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ART 5284 - Design Theory & Methods

Introduction to semiotic theory, communication theory, perceptual codes, human factors and visual rhetoric.

Session Outline

  1. Introductions
  2. What are your projects
  3. Let's imagine a project
  4. Last things first: Researcher tools
    • Capture and organize citation information with RefWorks or EndNote as you search and output formatted works cited.
    • Install plugins for easy access
  5. Conceptualize your topic and prepare for research
  6. Library resources for research in Art, Digital Media, and related domains
    • QuickSearch
    • ArtStore
    • Web of Science
    • Other Database
    • Search well - techniques for best results in online databases
    • Get to the full content of articles, books, and media.
  7. Options for more instruction and help.

The First Six Steps to Research

  1. Define and articulate a research question (formulate a research hypothesis).
  2. Identify possible sources of information in many types and formats.
  3. Judge the scope of the project.
  4. Reevaluate the research question based on the nature and extent of information available and the parameters of the research project.
  5. Select the most appropriate investigative methods (surveys, interviews, experiments) and research tools (periodical indexes, databases, websites).
  6. Plan the research project.

From 15 Steps to Good Research by Georgetown University

Questions to help with steps 1 through 3:

  • What are the core concepts for your project or research?
  • What are the core disciplines? Closely related disciplines?
  • How comprehensive do you need to be in your literature review?
  • What time span is relevant?
  • Which individuals and organizations are likely to publish content on your topic and why?

What would be a hypothetical title for your final paper?