Research Advice from Students

Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research (PCUR)

The Princeton Correspondents on Undergraduate Research (PCUR) blog is authored by current Princeton undergraduate researchers who blog on all things related to the undergraduate research experience. Correspondents promote a culture of research and scholarship amongst undergraduates, support students through all stages of research and independent work, demystify the research process, and empower more students to get involved in research opportunities that enable them to make well-informed decisions about their course of study and career. Two correspondents who are also History concentrators are Alec Israeli ’21 and Rafi Lehmann ’20.


Tips for Planning a Research Trip

First-Years and Sophomores: It’s Time to Start Thesis-ing

Graduate Student Reflections: An Interview with Jonathon Catlin

Research: Have Fun With It!

Coursework and Independent Work: Using One to Guide the Other

Research Refreshment: Changing Your Topic at a Dead End

Finding Your Space in the "Scholarly Conversation"

Open-Ended Assignments: Tips Towards Narrowing Your Research

Preparing for Academic Work in Foreign Languages



So Many Sources: How to Manage the Seemingly Unmanageable

Stumped for Sources at Firestone? No Worries!

A Research Reflection: Discovering Historical Documents in Rare Books

Researching with Skepticism: Working with Historical Sources

When Borrow Direct Isn't Enough: Accessing the New York Public Library



How to Write a History Research Paper

Writing Lessons from My Creative Writing Workshop


Interacting with Professors

Professorship and Mentorship: An Interview with Professor Bernadette Pérez

Asking Your Professors for Feedback