The following are general resources on doing research from different sources. My own research and publications are described elsewhere. I only provide personal research advice to those at my own university, though others may find the following information to be useful.
Planetizen column: advice on undertaking the exit project, capstone, or thesis. Topics include the what, why, and when of choosing an exit option, getting started, troubleshooting common problems, managing your committee, using sources, writing a literature review, and actually finishing.
Courses and advising at Harvard: Guidelines for theses and papers and my course on qualitative methods in planning. Two key handouts from the course focus on qualitative sampling, data collection, and analysis along with overall outputs; and on research, reliability, and validity more generally.
The Faculty Women’s Interest Group of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning has created a Yellow Book Guide to the tenure track in planning. Sandi Rosenbloom was key in all three editions; Lisa Schweitzer and I helped with the third edition. When ACSP redid its web site they made it hard to find so I have attached it here.
Human subjects process at Harvard:
- Steps to create a new application.
- Required training
I have published on the character of research in the environmental design fields and on academic life. A number of these articles are below. Publications on specific research methods and approaches many also available on the tools, manuals, and methods section of this site:
- 2016 A. Forsyth. Investigating Research. Planning Theory and Practice 17, 3: 467-471. [Scroll down here]
- 2012 A. Forsyth. Alternative Cultures in Planning Research: From Extending Scientific Frontiers to Exploring Enduring Questions. Journal of Planning Education and Research 32, 2: 160-168. [Dash version.]
- 2010 K. Krizek, A. Forsyth, and C. Shively Slotterback. Is There a Role for Evidence-Based Practice in Urban Planning and Policy? Journal of Planning Theory and Practice 10, 4: 455–474.
- 2009 B. Stiftel, A. Forsyth, L. Dalton, and F. Steiner. Assessing Planning School Performance: Multiple Paths, Multiple Measures. Journal of Planning Education and Research 28: 323-335. [Abstract]
- 2008 A. Forsyth. Great Programs in Architecture: Rankings, Performance Assessments, and Diverse Paths to Prominence. International Journal of Architectural Research.
- 2007 A. Forsyth. Innovation in Urban Design: Does Research Help? Journal of Urban Design 12, 3: 461-473. [Abstract]
- 2007 A. Forsyth. The Rise of the Nerds? Interdisciplinary Research and Architecture. International Journal of Architectural Research 1, 3: 177-182.
- 2006 A. Forsyth and K. Crewe. Research in Environmental Design: Definitions and Limits. Journal of Architectural and Planning Research 23, 2: 160-175. [Abstract]
- 2006 A. Forsyth. Urban Centers in Universities: Institutional Alternatives in Urban Design.. Journal of Urban Design 11, 1: 97-103.
- 2006 A. Forsyth. In Praise of Zaha: Women, Partnership, and the Star System in Architecture. Journal of Architectural Education 60, 2: 63-65.
- 2003 K. Crewe and A. Forsyth. LandSCAPES: A Typology of Approaches to Landscape Architecture. Landscape Journal 22, 1: 37-53. [Abstract]
- 1999 A. Forsyth. On Writing and Tenure. Journal of Planning Education and Research 19, 1: 98-105. Reprinted in planningresearch.blogspot.com. Randy Crane ed., 2006.