“Research” is a word that scares people. In fact, you do research more often than you think. Consider this: Research is finding information intended to answer a question or resolve a problem. When you read store circulars to price a product, you’re doing research. When you look up the weather forecast, you’re doing research. When you’re asking questions, you’re doing research. Now that that’s straightened out, the question is not whether or not you do research, but if there are ways to do research more effectively.
Information has never been more plentiful. Which means that on the one hand, you can find whatever you need to know, often for free or inexpensively. On the other hand, you need evaluate the sources of information critically and determine both their accuracy and their usefulness. For example, if you’re new to computers, you may want to set up a home network to let all of your computers share a printer, Internet connection, or external hard drive. There are many sources of information on home networking online. Which would you prefer, an article that takes you through the process step by step using everyday language, or an article knee-deep in technical terms that assumes you’ve set up networks in your sleep? The “blessing and curse” of the information superhighway is that you can have both. You have to decide when each type is best for you. We’ll help you find it and use it.
When it comes to research, Digital Tech Guide wears two hats. As personal technology trainers, our goal is to show you the expanded access to information that personal technology brings and increase your ability to use it. When we develop content, we do the research ourselves, practicing what we preach. It’s not inconceivable that we wear both hats for the same client at the same time, teaching research through personal technology while using what we teach to develop content on some specialized or highly technical issue. In this case, you can have it both ways! Just ask.
What do you want to know? We can help you:
- Browse your library’s card catalog from home
- Read consumer reviews and compare product prices
- Obtain medical information
- Obtain investment information
- Make household repairs
- Plan and arrange vacations
- More–tell us what you need