Archive for the ‘research’ Category

I’ve taken a few weeks off from the archives to write up a very rough draft of one of my chapters. It’s the second week of this break and I still haven’t begun actual writing. Once again, the challenge of reading through these sources is so mammoth that I have determined my general argument and […]


The archives just aren’t happening today. I have a lot of moments like this morning when I wake up and I’m just not going anywhere. Today, I’m helped by the wretched weather; easily the worst day of rain since I’ve been here. It’s been a pleasant surprise that this England spring has been relatively rain […]


Despite still being disheartened by the nonexistent advising/mentoring/support network in my professional life, I’ve managed to keep plugging away at this chapter. This chapter is a big mess, frankly, but that’s no real surprise, given how difficult I found the research. Surprisingly, though, some interesting arguments are starting to emerge. In the past, I’ve had […]


random thoughts

29Nov08

So I’m back: back to the US for a few months, back to my university for a short visit, and back to blogging for the time being. I have a lot of thoughts about my research trip and my life, of course, but for the moment, I’m finding myself in yet another moment of panic […]


moving on

24Oct08

Not a ton to report here. This week I was supposed to do work at the main archive after spending a week at the newspaper archive. But the main archive is over an hour away due to some pesky engineering works so if I’m not out of the house by a certain time, it’s just […]


Here’s how much it cost in time and money to get through 5 months worth of one newspaper for one chapter of my dissertation. £128.60, 242 photocopies, over 50 typed articles, six weeks of research (but not every day). Never again. As I’ve said, this chapter is the only one where the event in question […]


So I wanted to follow up on something I wrote in a comment to yesterday’s post. I’m terrified of leaving here without enough data. When I came in the spring, my goal was to gather enough information to write two case studies (which may end up being three chapters), begin research on one of the […]