Usage Case Studies

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View case studies below exploring how librarians and professors integrate primary source collections into their teaching and research, using examples from a variety of Adam Matthew Digital resources.

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Mass Observation Online at the University of Bristol

SOCI20064: Investigating the Social

The Investigating the Social module, open to second-year Sociology students, focusses on introducing different empirical research methods as well as the planning and undertaking of research using qualitative methods...

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Going to the Source: Understanding Usage of Primary Source Materials Worldwide

Michael Levine-Clark
Dean, University of Denver Libraries

Until relatively recently, primary sources were buried deep within library collections and were often difficult to find. A scholar conducting research might visit a dozen archives or more to find the information she needed to complete a project...

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Structuring a class around Adam Matthew’s Colonial America collection

Professor Jessica Stern
Professor of History at California State University, Fullerton

Dr Jessica Stern, Professor of History at Cal State Fullerton, built her whole class around Adam Matthew’s Colonial America database, and the documents within it, which come from the CO5 series ...

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Case Study: Shakespeare in Performance at the University of Toronto

Doctoral research student at the University of Toronto

Arlynda, a Doctoral research student at the University of Toronto, was writing a dissertation on how actors annotate scripts. Most supporting research was done using the archives of major Shakespeare companies...

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Case Study: Socialism on Film at the University of Iowa

HIST 1010:0008: History Matters – The Russian Revolution of 1917

Dr Michael Zmolek, the lecturer running the course, had not previously taught using films from an archive as primary source materials. However, the films in Socialism on Film provided an opportunity...

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Case Study: Teaching ‘History of The Civil Rights Movement’ with African American Communities and Race Relations in America

Researching and contextualising primary documents are the foundations of history instruction

What defines a city’s public space? Who designates such areas, who determines their uses, and who gets to use them?

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