Up your research game with these unorthodox resources

Original ideas and new avenues of research can be found in some of the more unorthodox locations, on and offline, so here is a guide to some of the more unusual resources available.

Whilst standard resources available in academic libraries are important and should always be the first port of call for any research project, chosen or assigned, there are several less common resources that are worth exploring. They may require extra time and diligence but can pay dividends and find references that might otherwise elude you.
Despite its reputation for dubious accuracy, in recent years Wikipedia has worked harder than most websites to give its entries a much stronger factual basis and each entry has references section which lists the basis for every assertion. Entries may also have a bibliography and external links. Wikipedia's Reliable Sources guidelines mean that many of these links are to scholarly sources. So, as well as providing an overview of a subject in the main secti...



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  1. Avatar for yieng yieng says:

    Thanks Stuart Ian Burns for this list of resources! My favourite so far has been WayBack Archive since I could revisit late 20th - early 21st century webpages that are (1) no longer around, or (2) have been updated beyond recognition. Art and STEM influence one another as the latter comes up with tools that the former adopts or transforms.

  2. Avatar for Suw Suw says:

    I’m so glad that you’ve found it useful! The Wayback Machine is amazing, and not just because it shows now-deleted sites, but because you can trace how design fashions have changed. You can also ask it to save particular pages, so if you are interested in a particular site you can ask it to take a snapshot.

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