HIS 218
Unit 14B: Tools, Tools and Tools, What Exactly Are Tools?

Budapest castle
Vajdahunyad Castle in Budapest, Hungary. Photo courtesy Julie Collins.
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Short introduction

Really, one of the main objectives of this course is to introduce you to digital tools (apps) that are available on the web and that allow historians to "do" history in many different ways, besides just writing a paper. In this unit, we'll look at some more tools and focus on the wide availability of timeline apps.

What you must do in this unit


  • Post on your blog (10 points): (a) your assessment of whether your chosen tool would be useful for your work; (b) please post a project update.
  • Submit the URL of your blog post on Canvas for grading.
  • Submit the Timeline Assignment (150 points), if you've chosen to do this assignment. If you in the Historic Preservation program, then the timeline that you create should have some connection to your work in the program.

Extra credit options

  • Please suggest any materials relevant to this unit of the course.

Unit learning objectives

  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) use a digital tool to interpret the historical past and (2) explain how timeline tools can be used by historians to visualize the chronology of a historical event.

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