Books about Personal Knowledge Management and Zettelkasten

I’m creating a list of books about PKM and Zettelkasten. These are the ones I could find. Let me know if I’m missing any.

  • How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens
  • Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte
  • Zettelkasten and the Art of Knowledge Management by Me :smiley:
  • Digital Zettelkasten by David Kadavy
  • Atomic Note-taking by Martin Adams
  • Duly Noted by Jorge Arango
  • Antinet Zettelkasten by Scott Scheper
  • Personal Knowledge Graphs, by Ivo Velitchkov
  • Effective Notetaking by Fiona McPherson

I’ll keep an updated list of books in PKM space on my website.


How to Write a Thesis by Umberto Eco

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This list is only material in the last few years? You’re missing quite a lot, but the following come quickly to mind:

Allosso, Dan, and S. F. Allosso. How to Make Notes and Write. Minnesota State Pressbooks, 2022.

Barzun, Jacques. The Modern Researcher. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1992.

Bernstein, Mark. Tinderbox: The Tinderbox Way. 3rd ed. Watertown, MA: Eastgate Systems, Inc., 2017. Tinderbox: The Tinderbox Way.

Blair, Ann M. “Manuals on Note-Taking (Ars Excerpendi).” In Brill’s Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World. Brill, May 7, 2014. Brill's Encyclopaedia of the Neo-Latin World Online.

Chavigny, Paul Marie Victor. Organisation du travail intellectuel, recettes pratiques à l’usage des étudiants de toutes les facultés et de tous les travailleurs. Paris: Delagrave, 1918. Catalog Record: Organisation du travail intellectuel,... | HathiTrust Digital Library.

DeCarlo, Matthew, Cory Cummings, and Kate Agnelli. Graduate Research Methods in Social Work. Open Social Work, 2021.

Dow, Earle Wilbur. Principles of a Note-System for Historical Studies. New York: Century Company, 1924.

Duffney, Joshua. How to Take Smart Notes in Obsidian, 2022.

Eco, Umberto. How to Write a Thesis. Translated by Caterina Mongiat Farina and Geoff Farina. 1977. Reprint, Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press, 2015. How to Write a Thesis.

Erasmus, Desiderius. “Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style.” edited by Craig R. Thompson, translated by Betty I. Knott, 279–660. University of Toronto Press, 1978. Copia: foundations of the abundant style - Enlighten Publications.

Erasmus, Desiderius, Herbert David Rix, and Donald B. King. On Copia of Words and Ideas (De Utraque Verborum Ac Rerum Copia). Mediaeval Philosophical Texts in Translation, 12.0. Marquette University Press, 2007.

Fast, Sascha, and Christian Tietze. Die Zettelkastenmethode: Kontrolliere dein Wissen. 1st ed., 2015.

Fry, Ron. Write Papers. 2nd ed. Ron Fry’s How to Study Program. Hawthorne, NJ: Career Pr Inc, 1994.

Gessner, Konrad. Pandectarum Sive Partitionum Universalium. 1st Edition. Zurich: Christoph Froschauer, 1548.

Gottschalk, Louis Reichenthal. Understanding History: A Primer of Historical Method. 1st ed. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1950.

Goutor, Jacques. The Card-File System of Note-Taking. Approaching Ontario’s Past 3. Toronto: Ontario Historical Society, 1980.

Heyde, Johannes Erich. Technik des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens; eine Anleitung, besonders für Studierende. 8., Umgearb. Aufl. 1931. Reprint, Berlin: R. Kiepert, 1951.

Heyde, Johannes Erich, and Heinz Siegel. Technik des wissenschaftlichen Arbeitens. 10th ed. 1931. Reprint, Berlin: Kiepert, 1970.

Hockett, Homer C. Introduction to Research in American History. New York: Macmillan, 1931.

Kaiser, J. Card System at the Office. The Card System Series 1. London: Vacher and Sons, 1908.

———. Systematic Indexing. The Card System Series 2. London: Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, Ltd., 1911.

Kuntze, Friedrich. Die Technik der geistigen Arbeit (The technique of mental work). Carl Winter’s Universitätsbuchhandlung, 1923.

Langlois, Charles Victor, and Charles Seignobos. Introduction to the Study of History. Translated by George Godfrey Berry. First. New York: Henry Holt and company, 1898.

———. Introduction to the study of history. London, Cass, 1966.

Leicester, Mal, and Denise Taylor. Take Great Notes. 1st edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd, 2019.

Locke, John, 1632-1704. A New Method of Making Common-Place-Books. 1685. Reprint, London, 1706.

Maxfield, Ezra Kempton. “Suggestions for Note Taking.” Delaware College Bulletin 6, no. 4 (December 1910).

Mei, Jennifer. Refining, Reading, Writing : Includes 2009 Mla Update Card. Nelson Canada, 2007.

Porstmann, Walter. Kartei - Kunde: das Handbuch der Karteitechnik. Stuttgart: Verlag für Wirtschaft und Verkehr, 1928.

Povarnin, S.I. How to Read Books. 1924. Reprint, Moscow: Kniga, 1971. How to Read Books - Google Docs.

How to Take Smart Notes in Obsidian Beginner to Advance Techniques: Templates, Tagging, Folding, Embedding, Digital Zettelkasten and Mind Mapping with Canvas Plugin. Fiola Publishing, 2023.

Range, Ellen. Take Note! Taking and Organizing Notes. Ann Arbor, Michigan: Cherry Lake Publishing, 2014.

Sanders, Chauncey. An Introduction to Research in English Literary History. With a Chapter on Research in Folklore. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1952.

Schrag, Zachary M. The Princeton Guide to Historical Research. Princeton University Press, 2021. Chooser.

Sertillanges, Antonin Gilbert. La vie intellectuelle; son esprit, ses conditions, ses méthodes. Paris, Éditions de la Revue des jeunes, 1921.

Sertillanges, Antonin Gilbert, and Mary Ryan. The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods. First English Edition, Fifth printing. 1921. Reprint, Westminster, MD: The Newman Press, 1960. A. D. Sertillanges The Intellectual Life : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive.

Seward, Samuel Swayze. Note-Taking. Boston, Allyn and Bacon, 1910. Note-taking : Seward, Samuel Swayze, jr : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive.

Shafer, Robert Jones. A Guide to Historical Method. Revised edition. 1969. Reprint, Homewood, IL: Dorsey Press, 1974.

Tharp, Twyla. The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life. Simon & Schuster, 2006. The Creative Habit | Book by Twyla Tharp | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster.

Tietze, Christian. “Getting Started: Zettelkasten Method.” Blog/forum. Zettelkasten, 2015. Getting Started • Zettelkasten Method.

Vincentius Placcius. De arte excerpendi. Vom Gelahrten Buchhalten Liber singularis, quo genera et praecepta excerpendi… Gottfried Liebezeit, 1689.

Watanabe, Shoichi, and 渡部昇一. 知的生活の方法 (A Method of Intellectual Life). 講談社, 1976.

Webb, Sidney, and Beatrice Webb. Methods of Social Study. London; New York: Longmans, Green & Co., 1932.

Weinberg, Gerald M. Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method. New York, N.Y: Dorset House, 2005.

ロンフライ, and Ron Fry. アメリカ式論文の書き方 (How to Write an American Style Essay). Translated by 酒井一夫. Tokyo Tosho, 1994.