There’s no single right or wrong way to organise your research material: the key question is what works best – for you, and for the type (or types) of information you’re dealing with. This document provides an overview of some things to consider when deciding how to organise your material, and of some common types of organisational system, with some of the pros and cons of each. In practice, most of us end up using a hybrid system that combines two or more of these.
This article explores hierarchical, tag-based (flat), linear, network, spatial, piling and horizontal systems of organisation, considering the advantages and disadvantages of each. To learn more, download the article (as a PDF) from the link below.