I was turned on to a site named Why-US.org this morning. It’s not a proper library-oriented site (except maybe in the most abstract way) but regardless of the author’s lefty politics (and badly overusing his movie references), it’s not a bad little site which should probably be listed as a resource for those who do reserach, or are learning how to do research.
The reason I say this is because he keeps repeating a mantra for research, wherein one asks oneself three questions:
- Is this true?
- How can I find out?
- Why have I never heard this before?
This is not a bad way to get started, IMO. Obviously, there’s more to it: scanning the literature, noting the primary and secondary sources, seeking out competing (non-confiming) data, evaluating data sources, etc. But (also IMO) getting started is the worst part.
Anyway, take a look.