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Many research projects, experiments, and findings start with informal communication between people. Understanding this communication can help you when researching the history of an idea, such as the rise in public awareness of the local food movement.
Before anything is published, original research is often shared through informal communication with colleagues in order to benefit from the feedback of others in the field. This situation is often known as the invisible college and in Banting's time would have occurred in person or by mail. Today, these methods have been joined by: