Experts, local or those we can reach through letters or phone calls, are marvelous sources of viable data. Documentation gathered from these sources can have an added flavor that in turn could become an enhancing ingredient to our story.

Whatever type of research we do, we need to develop a systematic, organized method of recording and filing our gatherings. As writers, research is our immutable companion. We should strive to consider it a friend, respected, even esteemed.

Now, we know where to go for our information; we have some idea on who to approach and what kind of materials we need to take with us. Do we know what kind of information we’re looking for?