HIST 450 Digital History Seminar – Additional Reading

This list is intended as an additional resource for the University of Canterbury HIST 450: History as a Discipline (Honours) class. The Centre for History and New Media (http://chnm.gmu.edu/resources/essays/) maintain another very useful list, many of which are represented below. Some historical method textbooks will also have sections on computing-related issues. The Zotero Digital History group influences is another essential resource.


Cohen, Daniel, and Roy Rosenzweig. Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005. http://chnm.gmu.edu/digitalhistory/.

Coppock, J.T., Information Technology and Scholarship: Applications in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 1999.

Dougherty, Jack and Nawrotzki, Kristen, eds. Writing History in the Digital Age. Under contract with the University of Michigan Press. Trinity College (CT) web-book edition, Spring 2012, http://WritingHistory.trincoll.edu.

Greengrass, M. and Hughes, L., The Virtual Representation of the Past. Digital Research in the Arts and Humanities. Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2008.

Gunn, S. and Faire, L., Research Methods for History. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.

Harvey, Charles. Databases in Historical Research: Theory, Methods and Applications. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1996.

McCarty, Willard. Humanities Computing. Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Schreibman, Susan, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth. Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture). Hardcover. Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Professional, 2004. http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companion/.

Turkel, William J. & Alan MacEachern. The Programming Historian, (Network in Canadian History & Environment, 2007-2010). http://niche-canada.org/member-projects/programming-historian/ch1.html.


Brown, Joshua. “Forum: History and the Web: From the Illustrated Newspaper to Cyberspace: Visual Technologies and Interaction in the Nineteenth and Twenty-first Centuries1.” Rethinking History 8, no. 2 (2004): 253–275.

Bullough, Vern L. “The Computer and the Historian? Some Tentative Beginnings.” Computers and the Humanities 1, no. 3 (January 1967): 61–64.

Burton, Orville Vernon. “American Digital History.” Social Science Computer Review 23, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 206 –220.

Casey, Edward S. “Boundary, Place, and Event in the Spatiality of History.” Rethinking History 11, no. 4 (2007): 507–512.

Cohen, Daniel J. “From Babel to Knowledge.” D-Lib Magazine 12, no. 3 (March 2006).

———. “History and the Second Decade of the Web.” Rethinking History 8, no. 2 (2004): 293–301.

Cohen, Daniel  J. et al. “Interchange: The Promise of Digital History”. The Journal of American History, 95.2.

Corbeil, Pierre. “History and the Computer in Canadian Institutions.” Social Science Computer Review 23, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 181 –189.

Dennis, Brian, Carl Smith, and Jonathan Smith. “Using Technology, Making History: a Collaborative Experiment in Interdisciplinary Teaching and Scholarship1.” Rethinking History 8, no. 2 (2004): 303–317.

Ethington, Philip J. “Placing the Past: ‘Groundwork’ for a Spatial Theory of History.” Rethinking History 11, no. 4 (2007): 465–493.

Hillis, Peter, and Bob Munro. “ICT in History Education— Scotland and Europe.” Social Science Computer Review 23, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 190 –205.

Manning, Patrick. “Gutenberg-e: Electronic Entry to the Historical Professoriate.” The American Historical Review 109, no. 5 (December 1, 2004): 1505–1526.

McLachlan, Robin C. D. “Information Technology and Historians.” Social Science Computer Review 23, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 174 –180.

O’Malley, Michael, and Roy Rosenzweig. “Brave New World or Blind Alley? American History on the World Wide Web.” The Journal of American History 84, no. 1 (June 1997): 132–155.

Phillips, Gervase. “The Historian as Software Engineer.” Alt-J 3, no. 2 (1995): 48.

Rosenzweig, Roy. ‘So, What’s Next for Clio?’ CD-ROM and Historians.” The Journal of American History 81, no. 4 (March 1, 1995): 1621–1640.

———. “The Road to Xanadu: Public and Private Pathways on the History Web.” The Journal of American History 88, no. 2 (2001): 548–579.

———.“Scarcity or Abundance? Preserving the Past in a Digital Era.” The American Historical Review 108, no. 3 (June 1, 2003): 735–762.

Sklar, Kathryn Kish, and Thomas Dublin. “History and New Media: Keeping up with the Web, 1997–2008: Women and Social Movements in the United States.” Perspectives on History (May 2009).

Slatta, Richard W., and E. Kalé Haywood. “Enhancing Latin American History Teaching and Research With Computers.” Social Science Computer Review 23, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 152 –166.

Stam, D. C. “Tracking Art Historians: On Information Needs and Information-seeking Behavior.” Art Libraries Journal 14, no. 3 (1989): 13–16.

Turkel, William. “Intervention: Hacking History, from Analogue to Digital and Back Again.” Rethinking History 15, no. 2 (2011): 287–296.

Walsh, John A, and Wallace Edd Hooper. “The Liberty of Invention: Alchemical Discourse and Information Technology Standardization.” Literary and Linguistic Computing 27, no. 1 (April 1, 2012): 55–79.

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