Personal Knowledge Management Handbook

Author: C. Sean Burns
Date: 2022-08-03
GitHub: @cseanburns

This short book was written and developed for a course on personal knowledge management taught at the University of Kentucky's School of Information Science.

How to Use this Book

Text and Video

Most sections of this book will be accompanied by a video demonstrating the practices described in those sections. Try to read through the text first, and then watch the video. Revisit the text to help cement the ideas in place.


There are two markups that I want to bring to your attention:

Text that looks like code blocks indicate some kind of command that you should test for yourself. For example, I demonstrate search queries in the sections that follow. When I demonstrate a Google search, for example, the search query will appear in a standalone box with a basic font and a different color background (depending on the theme you're using).

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I occasionally insert some asides into the text. These asides generally contain notes or extra comments about the main content. Asides look like this:

This is an aside. Asides will contain extra information, notes, or comments.


At the top of the page is an icon of a paint brush. The default theme is darker text on a light background, but you can change the theme per your preferences.


I intend this book to be a live document, and therefore it'll be regularly updated. But feel free to print it, if you want. You can use the print function to save the entire book as a PDF file. See the printer icon at the top right of the screen to get started.

If you're familiar with git and GitHub, you can also fork the repository for this book at


Note that this work is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. See the licensing page for more details.

This book was generated using mdbook.

Copyright (C) 2022 C. Sean Burns

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.3 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts. A copy of the license is included in the section entitled "GNU Free Documentation License".