Just like field research, library research is not a linear process. It is a matter of trying, evaluating and learning from the results, refining your strategy, trying again, and exploring possibilities. It can be fun and exciting to find new information, explore new directions, and think about what all of that might mean for your topic. You will probably not find the "perfect" information source about your topic. Rather, you'll need to work to bring sources together to fully explore a topic.
Here are a few questions you should ask yourself as you approach the geologic literature. The answers can help you to narrow down the types of sources you look for and the places you search.
Do you need to geographically-specific information, or is the locale not important? For example: water quality data is location-specific, but articles about minerals containing europium need not be.
2. Resource or material:
Are you looking for information on a specific resource or material, be it a specific type of rock, or mineral or even energy resource?
Do you need information on a specific process or cycle?
Does your information need to be time-specific? Are you looking for information from a particular geologic time period?
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