Desk research is both exciting and frustrating – as previously highlighted I have gathered a whole host of references through the use of Mendeley.
What I am focusing on here is the finding and sourcing of information, existing literature, accumulated knowledge. Why is this important? Contextual understanding, in terms of social inquiry it provides the social history that enables us to get outside our bubble of situated knowledge.
Quite often when reading, I come across names of people who are quoted to find out more. In these situations I use the go to website: World Cat https://www.worldcat.org/title/treatise-of-human-nature/oclc/1599974 – in this case I was searching for the work of a philosopher David Hume “A treatise of human nature” written in 1888. And then by using the internet archive website I can also https://archive.org/details/atreatiseofhuman00humeuoft/page/n11/mode/2up – read the original text.