Pale Males 2.0: Revisiting a traditional american studies project using digital humanities tools


  • Stephanie Margolin

    Freelance Librarian
    1. Currently working as a digital librarian for Knowledge in the Public Interest and as an adjunct reference librarian at Hunter College (CUNY). Author of the original “Pale Males” paper, Stephanie is drawn to the new possibilities that digital humanities bring to American studies
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Editor's Summary

Though research papers have traditionally been presented as text, digital humanities tools bring new capabilities that can transform a presentation. Moving from a familiar written format to a digital multimedia work can be daunting, involving an unfamiliar work process. Technology options and support are available through a variety of sources, including universities, the American Studies Association's Digital Humanities Caucus and the Alliance for Digital Humanities Organizations. Choosing a presentation tool that supports desired features, such as interactive conversation, is key. While the process of developing a digital presentation can be initially challenging for an author, reproducing a traditional thesis in a dynamic format makes it more lively and engaging, collaborative and available for broader use.