[HNW] class on researching mistakes

ED Reese edreese at m7bedlam.com
Wed Apr 23 09:35:35 PDT 2003


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Thanks for the heads up on Barber, Nancy. Any idea WHY her info on tablet
weaving is wrong?

Esther

At 08:27 AM 4/23/2003 -0400, you wrote:

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> > >I'm considering teaching a class at an uncoming event on research
> > >methods and mistakes.  I can handle the "how to do research" part just
> > >fine.  What I'd like is suggestions of mistakes people commonly make in
> > >doing research.  What sorts of things would you like to see included in
> > >such a class?
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>Here's an important question I would ask:   What do you do if you don't know
>that information in a well-thought-of reference book is incorrect?  If you
>don't already know the information, how can you be sure that what you are
>being told is correct?  For example, Elizabeth Barber is considered a
>reference in this country, but she is absolutely dead-wrong about many things
>in her books, specifically about several aspects of tablet weaving which I
>can speak directly to.  And Francois Boucher, in what is considered a
>reference book on the history of costume, labels a pair of 12th-century
>nalbinded stockings as 7th-century. I would never have known this if I hadn't
>written directly to the museum where the stockings are kept.
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>How do you keep from perpetuating errors??
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>Nancy
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