Using Computers In History

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Using Computers in History is designed to introduce students to historical computing through practical workshop exercises. With topics such as the pattern of nineteenth century emigration from the UK, the performance of the American and German economies in the 1930s and the Lancashire cotton industry, Lloyd-Jones and Lewis explain and illustrate the possible uses of the computer for the historian.
Using Computers in History:
* raises awareness of the use of computers as an important tool for the historian
* provides a practical introduction to basic computer terminology
* includes high quality diagrams of the screen displays which should appear at each stage
* examines the use of spreadsheets and how to design and work with them
* discusses the different software packages available, concentrating on Microsoft Excel 4
* includes spreadsheet exercises based around a range of historical data sets
* explores the use of databases
* shows how to construct them
* gives guidelines for further study
* prompts students to apply the skills they have learnt to a number of examples

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415103121
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/23/1996
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

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Ch. 1 How to use this book and getting started 3
Ch. 2 Introduction to History and Computing 15
Ch. 3 Spreadsheets, graphs and the historian 27
Ch. 4 Presenting historical data with a spreadsheet 40
Ch. 5 Presentation of historical information: graphs 70
Ch. 6 The historian and data: the material conditions of the working class in Britain, 1850-1914 86
Ch. 7 Spreadsheets and graphs: the historian and data 103
Ch. 8 Databases and the historian 125
Ch. 9 Getting started with a database 142
Ch. 10 Databases and independent study 171
Appendix 1 Data Set for workshop exercises in Chapter 4 187
Appendix 2 Data Sets for workshop exercises in Chapter 5 188
Appendix 3 Data Sets for workshop exercises in Chapter 6 190
Appendix 4 Data Sets for Chapter 7 196
Appendix 5 Data Sets for Chapter 9 205
Appendix 6 Data Sets for Chapter 10 209
Glossary 234
Bibliography 240
Index 245
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