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Ten Research Commandments: Getting the Most out of Your Research Trip

By: Krysten Blackstone | I have recently returned from my first major PhD research trip.  It was long (a 6-week teaser, of a 6-month research fellowship) and it was far from my base in Edinburgh (literally an ocean away).  The trip… Continue Reading →

Letter to a young PhD student

by Hortense Le Ferrand |   Dear young PhD student, Having successfully graduated from my PhD in material science, I would like to pass on some advice so that you can fully enjoy the next few years. Since I did… Continue Reading →

Research Trips: Making More of Your Time and Money

By Richard Parfitt | One of the most common difficulties when you start doing your archival research is planning visits abroad. Typically, these kind of trips consist of two or three weeks in a country of choice, in which time you… Continue Reading →

Library Adventures: Tips from a Pro

By Drew Thomas | While most of us would love to compare ourselves to Indiana Jones, leaving the classroom for breathtaking adventures (is that not the reason anyone goes into archaeology?), we often settle for archives and libraries instead. But, boy,… Continue Reading →

PhD or Tropical Paradise? Making the Tough Choices

By Hayley Mathers | Week after week this blog has provided encouragement, advice, and recounted interesting experiences. Today’s post will not be so chirpy, although hopefully it proves vaguely useful, if only by providing an example of what to avoid…. Continue Reading →

21st Century Transnationalists: Digitisation and the Impact on Research Abroad

By Catherine Bateson | It is a truth universally acknowledged that summertime brings strawberries, sunshine (for a day in Scotland) and the exodus of PhD students who have research areas which involve visits to archives away from their home institutions… Continue Reading →

Dealing with Seventeenth Century Church Records

By Ben Rogers | All of us will encounter a variety of sources in our research, ranging from the hysterical to the down-right miserable. For those of us who look at the history of religious conflict in Scotland, the records… Continue Reading →

“You have to go to Melbourne for research? Nice life” – Part Two

By Sophie Cooper | So, as I mentioned in my previous post, you have to have some idea of where you want to go to research, and when you want to go before you start writing funding applications. As I had… Continue Reading →

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