Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process

Beyond the Archives Research as a Lived Process This collection of highly readable essays reveals that research is not restricted to library archives When researchers pursue information and perspectives from sources beyond the archives from existin

  • Title: Beyond the Archives: Research as a Lived Process
  • Author: Gesa E. Kirsch Liz Rohan Lucille M. Schultz David Gold Christine Mason Sutherland Alicia Nitecki Wendy B. Sharer RonaldR. Stockton
  • ISBN: 9780809328406
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • This collection of highly readable essays reveals that research is not restricted to library archives When researchers pursue information and perspectives from sources beyond the archives from existing people and places they are often rewarded with unexpected discoveries that enrich their research and their lives.Beyond the Archives Research as a Lived Process presentsThis collection of highly readable essays reveals that research is not restricted to library archives When researchers pursue information and perspectives from sources beyond the archives from existing people and places they are often rewarded with unexpected discoveries that enrich their research and their lives.Beyond the Archives Research as a Lived Process presents narratives that demystify and illuminate the research process by showing how personal experiences, family history, and scholarly research intersect Editors Gesa E Kirsch and Liz Rohan emphasize how important it is for researchers to tap into their passions, pursuing research subjects that attract their attention with creativity and intuition without limiting themselves to traditional archival sources and research methods Eighteen contributors from a number of disciplines detail inspiring research opportunities that led to recently published works, while offering insights on such topics as starting and finishing research projects, using a wide range of types of sources and methods, and taking advantage of unexpected leads, chance encounters and simple clues In addition, the narratives trace the importance of place in archival research, the parallels between the lives of research subjects and researchers, and explore archives as sites that resurrect personal, cultural, and historical memory.Beyond the Archives sheds light on the creative, joyful, and serendipitous nature of research, addressing what attracts researchers to their subjects, as well as what inspires them to produce the most thorough, complete, and engaged scholarly work This timely and essential volume supplements traditional method textbooks and effectively models concrete practices of retrieving and synthesizing information by professional researchers.

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    1. So, I'm really far behind on reviews. We're going back to things finished in September.And, we're also working on reviews nobody will read, because they're for books with titles like Beyond the Archives. But, I promise you, this book was exciting! It's about the stories that underlie research projects different scholars have taken up. Which is more exciting than it sounds! For instance, it's fascinating to find out how may projects were taken up because of a mysterious grandmother/grandfather's [...]

    2. A fantastic read, especially if you are a researcher who as spent time in archives and libraries, or are a archivist or librarian interested in heritage and approaches to research. Each essay is written from a unique perspective, coming from rhetoricians, historians, philosophers, all investigating specific questions. Some had little experience working with archival materials, while others were a bit more experienced. Nevertheless, each had interesting stories to tell on how the process of resea [...]

    3. This is a really wonderful collection of pieces overviewing the role of subjectivities in archive collections and research. What is at stake in choosing a research subject one is attached to, and how can one become conscious of this tie? What are the limitations of traditional views of objective research processes and how may they be overcome? While the researches each engage with these questions and more, I did find myself wanting at least one perspective from not an academic but an archivist w [...]

    4. A few essays were very interesting and nicely crafted accounts (ones by Powell, Rohan, Vlasopolos, and Mastrangelo/L'Eplattenier). But ultimately, for me, limiting the contributors almost rhetoric and composition scholars made it less valuable than a truly interdisciplinary collection would have been. I was especially surprised and disappointed that there were *no* pieces by historians in a volume about archival research.

    5. I guess I wanted this to be something else. A bit too focused on how historical research overlaps with the details of one's own life. Ended up rather boring, with not much to sink a historian's teeth into.

    6. I liked this book because it was a collection of essays where people discussed how they stumbled upon rewarding research projects. It makes me ambitious to start one of my own. It was easy to read because the authors were mostly rhetoricians.

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