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History over the Air

How much history do you listen to? What are the best history radio shows and podcasts, after this one? What makes them great? Continue reading

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Martha Sandweiss’s Passing Strange: Excellent History at the Edge of Knowability

The first thing to know about Martha Sandweiss’s Passing Strange is that it is gripping. When I first cracked it open, in a Seattle hotel room last March, I found myself one hundred pages in before checking the time. This … Continue reading

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Challenges of change-ability: New Frontiers of Digital Scholarship

Another seduction is the expanded possibility of “getting it right,” quickly correcting mistakes or responding to suggestions without having to wait for a publisher to issue a second edition. Continue reading

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Making my (collaborative) butter sculptures of history

I recently came across Jennifer Gardy’s blog article “Feeling the elephant, or how scientists collaborate,” and it provoked several lines of thought. First, Gardy suggests that there are two types of scientists in this world: those live, eat, and breathe … Continue reading

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This Computer is Finished: The Physical Requirements of Writing History

This computer is finished. Its silver casing shows the years of scratches, bumps, and smudges. It bears the scars of balancing one too many books, of leaving the computer too casually on an ottoman, of eating and working feverishly for … Continue reading

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No More Notecards: Links to web resources

A list of links for my “No More Notecards” workshop. Zotero: ~Adding items into a collection and organizing sources ~Creating a bibliography via Word or GoogleDocs ~Managing your collection through tags ~troubleshooting ~Endnote file transfer (in litigation) Scrivener (for Mac): … Continue reading

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No More Notecards: Humanties Workshop at UC Irvine on Oct 6

NO MORE NOTE CARDS: NEW WEB-BASED TECHNOLOGIES FOR HUMANITIES RESEARCH Mon., 10/6, 12:00-1:30, 137 Humanities Instructional Building Join us for an informal workshop/demonstration/discussion about popular web-based applications for use with graduate-level research and writing. We will discuss programs such as … Continue reading

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Historian or voyeur?

For the past few weeks I’ve been working in the papers of one particular woman whose journals and letters span a period of about 50 years. She wrote nearly everyday, with meticulous detail. I now know about her fickle friends, … Continue reading

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Episode 5: Rachel Sarah O'Toole

For those of us engaged in writing history, the practical reality is that we need to secure funding for our efforts. Whether you’re working on your dissertation or are polishing up a book manuscript, Rachel Sarah O’Toole‘s tips for garnering … Continue reading

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Episode 4, Part 2: Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

In this second half of her podcast interview, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich offers some favorite slogans besides Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History as she gives advice to aspiring historians. In discussing the challenges of research she advises that “serendipity seldom strikes … Continue reading

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