Online training


Online training
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31 May 2023


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The perils and pitfalls of using official documents

This training has been organised by the Cities, Environment and Liveability (CEL)  Pathway and is open to all ESRC and non-ESRC funded PhD and MA Social Research students within the WRDTP’s seven partner universities. Whilst this workshop is aimed at CEL students, PGRs from all seven interdisciplinary Pathways are welcome to attend.

This online event will include a brief presentation (c.30 minutes) on the advantages and disadvantages, the pitfalls and perils of using official government sources for postgraduate research. While the focus will be on records from both the United Kingdom and the United States, the material covered could equally relate to other countries’ official records. Equally, although documents focusing on both imperial/international history will provide the focus, the session will also be relevant to anyone using official records from national archives for their research. The other half of the session will provide an opportunity to discuss issues centring on the different types of archival sources that can be used for postgraduate research with particular emphasis on the merits and demerits of using official records.

This training session will be delivered online. This event will not be recorded.