HIS 218
Unit 15: Data Mining and Text Mining

The iron entrance gate to Dachau concentration camp, near Munich, Germany. Photo courtesy Kaitlin Phucas.
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Short introduction

Not all digital tools available to historians are intuitive and easy to use. In this unit we move up the complexity scale to see some high-order tools that historians are beginning to wield in their quest to understand the past.

What you must do in this unit


  • Submit one of these final assignment options. Since the final assignment is technically worth 100 points, you will see that some of the options have built-in extra credit.
  • Post the URL, title and short description of your final 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 data and text mining are digital tools that can be used by historians in their research.

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