Dear Scrivener community,
I have a question: I would like to use Scrivener to study by tagging some parts of text with keywords so that I can later on easily search those bits and pieces by keywords and use them as verbatim citations in my PhD thesis, extracting themed collections from different sources. In other words, a bank of (potential) citations.
So far the only method I’ve found is to chop the text at the citation level, thus creating a standalone text, label it at “Citation” and associate such keywords to it.
This method though has 3 drawbacks:
a) I end up with a conspicuous number of fragments for each text I treat; solution so far: group them in a folder;
b) apparently, I can’t perform and advance search specifying a set of keywords AND a specific label [“citation”] (this could be easily worked around by always using the keyword “citation” besides the other keywords, and then do a boolean search, but isn’t there a cleaner way?)
b) it can’t be done “natively” with PDFs, unless I cut and paste the potential citation in another document and I fall back on the standard procedure described above. Again, I can group the original PDF article and the selected excerpts in a folder, to keep the binder tidier, but it seems quite cruncky to me.
I had also thought of using comments while studying the PDF in MacOS’ Preview, but I’ve noticed that comments are not considered/visible when you then import the annotated PDF into Scrivener.
I thought about copying and pasting the citation in the Notes field but then again, the search engine embedded in Scrivener doesn’t allow to search for different type of items (notes, keywords, labels) combined: am I wrong?
I’ve read about tagging software here and there and MultiMarkDown, so I was wondering if you experts could suggest a better workflow the the one I’ve just described.
The radical alternative might be to turn to highly sophisticated (and Windows-only) qualitative data analysis software like Atlas.ti, but I would prefer to keep everything in the same place and in a Mac environment if I can.
Thanks in advance for your precious advice.