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    Why is researching so hard

    I have been researching for hours and I've barely had anything to gain from it. I end up reading pages and pages of information and I don't seem to be getting any closer to finishing this essay I have to complete. I really need help, and any tips on how to research properly for history would be GREATLY appreciated.

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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    Ikr! I feel the way you do...

    Don't have any tips. Just wanted to say I feel the same :3

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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    If you're looking for something specific use Ctrl+F, helps a lot by navigating keywords only and saves you time from reading a whole lot of useless information.
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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    Researching is what it is, especially when you start out and know nothing, or very little of the field... That's the point though, if it were easy your teacher would be handing out As like they were cotton candy. It's supposed to be a challenge to test your research skills. You can simplify the thing with reading resources by a simple tip my International Relations lecturer at university once told me. "If the shoe doesn't fit, get rid of it." If you haven't found what you're looking for from reading the introduction, summary, abstract, whatever, get rid of it and find something that does have the information that you do need. That way you won't feel like the proverbial hamster on a wheel going nowhere.

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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    I have written countless history essays in my time. To give you a rough idea, it takes 1 hour to produce 100 words.
    So if you have a 1,500 word essay, you should give yourself 15 hours working time. Keep going! Take notes because something you read early on that you think is not relevant maybe of use to you later on.

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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    I'm doing my honours right now and trust me it gets worse lol

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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    just make shit up that sounds right and cite old text books to cover it

    they never check

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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    lol just read intro/conclusion

    kids these days forgot about efficiency



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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    Hi!

    A good place to start would be the HSC (or GCE A Levels) textbooks. They should contain relevant source material from the main schools of historians. I would also recommend you use google scholar or JSTOR for academic articles. If in need of greater detail, the works of prominent historians e.g. Ian Kershaw, Richard Evans, etc would be worth reading.

    For the Germany national study, I found SJ Lee very useful for my research essay. His books cover the content and historiography in far greater detail than some of the HSC textbooks (particularly Ken Webb).
    Last edited by nineteenninetynine; 9 Dec 2017 at 11:54 PM.

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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    Why don't you try to request some help from services that specialize in research work? For example, SupremeEssays. You may order a paper according to your requirements, or look through the samples of ready ones. Try it out. I think, you'll like it.

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    Re: Why is researching so hard

    I like researching, will accept that I'm in the minority on that though. However I will echo what queen said.... it won't get any better from here my friend.

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