Introduction to Doctoral Research & Theory

First-semester doctoral studies seminar

Taught in 2009, 2010

Catalog course description: Foundations of inquiry in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, and review of theories and methods of inquiry in Information Studies in particular. Prerequisite: Admission to the doctoral program; consent of the graduate advisor.

Extended description: This is a first semester course required of all doctoral students at the School of Information. It is taught in a seminar format with a relatively small number of students. Readings and discussions are the foundation of the course, with the primary objectives of enabling students to:

  • Gain an understanding of the broad range of established and emerging areas of research in information studies
  • Understand the role of models, theories, and frameworks in scholarly research and in information studies in particular
  • Understand the role and importance of well-defined research problems and objectives
  • Develop skill in writing substantial literature reviews that summarize and synthesize published research in information studies
  • Develop practical skills in investigating a new topic in information studies, managing the information resources acquired in that investigation, and communicating findings both orally and in writing.

Course Sections Taught

Fall, 2010 Syllabus and website
Fall, 2009 Syllabus and website