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Hate Studies

A research guide to introduce you to the field of Hate Studies. You'll find the materials, search tools, and other resources you need to start your research. If you need any assistance, please contact your librarian.

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Self-Care Practices For Dealing With Difficult Material

Conducting archival research can be a difficult, emotionally taxing process, particularly when your research focuses on or relates to injustices, social wrongs, and hatred. For your own well-being, it's important to follow some self-care best practices as you work:

  • Expect that you may see difficult material, but don't go looking for it if it's not in-scope for your work
  • Plan to take breaks on regular intervals
  • Plan some time at the end of your work specifically to decompress, whether it's a few minutes of breath regulation or a silly youtube video that produces a belly laugh
  • Focus on the positive and seek out hope, rather than dwelling only on the darkness in the world. Reflect on the extraordinary work of social movement leaders of the past and present.

These practices are followed by archivists and other experienced researchers who routinely handle difficult material.

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