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Hi,

 

My current organization system is to have two notebooks. An inbox and cabinet.

 

I use hierarchical tags to organize beyond that. 

For example, notes related to A.P. biology go into the tag A.P. biology, nested under highschool >> senior

However, how do you organize when you have an essay or something like that that requires multiple notes? I want to be able to filter and see all the notes within a certain assignment.

 

My current idea on doing this is under each class having tags for lecture notes, projects/papers, and homework.

 

Is there a better, less tag-intensive way of doing this?

 

Thanks for your help! 

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On 7/31/2016 at 4:08 PM, xboxer16 said:

However, how do you organize when you have an essay or something like that that requires multiple notes?

I also favour tags over notebooks.

For me, the next level in organization would be note title
For example:   Assignment x - First Section
                        Assignment x - Second Section
                        Assignment x - Third Section

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16 hours ago, xboxer16 said:

For example, notes related to A.P. biology go into the tag A.P. biology, nested under highschool >> senior

However, how do you organize when you have an essay or something like that that requires multiple notes? I want to be able to filter and see all the notes within a certain assignment.

 

My current idea on doing this is under each class having tags for lecture notes, projects/papers, and homework.

 

Is there a better, less tag-intensive way of doing this?

I would suggest you initially consider using only an AP Biology tag.  The highschool and senior tags to me seem to be superfluous unless there is a reason why you need to have a separate highschool or senior collection of your notes.  There are some people that are definite taggers on this forum and all the power to them, but I think new users should start simply first and then add to the complexity if they find they want that later.

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On 8/1/2016 at 1:08 AM, xboxer16 said:

Is there a better, less tag-intensive way of doing this?

My suggestion would be, that you create a notebook for this assignment. Once you have done your research and handed in your Essay, you can file everything into your cabinet and rename the notebook for the next assignment 

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On 7/31/2016 at 6:08 PM, xboxer16 said:

Is there a better, less tag-intensive way of doing this?

You could create a tag for each of your special assignments, perhaps preceded by a period.  Then add the tag .Special1 to each note and a simple search will find all the notes for the that assignment and a period entered into tag search will display all of your special assignments.  Putting the tags in a hierarchical structure can complicate tag searches.

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xboxer, that's a great idea! I think, I should use it too. It will be good for me, taking into consideration how many essays I write due to my study. There is too much of them. To be honest, I even use writing help sometimes. I buy essays from a special writing service. What else should I do? I need to study and work at the same time. But using your system I will have more time to do essays and other stuff on my own. At least I hope so. I want to graduate and become a good specialist.

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You could use the so-called "faceted classification" system (along with "faceted search" for the retrieval of information in your Evernote database). The basic principle is that you don't file your notes hierarchically, but rather tag them according to several facets (= types/classes of information). When searching, you then combine two or more tags, which is very easy using the tag icon above the middle Evernote column.

Let me explain faceted classification using an example: Let's say, you regularly attend conferences and make a note for each lecture you listen to. If you would file these notes hierarchically, you would have to create a tag structure with duplications such as these:

Conference lectures
	> Conference-A
		> Conference-A.2018
		> Conference-A.2019
		> Conference-A.2020
	> Conference-B
		> Conference-B.2018
		> Conference-B.2019
		> Conference-B.2020

For each individual conference, you would have to repeat all the years again as subordinate tags.

Faceted classification goes like this:

Note type
	> Lecture

Year
	> 2018
	> 2019
	> 2020

Conference series
	> Conference-A
	> Conference-B

To start the search, select the searched note type (here: "Lecture") and then narrow down the search results by adding further search criteria (by clicking on the tag icon on top of the middle column), such as the year and/or the name of the conference. You can easily add other facets in this system, such as the location. If, for example, sometime you just remember that you've heard a lecture on a searched topic some years ago at a conference in Seattle, simply combine the tags "Lecture" and "Seattle" in the search. You can use those year and location tags universally in your Evernote organizing system. Example:

To file your travel documents for these conferences in Evernote, simply add a "Travel documents" tag to "Note type". You then use the same tags from the facets "Year", "Conference series" and "Location" to file your notes containing travel documents. Travel documents concerning journeys to friends or members of your family will be classified by tags of the class "Person" (i.e.: "Kate", "John", ...), but share the note type "Travel documents" with all other travel notes.

You do the same with all other types of information that you want to file using a faceted classification: You simply add a corresponding tag in "Note type", and use the existing facet tags of those general classes like "year", "location", etc. to file the new notes. This way, the number of tags will be reduced considerably, and you have a very powerful system to retrieve information.

See Wikipedia Faceted search for more detailed information.

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1 hour ago, Oberdada said:

You could use the so-called "faceted classification" system (along with "faceted search" for the retrieval of information in your Evernote database). The basic principle is that you don't file your notes hierarchically, but rather tag them according to several facets (= types/classes of information).

Thanks for the name and link   
It is a superior method of organization

I use a script (Mac) to ensure each note type receives all the required tag facets

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