I suppose that there is no one “correct” answer, but I’m looking for a bit of guidance as I am new to DTPO.
I am evaluating several new software tools to assemble an application suite to facilitate my research, writing, publication and conference speaking. At the moment I am looking at DTPO, Scrivener, MSWord and Bookends.
My research is conducted in print journals, books, online journals, dissertations and theses, unpublished manuscripts, correspondence and other programs dedicated to theological research (e.g., Logos Research Systems’ Libronix). Although most of my work is in English I also work extensively in biblical Hebrew and Greek.
My question concerns what other DTPO users have learned about the best practices for keeping research notes in DTPO and linking them to records in Bookends.
It seems counterproductive to keep individual research notes (e.g., a direct quote three sentences long from page xx of a given journal or book) in Bookends or in Scrivener. Although both of those programs will keep individual research records, I have my doubts about how useful that will be if I want to do additional writing and revisit those notes in the future. I think that DTPO’s search capabilities are far more robust than Scrivener or Bookends.
So how do other DTPO users who publish academically record research notes taken from documents?
Do you create individual notes and - where appropriate - link to Bookends or another program which is the source of the quote in question?
When quoting a document (e.g., paper, journal article, etc.) which exists in .PDF format in DTPO, how do you record and store the note?
Is it necessary to tag each note?
How do you keep track or organize your noes when you have several hundred that are all part of a book project?
I am looking for wisdom from those who know DTPO well and who have learned to make it shine.