File management is the process of imposing order on files by creating a deliberate, consistent practice that arranges files in a meaningful structure.
There are multiple ways to do this.
Folder/file hierarchy structure (think traditional paper management/Windows file explorer)
Naming conventions (a consistent pattern of naming files that puts files in order by topic and date
Tagging (applying a controlled vocabulary to files, which can then be searched to locate specific files)
This libguide highlights naming conventions and tagging. If you have questions about setting up any of the strategies above for your personal file management or research projects, please contact Megan (right hand box).
Resources and Examples
Case studies in poor and excellent naming conventions