My Archives’ Strategy

As I have been working on my research paper, I have started worrying about the very limited amount of time I will have in the archives before our first deadline. This has been a problem I have had throughout the semester and has taught me a valuable lesson. I felt rushed with our first archives collection assignment, mainly due to the fact that I didn’t know how much information I was going to have to look at and because I was only able to use the archives for an hour or two each time before it closed. However, after my first few excursions into the archives, I started outlining what I was going to do each time I went. Now before I go, I know exactly what I am looking for and potential places where to find it. It has been extremely helpful in allowing me to be as efficient as possible with my time and sources. Over the weekend I realized that I only had Monday and Tuesday to use the archives before the Thanksgiving holiday and the due date of our first drafts. So in preparation I made an outline of the sources I am going to need to take a further look at before the break. I am not sure if others are having had the same problems with the archives’ limited hours, but I thought it would be helpful to share my strategy for making the most out of each trip.

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