Xzerpt uses idea clustering and source management to bring structure to your research notes and keep track of what ideas you found where.
Record your ideas in a online interface and then create printable Xzerpt cards you can cluster into stacks on your desk.
Use the Xzerpt interface at xzerpt.com/input.
Conduct research and fill out Xzerpt templates:
The template contains the following fields:
Type: quote, paraphrase, or own opinion
Source: unique name or nickname you keep source details saved under (wherever)
Page: page number in source (0 for without pages i.e. website)
Topic: brief summary of idea
Statement: the idea itself
Xzerpt https://github.com/BrianInGermany/Xzerpt brian https://github.com/BrianInGermany bible https://www.bible.com/
Cache Card will add the card to temporary storage. When you’re done caching cards, click
Download and Clear Cache to get your CSV file.
|symbol is the delimiter and using one in the template will break the CSV creation. Substitute them with some other character.
Create Cards from CSVbutton on xzerpt.com/input to open the card creator.
Drag and drop Xzerpt CSVs into the field, and press
Cluster similar Xzerpt cards together. Once two or three cards are in one stack, name the stack. Write down its name on this chart (pdf link):
When you are finished, you have stacks that represent the low-level structure of your information, like this:
The system behind Xzerpt is a type of academic note-taking called excerpting (German: Exzerpieren)