Tools



What it is: a collection of peer-reviewed tutorials and resources outlining how to incorporate digital tools into environmental historical research. Mostly deals with explaining software such as Mallet, Zotero, Google Maps, ArcGIS.


Format: step-by step tutorials and lessons, blog-post style, with images. These tutorials are hosted on “The Programming Historian” website. Many links are provided to other resources as well: software/other tools, archives, databases


Comments: This is a resource that is useful to students and teachers alike, regardless of their level of experience with digital tools. These online lessons are easy to understand and follow, with screenshots posted for each step described. The fact that the content is peer-reviewed makes it a great resource for teachers looking to introduce DH tools into their classrooms.




What it is: a collection of resources that environmental historians can use to support and enhance their courses.


Format: aside from a textbook bibliography and examples of similar courses already being taught, there is an extensive collection of sources for digital maps, images, films and relevant websites.


Comments: this resource is much less “pre-made” than the Digital Tools. While it provides a varied selection of tools that teachers could use, it doesn’t offer any direction or suggestions of how to incorporate multimedia content into a curriculum. However, a list of syllabi of environmental history courses currently being taught is provided.


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