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Turning Highlights into Actionable Sources

Magazine article Information Today

Turning Highlights into Actionable Sources

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When researchers want to cite Kindle ebooks and PDF documents in their projects, they can turn to the Note Hound (note hound.com) highlight manager to keep track of these sources. Available as a web application for PCs and Macs, Note Hound helps researchers "fetch" their highlights and bring them into a single collection. They can tag the highlights with citations (from the Zotero reference manager); search by author, title, or content to find the highlights they need; build a project from those highlights; and output that project as a Reveal.js browser-based presentation, webpage, or Word document.

Creator Graeme Summers developed Note Hound so he could quote and reference his sources more easily while working on a book. "I would gather my source citation information (for Kindle books and PDF articles) using Zotero and output them in the required citation style to Note Hound. It was then simple to search, select and order my highlights to construct an argument or to develop a train of thought," he says. Note Hound removed "the arduous task of re-typing quotes from hard copy or cutting and pasting paragraphs and forgetting where I had copied them from." Because most documents can be turned into PDFs, Summers says, "a wide scope of sources can provide imported highlights."

Summers recommends that Note Hound users access Zotero's standalone version for PCs and Macs to add references to Note Hound. (Those who do not yet have Zotero can view a tutorial that is linked from Note Hound's webpage. …

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