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How to Research

In this workshop, you'll learn all the skills you need to research non-fiction, look up information for your next novel, and even how to find the truth behind a suspicious social media post.


In this primer on researching, we'll cover:

  • Beyond the Google search: Google Books and Ngram viewer
  • How to find primary sources and when to trust secondary sources.
  • How to access academic articles and scientific studies (and why you should).
  • How to research historical figures using and Newspaper databases.
  • When you need to go to the library/archive (and when you don’t).
  • The importance of research experiences - go touch a thing, see a thing, and do a thing.


We'll practice analyzing sources throughout class and there will be plenty of time for Q&A!


Sarah Lohman
is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of food as a way to access the stories of diverse Americans. Her work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, as well as on All Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. Her current project, Endangered Eating: Exploring America’s Vanishing Cuisine will be released with W.W. Norton & Co. in Fall 2022.


Details: How to Research takes place Tuesday, July 20 from 7-8:30pm remotely through Zoom. 


Zoom Info: Register for the talk and Lit Cleveland will send you an invitation and instructions on how to attend via Zoom. 

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