Research and Presentations Advice | Archival Studies
Students are encouraged to use their class assignments as a way in which to explore an issue of importance to them that has the potential for further dissemination. For example, major essay assignments can serve as the first draft of an article for publication or for a conference panel or a course project could turn into a conference poster. SAA and regional conferences have a history of accepting posters highlighting community engagement work by student chapters or other student groups.
Engaging in this kind of activity provides experience for positions in places like archives within academic libraries where a tenure process is the norm. It also gives you an edge on your resume.
The following journals publish archival studies research and some are specifically focused on student research. You are of course always encouraged to apply to any other journals that seem like a good fit:
- American Archivist
- Archival Issues
- Archival Science
- InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies
- Journal of Archival Organization
- Library and Archival Security
- Library Student Journal
- Provenance: Journal of the Society of Georgia Archivists
- RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage
- Records Management Journal
- Student Research Journal at San Jose State School of Library & Information Science
The following student research awards are available for student papers:
- Margaret Cross Norton Award (Midwest Archives Conference, not limited to student authors)
- Theodore Calvin Pease Award (Society of American Archivists, restricted to student authors)
UWM and SOIS Support
- Poster printing: Free for students, but may require on-site pickup.
- UWM Poster templates
- SOIS Student Research Poster Day
- Campus Institutional Review Board: researchers doing any kind of work with human subjects must complete human subjects research training and submit research for review or apply for exemption from review.
- The Writing Center: Both online and onsite students may use the writing center for assistance with the writing process.
Student Poster Presentations
Student poster presentations are a great opportunity to share your research interests and network at professional conferences. It is also generally easier to have a poster accepted at a conference than a professional paper or panel.
Please see the below links for examples of student poster presentations and advice on creating them: