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Online Research – Arragh or Yippee?

January 23rd, 2013

Which is your reaction when you think about starting research? Personally, I love researching things, especially now we have the glorious internet to surf. And if you are on one of our courses, such as our Comprehensive Creative Writing Course, you’ll certainly find the internet of use when completing writing assignments.

Honestly, if you don’t know how to search the internet properly, and by properly I mean knowing how to use search engines and terms correctly, you should take some time to learn. This will allow you to get a list of search results that are appropriate to your search topic and save you having to trawl through pages of irrelevant stuff.

Keep in mind that, whilst the internet is full of really interesting, outrageous and simply gobsmacking stuff, it also harbours a huge amount of rubbish. This ranges from badly written musings or facts that have not been verified to downright vicious lies. It’s up to you to decide what you believe and what you don’t. Of course, some of the facts can be verified by cross referencing with other sources. But, even this has its drawbacks. For example, the idea that you should eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day was based on a figure that the government just came up with out of thin air. It has no basis in science and has been repeated as being ‘fact’ for years.

However, before you despair, think about this. The internet also allows you to contact people, who are experts in their field – they can help you find the answers you are looking for and if you can get a quote it adds a huge amount of credibility to your creative writing. You’ll also find that experts are more than willing to help in return for a mention in your article, it is free promotion for them after all.

Hopefully, once you’ve learned how to use the internet efficiently, researching will be a ‘yippee’ every time.

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