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.

Ethical and Intercultural Issues
Ethical and intercultural issues

If digital media have created new possibilities for research and the dissemination of new knowledge, they have also created new issues in the representation of research and research participants. The contributors to this section of the book discuss the ethical and legal implications of this changed landscape, as well as how research into virtual worlds can entail traditional intercultural conflict and prejudice. However, the final chapter of the section concludes with a strong argument that, in ethnographic research that crosses the boundary of digital and place-based observation, it is not ethical solely to represent participants' practices with the flatness of the written page.

Williams and Brydon-Miller discuss the new ethical issues that arise from digital research and dissemination. Digital ...

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