Historic Collections for Researchers
- University of Durham
- Yorkshire and North East
- Date first submitted:
- 3 Jun 2010
- Date last modified:
- 5 Nov 2010
- Research project skills
- Doctoral researchers
- Research staff
Rationale, aims and outcomes
What is the rationale for doing this?
How does it fit with institutional strategy?
What are the main features of the provision?
What are the aims and expected outcomes?
This course introduces researchers from all disciplines to physical and onlien primary resources at Durham University. While researchers make use of these collections where there is an obvious link to their research it is felt that they are underused by many who could usefully undertake primary research.
By the end of the course researchers should
Be aware of the research collections held by Durham University Archives and Special Collections
Be able to locate historic collections at Durham University Library and across the UK
Be aware of the range of online primary resources subscribed to by Durham University Library
Be aware of the issues surrounding use of archival material, including copyright
Be familiar with the language used in describing historic collections
Be able to interpret archival references and quote from primary resources
Are there any pre-requisites for engagement, e.g. levels of skill, years of experience, essential pre-activities?
How many participate in each 'activity'?
Evaluation: benefits, challenges and next steps
How do you monitor effectiveness?
Who do you seek feedback from?
Do you have benchmarks?
The aim of the course is to increase awareness and use of the historic collections held by the univeristy to maximise investment in them and to improve research by facilitting access to valuable resources.