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Combining The Nation's Digitized Libraries, All In One Place : NPR

Combining The Nation's Digitized Libraries, All In One Place : NPR | academic writing | Scoop.it

Buried in the archives of America's public and academic libraries are historical treasures — old papers, photos and records — that flesh out a detailed picture of our past.

 

Many libraries are trying to make it easier to find that material by putting digital copies online. But with so many different websites and databases to turn to, it may still require a research degree in Web searching to find anything. This spring, a program launched that aims to put all that great stuff in one place: the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA).

 

The DPLA has already drawn scholars like Lincoln Mullen, a graduate student at Brandeis University who is researching the history of religious conversion in the United States. Mullen says the DPLA uncovered some hard-to-find documents at the College of Charleston in South Carolina — by a slave owner, William H.W. Barnwell, in which Barnwell discussed religious instruction to slaves and how the North misunderstood the South in these matters.

 

Mullen says it would have been really hard to find these documents by doing a general Internet search. "It's hard to know, apart from ... lots and lots of browsing, where those collections are available," he says. "They're all fragmented in so many different places."

 

Right now, there are only about 4 million items on the DPLA's site, but the collection is growing by about 500,000 new books and documents each month as more libraries from around the country come onboard.

 

The San Francisco Public Library is among those putting its digital archives on the DPLA. Recently, says the city archivist, Susan Goldstein, the library has been digitizing huge scrapbooks from the San Francisco Police Department. "A lot of them are full of mold, so ... we're scanning them because it's preservation," she says.

 

In the back rooms of the library's main building, technicians are busy scanning books, photos and newspaper clips to be put online. In one room, large books are being placed in a cradle, carefully pinned down and put under a camera.

 

 

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http://t.co/Cr1vSeUG0C - Filthy academic paper on animated ribbed loading bars being perceptually faster, students eh?
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Will You Get Tenure? Replicate the Academic ... - Cal Newport

Will You Get Tenure? Replicate the Academic ... - Cal Newport | academic writing | Scoop.it
You'd be surprised, for example, how much time you spend after you write an academic paper, formatting it properly for publication (a scene they seemed to skip in A Beautiful Mind). Most knowledge workers face this same ...
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Fielding Graduate University Announces APA Accreditation Renewal - Santa Barbara Independent

Fielding Graduate University Announces APA Accreditation Renewal - Santa Barbara Independent | academic writing | Scoop.it
Fielding Graduate University Announces APA Accreditation Renewal Santa Barbara Independent The APA's Commission on Accreditation commended the program in each of its areas of review, including, program resources, program self-assessment and quality...
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Academic Paper on Robert Anton Wilson and Discordianism

Eric Wagner spots something interesting: Academia.edu has made available a paper called "Making the Donkey Visible: Discordianism in the Works of Robert Anton Wilson" by David K. Robertson, available here (after you ...
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2013 Edition - APA Style Blog

2013 Edition - APA Style Blog | academic writing | Scoop.it
Each fall the APA Style Blog Team puts together a “best of” feature, and this year we continue the tradition with an updated set of posts from the APA Style Blog and our parent site, apastyle.org. We hope it will...
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How to Write an “Academic” Paper | Lucien Maverick's Blog

How to Write an “Academic” Paper | Lucien Maverick's Blog | academic writing | Scoop.it
Well, college kids (and high school kids who are in the few decent public schools), you're back in class again. You are going to be doing a lot of boring, tedious work because your teachers seem to have this strange idea that if ...
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Secondary Sources: Euro Crisis, Jobs Flow, Food Stamps - Wall Street Journal (blog)

Secondary Sources: Euro Crisis, Jobs Flow, Food Stamps - Wall Street Journal (blog) | academic writing | Scoop.it
Secondary Sources: Euro Crisis, Jobs Flow, Food Stamps Wall Street Journal (blog) I found a careful academic paper by Hoynes and Bitler (new so no link yet) that tests whether the response of the SNAP program to the increase in unemployment was...
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