There is always room for research at Ball State, and all of our students have the resources they need.

Bracken Library, for example, holds more than 1.8 million volumes of books, periodicals, software, and more, and it is home to the Helen B. and Martin D. Schwartz Special Collections and Digital Complex, a leading-edge facility that puts unique collections at your fingertips and connects you to the world through international broadcasts.

You can do original research using the Sir Norman Angell Papers, the Stoeckel Archives (records of Muncie and Delaware County, Indiana) and the collection at the Center for Middletown Studies. Primary research also can be pursued at several readily accessible institutions in Indianapolis, Bloomington, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Chicago.

While here, you will have the opportunity to do research in your particular area of interest, and you are invited to share your research findings with your peers and faculty during the annual Student History Conference. The conference is informal, and we welcome submissions of all kinds including writings, papers, and teaching units.

Because you will do a significant amount of research in your career, we feel it’s best to get you started as soon as possible. You will find that once you land your first professional job or enter graduate school, your employers and professors will be very impressed with your skills.