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.

The Changing Role of Library and Information Services

The changing role of library and information services

Introduction: The Library and Information Landscape

Research, and the library and information services support research have been transformed by information communications technology, with the pace of change accelerating rather than slowing down. At the same time there is considerable uncertainty in the wider higher education environment stimulated by financial, demographic, global and economic factors. Following the recent review of the UK higher education chaired by Lord Browne of Madingley1, wide-ranging changes may now lead to a concentration of research funding, divergence of the sector and potential mergers. Taken together, these trends will impact to a greater or lesser extent on all library and information service provision.

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