“Help, I need sources!” Ah, the plea of the desperate student/grad-student/fiction writer in search of material or confirmation of some nugget, or a replacement for something that suddenly won’t work any more.
Every so often the question arises about how to do research. Fair warning, I do/did this for a living for a while, and I am assuming that the person asking has access to a public library that does inter-library loan, and/or access to a college/university library that tolerates outside researchers (not to check out books, perhaps, but to look at the catalogue and even read and take notes in the facility). I’m also assuming that the searching individual has a decent internet connection and good search engine.
The general rule of thumb is to use the funnel approach. Start wide, looking at summaries and overviews. Then start to narrow down what you are interested in, and use the…
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