I am terrible at following these regular posting schedules, but thought that I would see if my track record improves for 2022, so fingers crossed!
For our research to be successful, I think the most important elements is for the foundations of our research to be robust. My approach to this is:
- Revisiting earlier research, some of which was done some years ago.
- Revisiting earlier research logs in tandem with revisiting earlier research.
- Checking my earlier to do lists, making sure that outstanding to do’s have been captured and moved to the most recent to do list.
- As I work through the earlier research, checking the entry in my database and the citations.
- Cross referencing images and documents with the database and labelling structure.
- Adding any notes to my research log and to do list
- Sometimes there is material available now that was not when I first worked on the individual record.
- Sometimes as I read the material again an idea becomes apparent that needs to be captured.
- Add the Individual reference allocated by my software to my research log, so that I can see where I am up to.
This is not a quick process, but if the review is taking place, working through at a steady pace, it will yield great results. I try and do five individuals a day, but sometimes that is not possible. I am also clearing the never ending pile of filing and processing, which includes materials for my own one-name studies.