HIS 218
Unit 13: Tools, Tools and Tools, What Exactly Are Tools?

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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

  • Read this week's notes on Tools, Tools, Tools and Timelines.
  • Watch the video for this unit of the course on YouTube.
  • The available tools/apps change so fast! Do a quick check of one of the tools that I have listed here. (That was 5 years ago!)


  • Submit the Timeline Assignment (150 points).
  • Post the URL, title and short description of your timeline assignment on the discussion board in Canvas.

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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