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Using Computers in History [Paperback]

Dr Sonja Cameron , Sarah Richardson
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20 Sep 2005 1403934169 978-1403934161 First Edition
Information and communications technology is now an essential tool for the historian and for anyone engaging in historical study. Today's 'history workstation' includes computers, modems, scanners, printers, digital cameras and a wide range of software applications to access the World Wide Web and to analyse historical sources. Sonja Cameron and Sarah Richardson provide a clear, jargon-free introduction which demystifies the computing skills needed for historical research.

This step-by-step guide covers all aspects of history and computing including:
- presentation: from word-processing an article which conforms to scholarly protocols to presenting a slide show
- history and the World Wide Web: hints and tips on accessing and evaluating the wide range of historical material available on the internet
- databases: a clear introduction which guides you through the process of creating your own database of historical sources
- spreadsheets: a lucid explanation of basic quantitative methods, data analysis, graphing and charting
- digitised text and images: help on analysing digitised text, creating images and web pages.

The text is supported throughout by worked examples using historical sources, comprehensive illustrations, a detailed glossary and signposts to further study where appropriate. Using Computers in History is an indispensable aid to all those studying and researching history. Students, family and local historians, and history enthusiasts will all find this book informative and easy-to-use.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (20 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403934169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403934161
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 15.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Written in a lively and accessible style, this book provides a good introduction to computing issues for historians.' - Margo Anderson, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

About the Author

SONJA CAMERON is Manager of the Higher Education Academy Subject Centre for History, Classics and Archaeology, UK.

SARAH RICHARDSON is Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Warwick, UK, and a founder member of the Association of History and Computing.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Using Computers in History 31 Aug 2010
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This is a good introcuduction to using computers in the study of history. However, it is a little dated in terms of software cited. Unfortunately this is inevitable in a book such as this when computer software is updated and new programs become available. Having said that I did enjoy the book and it did ive a useful introduciton to the topic. The section on databases I found useful. Although the section on presenting information was less so - as people are becoming increasingly familiar with presentation software.
One area I did find lacking was it was entirely focused on one company's products. The company in question may have a large share of the market but there are other products available that perform similar functions, either for sale or as open source. It might have been beneficial for the authors to have least highlighted these other options, perhaps at the end of the relavant setions or as an appendix.
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