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.

Research Methods

The final section of the Handbook opens with Snyder and Beale's broad view of the cultural, institutional and national perspectives that shape a research environment, moves through Wilson's analysis of the changes in meaning-making produced by technologies and modes of representation, and focuses on the issues encountered by Vasudevan and DeJaynes in their own research, especially the multiple literacies required to deal with disparate digital media. Follwing Yee's analysis of changes generated by practice-centred research, a discussion vividly illustrated by individual recent doctoral dissertations, Nuhn concludes by probing the issues raised by his doctoral research.

It would be easy to imagine that the shift to digital technologies for inquiry, representation and dissemination might be the most important influence on the modern PhD. Snyder ...

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