Research and Resources

As writers or as regular folks looking for answers, we are called on to do a certain amount of research. Especially in the days of “fake” news, we need facts without spin and yet everyone has a bias towards something. Even as I write these words, I have a bias in that as a white, middle age (what!! Where did the time go?), female raised in rural Eastern North Carolina. Now I try extremely hard to present infomation without a bias, but I know sometimes it slips through the cracks. I have some very awesome readers in all parts of this incredible world of ours. Thank you!

In the world of Google we have to be careful and look closely as our sources of information. WordPress is awesome by allowing us a way to present our words to the world. However not all blogs are created equal. This point has been driven home tine and time again. I chose to focus on my writing and tidbits of info I have picked up here and there. I also include pen, book and other reviews of things I have tried and enjoyed or found to be useful.

So as a information consumer where can we find relevant current infomation? I normally focus on historical research so most of my resources are encyclopedias, Library of Congress (written several posts about it), the US Archives, etc.

Current events pose a slightly more challegning endeavor. Mostly I read several different news stories for the same story. Some favorites are the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, the Times-Picante (Lousiana’s main paper), the Raleigh News & Observer, the Guardian (a British paper). If you really want to see a different view of the world, read an international paper about home events.

Hopefully I given you a look at resources for information you haven’t thought about or tied. I would love to hear from about any of your favorite resources current or historical. Cheers, james

Library of Congress

Okay so we know the Library of Congress (LoC) exists. But have you ever thought about the treasures, the wealth of information it holds? Guilty as charged, until I was looking for something and the LoC popped up.

Say what???? I’ve never visited their website until yesterday. You can order copies of maps, old maps from them. You can also download and save them or print them. Its no secret I love maps, they spark my imagination and lift my spirits. (Explorer in a previous life perhaps?) So to be gifted with the ability to look at maps from the 1600s and beyond blew my mind.

I have been so intriqued I have spent several hours looking through their site. Now I really want to take the trip to DC and see it all in person. How awesomely cool that would be? However there are a few speed bumps, mainly getting to DC and then getting a library card for the LoC. They have three buildings full of stuff, according to the website over 100 million items. 100 million and beyond. A multitude of reading rooms, and a store that sells stuff, not online but in person. Why did I not apply for a job there after I got out if school???

Anyways if you have a love for writing, books, and maps, maps and lots more maps. Check out the Library of Congress, it is well worth your time. And the best part admission is an internet connection.

Cheers james