Friday, 27 September 2013

week 3 follow-up & week 4 blogging question

Today's wake-up music: Frank Sinatra, "Luck Be a Lady." A good research proposal is like a good Sinatra song -- it's to the point, its parts serve the whole, and a bit of Old Blue Eyes swagger can be just the thing when you need a confidence boost. And a song about gambling seems right for grant application-writing...

The SSHRC documents we discussed are all linked from the course schedule, or on Blackboard. I mentioned Stanford's Spatial History Project, and quoted from the posting about the project here:

Here's an excellent book to have on one's shelf generally, and especially to get one into the research-design headspace:

Hughes, W., Lavery, J., & Doran, K. (2009). Critical thinking: an introduction to the basic skills. 6th ed. Peterborough, ON: Broadview.

I also mentioned the reference management software Zotero (also linked in the resources section). If you'd like to learn more about this and other kinds of citation-management software, check out the link to the Inforum's iSkills workshops:

Finally, as I promised in class, from here on I'll post the assigned blogging questions on Fridays rather than Mondays to give you more time. Next week's question is deceptively straightforward: what difference does an information perspective make in your chosen research area? (see Vito's question on discussion board) Put another way, what difference does it make to pursue your research interest in an iSchool context? This is an opportunity to pull in some of the ideas you've been encountering in the first weeks of your other classes. Happy blogging, and enjoy what's shaping up to be a perfect Fall weekend!

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