03 May 2005

Getting things done on Devonthink: Bibliographical references

Each bibliographical reference is stored under "Reference materials", It is convenient to use a shortened form as the title for each entry, for example: Allen, David. 2001.
Bibliographical references

Each text file contains the full bibliographical details.
Example: Allen, David 2001. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. London: Penguin.
Bibliographical references This can be easily cut and pasted in footnotes or bibliographies when the need arise. No need therefore to use a separate specific application (Filemaker, Endnotes, Scribe, etc.), easy does it.
The duplicate function of Devonthink is extremely useful, as using replicants will allow to place an exact copy of the document elsewhere (a second incarnation of the document and not simply an alias).
A replicant of "Allen, David. 2001." could be placed in the folder for the relevant project under Project support materials.
For example "Duplicate to ... > Project support materials > GTD Project Another replicant could also be placed in the Next action lists under At library and so forth.
The wiki-style links function of Devonthink will allow to link to the bibliographical reference by simply entering the text of its title. For example simply writing "Allen, David. 2001" in any document will create automatically an hyperlink pointing in the direction of the original file. "Allen, David. 2001"


At 5/22/2005 12:56:00 pm, Blogger jonlemon said...


Nice tip!

But if you're handling a lot of references and want to produce a reference list for a manuscript, then the collection of all the seperate references becomes a tedious task.

I have to use the APA style for my manuscripts and then have to sort the references according to some algorithm.

Bottom line: I think your setup is a good way to integrate referenes into DevonThink aslong as you're not dealing with a lot of references.

At 5/22/2005 04:46:00 pm, Blogger Pascal Venier said...

Thanks for your comment, which is the first one on this blog.
This is a very valid point and after doing some thinking, I think I have come up with a solution and will prepare a post on this.


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