I’m writing a non-fiction book, which is based on a lot of research in the form of interviews, articles, web pages etc etc. Most of that research is imported or transcribed into my Scrivener project. I’ve been looking for a way of tagging paragraphs / sentences / passages across many different documents, in such a way that I can then search a particular tag and come up with a ‘compilation’ of all the instances in which that particular topic or theme occurs in the project. There are many instances where I have single document, an interview let’s say, with many different topics or themes that are mentioned within in it. The document may be many thousands of words long. So document level Keywords don’t really suit my purpose.
I’ve tried using comments and inline annotations. They’re fine as far they go, but they don’t really go far enough. Let’s say I need to isolate the passages across all my research that deal with the topic of ‘drought’. If I create comments whenever the topic occurs, and include the word ‘drought’ in the comment box, I can then go Edit > Find > Find By Formatting and choose ‘Comments & Footnotes’ containing text ‘drought’. But then I have to click ‘Next’ to go to each occurrence of the word ‘drought’ in a comment, and if I have 100 such comments across many different documents, that becomes a very laborious process. The same is true for Inline Annotations. Ideally, I need to see all those occurrences in the form of a list, as you can do when you search with Keywords.
I’m aware that I could create Scrivenings for each sentence / paragraph containing a specific topic. But this seems to be a messy option, when there are tens or even hundreds of topics in one document.
I realise that the kind of tool I’m referring might be beyond the current scope of Scrivener, and that I might have to cobble together a solution using current Search capabilities, keywords etc etc.
But it would be great if such a tool could come to the help of writers who need advance research tools at some point.