A great way to find a range of reputable resources on a topic is to start with one source that you trust – a book, a website, a person, an organisation – and follow their research pathway to more resources.
You might start with Wikipedia, a good place to get a quick overview of a topic. At the bottom of almost every page is a list of links that lead to more information, further reading or other pages in Wikipedia with related information.
Here's the list from the page about the Olympic Games:
If you find a particularly helpful book or article, check to see if it has a bibliography or list of citations at the end. This will provide information on the books, articles and other sources of information used by the author in their research.
Blogs often feature a list of the blog owner's favourite blogs by other people (this is a blogroll) or websites on the subject the blogger is interested in. These will have been selected carefully, so if you think the blog is useful and reliable, it's a good idea to check the links the blogger thinks are worth listing.
Libraries can also offer online guides to help your research, and they can lead you to whole worlds of information. Here, for example, are just a few of the research guides we have at State Library Victoria:
- Australians in World War 1
- Court cases in Australia
- Research the history of your house
- How much things used to cost.
Things to remember
- Check links or bibliographies for useful research pathways
- Have a look at State Library Victoria's research guides
There's a world of information out there, and it's not all online. Next we'll look at the huge range of resources you can find in your library.