I’m writing a biography-cum-would-be history about an American woman who spied for the British in the worst years of WW II. Non-fiction. That means I read a lot of books. For those who use DT Pro to “catalogue” books, I find that scanning indexes into an RTF page accompanying the several pages of notes to/on the book creates an outstanding namebase. (Does anyone use Namebase? Files integrate beautifully into DT Pro.) Names can be linked to files, which over time and links can be woven through DT Pro and from there into the hard drive.

What’s the take-away from this observation? Book indexes in DT Pro turn books into hard-copy files, the book ceases to be a passive agent to be prodded by memory. Using DT Pro makes the books that will go into the bibliography into active research agents, live data.