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The World of Research

Posted by CW64 on October 23, 2009

How many resources or types of viable research (i.e. acquisition of knowledge) exist? Let’s see . . .

  1. Library
  2. Internet
  3. Surveys
  4. Interviews
  5. Observation
  6. Discussion
  7. Experimentation
  8. Examinations
  9. Experience

Anything else? hmmm

 Which types are the most effective and profitable and why?

Sorry, only thinking out loud. I will, however, get back to this soon with my own musings . . . .

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4 Responses to “The World of Research”

  1. What about newspapers, periodicals,and of course the public media sources such as television and radio?

    • CW64 said

      What about newspapers, periodicals,and of course the public media sources such as television and radio?

      Newspapers and periodicals comprise, in part, a library’s content, do they not? That’s why I didn’t list them individually or at all. One can say that, today, libraries also consist of an ever-growing audiovisual component, including VHS and, now, DVD rental. Television and radio certainly are significant additions, though, although one must be skeptical of what one witnesses through these media sources. Sensationalism feeds no other means of serious research or information retrieval other than itself.

  2. Not necessarily. Many people, writers especially, subscribe to newspapers and magazines so they have them at home. It really depends on the writer but if you are writing for a magazine or newspaper you want to get a feel for the content they want and how they want you to present it. Since newspapers and magazines cannot be checked out of the library your best alternative is to either buy them at newsstands or subscribe for home delivery.

    • CW64 said

      Yes, I am aware of this, but I didn’t add them to the list because they are available for access in the library, whether restricted for reading/browsing there or for signing out.

      In any case, I didn’t forget them.

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