We interrupt my series on Speed Reading for Fun and Entertainment because:
- Back when I used to teach my speed reading class, this interweb thingie wasn't around (much). So now I have a whole pile of research that says what I was taught about subvocalization is BS, and another whole pile of research that says what I was taught is correct. I'm still wading through it. About the only conclusion I have garnered is the subvocalization article on Wikipedia is a terrible article.
- For the last three days, snot has replaced my brain, and I can't think. Ha.
This leads me to an interesting question for our readers. How do you go about research? I use these things (in order of frequency):
- Google query
- Bing query
- Gartner (research for work)
- Forrester (same)
- images.google query (try it, the visual aspect of research leads to interesting results)
- Independent sources
- Email plea
Now, as a paid researcher (if you think that is cool... it is), I can find things simply because I've spend an absurd amount of time querying on various topics for my clients. Practice makes perfect, and all of that.
But it gets kind of lonely. The most fun---and sometimes the best---results are when I talk directly to an expert in the subject I am investigating.
What do you use in researching a topic?