Research Consultation Center / Creativity in Research: juggling ideas

Research Consultation Center

The Research Consultation Center is designed to provide students and faculty in the College of Health and Human Services  with tools to aid in understanding, conducting, publishing funding and fostering creative research through links to useful web sites, articles and library guides.

“The mere formulation of a problem is far more often essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skill. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.” ~ Albert Einstein


Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1996). Creativity : flow and the psychology of discovery and invention. New York: HarperCollins. [Available from Carlson Library]

Csikszentmihalyi, M. (2008). Flow: the psychology of optimal experience. New York: Harper Perennial. [Available from OhioLINK].

Davenport, G., et. al. (July–September 1998). Fun: A Condition of Creative Research. Visions and Views, pp 10-15. Retrieved from

Deacon, S. A. (2000, March). Creativity within qualitative research on families: New ideas for old methods. The Qualitative Report [On-line serial], 4(3/4).

Mueller, J.; Melwani, S.; & Goncalo, J, (2011). The bias against creativity: why people desire but reject creative ideas. Articles and Chapters. Paper 450.

Web Resources

Azoulay, P., Gra , J, & Manso, Z. (30 December 2010). Incentives and Creativity: Evidence from the Academic Life Sciences. Retrieved from

Creative Research Activities from the British Library:

Young, T. What is creative research? (and why it matters). Retrieved from

McAlpine, C. (26 May 2011). Where do good research ideas come from? Research. Retrieved from

Last Updated: 8/1/22