Covers and Context By Jenett Silver

A large parchment map laid out on a table held down by an open book, set of old-fashioned keys, and an envelope and quillOne of the things I’ve learned as a librarian is that people have vastly different experiences with how they go about finding information (or not finding it, as the case may be) and that that happens for all sorts of different reasons.

That’s particularly true for many Pagans I’ve talked to over the years.

Sometimes there are good reasons for that. The methods of research taught in many schools work well for some academic topics and projects, but not nearly as well for personal projects, especially ones that involve emotions, religion, magic, or other things that have an experiential aspect.

Sometimes we just don’t know how to get started learning about a new topic (especially one as big as a socio-cultural movement like modern Paganism, or a given path within that group). Research has shown that the getting started part of research is the most stressful part for a lot of people – even those who are really good researchers and do it a lot. A lot of times, people don’t know what resources are available to them, or could be available to them.