Whatever you choose, be consistent in the way you create folders and save your PDFs.
Some examples for categories are:
By clustering the articles you find under a clear organizational structure, you are already creating the categories that you are going to use in your writing!
I find it useful to create a spreadsheet in advance develop my categories and the criteria to add articles under it.
Below are some examples:
Organize your articles by Relevance based on your topic!
|Article information||Use||Seminal||Important||Related to topic||Not Useful|
|Author, title of article, title of journal, vol., number, pages.||To develop theoretical framework||Add a summary of the article’s main ideas||Add a summary of the article’s main ideas||Explain how it is related||🗹|
|Article 2||To define key concepts||" "||" "||" "|
|Article 3||To define methodology||" "||" "||" "|
Organize your articles by Concepts based on your topic!
|Article information||Women representation in Literature||Gender Roles and Literature|
|Author, title of article, title of journal, vol., number, pages.||Add a summary of the article’s main ideas and how it related to the concept||Add a summary of the article’s main ideas and how it related to the concept|