I live for research. I am that annoying Facebook friend that will comment on posts with links to debunk, or support, your posts. Coworkers come to me with questions about headlines they have read and asked me if the source is good. I, also, do a lot of research specific to my job as both an assistant city planner and code enforcement officer.
It has been some time since I have conducted any academic research. I completed my bachelor's degree in 2003, and internet research was not what it is today. For some classes, we were not even allowed to use websites as references. At the time, I lived in San Diego, and the library at San Diego State University was a favorite place to work, especially when classes were in session, and the library was open 24/7.
Currently, most of my research starts the same way: Duck Duck Go, basically, Googling without all the tracking or ad targeting. While I do take care to verify sites for reliability, it seems to be getting very difficult to tell these days. Academic research is much more careful and disciplined than checking various websites to decide which movie I want to go see.
I look forward to the challenge of using more online resources for academic research, but I’m also looking forward to a few road trips up to the University of Florida to borrow their library.