When I was at university in the early 1990s we were given a list of books to use as research for our essays at the beginning of term. There would usually only be one or two copies of each book in the university library. Sometimes it was impossible to get hold of the book we needed.
Now we have the internet which has changed everything.
I've been writing Book 2 this week and I'm still unsure about certain aspects of the plot. Unable to decide on what object the heroine would find in her gran's loft at the beginning of the story, I searched Wikipedia for information on the options I had in mind and quickly made my decision.
When I was revising my latest draft of Book 1, 'The Grandson' last summer I used Wikipedia. I was rewriting a scene set in New York where the hero and heroine are reunited. I needed to know details about the Chrysler building, The Rockefeller Center and The Empire State Building. Within seconds Wikipedia told me what I needed to know and I switched between Wikipedia and Word whilst adding the final touches. Of course there are other sources of information on the internet but Wikipedia is great for giving the basic details about anything. I even looked up different types of pine trees once to find out where they grow and when they produce pine cones to help with a scene set by the sea in Italy during late August.
I'd be interested to know if you use Wikipedia for research or if you have any other comments.