Bibliographical Information in the Digital Age





This new course recognizes the fact that research has changed dramatically in the digital age. The object of the course is to give students a comprehensive and curriculum-based introduction to the reference sources and research skills needed to effectively pursue scholarship in the humanities today. It will consist of seven two-hour sessions encompassing lectures and in-class exercises that will take students through the process of researching, producing, and presenting their work. The course will begin with a discussion of the ways libraries and archives organize information, and students will learn how to comprehend the controlled vocabularies and authorities applied to databases and indexes. Each student will choose a research topic—ideally one related to possible thesis research or ongoing class assignment—and will learn to use bibliographical software to organize citations and build a bibliography. Assignments will include reading and short weekly exercises. Through this process, the students will explore the core research databases, both print and electronic, essential for graduate-level research today. Finding and using primary sources, researching images, “fair use” in an academic environment, and the Chicago Manual of Style will also be discussed. Students will be able to avail themselves of the expanding range of digital research resources and harness them to the powerful articulation of individual scholarly vision. This class is strongly recommended for first-year MA students as the preferred initial step in the thesis process. Students who own laptops are urged to bring them. Pass/fail for 0 credit.