Margaret Peregrine is a high school sophomore. Most of the time, she's either at school, at the school robotics club, at the school chess club, or doing schoolwork. Today, she's cleaning out her late great-grandmother's attic.
She looks in periodicals first; is there anything that looks like a scientific or medical journal run by critters?
The Journal of Cryptozoology sounds like an interesting read even if it doesn't help with her problem, what's in it?
She can see why an Avalon library would want to carry that sort of thing, but yeah, that really doesn't help. Time to do what people with problems have been doing since time immemorial and Ask The Librarian. She makes her way to the information desk.
"Hello. I'm doing a research project, and I was wondering if there's anything like a scientific community for critters. You know, research journals, controlled studies, that sort of thing."
"That makes sense. I'm looking for someone I can ask questions about experimental design, but it's a magic-related experiment. I don't suppose you know any critters in academia?"
"He might know some critters in other departments, at least. Do you have his phone or his email?"
"Right, of course. Can you give him my phone and email if I write them down for you?"
"Great, thanks. Here you go!" She hands over a slip of paper. "Have a nice day!"
While she's here, might as well check for anything on runecasting that she hasn't already read.
That is extremely cool and might even mention what languages early runecasters might have cast in. It also reminds her to check the history and languages sections for books on ancient languages, especially anything that looks like it might talk about phonetics.
The French textbook she got for school is already quite good, and she doesn't feel like picking up a third language with so many balls in the air. She heads home and calls Dr. James on the phone the next day, rather than bother her in person in an office full of sick people.
"Hi, is now a good time to talk about the healing spell?"
"Great. I talked to the Avalon Council, and they want me to do a big formal study with someone who's studied experiment design helping design it and someone who can evaluate people's medical condition doing the actual trials. So I was thinking you could keep the rock in your office, and people would come in and try it, and you'd write down what if anything about their condition changed. Would that be alright with you?"
"No, I mean I would get someone else to help design the experiment, but you'd be the person actually watching people touch the rock and writing down what happens. Since I might find someone who knows experiment design but not how to evaluate a person's medical condition."