Friday, October 14, 2011

Lucia and Julian - Conference Research notes continued

So again, for those that weren’t in my great session on research at the recent James River Writers Conference. [Too bad. I do feel a bit sorry for you. ;) ]

Yesterday I shared the wonderful Lucia St. Clair Robson’s reference list. [see October 13, blog post]

And I’ve heard from Lucia since sharing that to add this to the list:

Since making that list I've found another used and OP on-line site I go to first:

Lucia St. Clair Robson

Thanks Lucia!

The panel was a great give and take and sharing among the writers themselves, Lucia St. Clair Robson, Julian Smith, and JRW’s own Kit Wilkinson, and the audience.

Lucia talked about using these reference books on the list [see yesterdays post], in addition to the internet, and Julian Smith shared how he used books when he started but has also incorporated more internet searching now.

Lucia asked Julian to share his search engines he uses, and he has given me this to post:

The search resources I use a lot are:

Lexis/Nexis: ( - for magazines, newspapers

and lots more

JSTOR: ( - for academic/science

NewsBank: ( - for newspapers

Google Books (

These are usually available through public libraries or universities.

Also, I use interlibrary loan a lot.

Julian Smith

Thanks, Julian!

And do check out Julian’s book Crossing the Heart of Africa, for his blending of past history with his present.

Check out Lucia St. Clair Robson’s books for her wonderful use of detail of period while still keeping you captivated in the story and sending you racing to the end to find out what happens.

More from the research session in blog posts to come so stay tuned!


Elizabeth Gaucher said...

Super cool. Thanks for sharing!

sgchris said...

Thanks! Glad you liked.
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