In the world of mystery writers, there are untold numbers of journalists publishing all kinds of articles with big, bold and clear headlines about every topic imaginable, and always-available librarians can access these articles in just a few minutes. Our characters then can read countless numbers of these articles, interpret their meanings, sift them for small clues, and tie all the dots together — all in just a couple of hours after lunch at the local library. And if the protagonist has a friend or partner with them, that person can read over their shoulder and there is never any bickering or sniping at each other despite being locked away in a windowless room reading small print on a computer or machine. Field of Dreams, The Changeling, The Ring, and countless other films have all used this neat trick. I wish life were like that – it would saved me a *ton* of time writing thesis papers in college, plus would help me diagnose — and help my doctors cure — a few of my mysterious health ailments.