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Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Computing in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Edited by Orville Vernon Burton (NHC Fellow, 1994–95)

Computing; Digital Humanities; Humanities; Social Sciences

Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002

From the publisher’s description:

A lively, hands-on introduction for teachers and scholars in the humanities and social sciences, this book-and-CD package will inspire even the faint-hearted to take the technological bull by the horns and make efficient, informed use of computer and Internet resources.

New technology is changing the very nature of research and teaching in the social sciences and humanities. From specialized online forums to Web-based teaching and distance learning, computers are being used to expand educational opportunities, promote cooperation and collaboration, stimulate creative thinking, and find answers to previously insoluble research problems. Combining interactive projects in a CD-ROM format with informative printed essays, this volume showcases innovations that are revolutionizing the craft of scholarship. More than that, it examines realistically how applicable the new technology is to learning. Contributors clarify some of the difficulties of using computers and address problems with the philosophy and culture of computers, including concerns about intellectual property protection and the potential for creating a technological underclass of electronically disadvantaged schools and universities.

Awards and Prizes
Choice Outstanding Academic Title (2003)
Technology / Computing / Digital Humanities / Humanities / Social Sciences /

Burton, Orville Vernon (NHC Fellow, 1994–95), ed. Computing in the Social Sciences and Humanities. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.