While library sources are not as propelling as an interview to our creative juices, they can serve us well and even become fire-starters. Learn to use the specialized materials that libraries offer. There are indexes to periodicals written on all subject matter; archives of microfilm on local, regional and national newspapers; subject cross-index files on books and even magazines if it’s a large library. And if our local library doesn’t have the information we need, we can ask about getting information through an inter-library loan. Most libraries have connections with the colleges in the area as well as other sources for obtaining information. Ask. Librarians are amazing people. They knock themselves out digging up information for us.

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