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February 18, 2011 6:08 PM Subscribe
I just received a grant to conduct original research on Virginia and Leonard Woolf. Yay! Now what?
posted by rabbitbookworm to Education (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I just got word that I have received a grant for $2500 to spend two weeks in Brighton conducting research at the University of Sussex Special Collections. My research will center around the Woolfs' marriage, concentrating primarily on Leonard, and examining the critical/literary ramifications of community and mental illness. The final product of my work will be a talk I present at my university in the fall.
I am currently in my third year of undergraduate studies and I have never done research of this kind before. For the past year I've worked at my college's (small) Special Collections, but that consisted mostly making finding guides, describing materials, painstakingly discussing whether there should be a comma in that bibliographic entry, etc. How do I go about this? What does a researcher actually do? Is there some procedure beyond reading whatever I can get my hands on and trying to form a narrative from that? How many hours a day will I actually be researching at the university, and how many hours working on my own? What kind of notes should I be taking? I figure my next step is to email the people at the Sussex Special Collections - is this correct? I am currently studying abroad in Prague, so I can only communicate to people at my home university by email. So far I haven't been given any specific instructions.
Thank you for your help.