The Ellen Clarke Bertrand Library

Comparative and Digital Humanities: Thinking about interdisciplinary research

Questions to ask about your sources

The questions below may be helpful for identifying sources that might support your research or help you analyze a certain question (or come up with a topic or question). These questions can be asked for *any* research topic, but are particularly helpful for interdisciplinary research where you will likely be drawing from many conversations in different fields.

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What is interdisciplinary research?

"Interdisciplinary research is a mode of research by teams or individuals that integrates information, data, techniques, tools, perspectives, concepts, and/or theories from two or more disciplines or bodies of specialized knowledge to advance fundamental understanding or to solve problems whose solutions are beyond the scope of a single discipline or area of research practice."

*Committee on Facilitating Interdisciplinary Research, Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (2004). Facilitating interdisciplinary research. National Academies. Washington: National Academy Press, p. 2.

(Though this definition comes from the world of science, the definition can be applicable to a wide range of fields, disciplines, and problems)

Other Librarians you might want to know!

These librarians work in areas that you might be working in for your interdisciplinary research. For the full list of topics and research support, visit this page!

Eloise Stevens: Art and Art History, Classics, Comparative & Digital Humanities, East Asian Studies, Music, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Theatre and Dance

Nancy Frazier: Africana Studies, History, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Political Science.

Carrie Pirmann: Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Studies, Geography, Government Information, Psychology, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies

Jason Snyder:English, Film and Media Studies, Languages, Cultures and Linguistics