Please note that the schedule may be changed (with plenty of warning) in order to better meet the course’s aims.

Day In class To complete BEFORE class
Mon, Aug 21: Introductions Personal History Presentations
Wed, Aug 23: History? Arnold, Ch.1, skim Ch.2-3
Mon, Aug 28: Digital History? Google Drive 1.     Create a Google account

2.     Create a Twitter account

3.     Complete Skills Survey

Wed, Aug 30: Information Overload Twitter and WordPress tutorials 1.      Task 1: Digital History

2.     Carr, Nicholas. “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The Atlantic, August 2008.

Mon, Sep 4: LABOR DAY (no class)
Wed, Sep 6: Digital Archives Session with Kristen Yarmey, Assoc. Prof. and Digital Services Librarian 1.     Trevor Owens, “Digital Sources & Digital Archives: The Evidentiary Basis of Digital History” (preprint)

2.     Come to class with 1-2 possible historical questions to answer using the University’s digital collections

Mon, Sep 11


NO CLASS: explore digital archives!  Task 2: Digital Collections Review
Wed, Sep 13: Primary Sources 1.     Create a Zotero account

2.     Arnold, Ch.4

Mon, Sep 18: Non-Digital Archives Library session (meet in WML 400)  Task 3: Research Troubleshooting due 9pm Tuesday, Sep. 19

(Don’t forget to work on Scranton Paper!)

Wed, Sep 20: Secondary & Tertiary Sources Wikipedia, Credo Reference Collection, Zotero tutorial Work on Scranton Paper
Mon, Sep 25: Reflection Endangered Data 1.      Task 4: Wikipedia

2.     Putnam, Lara. “The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast.” The American Historical Review 121, no. 2 (April 2016): 377–402.

Wed, Sep 27: Presentations  Project Presentation 1 Practice presentation

 Scranton Paper  due Friday, Sep 29

Mon, Oct 2: Historical Interpretation   Arnold, Ch.5-6
Wed, Oct 4: Text Mining Google Ngram Viewer Guldi, Joanna. “The History of Walking and the Digital Turn: Stride and Lounge in London, 1808-1851.” The Journal of Modern History 84, no. 1 (March 2012): 116–44.

 Midcourse Reflection  due Friday, Oct 6

Mon, Oct 9: Enjoy Fall Break!
Wed, Oct 11: Topic Modeling Mining the Dispatch Brett, Megan R. “Topic Modeling: A Basic Introduction.” Journal of Digital Humanities, April 8, 2013.

(Started working on your proposal yet?)

Mon, Oct 16: Metadata 1.      Task 5: Text Mining

2.     Baker, James. “Preserving Your Research Data.” Programming Historian, April 30, 2014.

Wed, Oct 18: Republic of Letters Mapping the Republic of Letters Ch.4, p.119-159. McNeely, Ian F, and Lisa Wolverton. Reinventing Knowledge: From Alexandria to the Internet. New York: Norton, 2009. [in GD Resources folder]
Mon, Oct 23: Network Visualization Palladio (Düring, Marten. “From Hermeneutics to Data to Networks.” Programming Historian.) Edelstein, Dan, et al. “Historical Research in a Digital Age: Reflections from the Mapping the Republic of Letters Project.” The American Historical Review 122, no. 2 (April 1, 2017): 400–424.
Wed, Oct 25: Clean Data Breve, Geocoding Ceserani, Giovanna, et al. “British Travelers in Eighteenth-Century Italy: The Grand Tour and the Profession of Architecture.” The American Historical Review 122, no. 2 (April 1, 2017): 425–50.
Mon, Oct 30: Reflection 1.      Task 6: Network Visualization

2.     Kelly, Jason M. “Reading the Grand Tour at a Distance: Archives and Datasets in Digital History.” The American Historical Review 122, no. 2 (April 1, 2017): 451–63.

Wed, Nov 1: Proposals  Project Presentation 2 Practice presentation

 Project Proposal  due Friday, Nov 3

Mon, Nov 6: Why History? Arnold, Ch.7
Wed, Nov 8: Public History Clio, History Engine, Omeka  (Final Project, anyone?)
Mon, Nov 13: Crowdsourcing History Roy Rosenzweig, “Can History Be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past,” The Journal of American History 93, no. 1 (2006): 117–46. Task 7: Audiences

Work on Clio Contribution

Wed, Nov 15  Group meetings  Clio Contribution  due Friday, Nov 17
Mon, Nov 20 Fun times with the Final Project
Wed, Nov 22: Happy Thanksgiving!
Mon, Nov 27 More Final Project playtime
Wed, Nov 29: Reflection Online Course Evaluation (bring laptop)  Task 8: Digital History
Mon, Dec 4: Conclusions  Project Presentation 3 1. Practice presentation

2. Supplemental evaluation

Fri, Dec 8:  Final Project  due by 9pm