Brace Fellows Research Guide: Introduction

This guide was created as a tool for the students who have been accepted as Brace Fellows finalists. It is designed to provide access to resources they may need during their research.

Congratulations!

Congratulations on becoming a Brace Fellow finalist!  The purpose of this OWHL Guide is to act as a spring board to help you conduct your research. It contains suggested resources, as well as citation reminders. Please remember these resources are only suggestions; you can and will find materials, and information outside the scope of this guide - that's ok.

When using any of the OWHL's resources off-campus, you will need two pieces of information:

  1. Your library card number - a.k.a. your student ID number. It starts with a 1 or a 2 and is 7-digits.
  2. Your PIN - a 4-digit passcode. If you don't have/can't remember your PIN number, let me know, and I can reset it.

Happy Researching,

~Ms. Goss

Contact Me

Spring term 2020 is complicated, to say the least. I will try my best to make myself available around your schedule, but it will take some flexibility on both our parts. The best way to reach me is via email (egoss@andover.edu) and my regular hours are Monday through Friday 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. That isn't to say we can't meet before, or after, those hours, it just means if you have a question, or if you want to schedule a meeting that is the best time to reach out. I will try to get back to you as quickly as I can outside of those hours, as well.

Quick Links

LibChat - Info

For the majority of the process you will work directly with me, however, if you have a quick question, especially in relation to a citation, and you can't reach me right away, the chat box below is a great way to connect with the OWHL's reference team, during regular OWHL hours.

LibChat

Expectations For 2020-2021 Fellows

It is a good idea to continuously reference your Brace Fellows contract as it contains a comprehensive list of what is expected of you throughout the entire process - including information on both the paper and presentation aspects of your fellowship.

Please remember that you must virtually meet with me at least three (3) times before the end of June. It is best to meet with me after you have met with Dr. Vidal, and your advisor at least once. After having both of these meetings, you should have a better idea of what resources we need to look for together, and we can set up our first meeting. 

Timeline

Below is a very basic timeline of the Brace Fellow research and writing process. For specific details on what is due when, please reference the  "Brace Fellows Timeline Summer 2020" document you received from Dr. Vidal. The timeline is set up to help you succeed! It may seem like a lot, but this will ensure that you are on the right track, and can complete your paper by the time classes start in the fall.

  • By the end of the 2020 Spring term - at least, 3 virtual meetings with advisor.
  • By the end of June - at least 3 virtual meetings with me (Ms. Goss).
  • June through early July - finalize proposal and finalize bibliography.
  • July through early August - work on outline of paper, and submit drafts of specific sections.
  • Mid-August through early September - revise drafts as needed.
  • First Day of Classes, Fall 2020 - final paper due.

Identifying Resources

It is important that you start early. It will take time to identify the resources you will rely on, and we may need to search longer for items that are not immediately available.

Our current situation makes accessing print materials even trickier. Electronic materials, such as journal articles and e-books, are generally easier to access, however if we don't already have access, getting that access will still take time.

 If you need an item that we do not own, please let me know and I will make every effort to provide access.

In general, if you would like the OWHL to purchase a resource it should be one that:

  • contains unique information not found in other sources we own,
  • is a useful addition to our library,
  • and/or is not prohibitively expensive.