Using Computers in History: A Practical Guide

Using Computers in History: A Practical Guide

by M.J. Lewis, Roger Lloyd-Jones
     
 

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

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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:
9780415103114
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1How to use this book and getting started3
Ch. 2Introduction to History and Computing15
Ch. 3Spreadsheets, graphs and the historian27
Ch. 4Presenting historical data with a spreadsheet40
Ch. 5Presentation of historical information: graphs70
Ch. 6The historian and data: the material conditions of the working class in Britain, 1850-191486
Ch. 7Spreadsheets and graphs: the historian and data103
Ch. 8Databases and the historian125
Ch. 9Getting started with a database142
Ch. 10Databases and independent study171
Appendix 1 Data Set for workshop exercises in Chapter 4187
Appendix 2 Data Sets for workshop exercises in Chapter 5188
Appendix 3 Data Sets for workshop exercises in Chapter 6190
Appendix 4 Data Sets for Chapter 7196
Appendix 5 Data Sets for Chapter 9205
Appendix 6 Data Sets for Chapter 10209
Glossary234
Bibliography240
Index245

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