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Historical Mapping and Geographical Information Systems

Course date(s): 
3 Dec 2015 to 4 Dec 2015
5 May 2016 to 6 May 2016
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 ArcGIS, the industry standard software for map analysis and production.

InScribe: Palaeography learning materials (free course)

Medievalists have always found it difficult to interact with primary sources from their period of study due to a lack of training in palaeography (and manuscript studies), that is to say, the reading and understanding of ancient documents. This course provides scholars and the general public interested in medieval books and documents with online training on the diverse areas found within palaeography. Topics covered include general palaeography, the history of medieval scripts, diplomatic, codicology and illumination.

Internet for historical research

Course date(s): 
1 Dec 2015
2 Mar 2016
6 Jun 2016
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.

Law and Ethics for Social Science, Humanities and Legal Research

Course date(s): 
4 Dec 2015
What kind of content could provoke a libel claim? What does the ‘right to be forgotten’ mean for archival material? What rights do citizens have to access academic data under the Freedom of Information Act? How can academics use freedom of information and data protection law for their own research? Is it possible to protect the identity of a source? These and many more questions will be addressed at this one-day intensive training course on the legal and ethical issues that researchers in the social sciences and humanities and law could encounter during the course of their social research.