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.

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