Starting the research process?

I found myself re-reading Ithaka’s “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Historians” today. I started the bulk of my research about a year ago, and the anxiety that surrounds the research process is still fresh. How will I organize these materials? What if I’m using a mixed-methods approach? What are the best strategies for searching digital databases–will a simple keyword do?

I find the report really useful because it offers a variety of suggestions for history (and really, humanities) faculty, graduate students, librarians, archivists, scholarly societies, and funding agencies. And what better way to kick off the new semester than with a little reading about citation management and best practices for organizing research notes?

(Full disclosure: I was interviewed for this report. But it’s worth a look for anyone who’s interested in digital research practices!)

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