Sunday, November 18, 2007

The Useless Web

As I venture deeper into my novel, I'm finding the Internet--sadly enough--more useless. Sure there are some great resources for academic research, but often you get only an abstract instead of the full article. Or the site is organized in such an obtuse way that I spend a half hour repeating multiple searches and still come up with nothing. Wikipedia is well-organized and thorough, but I feel that I have to get two confirmations elsewhere of any fact I pick up from there. Google Scholar articles are usually too obscure or specific to be useful. Lexis-Nexis is good for current events but not for historical research.

I'm beginning to come to terms with the fact that the Web is not the easy way out. Sometimes the traditional ways are still the most effective. So I think that means I'm going to have to work the phones for experts and spend hours in the library.

Am I wrong or just not finding the right sites?


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