1) I picked two last names out of the phone book (Stiglianese and DiGregirio).
2) I looked up something about poisons on Wikipedia.
3) I read two articles about gender dysphoria.
4) I looked at some floor plans of Episcopal churches.
5) I watched two people on a Tori Amos email list argue about multiple personalities (disorder? not a disorder?). Well, okay, that wasn’t really research — that was more something I was seeing that gave me an idea. Similar to my “research” on royal rules of succession.
Okay. Real research….
I refer to the Chicago Manual of Style a lot — does that count? I did a lot of research on the question of “different from” vs. “different than” vs. “different to.” And there was the research on gerunds, and proper adjectives…
(When I was in college, I managed to go through my first three years without ever setting foot in the library. They got me in my final year, though. I don’t remember what I had to research, but I think it was something to do with psychology.
Of course, I very much like the idea of libraries, and I think it’s very important that there be libraries, it’s just that, apparently, I don’t enjoy actually being in libraries.)
Anyway, that last part was just vamping while I was trying to think of other (not grammar related) research that I have done for my writing. I’m not remembering any. If I think of anything, I will add it here:
(Good thing I remembered that part about the churches at the last minute.)