Please help me find a way to find research
July 29, 2010 10:29 AM Subscribe
I need help finding research to inform research that I'm doing.
posted by indiebass to education (9 answers total)
I've started a new job as, basically, a researcher and I'm writing a pretty long white paper for these folks. But I am not a researcher by trade, I'm more of an analyst, and I never did any really heavy research in college. So I've tried to organize my thoughts before I start writing and all of that good stuff (I've had some great advice from PhDs that I am friends with, in this area) but I can't seem to figure out how to find research that supports my research.
Specifically, I'm arguing several points and recommending policy actions. But I don't know how to get from (as an example) "extending broadband access to anchor institutions will make it easier/cheaper for people to connect broadband to their homes" to "and It's true, because these are the sources that back me up". I've tried using Google Scholar, but that hasn't really been helpful, so far.
So, hive mind... can you point me in the right directions? I've rarely been failed by the Green, and I really am asking here as a last result. If it helps, I'm specifically looking at broadband internet and telecom issues in my research. Many thanks in advance!