HIS 218
Unit 7: Digitizing and Sourcing Images and Text (and Video)

The approaches to Suzdal, Russia. Photo credit C. T. Evans.
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Short introduction

There is only a minuscule percentage of all historical materials available in digital form. Archives, museums, libraries, courthouses, government repositories have an unbelievable amount of materials available for use in digital history projects, but first you have to find relevant items and then you have to digitize them, while observing copyright restrictions.

What you must do in this unit

  • Read Rosenzweig's textbook (chapter 3: Becoming Digital).
  • Read this week's note.
  • Watch the video for this unit of the course on ItunesU for NVCC (look for HIS 295) or on YouTube.


  • Post on your blog (10 points): (a) think about the sources for digital materials--they can be commercial (Ebay, YouTube), social (Flickr, Tumblr, Wikipedia), or your own; (b) provide two examples of materials that you have digitized; (c) always think about your final project. You should probably have a first draft ready in unit 9.
  • Submit the URL of your blog post on Canvas for grading.
  • Submit the Simpler St. Petersburg Map (100 points) or the Harder St. Petersburg Map (200 points) assignment, if you've chosen to do one of these assignments.

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) identify some of the key physical and software tools needed to digitize historical materials and (2) manipulate and interpret digital historical maps.

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