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.

Digits and Figures: A Manual Drawing Practice and its Modes of Reproduction

Digits and Figures: A Manual Drawing Practice and its Modes of Reproduction

Digits and figures: A manual drawing practice and its modes of reproduction


In 2006, I conducted a literature search of PhD theses on the subject of drawing. I found a few, by researchers in the UK, that I was able to order from the British Library. They arrived on microfilm. I remember sitting at the large viewing apparatus, having struggled to thread the film, scrolling through pages in linear fashion. In some cases, the thesis was reproduced onto the film in negative, and unless there was an optical mechanism to reverse it, words would appear glowing from a darkened ground on the large screen above me, often accompanied by a constellation of other bright ...

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