Writing 2100

Delve Deeper: Research Methods in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

A 3-credit course listed with the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines in spring 2018: Writing 2100 (Tuesdays & Thursdays., 2:55-4:10 pm, Olin Library room 106g).

This seminar is devoted to advanced library research techniques in the humanities and arts, and interpretive library research in the social sciences. Learn to develop targeted research strategies and employ sophisticated methods in pursuing critical or complex research questions for independent projects. Acquire new skills in identifying, locating and analyzing a range of information resources. You will investigate topics using a range of materials and formats, from primary to secondary, from physical to electronic sources, such as archival photographs, artwork, manuscripts, diaries, interviews, social media, ethnographic studies, geospatial information, and statistical sources. Discover options for engaging in, presenting and funding your research. During the course of the semester, you will progressively refine your own research topic as you learn about managing and evaluating information, and present your research in a final project. This class is supported by a range of research mentors, including librarians, curators, archivists, graduate students, and faculty members.

This course is recommended for students planning independent research projects, including those in the Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholars, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows, the OADI Research Scholars Program, College Scholars, and Tanner Dean’s Scholars. Open to students in the humanities, arts and interpretive social sciences.

Course Research Guide

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”
~Zora Neale Hurston, Dust Tracks on a Road (1942)

A few of the collections WRIT 2100 students research: