During research, I often cite a passage from some website, a local document or org file. For context and later use, I always add the source reference after the block:

* Public transport
** Bus

Buses are used a lot:

The urban bus system, the world's most common form of public transport, uses a network of scheduled routes to move people through the city, alongside cars, on the roads.
Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City#Transportation

I would really like the referenced source to be an actual property of the block. I don't know if there is a way for that, or in which direction I should look for this. I've tried looking at header arguments and org-ref, but they do not seem really applicable to my specific requirement.

Is there a standardized or recommended way of annotating org blocks with source references?

  • Have you looked at using org footnotes, ie. C-c C-x f?
    – Melioratus
    Mar 26, 2020 at 18:08
  • The question is: what do you intend to do with those refs?
    – NickD
    Mar 26, 2020 at 19:15


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