It is easy to do research on the web. What’s difficult is not being distracted and spending 6 hours or even several days reading about anything related to what you are looking for. I know writers that have gotten lost in research day after day, becoming, in the process, discouraged about working on the novel. It can seem to overwhelming.
But there is another way to do research that is more productive, energizing and much, much faster.
Go to the library. The reference librarians know more about research than you will ever know. That’s why I do. I tell them what I am looking for, and they tell me how to go about it.
When I need to know what movies were playing in 1980 in New York City, they referred me to microfilm copies of the New York Times on the exact date I was looking for. I found the weather, the films, the rent, the advertisement and price of clothing and other key things that happened that day. I also look at the week before to find out if there were other key events.
Then I was shown another source for finding all the key events of 1980. It was a list– and exactly what I was looking for.
Time spent– less than one hour. Even with walking to the library and home again– two hours and I got some exercise. I guarantee you that I would have spent three to four times that, if I did the research on my computer.
Just a thought.