Tags feel good. They give you a sense of attaching a label, naming a thing so that it is firmly identified. But tags can create a nightmare scenario if you don't keep track of them somehow or standardize them. If you are doing serious research, having a grasp of the implications of assigning tags to documents or to research notes is much more important. For gathering research notes, there are useful programs such as Catch. It enables a researcher to upload text or images and designate keywords as tags. Ultimately, to organize data for retrieval, you are either going to have to put it into preset boxes or tag it using some sort of key. Most researchers distill research notes from the sources that they are using. Although it demands careful backup, the author recommends putting all your notes into a single file.
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