Question: What’s the biggest dead-end you ever hit in your research where you suddenly, unexpectedly found a way forward?
It happens to all of us. You follow one lead after another, following a thread of information that seems to link your months, or even years, of research together. Then, suddenly, the thread is gone. What do you do then? For many, this is a dead-end; all that time spent working on a topic has stalled, maybe indefinitely. But sometimes the unexpected happens, and that thread finds its way back into your research!
We want to know your biggest research dead-end turned unexpected opportunity to move forward. Did you go back and reread some of your research? Did the staff at an archives or library show you something you were not aware of? Did it just come to you suddenly? Do you have advice for other researchers who may be stuck in a seemingly dead-end? Tell us your story!