Session 7.12 Practical Research in Appalachia
Presentation #1 Abstract or Summary
Appalachia is rich in history but accessing the primary documents that form this history are either unknown or outside the grasp of researchers working with a limited budget. This facilitated discussion is designed in two parts. First, Sabrina Thomas a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Marshall University will provide ideas on avenues for research in Appalachia for little or no cost. This will include possible grants for travel as well as online repositories for primary sources. Appalachian Special Collection libraries will be listed as well as contact information. Second, the discussion will be broadened to researchers and students to share how they have saved costs and found historical gems right in their own backyard or closest internet connection. The goal of this facilitated discussion is to gain ideas and share ideas about researching Appalachia’s historical legacy without going broke. History students and teachers in particular will want to attend.
At-A-Glance Bio- Presenter #1
I joined the faculty at Marshall University in the fall of 2006 and since that time, I have focused on information literacy and reference services. In 2010 I completed a Master's of Arts degree in History from Marshall University. My research centered around pay inequity and retrenchment policies for married, female teachers during the Depression.
Sabrina Thomas. "Researching Appalachian History on a Budget" (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sabrina_thomas/3/