Last week, my system spent two hours backing up while I was in the archive–
When your system updates in the middle of your research day…. (-__-) pic.twitter.com/JVy13aQsTX
— Jessica M. Johnson (@jmjafrx) September 21, 2015
–which gave me a bit of time to think through my research process.
Drafty notes below….
System is backing up and exporting because of some kind of error…
So I’m going to think through next steps for my research database.
– I want a system where I can basically have smaller notes of my long texts. Secondary and Primary.
– I want a system where I can basically have smaller notes of my long ramblings* on Secondary AND Primary notes
– I want this system to be easily searchable but not too searchable. My Evernote iWrite notebook* isn’t easily searchable. So I need to establish a system of tags that I use on ramblings that retrieve material relevant to my research.
– I also want to keep my long form ramblings
– My longform SS and PS have Evernote notebooks. My nValt is strictly for bite-sized primary notes.
– Why can’t I use nValt for long PS? Do I need to make a new system for the inedite (my shorthand for printed, published, or otherwise book-length PS – travel narratives, natural histories, etc.).
– I have not been tagging my secondary sources as responsibly as I should. I now have 600+ untagged or improperly tagged secondary sources.
– I can use tags to group secondary sources relevant to different topics
[Looks over the PS Evernote notebook…]
– Primary Sources is basically a @BrainDump* for primary sources I’m finding elsewhere. Haven’t organized well because I don’t trust Evernote. Still keeping “hard” copies (full-length copies) of these documents on the hard drive, external drive, and cloud. Notes might just need to go into nValt…
[Looks over nValt]
– nValt – is for my short notes on primary sources (and there are some residual secondary sources in that archive)
– I like it because plain text files are difficult to corrupt on their own (although if the entire system has a fail, plain text files will go as well)
– I keep the plain text files in a folder in my DropBox for added redundancy
– It uses tags by century, type of ps (*inedite, *pubprimary, *notarial, etc.), and geography and then uses keywords in the note for added context (FPC, WOC, DEMOGRAPHY)
[Looking at my Non-Text Sources folders]
– Possible use for DevonThink? Make a collection of non-text images of relevance and keep it indexed using DT? But I could actually do the same thing in Picasa…unless I make DT the place for project things…
* Although I don’t trust it with my primary source texts or notes, I use Evernote all the time for writing, journaling, taking notes, and capturing material from the internet. I can explain how and why later, but for now, to clarify: My iWrite notebook is my daily writing/research log.
* Ramblings = free writes and brain dumps
* @BrainDump Everntoe folder is just what it sounds like–a dump of things I am too busy to organize or don’t have a good place for
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