Digging for information
Digging for information

Knowledge is power. That is true also for your school projects. Mediocre research yields mediocre facts and results. Here are four places where you can get superior material

TO find information, most people ‘Google’ or search Wikipedia. These are, no doubt, convenient and effective research tools. But they only give you basic information. To get better results, you need to go further. For this purpose, there are many of sources you may consult.

YOUR presentations or articles must be well-researched and grounded in facts. Libraries can help you do that. Apart from print books and films, you can also find online books and professional journals in libraries. A mobile app was also launched recently to enable users to access digitised content in libraries.

Public museums
HONG KONG has a number of public museums on different subjects where you can find relics and exhibits to enrich your research. As well as the Hong Kong Museum of History (香港歷史博物館), the Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre (香港文物探知館) at Kowloon Park (九龍公園) is also a good place to explore local history.

Did you know?
•Public record items are stored in an environment with a strictly controlled temperature of 17C and humidity of 50 percent.
•Glass display cases at the Public Records Office are specially designed to prevent UV damage to the exhibits inside.
•Members of the public have to wear gloves when handling record items, and can only use pencil to make notes.
•There are about 1.3 million record items at the PRO.
•Sensitive government records are declassified only after 30 years. Anyone who wants to view the documents before that must make an application.

Public Records Office
THE Public Records Office (PRO, 歷史檔案館) of Hong Kong was established in 1972 as the designated government archives. Its job is to appraise and acquire records and material of enduring value and making them available for public access.

It is located in Kwun Tong (觀塘). There, you can find exciting information, including formerly secret government documents. As its name suggests, the office stores and cares for archive records and library items. These items come from government bureaus, departments, offices or agencies in varying formats – including files, bound volumes, maps and plans, photographs, films, videotapes and disks.

These materials are meticulously screened and preserved because they are valuable records of government policy development, decision making and execution. Apart from helping the public to gain a better understanding of the past, these records also provide valuable lessons for the current government. They help early detection of problems and loopholes in government procedures. They are also useful references for formulating remedies and enhancing good government.

University museums
MUSEUMS at universities are the most globalised as they often display exhibits from around the world. The Jockey Club Museum of Climate Change (賽馬會氣候變化博物館) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (香港中文大學) offers an interactive and multimedia exhibition. The Stephen Hui Geological Museum (許士芬地質博物館) at the University of Hong Kong (香港大學) has large-scale educational rock fabrications resembling an outdoor environment.