OCAD U researchers have unprecedented access to information; however, one of the central problems with this perceived unlimited access is that many search tools, especially search engines, do not offer dependable criteria for evaluating:
All these attributes are critically important when conducting research in an academic, studio-based learning environment. University level education is based on building a community of knowledge that is founded in critical inquiry, empirical observation, scientific methodologies, and scholarly discourse. Works created using these academic modes are the “raw materials” required to pursue creative research.
Most importantly, these sources allow researchers to evaluate THEORIES, CONTEXT, and SPECIFIC case-studies:
Peer-review is similar to art critiques (crits) used in studio-based learning. Before any work of art or design is completed, it is evaluated by one’s peers in the studio. Similarly, before an article is published, it must be read and approved by a board of scholars who decide whether it is should be included in a scholarly journal or whether changes are needed before it is published.
TYPE of information; peer-reviewed articles, essays, or research papers:
AUTHORS of peer-reviewed articles, essays, or research papers are:
For PRINT journals, check the first few pages of the periodical to see: