Research – A Necessary Evil – Part II

June 6th, 2012

Last week we discussed the importance of research and how it can affect your credibility as a writer.  Steps 1 and 2 were discussed in detail. Here are two more steps that are critical to successful research.

  • Evaluate your research results. Are the search results providing the expected results? Have your questions been answered? Is the information timely or relevant? Since information remains on the Internet for an unspecified amount of time, it’s possible that some of the search results are no longer relevant.
  • Prepare citations. A citation is the source of your information. Following is a list of sources that require citations reporting their source.
  1. Books
  2. Articles (from print sources or from online article databases)
  3. Interviews
  4. E-mail or any other correspondence
  5. Web pages
  6. Government documents
  7. Non-print media (videotapes, audiotapes, pictures and images)
  8. Software or any digital formats

The above list can be found at

All intellectual or creative information must be cited to give the originators proper credit for the documentation. There are various manual styles for reporting citations, such as The Chicago Manual of Style and American Psychological Association To ensure that citations are not omitted in error, I’ve found it helpful to list the citations as I find them rather than wait until my research is completed. It’s easier to delete unused or unnecessary citations than it is to place them after the research is completed.

With your research completed, you’re now ready to sit down and complete your book. Do you consider research an insurmountable barrier? If that sounds like you, then feel free to contact me to help you research and reach your goals.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2012

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