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This practical guide for students focuses on both the city, and the different ways academics research it.

Archival Research
Archival research
Stephen V. Ward

An immense amount of source material for research about cities exists in archives. This chapter gives a brief overview of the opportunities for archival research on urban topics, highlighting how appropriate archive records can be located and used most effectively. Examples will be drawn largely from research into the historical development of urban planning. However, many issues are typical of other kinds of urban research topics. For example, the chapter highlights the nature of archival research compared to other research methods. It also shows how the research evidence from archive materials is not confined to their immediate content. More hidden meanings can be uncovered from the interpretation of documents prepared for quite different purposes. ...

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