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This is an overview of some of the research methods, tactics, and practices that you may need to complete projects. They are organized around the types of things that need to get done in typical projects. For some of things you need to get done there are formal methods, for some there are tactics or practices that you should check out. An entire book could be written about the subject, this is just a way in.
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Here we present research methods that are useful in the Digital Humanities.
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== Starting Projects ==
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== Basic Methods ==
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* How to get support for a project, including how to get grants?
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These are research skills that we take for granted, but are important to any research.
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* How to work out realistic objectives for a project after it has been approved?
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* [[CIRCA: Question Formation | How to form a question.]]
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* How to figure out the needs of stakeholders?
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* Environmental Scan
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* How to do a literature review?
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* [[CIRCA: Literature Review | Reviewing the literature.]]
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* See [[CIRCA: Literature Review | Reviewing the literature.]]
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* How to do an environmental scan?
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* When do you need ethics clearance and how to get it?
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* How to formulate interesting questions, challenges and objectives?
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* See [[CIRCA: Question Formation | How to form a question.]]
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== Running Projects ==
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== Text Methods ==
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* Scrums are an agile process for getting things done. See the [[http://www.scrumalliance.org/pages/what_is_scrum Scrum Alliance]] for more.
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* [[CIRCA: Text Analysis | Text Analysis]]
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* [[CIRCA: Agile Management | Agile Management]] methods are a class of techniques for getting things done quickly without too much planning. Scrums would be one example.
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* [[CIRCA: Content Analysis | Content Analysis]]
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* [[CIRCA: Close Reading | Close Reading]]
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* [[CIRCA: Creative Methods | Creative Methods]]
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== Usability and Interface Design ==
* [[CIRCA: User Testing | User Testing]] methods are important to developing web sites and other applications meant to be used widely.
* [[CIRCA: User Testing | User Testing]] methods are important to developing web sites and other applications meant to be used widely.
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* [[CIRCA: Blogging | Blogging]] practices can help running a project and can be a project themselves.
 
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=== How to digitize materials and gather data? ===
 
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* See [[CIRCA: Gathering Data]]
 
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=== How to develop an interface for a web site? ===
 
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=== How to get programming done right? ===
 
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== Wrapping Projects Up ==
 
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* A big part of wrapping a project up is presenting it back stakeholders. Here is some advice on [[CIRCA: Presenting to Stakeholders | Presenting to Stakeholders]] and more generally [[CIRCA: Presenting Information | Presenting Information]].
 
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* How to assess a project?
 
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* [[CIRCA:Academic_Presentations | Academic Presentations]] are a way of reporting research results and project lessons.
 
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== Research Methods ==
 
* [[CIRCA: Interviews | Interviews]] and oral histories.
* [[CIRCA: Interviews | Interviews]] and oral histories.
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* [[CIRCA: Text Analysis | Text Analysis]]
 
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* [[CIRCA: Content Analysis | Content Analysis]]
 
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=== Usability Methods ===
 
* [[CIRCA: Talk Aloud | Talk Aloud]] method for getting usability information.
* [[CIRCA: Talk Aloud | Talk Aloud]] method for getting usability information.
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=== How to analyze a mess of unstructured data? ===
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* Ideation and Design Research
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=== How to analyze structured data? ===
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= Other =
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== Historical Methods ==
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* [[CIRCA: Interviews | Interviews]] and oral histories.
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=== How to get your thesis done along with everything else? ===
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* Geospatial Information Systems
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=== How to survive as new research assistant? ===
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* Databases
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[[CIRCA:RockwellGuide | Back to Main Page of the Rockwell Guide]]
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Revision as of 14:25, 2 June 2012

Here we present research methods that are useful in the Digital Humanities.

Contents

Basic Methods

These are research skills that we take for granted, but are important to any research.

Text Methods

Usability and Interface Design

  • User Testing methods are important to developing web sites and other applications meant to be used widely.
  • Interviews and oral histories.
  • Talk Aloud method for getting usability information.
  • Ideation and Design Research

Historical Methods

  • Interviews and oral histories.
  • Geospatial Information Systems
  • Databases
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