John Cage (1961): Silence: lectures and writings, Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press - @Cage:1961aa
    3. John Blofeld (1994): The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind, Grove Press - @Blofeld:1994aa

    <$publications> <$authors.name?> <$authors.name.stringByRemovingTeX.@componentsJoinedByCommaAndAnd/><?$authors.name?><$editors.name.stringByRemovingTeX.@componentsJoinedByCommaAndAnd/> (Hrsg.) </$authors.name?> <$fields.Year?> (<$fields.Year/>)</$fields.Year?>: _<$fields.Title.stringByRemovingTeX/><$fields.Subtitle?>. <$fields.Subtitle.stringByRemovingTeX/></$fields.Subtitle?>_<$pubType=article?> , <$fields.Journal/><$fields.Number?> <$fields.Number/></$fields.Number?>, <$fields.Year/>, Vol. <$fields.Volume/>, pg. <$fields.Pages/><?$pubType=incollection?> , in: <$fields.Booktitle/><$fields.Address?>, <$fields.Address/>: <$fields.Publisher?><$fields.Publisher/></$fields.Publisher?><?$fields.Address?> <$fields.Publisher?>, <$fields.Publisher/></$fields.Publisher?> </$fields.Address?> <?$pubType?> <$fields.Address?>, <$fields.Address/>: <$fields.Publisher?><$fields.Publisher/></$fields.Publisher?><?$fields.Address?> <$fields.Publisher?>, <$fields.Publisher/></$fields.Publisher?> </$fields.Address?> </$pubType?> - @<$citeKey/> </$publications>

    Will Simpson
    kestrelcreek.com

  • Well then, here's my BibDesk script from the blog post: https://gist.github.com/DivineDominion/6870769

    <$publications>
    [#<$citeKey/>]: <$authors.name?>
    <$authors.name.stringByRemovingTeX.@componentsJoinedByCommaAndAnd/><?$authors.name?><$editors.name.stringByRemovingTeX.@componentsJoinedByCommaAndAnd/> (Hrsg.)
    </$authors.name?>
    <$fields.Year?> (<$fields.Year/>)</$fields.Year?>:  _<$fields.Title.stringByRemovingTeX/><$fields.Subtitle?>. <$fields.Subtitle.stringByRemovingTeX/></$fields.Subtitle?>_<$pubType=article?>
    , <$fields.Journal/><$fields.Number?> <$fields.Number/></$fields.Number?>, <$fields.Year/>, Vol. <$fields.Volume/>, S. <$fields.Pages/><?$pubType=incollection?>
    , in: <$fields.Booktitle/><$fields.Address?>, <$fields.Address/>: <$fields.Publisher?><$fields.Publisher/></$fields.Publisher?><?$fields.Address?>
      <$fields.Publisher?>, <$fields.Publisher/></$fields.Publisher?>
    </$fields.Address?>
    <?$pubType?>
    <$fields.Address?>, <$fields.Address/>: <$fields.Publisher?><$fields.Publisher/></$fields.Publisher?><?$fields.Address?>
      <$fields.Publisher?>, <$fields.Publisher/></$fields.Publisher?>
    </$fields.Address?>
    </$pubType?>.
    </$publications>
    

    Output of a book:

    [#seligman2008rit]: Adam B. Seligman, Robert P. Weller, Michael J. Puett, and Bennett Simon (2008):  _Ritual and its consequences. an essay on the limits of sincerity_, Oxford [u.a.]: Oxford University Press.
    

    Output of a web URL (sub-par):

    [#seiwald-prettycode]: Christopher Seiwald:  _Seven Pillars of Pretty Code_.
    

    Output of an article:

    [#stirn2011mage]: Alexander Stirn (2011):  _Maschine mit Gefühl_, ZEIT Wissen, 2011, Vol. , S. .
    

    Author at Zettelkasten.de • http://christiantietze.de/

  • See Christian. :smile:

  • Hi. A bit new to the system. I have few queries :-

    1) If you were to do some video based learning such that you go through the videos first, then put in hand written notes consisting of formulas, text , important key definitions & diagrams later transform then to a detailed Zettel notes then how would you do it.
    2) To transform diagrams, formulas to Zettel, is there some good tool that can be used for building these especially formulas and diagrams.

  • edited September 12

    @amit Please open seperate threads for other topics. Both questions are off-topic. They refer to processing information and not managing citations.

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