Just the Facts

Today’s research tip is about facts.

When research is assigned to juniors (and librarians for that matter) it is important to share facts that are critical to the research. It can also be difficult to remember to share everything that might be pertinent.

This tip is a reminder to researchers to ask for facts. The ask might be looking in the file – whether electronic or paper, or it might be talking to the assistant who works on the file. It might be going back to the responsible lawyer to ask for more information. It may prove necessary to get more information from the client.

Regardless of how you get the facts, it is better to have the right information than to base your answer to the research problem on only part of the story.


  1. Great advice! Whenever I speak with LIS students I remind them of the importance of the reference interview.

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