Anne and I were discussing the nature of research at lunch. Not clinical research, but the kind of research we need for the work we do. I have clear views about good research. I have benefitted from excellent research, and I have been weighed down by shoddy research. It’s like prep work for a meal. Done well it makes the meal. That’s why chefs devote attention to chopping vegetables.
The question is: Let’s imagine someone wanted to learn how “to do their own research” without going back to college. Where would they go to learn the habits of research? If there isn’t such a place, what should a resource include?
I should be clear that I am not asking about where a person would go to research a topic. I am asking where they would go to learn the habits of research. I am not asking for Joe Rogan and Nikki Minaj jokes. Save those for your closest friends. I am not asking for a hug.
When I posted this question on Twitter, a lot of people suggested going to the library. I couldn’t be a bigger fan of libraries, but the question is not “Where do you go to do a specific piece of research?” Also, as amazing as research librarians are, I’m not sure they have a lot of time to teach the habits of research, which is what I’m trying to figure out here. However, some people suggested there are seminars held at libraries for the purpose of teaching research, which is excellent to know.
I will post any good answers I get on this page. Some resources I’ve found useful over the years (off the top of my head; there are more):
Think Again by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Think Again by Adam Grant
Post Truth by Lee Mcintyre
The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler
The Constitution of Knowledge by Jonathan Rauch