As a thirsty graduate student, I've amassed a burgeoning collection of research articles in both paper and digital formats. Right now I manage PDFs and references with Zotero, but I'm still searching for an organization logic for paper documents that allows rapid access and prevents redundant printing and storage. Some have suggested organizing by topic, while another approach is to sort by author name. Topical organization has not worked well for me in the past because my research is highly interdisciplinary, confounding my categorization efforts. For a coupled digital-physical organization system I'm considering the following:
- Digital documents and references stored and tagged in Zotero
- Indicator in Zotero whether or not I've printed in the file
- Physical documents stored in manila file folders labelled alphabetically
What is the most effective way that you've found to maintain both paper and digital document repositories?