Roam Research

Roam is a cloud-based notes tool, designed for 'networked thought' and long haul research.

Roam

Roam is a New Type of Writing Tool

Roam is a cloud-based notes tool, designed for 'networked thought'. It's less of a note-taking app and more of a long haul research tool. And it's deeply impressive.

Roam is built to both accommodate any structure

Roam is built to both accommodate any structure and also accommodate changing structures. Its 'bi-directional links engine' and 'knowledge graph' mean you’re not tied to a folder hierarchy, but instead, you create connections between blocks and pages of information as you go. 

You create connections between blocks and pages of information

Using Roam, you create connections between blocks and pages of information in its unique way of connecting all of your notes together in a flat structure. It leverages the way our minds work organically, producing a networked mindmap that evolves over time.

The Bi-Directional Link Engine

Unlike most note-taking tools where your information lives in a hierarchy, Roam allows you to move laterally across your information while retaining vertical references. It does this using what it calls a bi-directional links engine. to create pages that link to other pages around a particular topic. 

Roam allows you to move laterally across your information while retaining vertical references. It does this using what it calls a bi-directional links engine to create pages that link to other pages around a particular topic. 

Roam in a Nutshell

Roam is all about making connections
with yourself over time.

Daily Notes

The backbone of the Roam experience is it's Daily Notes. You start each day with today's date. The idea is to create new pages from the Daily Note so you'll be able to see when you created these pages, and your work will be visible when reviewing your days.

The Sidebar

If you Shift-Click on a tag or title you can open that page in the right-sidebar. You can also left-click on a bullet point to open that in the sidebar as well. 

The sidebar can be helpful for looking at multiple things at once, rather than jumping between documents -- so you can more easily follow tangents an "roam" around in your ideas, without losing your place. 

Slash Commands

Anywhere in Roam you can type a slash (\), for the option to insert a wide array of handy things

  •  A date picker (to target future days)
  •  Text from other documents
  •  The Current Time or date
  •  Images
  •  And much more

Roam Shortcuts

These are for Mac shortcuts for PC replace Command with the Control key

  • Creating Pages / Referencing Pages: Create [[Roam]] Brackets around text or press [[ and type the
  • Show Help: Command + \
  • Load Page Reference in Sidebar: Shift-Click on any Page Reference
  • Go into Page Reference: Command + .
  • Headings: Cmd-Alt-1,2,3,0
  • Bold Text: Command + B
  • Italic Text: Command + I
  • Indent Block: Tab
  • Unindent Block: Shift-Tab
  • Move Block Up: Cmd-Shift-Up
  • Move Block Down: Cmd-Shift-Down

Roam wants to make it possible to collaborate with your past and future selves.

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