How to take smart notes

Sönke Ahrens, How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers (North Charleston, South Carolina: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017).

A book on how to keep a slip-box ala Luhmann.

Key points: Separation of sources and own thought

Whenever he read something, he would write the bibliographic information on one side of a card and make brief notes about the content on the other side (Schmidt 2013, 170). These notes would end up in the bibliographic slip-box. In a second step, shortly after, he would look at his brief notes and think about their relevance for his own thinking and writing. He then would turn to the main slip-box and write his ideas, comments and thoughts on new pieces of paper[…]