For nearly 10 years now I’ve been gone through many different systems of organizing and keeping track of the printed material I read (that is magazine articles, photocopies, pamphlets etc.). I used to just keep the magazines I read in boxes, but then my stash got too big and it would take me forever to find something I remembered reading. However, this is the system I used for nearly 5 years.
Next, I started keeping only articles I thought were worth keeping and keeping a database/spreadsheet of the articles on my old Palm IIIe. It was a system that worked quite good for about two years. I would file the articles in a binder alphabetically and by number (using stick on tabs) and then in the database I’d include keywords and short blurbs from the articles with the article information. To find articles around a subject I just had to do a search and then I could locate the article in my “article binder”.