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.
Note: If you are in another LibGuide, click on this link for the complete Archival Research Guide.
Recommended article: "Archival Survival: Navigating Archival Research," by Lynee Lewis Gaillet (in Working in Archives referenced above).
When analyzing a primary source, the following guidelines can help to develop an understanding of content, creator, context, and significance.
What is Paleography? -- The study of ancient writing systems and the deciphering and dating of historical manuscripts (Oxford English Dictionary).
What is Graphology? -- The study of handwriting, for example, to infer a person's character (Oxford English Dictionary).
Some Things to Consider --
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