Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sources of Information for Research

While doing a research don’t take a very strict approach. Instead make a flexible plan and seek for various alternative sources of information. To draw knowledge from various sources you should know about the benefits of each of them first. For example, internet is a huge source of information but the information found there may not be reliable. On the other hand, books (not eBooks) have information only on a limited topic and all the necessary information may not be included in them; however, they are quite reliable.

Similarly, your other sources of information can be your GP instructor, friends, newspapers, radio, television, informal seminars, webinars and many more apart from the more obvious sources like the internet, library (which is also available in the internet) and so on. You should take help of them in a proportionate way to get knowledge on diverse topics.

Since most of the people cannot read for a long time. If you too feel the same then you should read for a short time but more frequently such as daily or twice a day. The source can be anything, diverseness is preferable, because even if the information is wrong you will get to think upon it and generate your own opinion about it. Most of the people seek for information only when it becomes necessary to know it. If you too have the same habit then it’s now time to change it because you will be at pressure when you have to read all at once.

Sometimes you are neither planning nor wanting to research; however, you may hear some anecdotes or mythological stories which you mostly ignore because you don’t need that information right then or simply you feel that you don’t need it at any point of your life. However, from now on, I suggest you to listen to that kind of information as well because it can be useful later in your GP essays as well as real life and this is how you accumulate knowledge, by learning things one by one. So, try to listen to others intently even if it doesn’t concern you. This way you get information effortlessly. However, that information may not factual (based upon facts) and therefore, you need to verify it once from a reliable source such as printed books and trusted websites.

In short, what I mean is that you should try to know more from various sources utilizing your limited time and energy. In the next page you will learn "How to avoid irrelevant and unnecessary information?" which is vital to avoid information overload.

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