This Library Guide exists to support the academic research requirements of Cohen Honors College Research Seminars. It provides inter- and multi-disciplinary resources and methods for literature reviews and group research development.
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Interdisciplinary & Multidisciplinary Research Help
Research as Inquiry: Researching is a complex and messy human activity in relation to the world. It is a process of discovering questions and asking them in increasingly complex ways (with others!) in order to develop new questions and lines of inquiry in any field...
Searching Strategically: Locating information requires a combination of exploration, inquiry, discovery, serendipity and dialogue. Information discovery is nonlinear and iterative, requiring use of a broad range of information sources, critical openness, and flexibility.
Authority is Constructed & Contextual:Authority depends upon the source and origin of the resources, the information needs, and the contexts in which the information will be used. This authority is viewed with an attitude of informed skepticism and openness to new perspectives.
Information Creation is a Process: The production of information, its communities of practice, discourses and methods, formats, access and dissemination are creative, collaborative and influential processes for research, scholarship, and evaluation.
Information has Value: The creation of information requires commitments of time, complexity of thought and a variety of resources. Information may be valued more or less based on its creators, its audience and community, its format and message. In light of the complexity of questions, resources, "authorities" and world, evaluating information is an essential and ongoing aspect of research.
Scholarship is Conversation: Scholarship is sustained discourse within communities, a participatory and collaborative dialogue searching new insights and discoveries among competing and converging perspectives and interpretations.
Initiating a new philosophical practice of reflective and reflexive engagement in the world — one that questions and overcomes the boundaries that have constituted philosophy as a discipline in the 20th century. In this second direction philosophers leave the study and enter the field, integrating their work with scientists, engineers, and policy makers.
[Interdisciplinary studies is] a process of answering a question, solving a problem, or addressing a topic that is too broad or complex to be dealt with adequately by a single discipline or profession . . . and draws on disciplinary perspectives and integrates their insights through construction of a more comprehensive perspective.”
(J. Klein & B. Newell: Advancing Interdisciplinary Studies,1997.)