Saturday, April 5, 2008

On archival research

Archival research is a special case of the general messiness of life.
- Peter Novick, That Noble Dream: The "Objectivity Question" and the American Historical Profession (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1988): 619

Ah, I like that.

This Saturday has been a long day of doing research and writing as well. I'm preparing a study proposal (not doing the actual study though - the proposal itself is an assignment) on studying users of archival search engines on the Web. I have managed to maintain my interest in the subject in face of the pressure of strict deadlines... It helps that I can also cheer myself up with the great summer archival position I was offered a few days ago.