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Thread #104107   Message #2128073
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
17-Aug-07 - 02:28 PM
Thread Name: BS: Wicked Impediment on WikiPedia?!
Subject: RE: BS: Wicked Impediment on WikiPedia?!
Wikipedia is a one-stop place for some folks, but as databases and full-text materials grow in number, for those who want to do all of their research online they MAY, and they can get reliable sources along the way. The university library where I work has thousands upon thousands of journals, full books, abstracts, theses and dissertation databases, you name it, available online. The trick is to identify what you need and to retrieve it. We have a sophisticated network so people who are part of the university community are the only ones with access (licensing is the real bugger here) but you'll find that many public libraries, and states with good public library systems, have a lot of these resources available, or at least the abstracts and catalogs. You can get it online or you can get it ILL, but you can get it. A lot of the time.

Wikipedia may be a starting place. It hopefully has the names and keywords, and they're spelled correctly, and you can move out from there. Another place I find interesting to start a simple project is Google Scholar (though it is very spotty and incomplete) and Google Sets (http://labs.google.com/sets). It predicts other names based upon the ones you give it. I just opened it and entered "N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Alison Coke Hedge" and it came up with several other writers and some of the works they have written. When you're fleshing out a subject and trying to list everything you think you need to include, this is an interesting exercise to see what else is out there that may be related that you might not have considered.

SRS