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Research for Nonfiction and More

Research. Love it or hate it, nonfiction writers know it can be a real time drain. In this video, Wendy Hinote Lanier has some tips for finding the information you need and keeping track of it all.

Module 1: Finding Out Stuff

If the idea of doing research scares you, don’t call it that. Just think of it as finding out stuff. Here’s how to get started.

Module 2: Some Reliable Sources

Not all sources are created equal. Some are considered reliable while others are not. Here are a few places you can look for answers to your questions and know it’s a good source.

Module 3: Keeping Track of Your Sources

Finding a great source is not going to do you any good if you can’t find it again. This module shows you how to create a bibliography and use it to track where you found your information. It’s an invaluable tool.

Module 4: Odds and Ends

Here are a few other tips that may help with your research that aren’t necessarily connected to each other, but they do relate to research in general.

Wendy Hinote Lanier is a former elementary science teacher, author, and CLASS certified speaker who writes and speaks on a variety of topics related to children, writing, parenting, and Christian living. She writes both fiction and nonfiction for children, and articles and devotional pieces for adults.


Wendy's writing credits include titles for Focus Readers, State Standards Publishing, ABDO Publishing, Lerner Books, KidHaven Press, Lucent Books, and Capstone Press as well as articles in on-line and print publications such as Highlights for Children and Clubhouse Magazine.


Wendy’s educational background includes a B.S. in Speech Communications Disorders, an M.S. in Speech Language Pathology, and an M.Ed. in Elementary Education. During her teaching career, Wendy spent more than 18 years in Texas public and private schools specializing in the areas of science, social studies, and language arts.