Introduction to Obsidian and the Zettelkasten Note Taking Technique for Writing Research | GPLL281


This hands-on workshop will introduce students to the modern, no-cost, digital note-taking tool, Obsidian (or Zettlr). Integrated with Zotero and used in an academic framework, these tools can foster productive research writing. The workshop will help students start practising the principles of a Zettelkasten technique to build a personal knowledge base of literature notes, interlinked ideas, long-form writing, visual concept maps, and more. It will show how to associate Obsidian notes with bibliographic information in Zotero as part of the research writing workflow. 

Learning Objectives

In this workshop, students will:

1. Apply a note-taking technique that supports a productive writing practice
2. Use the cutting-edge note-taking tool, Obsidian (or Zettlr), integrated with Zotero and its bibliographic information
3. Learn fundamental skills for writing with markdown
4. Transform digital notes into written outputs and new forms of research outputs

Leaders Information

Joshua Chalifour is a Digital Scholarship and Journalism & Communication Studies Librarian at Concordia.


Event details

Workshop location

Sir George Williams

Start date

Friday, February 9, 2024

End date

Friday, February 9, 2024

Workshop days



From 09:00 to 11:00


Joshua Chalifour


Bowen Xu


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Additional details

This workshop has a $25 non-attendance fee

Registration deadline

Tuesday, February 6, 2024