Its been a nearly a month since I was last at William & Mary. Since then I have been able to get out of the lab, work and play outside, not touch my computer, and reflect on my 5 weeks of research.
Well, the summer is nearly over. Classes start in one week, and that means that I will once again be enrolling in GOVT 394 and continuing my research throughout the school year. Over the summer I made some incredible progress in moving my project along. I plan to take this momentum with me as I move into the school year.
In addition to my research project, I have been helping proctor an experiment in the SNaPP Lab. Proctoring an experiment with real live participants, and real time data has been a welcome change of pace and scenery!
After finishing cleaning all of my data, I have gotten a draft of my literature review! I found reading the literature and writing the lit review to be one of my favorite parts of my project so far. It was nice to read literature from a wide variety of fields; from more dense papers about the benefits and limitations of qualitative research methods, to some very interesting studies about newspaper endorsements of candidates in elections. I tried to write the draft of my lit review in a more general style, making sure to cover all of my bases. As my project moves forward and my research question becomes more refined and defined, I will go back to narrow my lit review down to provide an in depth more focused look at the specific issues raised in the literature about my research question.