Above is a basic recap of my digital notetaking pitch at the AHA Historical Notetaking Workshop in February 2022, with Zachary SchragIan Milligan, and Kate Jewell. The entire panel was informative and inspiring.

Since the panel, I’ve been working on a basic toolkit for historical research and writing with Zotero and Obsidian. I use it to teach honors undergraduate and graduate students. I use a version of this setup to do my own research.

Download my Obsidian starter vault for historians.

Read on the basics of archival research with digital tools.

View a video showing how to use Zotero and Obsidian for archival research.

Check out a tutorial on transferring Zotero annotations into Obsidian.

Check out further resources on notetaking and historical research, including work by my co-panelists.