From Evidence to Scholarship

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Friday, March 16 • 9:00am - 9:45am
Two Sessions: Visualizing Scholarship: Teaching Historiography in the Digital Age ~|~ Senior Thesis Students’ Work with Primary Sources

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Visualizing Scholarship: Teaching Historiography in the Digital Age: Pamella Lach
Historiography -- the methodological conversations historians have with each other about the interpretation of evidence to produce new knowledge -- is challenging for students to master; yet they cannot progress through their historical training without acquiring this foundational research-based skill. New digital tools for visualizing historical knowledge, from timeline and mapping tools to network-analysis platforms, can be leveraged to provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about and actively engage in historiography. This presentation will detail the positive impact of a recent collaboration between a Digital Humanities Librarian and a History professor at San Diego State University to scaffold digital tools in a historical methods class, and share ideas for growing digital assignments in the future.
Presentation slides are available at this link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1l0brkd1TprjFRD3RmX7B2kGh2vZjJ6pESzE2OcwpPzo/edit#slide=id.p3

Senior Thesis Students’ Work with Primary Sources: Margaret Schaus & Meaghan Ryan
All Haverford seniors do extensive research to write a thesis in their major.  Librarians and faculty work with history students to identify key primary sources and to build a context for a nuanced interpretation.  From 2010-2016 Haverford librarians interviewed and surveyed History students and faculty to better understand what contributed to students’ success with using primary sources online and in archives.


Pamella Lach

Digital Humanities Librarian, San Diego State University
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Margaret Schaus

Lead Research and Instruction Librarian, Haverford College
Instruction and assessment. New article co-authored by Terry Snyder and Margaret Schaus appearing in Portal in April 2018.Editor of Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index - 40,000+ records including images with descriptions, analysis and metadata.

Friday March 16, 2018 9:00am - 9:45am PDT
PAB 320

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