This handbook sets out the processes and products of ‘digital’ research. It is a theoretical and practical guide on how to undertake and navigate advanced research in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Topics covered include: How to make research more accessible The use of search engines and other sources to determine the scope of work Research training for students What will theses, dissertations and research reports look like in ten years' time? The storing and archiving of such research Ethics and methodologies in the field Intercultural issues The editors focus on advances in arts- and practice-based doctorates, and their application in other fields and disciplines. The contributions chart new territory for universities, research project directors, supervisors and research students regarding the nature and format of graduate and doctoral work, as well as research projects. Written by experienced practitioners, this handbook is an essential reference for researchers, supervisors and administrators on how to conduct and evaluate research projects in a digital and multimodal age.
The turn to digital in the conception, design, supervision, production and examination of dissertations and theses might be said to have significant implications for institutions: graduate schools, doctoral schools, senior academic bodies and their administrators. It is the institutions who set the parameters for study and who award the degrees. In many ways, they are the gatekeepers of how knowledge is presented; and certainly they control how research is presented for academic awards. It is thus appropriate that the first section of the present handbook is devoted to institutional perspectives.
In the opening chapter, Erik Borg and Stephen Boyd Davis take a historical perspective, looking in particular at the relationship between the means of production and the nature of the thesis that is ...