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The focus here is on open web internet sites that are free and at the same time valuable resources in their own right.

Organizing Your Research

It's important to find a method and a set of research tools that will work for you. It may help to keep a research log.

  1. Keep a separate research log for each person in your story.
  2. Make research folders on your flash drive for each person.  
  3. Keep documents for each person in your research folders. 

If you can keep an organized record of your research, you'll save time and avoid "plowing the same field," over and over. 

It also helps to have some "pre-designed" data charts, census forms and research guides.  Some of these forms are free downloads from the open web.


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