Using Digital Sources
Full course description
In this skills course, you will learn how to make responsible and ethical use of digital sources. Finding, selecting and using digital evidence add new layers to notions of source criticism, reliability and validity that are well-established in the humanities and the social sciences, and which you will already have encountered in Period 3, in the course, ‘What is research?’. Starting from topics in the parallel content course, “ICT Revolutions”, this skills course focuses on three types of primary digital material: text, structured (numerical) data, and audio-visual material. The course will make extensive use of resources at the University Library; the library staff will offer tailor-made assistance.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Identify usable digital sources and gather data;
- Compare various types of sources, and assess their reliability and validity;
- Prepare the data for analysis and apply dedicated software;
- Perform basic analyses of various data types.