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Savvy Scholar Workshops
A guide to library research workshops for WSU undergraduate students, graduate students, teaching assistants and instructors.
Citation management software allows you to organize and retrieve citations to books, articles, etc. from library databases. Once citations are captured, they can be stored and manipulated in mini-databases. Citations and footnotes can be inserted into word processing documents and stand-alone bibliographies saved in common word processing program formats.
There are several citation management programs available to WSU students, faculty, and staff including EndNote, Endnote Web, Zotero, and Mendeley.
Zotero is another citation/file manager that is hooked more securely to the internet. It's an add-on to Firefox, but can also standalone too. It has collaborative aspects, tagging, note taking, and citation, among other things.
Mendeley is a citation management tool, which includes both an online and desktop element. Similar to EndNote, citations can be exported to the system from most databases, and PDFs of articles may be attached to the citations.
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.
The Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly Association for Integrative Studies) is an interdisciplinary professional organization founded in 1979 to promote the interchange of ideas among scholars and administrators in all of the arts and sciences on intellectual and organizational issues related to furthering integrative studies. Incorporated as a non-profit educational association in the State of Ohio, it has an international membership.
Unflattening by Nick SousanisThe primacy of words over images has deep roots in Western culture. But what if the two are inextricably linked, equal partners in meaning-making? Written and drawn entirely as comics, Unflattening is an experiment in visual thinking. Nick Sousanis defies conventional forms of scholarly discourse to offer readers both a stunning work of graphic art and a serious inquiry into the ways humans construct knowledge. Unflattening is an insurrection against the fixed viewpoint. Weaving together diverse ways of seeing drawn from science, philosophy, art, literature, and mythology, it uses the collage-like capacity of comics to show that perception is always an active process of incorporating and reevaluating different vantage points. While its vibrant, constantly morphing images occasionally serve as illustrations of text, they more often connect in nonlinear fashion to other visual references throughout the book. They become allusions, allegories, and motifs, pitting realism against abstraction and making us aware that more meets the eye than is presented on the page. In its graphic innovations and restless shape-shifting, Unflattening is meant to counteract the type of narrow, rigid thinking that Sousanis calls "flatness." Just as the two-dimensional inhabitants of Edwin A. Abbott's novella Flatland could not fathom the concept of "upwards," Sousanis says, we are often unable to see past the boundaries of our current frame of mind. Fusing words and images to produce new forms of knowledge, Unflattening teaches us how to access modes of understanding beyond what we normally apprehend.
This comprehensive new introduction to interdisciplinary studies draws on recent advances in the field's burgeoning literature on learning and assessment. It is the first book to present these foundational principles in a textbook designed specifically for the introductory course. The book introduces students to the principles of the field, prepares them to produce quality work, and facilitates their working with topics, problems, or themes that span multiple disciplines. Its approach is succinct, conceptual, and practical.
Interdisciplinary Research by Allen F. Repko; Richard (Rick) SzostakThe Third Edition of Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory offers a comprehensive and systematic presentation of the interdisciplinary research process and the theory that informs it. Authors Allen F. Repko and Rick Szostak illustrate each step of the decision-making process by drawing on student and professional work from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied fields. Designed for active learning and problem-based approaches as well as for more traditional approaches, the book now includes more examples from real student research projects and adds more tables and figures to enliven the discussion.
Publication Date: 2016-05-05
Case Studies in Interdisciplinary Research by William H. Newell; Rick Szostak; Allen F. Repko
Publication Date: 2011-02-07
This book is intended as a "stand alone" volume that (1) demonstrates the need for using an explicitly interdisciplinary approach to problems that span multiple disciplines, (2) applies interdisciplinary theory and best practices to a particular set of problems, (3) shows the importance of first creating common ground among conflicting expert views before performing integration, and (4) produces new understandings of these problems that are practical, purposeful, and deeply informed by disciplinary expertise.
Interdisciplinarity by Julie T. Klein
Publication Date: 1990-03-01
In this volume, Julie Klein provides the first comprehensive study of the modern concept of interdisciplinarity, supplementing her discussion with the most complete bibliography yet compiled on the subject.
The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity by Julie Thompson Klein; Carl Mitcham; Robert Frodeman
Publication Date: 2010-08-20
The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity provides a synoptic overview of the current state of interdisciplinary research, education, administration and management, and problem solving-knowledge that spans the disciplines and interdisciplinary fields, and crosses the space between the academic community and society at large.
Transdisciplinarity by Basarab Nicolescu
Publication Date: 2008-03-01
In this fascinating volume, the contributors make it very clear that far from being a faddish and superficial phenomenon, transdisciplinarity is potentially the foundation for a new, and much needed, approach to inquiry.
Find more library resources on Interdisciplinary Research Methods and Practices HERE