Schedule & Readings

INF 1240H Fall 2013 schedule

Week 1
11 Sept
  • no reading; review of course organization, expectations, and key themes
Week 2
18 Sept
Major Paradigms in Information Research
  • assigned reading
    • Luker, ch. 1, 2 & 3
  • recommended reading
    • see course blog post for this week
Week 3
25 Sept
Designing Research Proposals: First Steps
Week 4
2 Oct
Research Ethics
Week 5
9 Oct
Thinking Through Writing: the Language of Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Week 6
16 Oct
Ethnographic Methods
  • guest speaker: Jenna Hartel (iSchool)
  • blogs reviewed at the end of this week
  • assigned reading
    • Hartel, J. (2010). Managing documents at home for serious leisure: A case study of the hobby of gourmet cooking. Journal of Documentation, 66(6), 847-874. []
    • for students interested in libraries: Foster, N. F. & Gibbons, S. (2007). Introduction, Chapter 6, and Chapter 7. In N. F. Foster & S. Gibbons (Eds.), Studying students: The undergraduate research project at the University of Rochester. Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries
    • for students interested in information systems: Taylor, A. S., & Swan, L. (2005). Artful systems in the home. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on human factors in computing systems (pp. 641-650). New York, NY: ACM.
  • recommended reading
Week 7
23 Oct
Surveys and Statistical Literacy
  • guest speaker: Glen Farrelly (iSchool)
  • assigned reading
    • Neuman and Robson, Chapter 8: "Survey Research" + pp. 115-7 and 228-37
    • Knight, ch. 4, pp. 87-94, 176-82
  • recommended reading
    • Luker, ch. 6
Week 8
30 Oct
Experiments and Quasi-Experiments
  • assigned reading
    • Neuman and Robson, Chapter 9: "Experimental Research"
  • recommended reading
    • Knight, ch. 3, subsection on experiments
6 Nov
no class
Week 9
13 Nov
Analyzing Texts and Artifacts: Media Archaeology and Material Culture
Week 10
20 Nov
Peer-Review Workshop
  • assigned reading
    • Lovejoy, T.I., et al. (2011). Reviewing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals: A primer for novice and seasoned reviewers. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 42(1), 1-13. []
    • Fitzpatrick, K. (2009). Chapter 1: Peer review. In Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. [Note: for class we won't read the final published version from NYU Press, but rather the open peer-review version at MediaCommons Press: . This version gives us a glimpse of the open peer-review process at work. Feel free to explore the review comments attached to specific paragraphs, as well as the posted reviews from the external reviewer. Note also that the interface can be a bit confusing. In the "Contents" tab, if you click the heading "One: Peer Review" it will only bring up the opening section for that chapter. To read the entire chapter, you'll need to click through each of the subheadings to bring up those sections.]
  • recommended reading (with thanks to Howard Baker!)
Week 11
27 Nov
Thinking Through Making: Prototyping, Modelling, Tool-Building, and the Digital Humanities
  • assigned reading
    • Unsworth, J. (2000). Scholarly primitives: what methods do humanities researchers have in common, and how might our tools reflect this? Humanities Computing: Formal Methods, Experimental Practice. King's College, London, 13 May 2000. []
    • Kirschenbaum, M.G. (2004). "So the colors cover the wires": interface, aesthetics, and usability. In A Companion to Digital Humanities. Oxford: Blackwell. []
  • recommended reading
Week 12
4 Dec
From Research Designs to Analysis and Sense-Making
  • Full Research Proposal due this week
  • blogs reviewed at the end of this week
  • assigned reading
    • Knight, ch. 5, 8
    • Luker, ch. 7, 10

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