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Researching Skills: Corroborating Evidence


Independent research is the norm in a society where information is abundant and accessible.   Whether we are researching health issues or attempting to find a good book, some of the skills are the same.  Having command over research skills is essential if you want to make best use of library resources.  One of the skills that are employed by researchers (everyone), police, and intelligence officers is corroborating facts.  One person’s account may be good, but multiple sources drawing the same conclusion are better.


If you have come to the library looking for books or other information, it helps to corroborate numerous sources to assess whether a book is “good”.  If, for instance, you are interested in a modern dystopian fiction you may identify “The Hunger Games” and cross-reference this title with a friend, a librarian, reviews on good reads, Amazon, the library database Novelist, or sites like booklist or NY times.  With practice you will develop a network of go-to sites that you can use to confirm whether this book might be a worthwhile read.   My personal favourites for fiction are the Novelist database and Good Reads site.   The sources listed above are just a few of the common ones.  There are also numerous other sites, magazines and persons that can serve to corroborate your decision to invest time in reading a book.  Ultimately, a little bit of research can save time when done properly.    


So, as an exercise, try to identify a book you might be interested in reading.  Then select three completely different sources to corroborate your decision. One could be from the internet, one could be a person and one a print source.  Each resource can provide different perspectives and quality of information. If done right, hopefully, there will be no throwing of books across the room.  Happy reading.