Assignment 1

Due Date: 28/01/18

For the first assignment, summarize one of the research articles or book chapters listed here. They are taken from the seminar reading list. They are marked with the tag “assignment 1” in the Zotero group library.

  • The Emotions of London (Heuser et al., 2016)
  • Longitudinal Detection of Dementia Through Lexical and Syntactic Changes in Writing. A Case Study of Three British Novelists (Le et al., 2011)
  • Dissemination as Cultivation. Scholarly Communication in a Digital Age (O’Sullivan et al., 2016)
  • Project Management and the Digital Humanist (Siemens, 2016)
  • Drupal and Other Content Management Systems (Dombrowski, 2016)
  • Databases (Quamen et al., 2016)
  • Text Encoding (Flanders, 2016)
  • Thinking Through the History of Computer-Assisted Text Analysis (Rockwell et al., 2016)

The text you write should be no less than 300 and no more than 500 words long and present the content of the article or chapter concisely to your peer group: master students in the humanities.

You write your summary as a blog post, which allows for a more casual writing style. Keep in mind, however, that you are writing for an academic audience. That means adhering to the standards of bibliographic referencing, marking quotations properly, and using critical reasoning.

Here are some examples of blog posts for your orientation:

  • Scott B. Weingart: Submissions to DH2017 (pt. 1). Blog post. Nov 10, 2016. [This is an example of a longer, research heavy blog post. It is, however, well written, both engaging the reader and showing sound research methodology and informative results.]
  • Anne Baillot: You may say I’m a blogger. Blog post. Aug 3, 2016. [This is an example of a short blog post, where the researcher is reflecting on writing blog posts as an academic activity. This post is – typically for this weblog – interspersed with personal musings.]
  • Jill Walker-Rettberg: Is a Network Analysis of Cited Works Bound to be Biased? Blog post. Apr 25, 2014. [This blog post was selected for an “Editor’s Choice” award. It is short and deals with one research question as its opener.]