- Mar 2023
I also “thread” index cards, particularly when they’re all associated with the same journal article or book chapter (or book). Note that I number my index cards “1/“, “2/“, until I know the total number of cards I will use. To store them, I collate them with a paper clip.
Note-taking techniques I: The index card method<br /> by Raul Pacheco-Vega
What does his full collection look like? Does he have a larger filing cabinet or boxes or are they all smaller modular boxes?
How does he handle the variety of sizes here? Particularly the differences between 4 x 6 and 5 x 8 as it sounds like he may use them similarly outside of their size difference.
Raul Pacheco-Vega uses five different types of index cards (notes): - direct quotations - bibliographic references - one idea index card (a major idea or them in one or two sentences) - summaries - combined (or content) index card
the Content Index Card is a combination type of index card that includes direct quotations, draft notes and ideas, conceptual diagrams, etc. that are all associated with the main article, book chapter or book discussed in the index card. I use larger (5″ x 8″) index cards for those cases.
Pacheco-Vega defines a "combined" or "content index card" or one might say a content note as a one with "direct quotations, draft notes and ideas, conceptual diagrams, etc. that are associated with" the work in question. These seem similar to Ahrens' fleeting notes, though seem a bit more fleshed out.
Hawk Sugano has shared his Pile of Index Cards (PoIC) method as well.
Interesting to see a passing mention of Hawk Sugano's Pile of Index Cards here in a note taking context rather than a productivity one.
I will share my processes to take notes using different methods. The very first method I use is the Index Cards Method.
Professor Raul Pacheco-Vega calls his note taking process the "Index Cards Method" and only subtly differentiates it from Niklas Luhmann's zettelkasten method.
- content notes
- Hawk Sugano
- types of notes
- open questions
- Niklas Luhmann
- card index as productivity system
- card index
- Raul Pacheco-Vega
- note taking advice
- fleeting notes
- note taking process
- Pile of Index Cards
I agree with Ahrens that most writing books teach you about making time to write (Zeruvabel), taking it easy with your writing (Jensen), writing properly and without bullshit (Bernoff), producing text (Dunleavy, Kamler & Thomson), but very few if any teach note-taking FOR WRITING
Raul Pacheco-Vega 2018-11-29 https://twitter.com/raulpacheco/status/1068166332947021825
Some excellent references on writing and their strengths. Heavy focus on academic writing.
(via longer thread starting with https://twitter.com/raulpacheco/status/1325630582894850048?lang=en)