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“Each morning I would strike out for this temple of learning in the crisp autumn air . . . with a sense of purpose and the conviction that this was where I belonged.”—Marilyn Stasio from “My Research Project”
Inspired partly by Richard Altick’s The Scholar Adventurers, the thirteen writers in Curiosity’s Cats offer powerful arguments for the value of hands-on research, be
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Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Minnesota Historical Society Press (first published April 15th 2013)
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Mary
May 13, 2014 Mary rated it it was amazing
I highly recommend this book to anyone with a passion for history, whether as a reader or a researcher. Each essay is unique to the writer and the project. Theodore Kornweibel, Jr. calls himself a prospector-historian, stumbling upon a "streambed of riches. How," he asks, "could they have been overlooked for so long?" His project most closely parallels my own research on a relatively unexplored topic, and I recognize the joy and frustration of having themes shift and resources expand ...more
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Sep 30, 2014 False Millennium rated it really liked it
Composed of a series of essays of writers (none that well known) on the value of research. A few essays really stand out, as in any collection. It made me want to go back and re-read a Joan Didion essay on writing in how we can't forget our past selves. Also, “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” ― L.P. Hartley, The Go-Between. Indeed, they do. Some good tips from Janet Burroway in her book, "Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft,": Don't read about the period, ...more
Elaine Ruth Boe
Jan 10, 2015 Elaine Ruth Boe rated it it was ok
These essays reaffirm my fear that the academic, research life might not be for me. It takes a huge commitment on the part of the researcher to score the amount of literature necessary to crank out a literary essay or thesis. After reading this collection, I have newfound respect for researchers everywhere.
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A collection of essays about how writers do research. Almost all talked about virtual versus real world research but it never became a contest to decide which was better. All the writers did find a lot of value in real life research and the stories they told were very entertaining.
Karen
Jun 09, 2015 Karen rated it really liked it
A delightful look into research and writing. While some of the essays are a little tedious, most are interesting, informative, and relatable.
Jane
Jan 06, 2016 Jane rated it really liked it
Read with fellow school librarians and works well if you are interested in research writers do before they start writing.
Non-fiction, Essays, reference and research and writing
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