Research Tasks

Research Tasks

The main page for given research tasks. 

  1. Schedule!   I can get very click happy, I wander away on a tangent and forget my starting point.
  2. Start, don’t end, with Wikipedia.   Wikipedia is a great place to start your research but not to finish it. Full of hyperlinks to follow on from to confirm info. Wiki is not a good source for citation but a good start on ideas.
  3. My bibliographies. Once you’ve found a good, solid academic book or essay on your topic, you’re golden — at the end, there will be a list of dozens or hundreds of sources for you to look up.
  4. Have a research question in mind. Technically, your idea should emerge from your research, when you have data in front of you. But you need a kind of “working thesis” while doing your research — a question you want to answer. Keep focused by working towards an answer to your research question.
  5. Deal with one piece at a time. Don’t try to tackle your subject all at once. Slow down there with the multi tabs and clicky links!
  6. Use a system. Start your research with an idea of how you plan to collect and organize your notes and data.  Make sure that every quote, fact, and thought is tied in some way to its source (need correct referencing for final biblio for all hyperlinks included)
  7. Know your resources. Spend some time getting to know what resources, both online and offline, your library has to offer.Most university libraries also subscribe to a number of academic databases, and most are now accessible online —get to know the research material you can access from home.
  8. Ask for help. Use the human resources available to you as well as the material resources. Tutors, librarians, fellow students, family and friends. Every viewpoint is worth a listen.
  9. Keep a small notebook and a pen with you everywhere. Jot down notes whenever an idea crosses your mind and transfer these notes into your research log (or software, or whatever) as soon as you can.
  10. Bring it up to date. Pay attention to the publication date of your material — while it’s ok to use older material, ideally you’d like the bulk of your references to come from the last 10 years or so. One trick is to Google the major researchers whose work you’ve found and see if you can find their homepages.


My note keeping is still lacking in definition. The group has downloaded an android app called Trello as a means for an online Gantt chart and to do list so we can keep in contact and up to date with  the hows and whens of the project. Still early days but the first list and possible artists for research are up! The first quest is a list of ideas and possibilities ready for discussion by the end of play Friday 24/02/16. I’m really quite looking forward to sexism now, especially trying to look at it from a man’s POV.



Secondary Research


‘By far the most widely used method of collecting data is through secondary data collection, commonly called secondary research. This process involves collecting data from either the originator or a distributor of primary research (see Primary Research discussion below). In other words, accessing information already gathered.

In most cases this means finding information from third-party sources such as marketing research reports, company websites, magazine articles, and other sources. But in actuality, any information previously gathered, whether from sources external to the marketer or from internal sources, such as accessing material from previous market research carried out by the marketer’s organization, old sales reports, accounting records and many others, falls under the heading of secondary research.’


Browse drop down bars for specific areas of research including smoking and technology and sexism through objectification towards men.

Primary Research

A page for primary research.

Primary research is any research conducted within the first person, research that you go out and collect yourself.

Interviews: Interviews are one-on-one or small group question and answer sessions. Interviews will provide a lot of information from a small number of people and are useful when you want to get an expert or knowledgeable opinion on a subject.

Surveys: Surveys are a form of questioning that is more rigid than interviews and that involve larger groups of people. Surveys will provide a limited amount of information from a large group of people and are useful when you want to learn what a larger population thinks.

Observations: Observations involve taking organized notes about occurrences in the world. Observations provide you insight about specific people, events, or locales and are useful when you want to learn more about an event without the biased viewpoint of an interview.

Analysis: Analysis involves collecting data and organizing it in some fashion based on criteria you develop. They are useful when you want to find some trend or pattern. A type of analysis would be to record commercials on three major television networks and analyse gender roles.

Task 1

Collect visual examples of photographic interpretations of trees and discuss their significance.

Misty Mornings. 


By photographer Diane Kirkland, taken from her series Georgia Landscapes.                         I find this image very relaxing, reminiscent of early mornings out with the dogs.  Not a soul in sight and just watching and listening to the world around.


Our eyes are naturally drawn to the lighter part of the image but the surrounding greys, especially the darker in the foreground, leads us up the path to the safety of the light.

I am Groot. 

902220-product-thumbGroot is a fictional tree character from an unlikely band of superheroes, The Guardians of the Galaxy, from Marvel comics. IMDB. Groot’s character is one of strength and loyalty, of nurturance and renewal. His words are few but simple and wise. This is presented also in his size alongside the other characters. he towers over them, especially his racoon friend, to further example his strength and power. When protecting his friends, even in the event of his own demise, his words ‘we are Groot’ symbolises how we are all part of this cycle together. Dancing Groot.



Translated from Japanese it’s literal meaning is ‘tree in a pot’. “The Buddhist monks that brought bonsai growing to Japan viewed these trees as a symbol of harmony between nature, man and soul” Bonsai.  Photograph by Victrinia Ensor the vibrant cerise pink seems unnatural and in total contrast to the green backdrop.








From Tiny Acorns. 


In 2007, Ackroyd & Harvey gathered and germinated hundreds of acorns from renowned artist Joseph Beuys’s seminal artwork – 7000 oaks, and in doing so began a new long-term research project.

Beuys’s Acorns explores the agency of ideas associated with the provenance of the trees and provokes questions as to the artist’s relationship with nature, the changing climate and collapsing economic order. Beuys had a mission. To change the social order. Mostly the money system. Ackroyd & Harvey ask what the legacy of Beuys’s mission is given the climate of ecological and economic degradation at the beginning of the 21st century.


The Bodhi Tree. 

Giant Bodhi tree, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Giant Bodhi tree, Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka Taken 24 Jan 2014

Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind.                 To be happy, rest like the giant tree in the midst of them all – Buddhist quote.

The tree under which Buddha was sat the night he attained enlightenment. It has since become a symbol of Buddha’s presence and an object of worship.


Simply Trees.


The view from my window. This tree stands like a sentinel on guard. Several times I have thought the wind would win and tear it from its grounds but it stands tall. This tree has become my weather vane – yes I look out the window and see sun or rain, but this tree speaks to me the strength of the wind and we converse on the option of taking an umbrella.
This tree represents a constant, a continuation regardless of weather or people around it. Taken in January 2016 with a Nikon D700. A long exposure of 10 seconds at f22 with an added 2 stop nd filter to allow for a lengthier exposure.

20004337886_98425416b8_kTrees in my favourite place. A place of solitude and peace. A place for reflection or nothingness.
A fan of this joiner type of imagery, I like that detail can be found in every segment and how we can sometimes miss these snippets when seen as a singular whole.                       For a better quality version see my Flickr.                                                                         Though taken before the start of this project I think it has a place here and should be included as an example of how trees can change mood or perception.