And the Adventure Ends: What I Found

This summer has been a bountiful harvest of discovery! Searching for the answers to my research was like navigating a maze and putting together the pieces of a puzzle together all at the same time. Needless to say this adventure has provided me with some fantastic experiences along the way.

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Bonding with History through Interviews

And now we come to the MOST exciting part of my project! INTERVIEWS!!!!! I was thrilled! Now I would be able to understand the full extent of what my aunt had been telling me for years!

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Getting More Help in the Race Against Time!

I know I’ve been silent for almost six weeks, but so much has happened since my last post! For one thing I finally got to interview my aunt and some other interesting characters. But that is another post altogether. What I want to tell you all about now is the week or so leading up to the interviews.

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Balance and Imbalance: Conflicts in Interpretation

In a few weeks I will be going down to South Carolina to begin the interview process for my research project. In preparation I have taken notes from the Principles and Best Practices and Responsibility to the Public and to the Profession section of the Oral History Association’s website. I am very excited for my first experience as an Oral Historian. At the same time, I am very nervous. I am not nervous to talk to my established interviewees, but I am nervous about presenting the correct interpretation of the interviewees and the Horry County, South Carolina community.

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Being Lost and Getting Found in the Whirlwind World of Research

When I began my project I was extremely confident in my ability to research good information. In the numerous research experiences of my History classes I had acquired a process. First, I would choose an interesting topic. Then I would embark on the most important part: researching evidence. I would normally go to Swem’s library catalogue or research database (or in exceptional cases, Special Collection’s database) and search the topic, or subjects associated with the topic. At the end of this process, the most difficult obstacle would be filtering and organizing the copious amounts of information.

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