I recently gave workshops on Research for Writers, (at Women Writing the West and Surrey International Writers Conference) and rather than do printed handouts, I am posting all the information here so it is readily available and clickable.
BGUS also has an “Ask Us” feature on their website.
This hashtag on Twitter can be a great way to find answers to really obscure research questions: #AskALibrarian
Finding Research Books:
A caveat and caution here–not all the books you may find via these links are legitimate legal copies. Always use caution when downloading books, and use to due diligence to ensure that it is available in the public domain.
Check your local library’s online offering of databases–many will be accessible without having to pay. Some popular ones include:
- American Heritage Center
- New York Public Library
- UK Parliment Archives
- National Museums of Canada
- US National Archives
- Lehigh University This digitally accessible collection represents a range of lives — from ordinary citizens to Presidents, literary luminaries, movie stars, soldiers, and politicians.
- Europeanaeu Also has a wonderful Twitter account, @europeanaeu.
- Chronicling America Historic US newspapers
- Google News Archive
- Online Newspapers
- The Internet Movie Database
- British Pathé on YouTube and Streaming
200 Best Sites for Writers – A wide range of links for writers.
Google cheat sheet: