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Ross Colebrook

Zotero is an extremely useful application for this. I've got all the articles I've ever used set up in Zotero, and a plugin for Chrome that allows Zotero to pull a citation and the associated PDF from my web browser. Once it's in Zotero, I can open it in Adobe Acrobat Pro and annotate it as I like. I can even add notes to the article within Zotero, and easily search based on author, title, year, etc.

Not only that, there's also a word plugin that allows you to pull up Zotero and add a citation to whatever word doc you're using. As long as you add all your citations this way, once you're done writing, you just have Zotero compile a bibliography automatically. It takes some getting used to, and setting up, but for anybody writing dissertation-length stuff, or academic articles, it's invaluable!


I'm not a very organized note taker - all of my notes are either in PDF copies of articles (I write my thoughts in notes on the PDF), in Microsoft Word documents that hang out in folders dedicated to each project, or in a Scrivener note in the overall Scrivener project. I back up everything so at least the notes are resistant to destruction, if not easily browsable. A friend recently released a computer program that helps organize philosophical note taking which I haven't tried, but which people might be interested in: http://hypernomicon.org

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