Not everything can be thought up, some things are better to know.
You can google a lot of facts, but not expert opinions or answers to non-trivial questions. How were libraries illuminated in the days when there was no electricity? What would have happened to the theory of evolution without paleontology? What was the life of sailors on the yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron at the beginning of the nineteenth century? In some cases, after a week of searching on the internet, one has to admit that it is impossible to continue work without the help of a specialist.
Finding professionals is not that hard. You can collect ten names of authors who have written articles on similar topics in the last five years, and then fish their emails from the address books of the universities in which they teach. Perhaps there is a blog of the passionate fan of exactly what the next scene of the book will not be convincing without. Another good option is thematic forum.
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