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Perspectives on History, February

Report Claims History Discipline Failing in Modern Research Practices—Now Available at Perspectives Online.

How are historians adapting to the latest research tools and the expanding role of digital archives? In the current issue of Perspectives, Robert Townsend reports on an Ithaka S+R study that seems to suggest, according to Townsend, “that historians are deeply individualistic, and poorly trained in one of the most fundamental areas of their work.” Many have embraced the digital camera to capture documents in the archives, but this has resulted in less time on site consulting with archivists. Many research projects start with Google and follow a digital trail, but many historians are still wedded to paper for note-taking.