Each research project is unique. And research itself is a process that will take you back and forth between primary, secondary, and reference sources, catalogs, databases, and other discovery tools. The arc of a typical research project begins with a general topic of interest from which a research question is developed. Sources are found to answer the question and results are written up. As a steward of historical materials of enduring value, Emmanuel College Archives and Special Collections fosters this inquiry, critical thinking, and knowledge building through an active engagement with the past.
We can advise you on class projects, assist with your research, or simply show you items of interest. Primary sources in the Archives and Special Collections can be accessed through the Archives, the Special Collections or our records management program. For more on the research process, you can view the guide on archival research.