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.

Complexity Theory

Complexity theory
June ElizabethParnell


The advancement of technology in the twenty-first century has caused many students in the field of social sciences to take creative, unconventional and innovative approaches toward their research. Interacting and working on and with the Internet is, for many students in higher education, not just a novel use of a technological means, but a deliberate practice highlighting their engagement with the social, cultural and academic world. As networked information continues to proliferate, research students are led to re-examine many of the assumptions underlying the accepted mode of presenting their academic research and there is a break with the conventional methods of doing and reporting research. Many students from undergraduate to doctoral level of study, have encountered conflict at some point in ...

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