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I think I’ll go to Boston…

By • Jan 18th, 2012 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello again! It’s been a few months since I last blogged. Final papers, exams and then all the holiday excitement have kept me away but I’m back to update you a little on my progress. First, I’d like to re-admit the truth: this is a hard process. Anyone who says differently is lying to you.…
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On October…

By • Oct 29th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

October has been another doozy month (Is that an acceptable word for an academic blog? Hope so.). For starters, it flew by! Seems like just yesterday I was spending Fall Break in Swem reading Galt papers. I’ve just started writing a couple very rough, small chunks that I know will be included in the final…
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The Balancing Act

By • Sep 29th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello again, The time has come for another update on the research process.  With classes in full swing and midterms upon us, it is increasingly difficult to ensure adequate time is available for class work, thesis research, friends, activities, and the oft-sacrificed sleep. I have found that scheduling and staying focused is crucial to making…
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Hurricane Irene!

By • Sep 5th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

One week ago, I was sitting in my apartment in Williamsburg, reading about cognitive disability from sources printed off Internet collections by Yankee candlelight. Needless to say, Hurricane Irene did not provide the best working environment. Without power (or internet) for several days, this update is a little later than I had planned. With classes…
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Redirecting My Research

By • Jul 20th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Sometimes research turns up information that turns the entire project around. Several weeks and hundreds of documents into searching the records of Eastern Lunatic Asylum for any mention that might refer to cognitive disability, I finally determined that the most promising terms were “idiots” and “imbeciles”.  Then, I found that idiots were expelled from Virginia’s public…
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Negotiating Bad Handwriting and Unfamiliar Terms

By • Jun 30th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So the time has come to write another blog update about the research process. I have diligently spent the past several weeks in Swem’s Special Collections, reading my way through each document in their collection. It’s a slow process of coming to understand what is there rather than looking to answer predetermined questions. I have…
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Negotiating Bad Handwriting and Unfamiliar Terms

By • Jun 30th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So the time has come to write another blog update about the research process. I have diligently spent the past several weeks in Swem’s Special Collections, reading my way through each document in their collection. It’s a slow process of coming to understand what is there rather than looking to answer predetermined questions. I have…
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And So It Begins…

By • May 27th, 2011 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hi! My name is Ellie Walsh and I am a rising senior at the College. This summer, I am researching cognitive disability in antebellum America. (Due to the late timing and length, this entry will serve as both my introduction post and May update.) Before I go into my research project, I think it is…
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