Full-Text Databases and Historical Research

Announcing the next meeting of the Digital Scholars group:

Thursday, November 10, 1:00-2:00 pm
Skybox conference room, Williams Building

Full-Text Databases and Historical Research: Cautionary Results from a Ten-Year Study

Charles Upchurch
Associate Professor of History
Florida State University

The suite of digitized and databased resources available to academic researchers has changed the ways people work, including new forms of research that were either previously impractical or impossible. For this reason, researchers sometimes overlook the shortcomings of these new resources for lack of comparisons. But time will tell, as Charles Upchurch of the FSU History Department argues. In his paper “Full-Text Databases and Historical Research: Cautionary Results from a Ten-Year Study” (slated for publication in the summer 2012 issue of the Journal of Social History, available on our Blackboard site), Professor Upchurch shares his critique of certain digitized resources arising from comparative usage of these tools over time. Join us for a special sneak peak at his article and discussion of the position of researchers vis-à-vis the tools and resources they employ.

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