Tagged: research

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On the importance of local history

This summer holiday I have read 156 copies of my local paper on microfilm. Amidst the tedium of adverts for a brand new Asda, celebrations of newly-weds and asbestos scandals, the local Gazette has given me an invaluable insight into the relationship between local and national politics in the 1980s....

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The Sources Don’t Exist: What to do When your Primary Research Doesn’t Go to Plan

When I started my PhD in January 2015 I had no illusions that it was going to be straightforward – I knew it would be challenging, stressful and downright frustrating, yet also intellectually stimulating, motivating and, above all, worth it. Many PhD students encounter problems during their research; it’s part...

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Being Volksdeutsch in Poland: Research Poster

This poster, titled “Being Volksdeutsch in Poland – Volksdeutsch-Polish Children in Upper Silesia in an Age of Extremes”, is a visual outline for my PhD project based at the University of Silesia. This research is part of the H2020 Marie Curie Innovative Training Network CHIBOW – Children Born of War....

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Collaboration and Creation: The Research Process

The stories historians tell are never pre-determined, but emerge organically from the research process. While we aim to read and interpret as many primary sources and as much of the secondary literature as possible, there is always the potential that sources are missing, or that our interpretation runs counter to...

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How do you organise your research?

Are you organising your research efficiently? This question may come up more rarely than not, but it is something all researchers ought to think about actively. Are you organising your source material in the most effective way? Even if you have an amazing filing system (or lackthereof), it is always...

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What to do With an English Degree or Two

A few weeks ago, my undergraduate professor asked me to speak at a departmental event on what I had done with my English degrees. I had to laugh – for the past year and a half, I had done nothing remotely related. I had taken the classic detour from researcher...