Hermit Research Methods (Sunday Salon).
I have accomplished this through becoming a hermit and not going out. In fact I think I have only been out of the house once since 2009 began, and that was to give Hodmandod Minor a lift to his volunteering 'job'. It felt a little weird to have the open sky above my head for the short walk to the car, and as I started the engine the thought flitted across my mind that maybe I had forgotten how to drive - but luckily it came back to me.
On Friday I made the very useful discovery (to a hermit) that my local library does interlibrary loans. I don't know why but I'd always assumed that I'd have to go to the main library in town for this, but no...and furthermore the librarian at this local library agreed to my request that I order my books by email, so I don't even have to go there. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get them to deliver them to my door...perhaps with the groceries, that would be good.