Journal article

An examination of the physical and the digital qualities of humanities research

Jon Rimmer, Claire Warwick, Ann Blandford, Jeremy Gow, George Buchanan

INFORMATION PROCESSING & MANAGEMENT | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2008

Abstract

Traditionally humanities scholars have worked in physical environments and with physical artefacts. Libraries are familiar places, built on cultural traditions over thousands of years, and books are comfortable research companions. Digital tools are a more recent addition to the resources available to a researcher. This paper explores both the physical and the digital qualities of modern humanities research, drawing on existing literature and presenting a study of humanities scholars' perceptions of the research resources they use. We highlight aspects of the physical and digital that can facilitate or hinder the researcher, focusing on three themes that emerge from the data: the working env..

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