Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Research Sites For Writers

A big part of being a writer is having excellent research skills. Depending on what I’m working on, I usually gather information from interview sources, research journals, and yes, the Internet. The Internet constantly proves to be an easy source, because of its accessibility, but simultaneously a challenging one considering the prevalence of content mills.

I have looked into search engines that filter out content mills to enable a more credible research process. Here’s a list of my top three:

is a simple search engine that filters out low-quality content.

is designed as a Q and A resource that many respected experts participate in. If someone on the site has not answered your question, you can just add it.

Wolfram Alpha
is a computational knowledge engine with a goal to build on scientific achievements and knowledge to generate clear results. This engine is geared towards more objective research and factual data.

I hope these sites help increase your productivity! In the meantime, feel free to share some of your favorite research sites.