Today’s tip is simple. Ask for help.
There is too much information in the world to have an expertise in all but the most narrow of subjects. It is better to ask for assistance than to try to explain to someone why you expended unnecessary time and energy and might not have the ‘best’ answer. Ask for help or advice – from your partners, from your associates, from your students, from your network, from librarians in your organization or another.
There is no such thing as a dumb question.