1. Reference Form
I use the following style in my .md notes and in the titles of my files in my cloud drive.
Ex. A Book by John Doe, published in 1977:
When I want to reference a page:
If there are multiple authors or editors, I just use the first one named.
This form makes it SUPER easy to search for files and through my .md vault. If i remember the author’s last name only, I can just search
_d and I almost always find it because few other documents or files have that.
2. Notes & Connections
I make a file for each work, ex,
(j_doe1977).md. I’ll then take notes in that file while reading, making links to other files as I go along. Later I’ll move those notes from that author file to their proper place in a topics file, for example,
indo_iranian_history.md. I usually work with particular articles, so I use this kind of focused form, but you could also just make a file called
(j_doe).md or one called
scholars.md if you want to be more vauge. I do this is some cases where I want to say something about the scholar as a person. You could also keep tabs on which books your finished taking notes on in the broader files like:
(j_doe1985) IN THE PROCESS
(j_doe1994) NEED TO READ
3. Other Ideas
I prefer links over tags, just because they work on all platforms and work just like wikipedia (which I’m use to). The more the merrier, you’ll never have too many.
It’s better to have a flat, rather than pyramid shaped wiki, since too much hierarchy leads to forgetting.
Let me know what you think!