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Managing Your Work Habits

A guide to help you choose methods and tools for organizing your research and work in meaningful ways.

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File Systems

Organization of files is essential for retrieving files. It may be helpful to separate files for personal and collaborative purposes. There are two key factors for organizing files: consistent naming and subfolders.

Citation managers can be helpful for organizing articles for research (including their PDFs). They can also be used to save a lot of time during the writing, editing, and publishing process. Check out our Citation Managers guide!

Below are some suggested applications for file storage that are supported by the University of Illinois.

Personal File Storage