Literature Note Care and Feeding
I've been debating with myself lately about where Literature Notes fit within the Zettelkasten System. From what I gather of Luhmann's original system, the Reading/Literature Notes he kept, the notes of interesting bits he found while reading during the day. Then later, he's process those into Zettelkasten, and afterwards they either were kept in a separate system for references, or weren't kept at all. This seems similar to some other advice I've seen on here from making marks in books, to using slips of paper for it to keep it external.
However, I've seen some other people that use their Zettelkasten as a store for Literature Notes themselves. Be it the infant-stage of Structure Notes, or (as in Roam and similar setups), a "Daily Notes" setup (similar to the Bullet Journal system that Roam based it off of), and true Zettel notes are created from these, but the Literature Notes are still in the system (can be searched, linked to, etc.)
I'm arguing with myself about which approach is "better". I can see the benefit of daily writing, of keeping an actual log of what happens/what I think, and it gives me a practiced place to write any information I come across, including what I read. Even if not daily writing, putting those Literature notes there gives me a built-in reference system.
But then, I also see where polluting your "second brain" with other thoughts, or even just half-finished thoughts, can lead to it being less helpful, and confused. A Zettelkasten is supposed to be just your thoughts, with quotes only being there "if needed", not as a default thing. Daily Notes seem to fit that bill, but then they are not typically ideas to keep in a Zettelkasten either, or they are not always "fully formed" in the way Zettels need to be.
Seeing some people on here using both systems, I figured I would ask around to see what all people liked or didn't like about each setup, and what they've thought about the other side. I've not found a "deal breaker" on how it should be, so it may just come down to personal preference and how to mitigate some of the issues with each side. I'm still building both the Zettelkasten itself, supporting systems, and the habits that actually keep the whole thing running, so I may play with some of each (if I can think through a way to do so without making swapping setups later incredibly tedious).
What do others think? Literature Notes as a separate record, or not kept at all? Or ok to put in the Zettelkasten, as another source of thoughts?
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