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Digital Research Project

From Dr. Hyland:

Digital Research Project

 I want you to tell a story. I want you to curate a digital exhibit that tells a story about an aspect of the complicated history between Latin America and the U.S. There will be a variety of ways for you to do it, and I am open to negotiating its platform. The basic ground rules are 1) it must consist of 10-12 digital sources (such as digitized documents, video, photographs, and sound files, and 2) it must be publicly accessible on the World Wide Web.


As we have read much about and covered in detail hemispheric relations, you have wide discretion in the developing the project. We will meet with our reference librarian Isaac Meadows, who will give a session on how to use Google Sites to develop your project’s platform. Design is up to you. You may also use HTML5 Up, Weebly or WordPress.


Basic specs:

 10-12 digital sources

·         You will need to add text of 200-250 words per source to tell the story


·         You will need to build a bibliography of scholarly work (books, articles, art exhibits, etc.) to point your visitor too

Additional Resources

·         Add supplemental links for your visitor, which ranges from archives to independent websites germane to the topic


An example of a digital exhibit – though more of a guide to materials rather digital storytelling – is the following – Gothic Past. You can see a huge list of example at Omeka’s Wiki, which is a platform to organize digital materials.


Since this document is an initial draft of an assignment I have never given before, please note that it is subject to change.


Evaluating Sources

From the Writing Center:

Evaluate the ABCs: Evaluate the source material for Authority, Bias, and Content.

  • Authority—are the author AND publication valid, respected, and considered an “authority” on the subject?
  • Bias—does the author / publication have a bias, an agenda, a particular position to promote?
  • Content— Form an idea of what the source is saying in general.
    • Then, review the content in relation to your original questions.
    • What does the source say in regard to your goals for the questions and your eventual essay/assignment?

Responsible Information Gathering:

  • Get the citation details.
    • Titles, dates, places of publication, page numbers, complete bibliographic info, etc.
  • Write it down, or email the info to yourself.
  • For this class, use Chicago Style format.

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