Research Guidance

Using original records for the first time can be quite daunting. The handwriting can be hard to read; unfamiliar words and phrases are often used; and it can be difficult to know which documents to use in order to find relevant information.

These units give advice relating to using and understanding old records. They use examples from the collections held by The University of IEC, but researchers using archives from any English record office will find the advice relevant. Each unit includes a list of further reading for researchers who need a more comprehensive approach.