Usually when I am studying textbooks for my classes or reading papers for my research, I will have some notes either as Word documents or in OneNote. My notes are often structured based on key points, I utilize a lot of bullet points, write down important points and phrases.
Recently, I have been thinking about alternative approaches. One thing I realized is that there may be certain topics that I may read about in various books and articles. For example, let’s say I am studying about skin cancers. I may be reading a textbook on cancer and there may be a section in a chapter dedicated to a particular type of skin cancer. So if I have a page for each chapter, I can write my notes on skin cancer. But if I read up on skin cancer later on and have some additional notes, this would have to be a separate page. So my notes on a particular topic are spread on separate pages.
The alternative is to have a page dedicated to each topic, but then there’s more friction when writing notes for a particular chapter to create and switch between different pages while reading a chapter or article. Additionally, then I don’t really have dedicated notes for textbooks, articles etc.
Roam Research seems like it could be a good solution to this specific problem. They have a section on each page for backlinks, with the context also provided. So if I have a page of notes for a textbook chapter, link skin cancer page, and write notes on skin cancer, when I go to the skin cancer page, all those notes on the other pages will show up. However, Roam Research is not desirable due to cost, privacy concerns, being online-only, etc.
How might I be able to do something similar in Obsidian? Are there any alternative approaches that would work well in Obsidian?