Now that you have successfully defended your research proposal, you can begin to put your plans into action. This is a truly exciting time. All those insecurities about your own capabilities and getting things right seem to disappear. You now have the official word that your research has merit and that others have confidence in your capacity to undertake the work. Once you have gained any necessary ethical clearance you can begin to prepare for the next stage of the process. Data collection is first on the list, and you start to think about what it will be like to be in the field or immersed in archives or working with others. And there is much to do. You may need to recruit participants and seek permission for a site to undertake your research. There may be video and audio recorders to organize. There may be transcribers to find and book.
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