It is my understanding that Zotero is a great tool as a bibliographical reference. I have it installed along with the Better Zotero tool and have a
.bib file kept up-to-date automatically when I add references to Zotero.
I’ve also got the
.bib file set as my global bibliography for
org-cite so I can add citations inside files, such as
[cite:@LastTitleYear], using org-mode’s
org-cite feature. So far so good.
I have a point of confusion on literature vs. reference notes and usage of ROAM_REFS.
My understanding from the org-roam manual is that ROAM_REFS are intended to be unique.
I used to think this meant that a note could be used as a unique identifier for a paper.
Then I realized that each literature note could have a subset of a text, e.g. an exact quote, and that made me think that maybe a unique ROAM_REFS could be a citation for a paper including a page number – and that maybe that’s just a hell I have to deal with when I do
org-roam-ref-find and see all the similar completions.
So at this point I’m trying to keep in my head a clear separation of concerns between Zotero’s job (having unique bibliographical references), the purpose of the ROAM_REFS key (which seems to be “a unique bibliographical reference”) and having multiple references to the same text (maybe different page numbers, etc.)
Could someone help me understand where my reasoning is incorrect/flawed/missing something, or where “everything is correct, it’s flexible, it’s giving me the choice of doing whatever I want, I just have to choose a structure for myself” ?