Assignment: Find the historical context for one of your disciplines by addressing these questions:
Researching: A good place to start is the Libraries' mega-search called Library One Search, which provides access to a wide variety of potentially useful sources: books, encyclopedias, and journal articles.
Keywords to use: Type your discipline along with such words as academic discipline, education history, or field of study, etc. Note that there may be variants for some disciplines, for example Organization Studies often works better than Organizational Studies.
**These examples are provided so you can see the variety in the types of sources you can find in Library One Search. If your discipline is included in the above Examples, you should still find additional sources besides these!
Search tips: Not finding anything useful in the first 10 to 20 entries? Try different keywords, or use the Refine Your Search options on the left side of the results page to further focus the search by limiting results to a Content Type such as "Book Chapter" or "Reference."
Extracting information: After completing searches of Library One Search using the keywords and techniques described above, mine the sources you found for information to answer the questions on the historical context of your disciplines. Note that you will keep coming back to these sources for additional information to use in the other PaD assignments.
Assignment: Determine what the faculty in your discipline require for the undergraduate major by answering these questions.
Researching: Start with the academic program web page for your discipline at ASU, then find at least two other academic institutions offering this major by searching Google.
Keywords: Type your discipline along with such words as bachelors, undergraduate, major, degree, department, requirements, or faculty, etc.
Search tips: Add site:edu at the end of the search statement to limit results to education websites. Example: Communication bachelors site:edu
Extracting information: After completing searches of Google using the keywords and techniques described above, mine the websites you found for information to answer the first two questions of the assignment. Besides the program description, be sure to look at the curriculum (what courses are required?) and the course descriptions.
Refer back to the sources found in the Origin Story Telling assignment to identify the foundational thinkers and look at how they relate to the course work of the academic programs you are analyzing in order to answer the third question.
Assignment: Identify the "intellectual homes" (namely, doctoral programs, academic journals, and academic societies/associations) for your discipline and determine:
Researching doctoral/PhD programs: Start by checking if ASU offers a PhD in your discipline. Also find at least two other academic institutions offering a PhD by searching Google.
Search tips: Add site:edu at the end of the search statement to limit results to education websites. Example: Communication doctorate site:edu
Extracting Information: Looking at the doctorate program websites you found in your searches, what courses are required for a PhD in your discipline at each university?
Researching academic journals: We recommend using one of these four ways to identify academic journals in your discipline. Once you have identified a journal, you need the detailed information about the journal, such as its publisher, purpose, or intended audience.
1. Look at the articles written by the faculty in the undergraduate and graduate programs you have already found. Often each professor will provide a list of their publications. Is there a particular journal(s) they are choosing to publish in? If so,
2. Journal Collections - you can find a select list of journal titles in your discipline by searching our journal packages from specific publishers.
SAGE Premier (Click the blue Connect button)
Science Direct (Click the blue Connect button)
3. Some of the library guides for specific disciplines have identified key journals in the field and link to ASU's subscription access for them. Examples are: Business, Organizational Studies, Organizational Leadership.
4. Search Google using keywords top business journals, top sustainability journals, etc. Keep in mind that if you find a list of journals this way, you will probably not be able to access the full text of the journal articles if you are off campus because you won't be going through the ASU Library. For this part of the assignment, you don't need the articles yet, but you will!
Extracting Information: You need the detailed information about the journal, such as its publisher, purpose, or intended audience found on the journal's webpage.
Researching academic societies/associations:
Extracting information: Look through the association website for information on its mission, activities, publications, services to members, and free information it shares with the world at large.
Assignment: Identify the internal debates and external forces which are impacting upon research and teaching in your discipline by answering these questions.
Researching: In the Gatekeeping assignment, you found the websites for the doctoral programs in your disciplines and the journals which you will use to answer the first two questions. What remains to be found is recognition of outstanding scholarship through recent awards for research, books, articles, etc.
Keywords to use: To find evidence of outstanding scholarship, type the name of your discipline into Google along with keywords like research award, outstanding book, outstanding article, etc.