I want to talk a little bit about research. Do you know how hard it can be sometimes to come up with sources (on short notice) that tell reliably about how much you should expect a medieval crossbow to weigh?
I have no solution for this, except that books are often better than the internet, which is something everybody knows. Sometimes, though, you just can’t find what you’re looking for at the library.
My professors would be highly disappointed, but I must admit that I’ve found Wikipedia to be a nice starting point for this kind of research. Sometimes, none of the sources in their bibliographies turn out to be something I can either A) use or B) find, but it’s nice to have a place to work from.
Being a college student, I’ve also developed a fondness for the academic site JSTOR, which, despite being academic, can have some very good articles. JSTOR, along with other scholarly sites, has a vast store of information…most of which will be useless, but that’s the price you pay with databases. I used JSTOR especially for my Literature Review (about dragons, leading to my creative work: “The Invasion of Il-Faaren”) during Senior Seminar. It’s amazing how much there is on an academic site about dragons.
Honestly, I would love to know what you do. Is there any particular place you start when you research or method you employ?