Digital research skills courses

Designing databases for historical research (free course)

This free module provides an overview of important concepts both in terms of the historical data that might be used in databases and in terms of the design process. The module takes the form of a handbook, broken down into chapter headings and acts as the preliminary module for the Building and using databases for historical research online course.

Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
12 Jan 2017 to 13 Jan 2017
The ‘spatial turn’ is now well established in history and scholars, publishers and readers now frequently expect to see space to be used as a category of analysis, maps used as sources, and research illustrated with custom maps. However, without training in geographical techniques, tools, and even terminology, it can be challenging for historians to begin to work with this material. This two day course is designed to first introduce the history and concepts of mapping, along with the most basic ways of producing your own maps, before then moving on to a second day focusing on QGIS, the widely-used open-source GIS software package.

Internet for historical research

Course date(s): 
1 Dec 2016
1 Mar 2017
5 Jun 2017
This intensive one-day workshop will equip students with the knowledge and skills to use the internet with confidence as a tool for historical research. It introduces the principal online resources available to historical researchers, and shows how to make best use of them in pursuit of primary sources and secondary literature. Suitable for those at any stage of an academic career who wish to build or refresh their skills, the course covers English-language material for British, European and world history from late antiquity to the present.

Text: how to get it, create it or change it automatically

Course date(s): 
10 Nov 2016
This three-hour course will be an introduction to automating the tedious and time-consuming text processing tasks cannot be done manually or would take many hours. We will discuss text formats and structure and then go on to introduce tools for working with many files or very large files, including a basic introduction to regular expressions. The course will show you how you can search for and alter patterns of text, how to extract particular types of information that you are interested in, how to add structure or convert from one format to another, and generally how to make your life easier. We will show you the power of a good text editor and the command line.