The Academic Support Team of the PDC seeks to become an assistant, database, and facilitator for your academic research. The variety of backgrounds possessed by students entering the institute, which facilitates the interdisciplinary interactions, also reveal various kinds of needs, be it research support or access to information regarding academic opportunities. Since students might at some point in time be in need of different kinds of tools to approach their research, a comprehensive and live collection of such resources is our aim.
Since we are aware of some of the difficulties students might face in the initial stages of assimilating into a new academic environment, please find a few links that we think will be useful as you proceed with various course and academic deliverables.
1) The first is an extensive GitHub database compiled by one of our professors, Prof. Michael Schiltz from the history department. It comprises of search strategies for research and is modeled on his Printemps course ‘Bit by Bit: Search Strategies, Resource Organisation and the Creation of Knowledge in the Digital Era.’ Although this portal is vast, it is a window into what his course has to offer.
2) The second is a set of readings on interdisciplinary interactions and research methods for you to get started. You can find them online or in the library.
  • Howard S. Becker, Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about Research While You’re Doing It (Chicago IL: University of Chicago Press, 1998).
  • David Lewis, Dennis Rodgers and Michael Woolcock, “The Fiction of Development: Literary Representation as a Source of Authoritative Knowledge”, Journal of Development Studies 44:2 (2008)
  • Cameron G. Thies, “A Pragmatic Guide to Qualitative Historical Analysis in the Study of International Relations”, International Studies Perspectives 3 (2002)
  • Joseph C. Hermanowicz, “The Great Interview: 25 Strategies for Studying People in Bed”, Qualitative Sociology 25:4 (2002)
3) This link provided below assumes that you might be among the students facing some difficulty reading for your courses. It is that of a book that you can easily find on the internet, in various forms, explaining one way of how to effectively navigate and read your academic papers, scholarly books etc.
This book, of course, stands as just one of the many suggested guides to reading. You may use the newfound googling skills you develop after this email to find those other methods, to eventually land on what works for you.
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To access the working database for conferences and seminars, click HERE.
To access the working database for essay and poster competitions, click HERE.
To access the working database for fellowships, click HERE.
To contribute to the database, click HERE.