For undergrads and postgrads alike, the summer is the time when you’re thinking about your dissertation and Special Collections is a great place to look for primary sources.
Develop your research skills
Using primary sources, such as manuscripts and archives, helps you to develop your research skills, as well as adding depth to your dissertation. Even if you’ve never used this sort of material before, we have resources available to help you. We hold a large number of collections available for research and study by all students and covering a wide range of subject areas. Why not take a look at our history or women’s history pages to get a flavour of what we have? Or try our complete list of collections on our webpages? Some highlights of our collections have also been featured on this blog.
Several of our collections have already been used for dissertation research. The Burnett Archive of Working Class Autobiographies, in particular, has proven to be popular for its detailed life stories and the people behind the history.
Planning your visit
Using Special Collections does take a little more planning ahead as the material is on closed access and you need to book an appointment for your visit (Opening times are on our Special Collections guide). You can find out more about what to expect on a visit to Special Collections on our blog.