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ARTS 225: Video Ecologies: Finding Subjects

Professor: Sarah Rara
Spring 2023

Information Organization as Research Map

When researching a specific topic, you might find that the resources you'd hope to find are not available to you, often because they haven't yet been created. While these moments can be frustrating, it can help to fall back on an understanding of how information is organized for research. Just like if you run out of purple paint you could mix red and blue to make more, you can combine different aspects of topics to inform your research. The image below illustrates how different topics are connected through differing levels of specificity in descriptive terminology. Searching within topics that are broader, narrower, or related to a specific topic can present similar treatments of information that you can then apply to your specific topic.

Understanding Terminology