The emergence of the' information age' has brought many new opportunities
for practitioners, managers and others to share information and ideas.
It is probably also true that new technologies can magnify a sense of
what we don't know. The world wide web presents apparently limitless
opportunities for discovery and this includes finding out about research.
The task of searching can be overwhelming and when time is precious
you want to make the most of it to access information about the type
of research you are interested in. Later on in this section you will
be given ideas for shortcuts to helpful 'clearing points' for current
and recent research. Before this it seemed appropriate to provide a
few reminders of good habits in conducting searches, whether you are
using on-line or off-line sources.
Before starting a search it is suggested you look at Searching
for research. You are then offered ideas on Published
sources and Other sources.
Reading about a piece of research is one way, but sometimes you want
more to make it real or relevant to your situation. Therefore a
Being Opportunistic section has been included, which suggests some
other ways of accessing research perspectives.