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2013 HTA555 Gutenberg to Google: Books, Traditions of Scholarship and Modern Research

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Available as a Student Elective: No

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SPECIAL NOTE: As well as attending the face-to-face days (3.5 consecutive days), students will need to access the HTA555 MyLO Web site.

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This unit explores developments in the publication of knowledge and ideas from the Renaissance to the present, and compares the 'information revolutions' associated with the printing press and the electronic age. It considers the relationship of publishing (old and new) to the formation of disciplines, the organization of scholarship and research, and ideas of intellectual property. It provides a framework within which candidates from a range of disciplines examine the foundations of knowledge and traditions of scholarly inquiry in their specific fields of research. It offers practical instruction in, and critical insights on the use of rare imprints, major research libraries, and digital resources.

WEIGHT: 12.5%

ASSESSMENT: Two think-piece seminar presentations (30%); Critique and/or creation of web-based resources (30%); Advanced bibliographical study (40%).

TEACHING PATTERN: The unit will be taught over a six-week period. Four 4 x 1hr lectures on-line, 4 x 2hr face-to-face seminars; 4 x 2.5 hr library based sessions; and 2 x 1.5 hr on-line sessions.

STAFF: Professor Michael Bennett and others

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