Humanities: Research Limitations

What are Research Limitations within Humanities proposals?

Without exception, all research is limited in several ways. Here are some issues you might address in this section:

External limitations - governed by constraints upon your time or finances

  • Perhaps you are unable to travel to visit special collections, museums, certain libraries
  • Perhaps you are unable to speak or read certain languages

Internal limitations - might involve the way in which critical terms are defined, or the scope of the problem explored

Some things to think on:

  • Identifying research limitations may help you to focus your topic
  • Proposals that include no mention of limitations suggest that you have not really gone beyond a superficial consideration of the subject