Digital sources and digital archives: historical evidence in the digital age

Abstract

As the cultural record becomes increasingly digital the evidentiary basis of history expands and shifts. How must historical scholarship change when the evidentiary basis shifts toward the digital? Through explorations of a series of born digital and digitized sources, we identify and discuss key issues relating to humanities scholars ability to develop claims and arguments grounded in digital sources and digital archives. In exploring these issues in digital source criticism, we work to provide practical guidance for scholars on key issues and questions to consider when working with born digital and digitized primary sources.

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Owens, T., Padilla, T. Digital sources and digital archives: historical evidence in the digital age. Int J Digit Humanities (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s42803-020-00028-7

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Keywords

  • Digital history
  • Historigraphy
  • Research methods
  • Collections as data
  • Source criticism
  • Digitization
  • Archives