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Other Sources of Information

Always keep in mind that there are other sources of information. If you are using the computer, don't forget there may be even better print sources in the library. If you are using the library, remember that some of the most definitive sources may be people whom you could interview.

There is a phenomenon called Zipf's Law. Research has shown that people will normally use whatever source of information is easiest and requires the least effort. This means that your natural tendency will be to ask someone how to spell a word instead of looking it up in the dictionary. Giving in to this tendency can result in inferior information and inferior decisions.

Don't settle for the easiest solution. Demand the BEST solution!

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