Managing Information for Research: Practical help in researching, writing and designing dissertations by Elizabeth OrnaManaging Information for Research: Practical help in researching, writing and designing dissertations by Elizabeth Orna

Managing Information for Research: Practical help in researching, writing and designing…

byElizabeth Orna, Graham Stevens

Paperback | July 16, 2009

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"It’s .... an excellent piece of work which will help anyone who is prepared to learnabout the most effective manner of organising and presenting information".
Roy Johnson 2009Mantex Information Design

"... this is one of the best handbooks on how to manage continuously the handling of informationthroughout the whole process of formulating initial hypothesis towards the endproduct – the dissertation..."
Simonas Daukantas Vilnius Information Research August 2009

"This is a very engaging book on research that, unusually, covers the neglected but strategically important information and knowledge aspects of the research process, including writing, designing and dissemination. It is also unusual in that the authorstalk personally to the reader (lots of practical advice offered), and for the 'real conversations' it furnishes from practising and recent researchers. It makes a verywelcome change from those stereotypical research methods books that seem only ever to tell you what you already knew in a remote, formalistic and repetitive fashion. By contrast this book is fresh, interesting, fills a real gap in the research literature and the authors' passion for quality research is there for everyone to see."
Professor David Nicholas, Director, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, and UCL Centre for Publishing, University College London.

"I was delighted when I discovered this treasury of useful advice and insight, and I recommend it to my research students. The book is based on interviews with real research students (who are quoted at length), so it offers the solidarity of a shared experience, not just a lecture. The authors understand the difficulties that students face as they try to organize their thoughts, their time, and the inevitable mountain of data and references. They demonstrate the power of diagramming and clear typography in their own writing and their graphic techniques are powerful ways to organize the processes of thinking and writing. The resulting clarity will also delight supervisors and examiners."
Rob Waller, Professor of Information Design, Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, University of Reading.

You can't do research of any kind without doing two things:
1 Finding and organizing relevant information
2 Transforming it into the end product on which your research will be judged and rewarded (or not!)

Yet realistic and detailed guidance on these vital activities is in short supply. The authors' unique design approach shows how the two are related and how they can support each other throughout research.

New features in this completely rewritten and re-designed edition include:

  • Stories from the experience of researchers
  • Typographical page layout templates for each part of a dissertation
  • 'Tips, time-savers and troubleshooting' for dissertation writers
Elizabeth Orna has been an information consultant and writer since 1979, after many years as an information manager. She has lectured to student researchers, in the UK and overseas, about organizing information and writing dissertations over the past 25 years. Graham Stevens is a practising typographer and information designer. ...
Title:Managing Information for Research: Practical help in researching, writing and designing…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.45 × 6.69 × 0.71 inPublished:July 16, 2009Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335221424

ISBN - 13:9780335221424

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Table of Contents

First things first

Part 1 The territory
1 Dear Reader ...
2 Mapping the research domain

Part 2 Managing two kinds of information
3 Information to support research - and how to manage it
4 Keeping the record straight: documenting the research
5 Keeping on good terms with Time

Part 3 Planning the end product
6 Thinking ahead: questions and decisions
7 A design brief for your dissertation

Part 4 The final transformation
8 Integrating design and writing
9.1 Design is more than cosmetic: background and observations
9.2 Design is more than cosmetic: a basic toolkit for dissertation design
9.3 Design is more than cosmetic: seeing is perceiving
10 Designing your writing