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The SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses

The SAGE Handbook of Digital Dissertations and Theses

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June 2012 | 548 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
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 Masters and doctoral work, as well as research projects.

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.

Richard Andrews is Professor in English, Faculty of Children and Learning, Institute of Education.

Erik Borg is a Senior Lecturer at Coventry University's Centre for Academic Writing.

Stephen Boyd Davis is Research Leader in the School of Design, Royal College of Art.

Myrrh Domingo is Visiting Assistant Professor in English Education and Literacy Education at New York University.

Jude England is Head of Social Sciences at the British Library.

Richard Andrews, Erik Borg, Stephen Boyd Davis, Myrrh Domingo and Jude England
Erik Borg and Stephen Boyd Davis
The Thesis: Texts and Machines
Richard Andrews and Jude England
New Forms of Dissertation
Richard P.J. Freeman and Andrew Tolmie
The Role of Doctoral and Graduate Schools
Helen Beetham, Allison Littlejohn and Colin Milligan
Digital Literacies for the Research Institution
Lesley Gourlay
Media Systems, Multimodality and Post-Humanism
Zoe Beardshaw Andrews
Reframing the Performing Arts
June Elizabeth Parnell
Complexity Theory
Jude Fransman
Re-Imagining the Conditions of Possibility of a PhD Thesis
Dylan Yamada-Rice
Traditional Theses and Multimodal Communication
Bronwyn T. Williams and Mary Brydon-Miller
Ethics and Representation
Brian Fitzgerald and Damien O'Brien
Copyright Managment Approaches
Pauline Hope Cheong
Understanding Identity Representations in Multimodal Research
Myrrh Domingo
The Social Life of Digital Texts in Multimodal Research
Gunther Kress
Researching in Conditions of Provisionality: Reflecting on the PhD in the Digital and Multimodal Era
Mine Dogantan-Dack
Practice-as-Research in Music Performance
Anna-Marjatta Milsom
Translating Lydia Cabrera: A Case Study in Digital (Re)Presentation
Susan Melrose
Disciplinary 'Specificity' and the Digital Submission
Juliet MacDonald
Digits and Figures: A Manual Drawing Practice and Its Modes of Reproduction
Michael Schwab
The Research Catalogue: A Model for Dissertations and Theses
Joanna Newman
The Changing Role of Library and Information Services
Martin Rieser
Animating the Archive
Lisa Stansbie
Establishing the Cybertextual in Practice-Based PhDs
Ilana Snyder and Denise Beale
A Modern PhD: Doctoral Education in Australian Universities in Digital Times
Amy Alexandra Wilson
How Changes in Representation Can Affect Meaning
Lalitha Vasudevan and Tiffany DeJaynes
Researching Adoloscents' Literacies Multimodally
Joyce S.R. Yee
Implication for Research Training and Examination for Design PhDs
Ralf Nuhn
Uncaged Boxed-up

'This handbook marks a major turning point in the production of dissertation and theses. Scholarly communication has been changing rapidly, embracing the latest in web searching, social media, and online and open access journals. Yet, attention to the dissertation - the hallmark of an academic education - has been sorely missing. This handbook identifies and explores the multiple ways in which electronic means are becoming an integral part of the production of dissertations today, as well as looking at the scope in the future scope for bringing electronic and new media forms into the final form of the dissertation. The handbook first situates the dissertation in its historical and institutional perpectives, and then addresses the transformation from print to digital in dissertations from supervision to production to archiving and accessibility. Finally, the handbook wraps up with a section on research methodologies and methods that rounds out the book with advice for prospective students on how to be the creator of a digital dissertation from inception to final delivery. This will be essential reading for all involved in contemporary university education' -
Caroline Haythornthwaite, Director and Professor at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia

This is a useful source of ideas for students using digital media for their research, and those supervising this kind of research.

Dr Steven Cranfield
Westminster Exchange, University of Westminster
April 15, 2013

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