This guide is designed for students undertaking research for the Interdisciplinary Studies Field Senior Thesis (ISF 190).
ISF has identified a number of Interdisciplinary Research Fields that have attracted students from across campus who have undertaken deep and innovative research. Research fields are dynamic bodies of knowledge that form and develop through a series of debates articulated around a given set of interdisciplinary topics, research questions, and theories. The ISF Research Field on Globalization and Developmenthas several dimensions----political, social and economic. Students studying globalization will find relevant research materials in the fields of Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Economics and History, Geography, Political Science, and Sociology. ISF Research Field in Globalization and Development helps orient students to a multidisciplinary approach to these problems and questions. Students work with a variety of methods -- experiments, archival research, statistical causal analysis, and ethnography -- and a variety of source types, including case studies, data and statistics, news, scholarly journals, and experimental research.
This guide is organized by the types of sources being researched. Academic research usually comprises secondary source material such as articles, essays and scholarly reports. News and Statistics are specific kinds of primary sources. The list of organizations will point students toward both primary and secondary material. Recommended readings will provide context for student research.
Please visit the ISF website for more information about the program and the ISF Research fields.