Digital Scholar Lab - Additional Training

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Here are some ways to dig deeper into the archival and instructional materials in the Digital Scholar Lab.

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See which texts are available

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To see which collections of primary sources are available for your research, follow these steps:

  1. Return to the DSL main page by clicking on the Digital Scholar Lab logo.
    Click on the logo to back to main page
     
  2. Scroll down until you see the "Support for Your Research and Learning Needs" title.
    Interface for extra support
     
  3. Under "What Texts are Available?", click See the available archives.
    View available archives
     
  4. You will be taken to a screen with a complete listing of all Gale Primary Source collections licensed to the University of Toronto. You can then filter specific items or search within specific collections.
    List of individual collections, such as "American Fiction, 1774-1920"
  5. Gale is currently (as of July 2022) adding individual Learning Centers to many of these primary source collections. If a particularly collection interests you, click on it and check if there is a Learning Center available. Each Learning Center includes information about the collection and tips for using it, arranged in four categories:
    1. Conceptualize: for information about the collection as a whole, its archival source(s), sample research questions, and content advisories
    2. Find: Search strategies including advanced search options (e.g. Boolean operators, proximity to other terms), collection-specific key terms, browsing the archive, and using text analysis tools
    3. Read: search terms, metadata, thinking critically about the collection's materials, and examples of research including lesson plans
    4. Use: guides to citation, copyright, and reuse, as well as research essays using the collection written by subject matter experts like researchers and librarians
       

DSL Learning Center

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To access the Digital Scholar Lab's Learning Center (distinct from the collection-specific learning centers discussed above), which includes additional documentation and videos, follow these steps:

  1. Return to the DSL main page by clicking on the Digital Scholar Lab logo.
  2. Scroll down until you see the "Support for Your Research and Learning Needs" title.
  3. Under "Dive Deeper Into How the Lab Works", click on Visit the Learning Center.
    Visit the Learning Center button
     
  4. You will be taken to a new page with a sidebar menu. In addition to being able to read documentation and watch videos on any step of using the Digital Scholar Lab, you will also be able to access the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Glossary, User Guidelines, and the Privacy Policy.
    Interface for the Learning Center, with sidebar menu
     

Sample Projects

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Gale's staff, which include a number of professors engaged in digital humanities research projects, created three sample projects for you to use. They provide pre-built collections and pre-run tools centred on specific themes. They also provide extensive documentation on how they constructed their projects, how they fine-tuned their cleaning configurations, and how to interpret their results, which can in turn help you develop your own projects.

  1. Return to the DSL main page by clicking on the Digital Scholar Lab logo.
  2. Scroll down until you see the "Support for Your Research and Learning Needs" title.
  3. Under "Try Out Sample Projects", click View Sample Projects.
    View Sample Projects
     
  4. There are currently three projects. (Scroll down if you can't see all of them.) Click on the title of one that interests you.
    "Black America" project selected
     
  5. Once you are on the page for a specific project, you have three options:
    1. Click on "Get a copy" to copy the whole project, collections, cleaning configurations, and pre-run tools, to your account.
      Under project title and description, the Get a Copy button
       
    2. Click on each of the entries to see an overview of how Gale's staff created this project, step by step.
      Menu bar for the project
       
    3. Click on the "Thinking Critically Supplement PDF" to read the report providing greater detail on how the project was created, how to take it further, and what obstacles the staff ran into.
      Click on Thinking Critically Supplement PDF

Recorded webinars and tutorials from Gale

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Gale also provides a variety of training materials related to the Digital Scholar Lab specifically, and their primary source collections, generally.