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Master of Fine Arts

A guide to library research for MFA students

Graduate Level Research

  • involves the ability to identify and navigate the breadth of resources available in your discipline.
  • includes the ability to move from a process of summarizing what you read to the ability to synthesis what you read. This process will involve good documentation, properly formatted citations, summarization, and identification of the theoretical framework and methodology.
  • includes the ability to understand the ethics behind using proper citation methods and an ability to apply those methods in your writing. Practicing academic integrity!
  • includes the ability to conduct a literature review in order to synthesize the contextual ecology from which your own research arises. This process is similar to telling a story and involves an unraveling of the people, places, dates and ideas that form the story that you’ll build upon.
  • to get started with your library research, see the guide Getting Started in the Library.

Get help

There are many ways to get research help. Visit the research help desk, book an appointment with your liaison librarian, or ask us questions through email our AskAway. See the Research Help page for details.       604-844-3840        520 East 1st Avenue, Vancouver, BC