I mean seriously - where else could I find a tool for calculating times of death or pages of forensic science lecture notes that I can use to correctly describe a dead body and probable cause of death?
And without access to the web, how else could I peruse the Journal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation, published by the Association of Chief Police Officers, without presenting myself at my local police station and asking to spend some time in their reading room?
The author Ian Rankin (Rebus) proved that taking that more direct approach can be rather dangerous.
The story goes that when he was writing his first novel (Noughts and Crosses) as a student, he hit upon the bright idea of turning up at his local police station and asking them for advice on how they would approach the solving of a murder, such as the one in his book.
The two detectives were very enthusiastic about the idea and even proposed treating him "like a suspect" so that he could gain an insight into the process. Wow! As a crime writer, that would be a dream come true and Rankin set about taking copious notes as they interviewed him.
However had he read the local newspaper recently, he would have realised that the detectives were in fact trying to solve a murder remarkably similar to the one that Rankin had just enthusiastically outlined to them...
When they asked him to account for his whereabouts on the night in question (he couldn't - he was drunk) the penny finally dropped...
Of course the internet isn't always a boon for writers and I offer up the following page from Wikipedia as evidence.
Have a good day,