Humanities and Social Science research increasingly takes place using digital resources and tools; teaching students to undertake effective research means introducing them to existing digital resources. In this discussion, Laura Estill shares an assignment that helps students learn how to undertake original research using digital resources. The examples here are taken from Shakespeare studies but the assignment techniques could be used in other humanities and social sciences classes. Digital humanities resources offer a “brave new world” for research and teaching; there is no ready-made map for this ever-changing landscape.
Dr. Laura Estill, St. Francis Xavier University
Dr. Laura Estill is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities and Associate Professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Her monograph (Dramatic Extracts in Seventeenth-Century English Manuscripts: Watching, Reading, Changing Plays, 2015) and co-edited collections (Early Modern Studies after the Digital Turn, 2016 and Early British Drama in Manuscript, 2019) speak to her interest in both the scribal and the digital. Her most recent articles and chapters have appeared in The Seventeenth Century, Humanities, Doing More Digital Humanities, Shakespeare’s Theatrical Documents, and The Arden Research Handbook of Shakespeare and Textual Studies. She is co-editor of Early Modern Digital Review (emdr.itercommunity.org) and editor of DEx: A Database of Dramatic Extracts (dex.digitalearlymodern.com).
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