Booth Family Center for Special Collections, Georgetown University Library, Washington, D.C.
Passion, Patience, Perseverance
Research requires all of these qualities. First be sure that you like your topic! Next be prepared to meet the challenges of research which often involve careful planning, searching, and time. Don't be discouraged when a course of action fails to produce results. Try something else and always feel free to ask questions and seek help from your teachers, archivists and librarians.
Finding aids serve as a key guide by providing information about the arrangement and contents of collections. Most archival repositories offer finding aids on line. Looking at finding aids on the repository website is often a good first step in identifying collections for research.