How I Take Notes When Doing Research

Following a suggestion by Clive Thompson.

Stowe Boyd
Workings
Published in
7 min readSep 5, 2022

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Clive Thompson recently wrote How I Take Notes When I’m Doing Research, in which he lays out his thinking about research, and — to a limited extent — the tools and techniques he employs. He ends the piece he asks ‘Let me know if you do something like this, what it looks like, and how it works for you!’, so here I go.

Although Thompson talks with other reporters about work,

one thing we almost never talk about, I realize, is how to take notes when…

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Stowe Boyd
Workings

Insatiably curious. Economics, sociology, ecology, tools for thought. See also workfutures.io.